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Hakkasan Miami. Very good even by LA standards.

In SGV I like Elite and Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village for dim sum. But Elite is even better for dinner. Get a big group and go for the roast suckling pig, roast squab, steamed rock cod, and steamed king crab (pricy at $50/lb and for the right meat/shell ratio should be 8lbs or more), sautéed Chinese water spinach or large pea shoots depending on availability, and the lobster sautéed with sausage and rice cake.

Hakkasan Miami. Very good even by LA standards.

but the Miami Hakkasan really is not a dim sum restaurant.
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Not true. On the weekends during lunch only they have 2.5 pages of dim sum. I count 13 types of dumplings, 12 panfried or fried items, 6 BBQ items, 5 types of cheung fun, 3 types of congee, and several noodles, rice, and wok fried items. No turnip cake or sesame balls. No steamed or boiled tripe. No sticky rice in lotus leaves or chicken feet or steamed bean curd rolls.

The dumpling selection is really more varied and higher quality than most traditional dim sum restaurants.

Skip the prix fixe menu. And yes, it is 3x the cost of a traditional dim sum restaurant.

The pan fried shrimp and chive dumpling below is more delicate than the traditional version and tastier too.

Hakkasan Miami. Very good even by LA standards.

For me this is far better than Yank Sing. There is a Hakkasan SF also if you are in the Bay Area.

French bistro in OC?

Never been so I can't vouch for it but some friends seemed to like Pescadou in Newport. Don't seem to have oysters but the rest of the menu seems pretty classic french bistro.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pescadou-bist...

Dec 31, 2014
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Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

I liked Shuck when it first opened.

Since Connie and Ted opened though, I find myself headed that way for RI clear chowder, oysters, and steamers.

Dec 31, 2014
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Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

I can't explain it. Sometimes it's half empty and sometimes it's about 80-90% capacity. The night we did the truffle dinner every table outside was taken and every counter seat was taken. Only the indoor 4 top was available.

Maybe they buy ingredients based on the number of reservations? Maybe if they don't have enough staff they don't want food or service to suffer? It's a small team and plating can be pretty elaborate for some dishes.

It's worth making a reservation for. I'm taking my family there this week myself.

Dec 31, 2014
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quick dinner recs for tonight

I'll revise my own rec and suggest EMC (above).

Dec 30, 2014
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quick dinner recs for tonight

EMC should satisfy all your requirements and satisfy that itch. They do lobster and crab asian style.

I like the lobster either fried or broiled and the crab steamed with spicy lemon pepper sauce. Spoon the sauce from the steamed crab over abalone congee.

Thank me later ;)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/emc-seafood-a...

Dec 30, 2014
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quick dinner recs for tonight

Dec 30, 2014
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Where to buy sushi-grade fish?

Bluefin chu toro sushi at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa. 5 thick pristine pieces for $16.98. Texture is spot on, flavor is very good. Probably as good as you'll find in 75-80% of sushi restaurants in LA.

French Macaroons - alternative to Bottega Louie?

They do not compare to Laduree at all.

Dec 28, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Voting

BURGERS

Dec 27, 2014
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Tasting menu

What do they give to the male patrons (if anything)???
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The check.

Tasting menu

Yes, the brioche/banana bread/etc. is a gift for the ladies.

Dec 25, 2014
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Tasting menu

"Heavy" as in predominately French and not "rich".

It's a $800+ tab. Sure I can go just to say I've gone and "judge" based on experience. Then of course someone will be bound to say that you can't judge it based on only 1 visit or need to give it another chance or need to go carte blanche.

I don't see it as unique enough to go. Maybe I'm wrong but I get the feeling I'm going to be sorely disappointed after dropping $800+. Like I said, I'm pretty much over fine dining these days. I prefer the low and mid tier range these days. If I splurge it's for sushi or something unique. Can you honestly say it's better than Joel Robuchon, Maresa, Eleven Madison Park, or even Per Se?

I don't find Robuchon abusive. I don't get the full tasting but go for the 3-4 course and supplement as needed. We all agree the bread and chocolate carts are highlights there. The wine list also has a few well priced old Burgs if you know where to look.

Dec 24, 2014
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Tasting menu

Once could even argue that the top 3 high end restaurants/tasting menus in LA are Japanese.

Mori
N/naka
Urasawa

Dec 23, 2014
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Tasting menu

Menu and yelp photos look so boring and standard high end French with a hint of Japanese. Like a duller version of Joel Robuchon or Jean Georges or even Daniel. I'd make it a New Year's resolution to go in 2015 but would probably break it.

Not nearly as exciting to me as Providence, Eleven Madison Park, or Manresa. Part of it is that I just don't like French heavy high end cuisine so much these days.

Dec 22, 2014
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Xmas Eve Chinese Seafood

New Port in Beverly Hills if you want to stay in that area. Elite if you are willing to drive to Monterey Park.

http://www.elitechineserestaurant.com

Dec 22, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

Had a Highland Park Ham Porter (brewed in LA) at FO this weekend. Brewed with ham, smoked meat, chocolate, honey, and salt. Sounds overdone but actually came together nicely in a subtle way.

Dec 22, 2014
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Tasting menu

Agree. Providence does a great menu. I was back there Saturday and had my 12th or so wonderful experience.

The cuttlefish and chorizo pork belly lollipop and the abalone lollipop duo as an amuse would rank as one of the top 10 bites in LA this year.

I find that I keep going back to Providence, I'm glad I did Maude morels but have little desire to go again, and can't bring myself to go to Melisse no matter how many times I try.

Dec 22, 2014
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Magic Wok in Artesia closed

What a loss! That crispy pata was stelar.

Any close 2nd iterations out there?

Dec 22, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, January 2015 -- Nominations

Is it possible we haven't done BURGERS?

Dec 22, 2014
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Alexander's Steak House Opening In Pasadena

Agree. Steak is better at Mastro's. I went once when I lived up there and I'm shocked by how well it did in the Bay Area.

Dec 21, 2014
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SGV Chinese Top 10

Glad you liked it. Going back myself in a couple of weeks.

Dec 21, 2014
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Zam Zam market closing in Culver City

Still open.

Chicken and lamb biryani. Both excellent. Massive portions. Couldn't finish it. Both have a nice spicy kick to them.

Overheard them talking that the new location will have groceries but no food. Shame. Food is so good!

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

I liked Mori better than 15 East.

I went to Mori because it was the closest I could get to Yasuda back when Yasuda was still there.

You might want to mention Kurumazushi can cost more than Urasawa!

Dec 19, 2014
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

No ortolan. I thought that was part of the "napkin to hide under god" joke.

Dec 18, 2014
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Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

I've did the truffle menu in 2011. It's not a disaster but was around 3 hours.

The meal is slower, more European in pace. It is a issue for some but not others.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818221

Interesting enough, prices have not gone up since then.

Dec 18, 2014
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Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

Agree. Bella Cuba over Habana (unless drinks and ambiance are more important).

Also you gots to go to Taco Maria OCSteve!

Dec 17, 2014
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Torihei Yakitori Robata Dining (A Photo Story and Review)

I agree with you on the special heart. The extra fat and valves make it much more delicious. The chicken liver is also nice. As you said, pink, creamy, and tasty.

The chicken wings are also top notch. The skin is so crispy it's almost like fried chicken.

I second the rec to get the soft boiled egg with ikura.

Next time you go also get the tomato ad cucumber salad. Sounds boring but it's laden with bonito flakes and some delicious dressing.

The soborro rice and side of chicken broth is a great way to finish.

Dec 17, 2014
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