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Suggestions for Dim Sum Dinner

Any way to talk you out of dim sum dinner?

Your b.o.s report was so good, I feel dim sum dinner may be a letdown.

Might I be so bold as to suggest Elite for dinner? Get the roast suckling pig and roast squab to start. Maybe some sautéed pea leaves, red rock cod 2 ways (tail steamed and head fried and cooked in a clay pot), and lobster with rice cake. All depends on your party size obviously.

about 8 hours ago
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B.o.s.

I like the style! Keep it up issey!

about 11 hours ago
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B.o.s.

Killer pictures and no nonsense report.

about 19 hours ago
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Funny since Servorg and I were usually polar opposites.

However I agree with him wholeheartedly on the suckedness of the new guidelines. Depending on how rampant the ads become, I may also retire.

about 19 hours ago
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Yep. That's that one. Game changer.

about 23 hours ago
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

Nice! Keep the picture updates coming! Looking forward to the b.o.s ones! ;-)

1 day ago
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Yep. I skip those too.

1 day ago
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Good call on skipping them.

1 day ago
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Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

I agree. This is just an ad.

Allowing restauranteurs and chefs to respond to criticism and defend themselves is one thing. The thread you provided should just be placed as an ad, or label it as an ad so I don't confuse it with a useful thread.

I understand it increases CH usage, clicks, and possibly pay. But it dilutes content and usefulness of CH.

Also, on the LA boards, a particular "inflammatory poster" is being allowed to "close down" and "recreate" a new handle every few months (currently on his 3-4th handle in less than 1 year). Emailed the mods about it and they said as long as 2 accounts weren't open at the same time it's fine.

I'm in the makes the entire site less useful and worthwhile camp.

Aug 28, 2014
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Little Tokyo LA, Not To Be Missed?

+3 b.o.s. Get the calamari fried tripe, thai style beef tongue, sweetbread tacos.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/923070

Settebello Newport

Haven't made it over there yet but will try to soon.

Thanks for the detailed description.

Aug 27, 2014
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Settebello Newport

Great review and description of the pizza!

Would you say you prefer the pizza at Settebello, Oritca, or Sotto?

Aug 27, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Just as a comped meal might influence the writer, advanced knowledge of the same might influence the reader.
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This is exactly the point :)

It's nice for the reader to be aware.

Aug 27, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Yes, the recognized critic can critique fully. And yes, their meal and experience is probably going to be better than the average diner.

Whether or not their opinion is any more valid than yours or mine or any other trusted poster here on CH is another discussion.

But to answer your question, the critic is not paid/comped by the restaurant. It would be more akin to the example of your friend paying.

There is no need to apologize for the comp or for the great write up. The poster above just suggested you place the full disclosure at the beginning. I think that's valid. Placing the full disclosure at the end is fine by me too :)

You should not let this deter you one bit from pursing your goal of getting out there and writing about food. I certainly would rather read your reports than many other "professional" food critics out there!

Aug 27, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Offallo, just to be clear, the review was great, loved the pictures. The format was wonderful. Keep up the good work!

"Assuming a restaurant provided the same level of service to everyone, my receiving said meal for free might still influence my opinion of the meal even if it wasn't comped by the restaurant itself."

But the restaurant doesn't provide the same level of service to everyone. Comping everyone that night would be the same level service. A friend paying for the meal is very different from the restaurant recognizing you and paying for your meal. It's not just the cost. Items fired in the kitchen, timing, service, are all altered for such "VIPs". In your example of a friend paying, factors like "is it worth the cost" would not be your concern, but the other factors would be similar to the other patron's experiences.

Not hating. And once again, thanks for the awesome review and writeup. But there is no way you can be as critical of a place that comped you (knowing that they are going to read the review) vs someone that was anonymous.

Anyone that has tried n/naka able to offer suggestions?

Just dined at Providence last week. It's as good as ever. We chose the shorter menu so I could supplement the "ugly bunch", uni/egg, and the prawns cooked in salt. As much as I like n/naka, Providence is still my favorite fine dining in town. They also have a fine cheese cart.

"Ugly bunch". No filter. It just looks that good.

Aug 26, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

A comment was made once to me at a restaurant that made me suspect it. Yes, I meant restaurants, not mods.

Becoming a regular and getting your meal comped for a review is 2 very different things. You, see, already we try to justify. :)

As long as full disclosure is made, as you did, I have no problems with it.

Aug 26, 2014
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Dinner Omakase at Sushi Tsujita (A Photo Story)

Once a meal is comped or once a person is recognized as a reviewer, the experience is no longer representative of what some regular patron would get. This is not being critical of you by any means and you fully disclosing should be commended.

That is why kevineats doesn't dish out anything but praise.

And that's why I removed my email from my account. They were matching my opentable email to my profile.

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

See my 4/17/14 update with photos or just scroll through the pictures.

I also thought the lamb chop and lamb birria was a nice touch and juxtaposition of fancy vs rustic. The fava leaves was also a very memorable texture and taste. My first time with fava leaves.

Aug 25, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Main courses in general tend to me less exciting than the appetizers in my experience. Even at say Providence or French Laundry or even Eleven Madison Park I usually find appetizers more interesting and creative than the main meat course.

Rabbit saddle and riblettes were pretty delicious at TM. The chicken they tried to take off the menu and supposedly received lots of complaints. Understandably so. The dark meat made into country sausage which is then used to flavor and keep the breast moist is a very tasty dish. And that mole is the first time I've actually liked mole having tried several different versions "known for mole". Flavorful, touch spicy, yet not too heavy.

The current pork belly dish is very balanced and tasty, using cranberry beans instead of something like pinto beans. A nice twist since I like the flavor and texture better.

Aug 25, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

I like it precisely because I find it less oily than most versions. Each grain is very al dente. Big fan of it. Especially the shrimp version.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Agree completely. I'm guessing canned Chinese truffles, maybe even truffle oil to enhance. Would not recommend it, although it's probably one of those things everyone has to try for themselves.

Aug 23, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

DTF.

My favorites are probably J&J in SGV for the crab and pork ones.

South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

My bad. Porcine. Not bovine. Zoned out there. Thanks for the catch.

Aug 22, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

I agree. The XLB is their weak link for me too. The crab and pork ones are just downright bad IMO. Much happier with their fried rice, the steamed soups, the noodles, pork chop, and shrimp/pork dumplings. Have to try these new pot stickers.

Aug 22, 2014
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South Coast Plaza Din Tai Fung Rates With International Counterparts

Winner winner DTF dinner!

Aug 22, 2014
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Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

I dunno, I was just there last month. Everything was still very good. Better than my first visit to Gjelina when they first opened.

Lucques I was never impressed by be it last year or 5 years ago.

Aug 22, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

The wine list is also much more extensive now with a nice range of pricing. I brought a red and bought 2 whites off the list. Both very good. I would be comfortable coming here and ordering right off the list next time.

Aug 22, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Taco Maria update. Killer stuff. The aquachile with abalone, giant clam, and spot prawns was every bit as pretty and delicious as the ugly bunch at Providence last week.

Roast guinea hen with mole was again superb. Notice the layer under the breast which was the dark meat made into country chicken sausage. A perfect poultry Napoleon of crispy skin, perfectly moist breast, dark meat country sausage. The mole is sweet, spicy, touch bitter. So complex. Much better than the mole at Monte Alban or RedO

Pork belly was no less spectacular. Best carnitas ever with cranberry beans.

Calamari tacos with squid ink. Genius.

Corn tamale contained huitlacoche (grey swirl)

Beef heart tartare was amazingly tender (ground twice) and not the least bit irony. The egg is cooked to 68 degrees, blended with salt, and piped out of a pastry bag.

This place gets better and better and more refined with each season. Just click through the pictures from the first report and compare. The evolution and continued upward trajectory is obvious.

Aug 21, 2014
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Where to "wow" a visitor with "do NOT miss this place" recommendations

Some people try to get a free dinner out of it by offering to take a non member.