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Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

Black cod aka sablefish? I don't find it any different than salmon or snapper. The ones that are already filleted for you from Whole Foods or Bristol farms are pretty easy to navigate.

It's not like carp or milkfish.

"most fin fish require you to pull out their pin bones before cooking. This takes a bit of practice. Black cod, on the other hand, has pin bones that release easily when the fish is cooked. "

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/12/th...

about 14 hours ago
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Chicago - TRU or Moto?

LA hound here just chiming in on Tru.

Had a pretty disappointing dinner at Tru Friday night. The service was inattentive (wine glasses unfilled, orders forgotten). Food was literally forgettable. We did the abbreviated tasting which was about 7 courses and I can only recall 2 of them: a delicious squash soup with a touch of curry and a dashi custard topped with caviar. Everything else was pretty boring and uninspired.

Dinners at Publican and Takashi on Sunday (tasting menu) were much more enjoyable.

1 day ago
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Seasonal Eats: Alba Truffles

This season is a blockbuster season for white truffles. High quality and apparently enough quantify where prices are not too steep.

Tonight. White truffles on scrambled eggs at Providence. The scrambled eggs are okay. Here, I still prefer spaghetti al chitarra with white truffles.

Oct 17, 2014
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Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

Matsutake with fluke at Providence tonight.

Gratuitous shot of Providence's greatest hits: scrambled eggs with alba truffles, uni egg, ugly bunch.

Oct 17, 2014
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darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Not at all. It's absurd. There are more important things in the world.

Oct 17, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Or how about the state legislature work on feeding the homeless or disadvantaged children first before passing laws restricting food consumption and promoting welfare of ducks and geese. Absurd.

Oct 16, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Kevineats and Ludo are "friends". He's not going to say anything bad about Ludo.

One of his last "reviews" on CH was one showing him taking a book from Ludo to Pierre Gagnaire in Vegas. That says it all for objectivity.

http://www.kevineats.com/2009/12/twis...

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

So isn't hate a strong word for anyone who's not a Ludo fanboy?

Guy doesn't allow corkage and then wants to charge 3-4x markup for wine. Makes him a hater in my book.

Oct 15, 2014
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Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

So does that make you a Sotto and Red Medicine hater? ;)

Oct 15, 2014
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darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

Vegas, Chicago, NYC, Miami, LA, OC...it's all available.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

You can get the amaebi head fried.

Then get regular miso soup (made with red miso) at the end.

Oct 14, 2014
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Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

ns1. If you ever go, be aware that sashimi/sushi omakase tends to be a bit more from the sashimi course (thicker cuts, no rice filler). So if you're looking to keep costs in check, do the sushi only omakase and finish with miso soup.

Oct 14, 2014
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Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

Nice pictures. Strong review!

You can also ask for saba + konbu and he will add a strip of konbu jelly (basically mini battera) You can get your *almost* battera fix without having to eat the whole thing by yourself.

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

The ones from the pacific northwest until Nov 2:

http://www.opb.org/news/article/matsu...

Not sure about Japan and may vary a little by season (see link below) but it ends soon. Get on it!

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2010...

Oct 14, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Not just broken CB, but flat out soggy and leaking cooked blood.

See yelp pictures below. That's how they do it. Send it back, wait, and get the same results. All from 2014. I think anyone will agree, first picture is not appetizing.

In contrast to J&J next door, rarely a broken or leaky one.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/mei-lo...

Oct 14, 2014
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Night+Market Song (A Photo Story and Review)

Nice pictures and report!

No pig tails at Song?

Oct 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

It was a nice review with pictures.

It would have been more useful and representative if he had gone without a regular. The feel for the need to go with a regular says it all.

I've taken time to become a regular at many Japanese and non-Japanese restaurants. Yes, being a regular helps. It's not specific only to Japanese restaurants. But I choose to return to those that give me their A game the first time around and then elevate it to A+ when you become a regular. A place that gives you their B game that claims to be able to deliver an "A" game in the future...fool me twice, shame on me.

L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- LATIN-AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Wasn't going to respond because of the excessive "?s" but since it is on topic for DOM...

Casa Inka.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905004

Oct 13, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- LATIN-AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Exactly. Only YOU can prevent DOM threads from becoming bare.

Oct 13, 2014
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My Favorite Chinese Lunch Special in WLA - "Formerly" California Wok - $10.95 Live Whole Steamed Tilapia (Rice is extra)

Not to mention tilapia has been shown to have low levels of beneficial omega-3 and potentially high levels of (bad) omega-6.

I also avoid tilapia and farmed salmon.

"Tilapia has higher levels of potentially detrimental long-chain omega-6 fatty acids than 80-percent-lean hamburger, doughnuts and even pork bacon, the article says."

http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releas...

Oct 13, 2014
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The Tokyo-LA Sushi Gap is Closing

I-naba also has a delicious tempura anago. Scratch 2 itches at once. You can ask for the bone fried also.

Oct 12, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

So which did you like better? Chilean or French?

Oct 12, 2014
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Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

Bestia does a great job with squid and calamari. It's tender but has a nice flavor from grilling (a la plancha I think)

Octopus and calamari salad is excellent.

The uni, squid ink bottarga spaghetti with chili is an absolute must.

Seafood risotto is very fine when available.

The bone marrow with spinach gnochetti is overkill but delicious.

Oct 11, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

It was busy but not at capacity.

We could have shared some wine! ;)

Oct 11, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

I love both.

Campechana is a must as is the pozole.

Extra dishes just get charged a supplement. Hopefully I raved about the pozole enough that it will become an a la carte item.

Try the Loire Sauvignon Blanc vs the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Both go well with the menu and it's a nice contrast between the two regions when you try them side by side.

Oct 11, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Another wow dinner at Taco Maria.

I have to mention that the pozole with clams and pork cheek (4th picture) is perhaps the best pozole I have had. Made with pork cheek, heirloom hominy, and clams. Broth made with pork bones, konbu, and bonito.

It is rare that a fancified version is tastier and more soulful than the original recipe. This is one of those rare moments. So good I had to get another.

Run, don't walk to Taco Maria for this pozole. I'm not gonna lie, I may have ordered the last one when I doubled down.

Oct 11, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- LATIN-AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Latin American Seafood in spades at Taco Maria.

I have to mention that the pozole with clams and pork cheek (4th picture) is perhaps the best pozole I have had. Made with pork cheek, heirloom hominy, and clams. Broth made with pork bones, konbu, and bonito.

It is rare that a fancified version is tastier and more soulful than the original recipe. This is one of those rare moments. So good I had to get another.

Anaheim Packing District bang^4

Valant attempt to teach logic Ipse!

Maybe for your next Herculean feat (or was it Sisyphean), you will try to teach Kevin proper use of punctuation?

Oct 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Which LA restaurants could be realistically considered among the top 100 in the country?

Kindly disagree. Mavro was a pretty disappointing meal. Alan Wong was better but I have zero desire to go back.

I would nominate Ono over both as a top 100 contender since each major city has at least 5-10 fancy restaurants I prefer over Mavro and Alan Wong, but it would be hard to find a place to top Ono outside of Hawaii.

Which is why these top 100 *restaurant* lists make no sense. Top 100 sushi or Italian or pizza is more doable since we are at least comparing citrus family to citrus family.

Oct 09, 2014
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What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

I'm pretty sure it is. Call to check.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/905793

Oct 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area