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Lobster Bisque and Seafood

I am looking for a good bowl of lobster bisque and a good seafood restaurant, they don't necessarily need to be one and the same. I will be vacationing on Mission Bay, but I am happy to drive to other neighborhoods. Thanks in advance.

Aug 04, 2013
noshie in San Diego

Genwa New Beverly Hills Location in Woo Lae Oak Space

Has anyone tried this yet? How does it compare to the Mid Wilshire location in food and wait time?

Aug 03, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite restaurant in town that is under $15 per before tax and tip

Rahel with the restaurant.com coupon

Jul 27, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

How long have you LA Chowhounders been posting on Chowhound ?

2007

Jul 17, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast off the 5 Half Way From LA to SD

I was planning on going to a coffee shop I remember from a long time ago which I thought was called The Wagon Wheel in San Clemente but I don't think it's open anymore. Any suggestions?

Jul 09, 2013
noshie in San Diego

Cajun Boudin, Stuffed Chickens and Ponce

The only place I have found boudin is at Huntington Meats in the Farmers Market, but I don't think the brand is very good. I don't want to pay the shipping fees from Louisiana. Any suggestions?

Jul 09, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Melting Pot for brunch, Miriwa for dim sum and Citrus for simply wonderful food and that fabulous Napoleon dessert. Did Paprika in Hollywood last until the 80's?

Jul 08, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it

Happy to provide a fresh perspective on the topic.

I personally liked the taste of Crustacean's crab better than Newport Seafood. The wait at Newport doubtless puts me in the minority on this but hey that's what it's all about, right?

Jul 08, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it

I always loved Water Grill before he left and had many nice dinners in the space when it was Patina. However, the meal we had at Providence fell well short of expectations, which was a sentiment shared by most at the table.

Crustacean's crab and noodles are actually quite tasty, there is just not enough of it on the plate and it's just not worth the price.

Jul 08, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Expensive and worth it versus Expensive and not worth it

worth it-Nagao, Favori, Tavern (only for their turkey burger), , Stella Rossa
not worth it-Providence, Crustacean, Sotto, Waterloo & City (except for their crock of chicken liver pâté), Villetta

Jul 08, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area
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King Hua Sauce & Tea Charge at Dim Sum

Some people cannot drink tea. King Hua is not a tea and snack house. I have never seen a "sauce fee" at any of the many dim sum places in SGV and environs, has anyone else?

It is written as sauce and tea fee on their new menu (which by the way they have eliminated their steamed daikon pudding) so its not only me. I understand for the tea if you actually drink it as it is a separate beverage, but not for the condiments. I have always asked not to pay the tea charge for those not drinking tea and have eaten frequently aside from King Hua at Elite, 888, Capital,Triumphal Palace when it was around, etc. and I don't recall it being a problem.
I would not tip less as its not the servers who are setting the policy.
Its still my favorite dim sum place.

Jul 08, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

King Hua Sauce & Tea Charge at Dim Sum

I have always had the tea charge only charged for those in the party who actually drank tea, including at Elite, and always at King Hua until this visit. I had never heard of a sauce charge until now.

Jul 07, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

King Hua Sauce & Tea Charge at Dim Sum

This is hands down my favorite dim sum place. However, they have instituted a one dollar per person tea and sauce charge. They tried to charge us this amount even though no one at our table had tea. When we objected the manager said the charge was for the chili sauce, red vinegar and said other Chinese restaurants have this charge. We strenuously objected and so he waived the charge this time (not sure what will happen in future visits)

I have seen a tea charge at other places and I understand that but a condiment charge for chili sauce/mustard and red vinegar? This seems wrong.

Jul 07, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Moroccan/Tunisian Harissa in LA or OC

Monsieur Marcel in Beverly Hills has DEA and another brand, both in tubes and one or the other in a can if I recall

Jun 25, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Sotto is Salty and Not So Special

Saturday night, I wanted to got to Bestia but it was booked. We were in a corner too and still quite loud.

Jun 23, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Sotto is Salty and Not So Special

I had a very marginal dinner experience there. First, my pasta Calabresi was so salty I sent it back. I tried to substitute in the pork meatballs which I expressly requested be well done. They were pink so I sent those back too.
The spicy clams were the only standout (I found nothing special in the casarecce or Diavolina pizza, which was also salty, and the pizza at Stella Rosa and Milo and Olive is better).

It's also pretty loud in there. I won't be back.

Jun 22, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Charlie Palmer Steak Cut of the Week--A Simply Superb Steal

They don't leave the bottle on the table but they come around to refill (I am sure you could flag someone down and request refills too). You can't beat this with a stick.

Jun 12, 2013
noshie in Las Vegas

Charlie Palmer Steak-An Oasis in the Desert

This steakhouse is a real gem. First, it is tucked away in the Four Seasons and you pull up to the valet just steps from the restaurant. As such, you avoid the crowded casino walks into so many other Vegas steakhouses.

Once inside, the atmosphere is serene and peaceful, again, unlike other steakhouses. The waitstaff is pleasant and helpful yet unobtrusive.

Stick with a salad, steak and sides and the food is sure to please. Their porterhouse for two in a wine sauce with shimeiji mushrooms was quite wonderful. The potato gratin we had came infused with truffle oil, there were truffle shavings on the top and it was just delicious. The grilled asparagus were done just right and were a nice compliment to the richness of the gratin. The Bibb lettuce salad was a nice light starter and I have enjoyed their caesar salad in the past. The foiegras appetizer, however, was somewhat disappointing. To its credit, it was not overstated. However, it was a little too overcooked (should have been more gelatinous like throughout to the edge and not just in the center) and paired poorly atop an overly sweet pineapple cake, although the bit of blueberry sauce and fresh blueberries on the side were fine.

Jun 11, 2013
noshie in Las Vegas

Chichen Itza Not So Great

I was disappointed in this place. The pollo asado was too charcoal flavored and the portion was small. The cochinita pibil sandwich was only ok. The only highlight was the habanero salsa which you really needed given the rather mundane taste of the food.

May 28, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Charlie Palmer Steak Cut of the Week--A Simply Superb Steal

The Cut of the Week was a Wagyu stripsteak and it was phenomenal in a lovely not too salty port wine sauce puddle which matched the meat well. The accompanying truffle potatoes had real slices of truffle on them and plenty of truffle oil inside. It was a super treat for this truffle hound to get actual truffle pieces on a prix fixe like this. The citrus asparagus were terrific too. The mascarpone cheesecake was delicious as well. The only negative was a small disc of bone marrow flan that accompanied the steak that tasted like a salt lick.

The service was attentive and the room is dark, restful and a welcome change from of the louder steakhouses I have been to.

All in all, for $48 per person, which included both white and red wine in the price, this is a veritable steal in taste and quality. I would go back in a heartbeat were it not for the five hour drive, and, frankly, will be going back anyway as soon as possible despite it.

Mar 10, 2013
noshie in Las Vegas

Sea Harbour vs. Elite

I like King Hua better than either (I have been a few times to Sea Harbour and many times to Elite). King Hua has a way better selection than Elite and Elite's steamed dumplings are not good. There is no line at King Hua if you get there on a weekend when it opens (its later, around 10 am I believe). The spicy pig ear (comes around in a plate), baked pork buns (with bits of shrimp in them) and lettuce and fish ball congee at King Hua are standouts for me. I also like their yummy fried chicken knees/knuckles with little green onions and their egg rolls and bean curd rolls are nice as well.

Feb 24, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Waterloo & City, All Good But the Bread

Went to Waterloo & City last night and had the Dine LA menu. I thought that the chicken liver appetizer (which is served in a cute small glass jar with a thin layer of tasty fat, jam, caper berry, cornichon and a lovely sprig of chervil) was quite tasty and I also very much enjoyed the haddock and savoy cabbage dish as well (although it might have been a tad salty, I really liked the smoky flavor). The sticky toffee pudding was to die for.

My one gripe is that their bread is subpar. There were like four different flavored breads in the breadbasket that all tasted marginal. Even the bread (I think it was a brioche, the liver would have been better served with a toast) that was served with the chicken liver was disappointing.

Jan 26, 2013
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Seeking One Good Dry Aged Steak Alternative to The Steakhouse

I thought about it, but over Memorial Day it was lamb and I was feeling like steak. I ended up going to two steak dinners in a row. The first night I tried Gallaghers, which I thought was great. We had the dry aged steak (I forget the cut it was not a ribeye) and the sides were quite special (mac and cheese which was made with bacon and wonderful sauteed mushrooms). The chopped salad, however, looked like it was from a salad bar.
The second night I went back to The Steakhouse and had the ribeye, their wedge and baked potato. The bread basket is way bettter at the Steakhouse. I think the steak seasoning/glace at Gallaghers is half a grade better. The atmosphere at The Steakhouse is a full grade better (I did not see any booths at Gallaghers)

Overall, when you take into account the horrible parking situation at Circus Circus (we waited at least a half hour for the valet), I'd say the two are a draw.

Jun 04, 2012
noshie in Las Vegas

Seeking One Good Dry Aged Steak Alternative to The Steakhouse

Although I really love The Steakhouse in Circus, Circus, I am looking to try something new. I did not like Golden Steer or Craftsteak. I liked AJs but it's gone. I don't want to pay Carnevino/Cut/Prime/Charlie Palmer prices. An atmosphere more like The Steakhouse than Craftsteak (old school versus austere or hip/posh) is preferable but something in between would be ok too.

May 24, 2012
noshie in Las Vegas

800 Degree Pizza Falls Flat

You are right, but still no truffle taste at all

May 21, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area

800 Degree Pizza Falls Flat

The Stella Rossa truffle pizza is $13.95 versus 800 Degrees $11.65 truffle pizza and Stella Rossa is, in my opinion, scads better.

There were three groups of families with young children in there for early dinner (5ish). They need more high chairs, so moms with toddlers won't get shot nerves seeing the 2 high chairs in use and wondering if they are going to have to eat their pizza with a squirmy toddler in their lap. High chairs stack on each other like cups so there is not a room issue.

Neither is really good for any kid who gets squirmy waiting in a line, there was like a half hour wait at 5ish (I would recommend that anyone who would want to bring their toddler here should go for a stroller ride and let someone else wait in the line and call on the cell when they are up at the counter).

May 19, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area

800 Degree Pizza Falls Flat

My experience here was not so good. I had the mushroom and truffle oil pizza. I could not taste any truffle oil, the cheese they use did not match with the taste of the scanty mushrooms and the crust was too soft even though we asked for it crispy. The vegetarian pizza was totally forgettable.

In my opinion there is a full grade difference in quality between this place and Stella Rossa. I won't be going back. They also need to add more high chairs, they only have two for the whole place and both were in use until we got to the very end of the line.

The only highlight was the chopped salad which was very nicely prepared and old style, and I actually preferred it to Stella Rosa's.

May 19, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Dim sum at King Hua: A Pictorial Essay

King Hua has a lot more variety than Elite (although last time I was at Elite they seem to have added more steamed dumpling items, although I did not like the ones I had, the wrapper was too thick). King Hua's spicy pig ear (with green onion, chili oil and a little shaved celery) is terrific as is their pan fried chicken buns. I also like their lettuce and fish ball jook.

May 14, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Stella Rossa-Fab by Any Name But Turn Down the Volume

Return visit. Truffle mushroom pizza unfortunately lighter on the truffle oil. Sausage pizza only so so. They need to tread lighter on the balsamic for their brussel sprouts.

The music was at the same volume, but at least it was Social D's "Bad Luck" so no complaints this time.

Apr 29, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area

Stella Rossa-Fab by Any Name But Turn Down the Volume

Sat up at the pizza making bar, cozy. Arrived at 7pm and already a 45-hour wait for a table, but that pizza bar was fine.

We had an Italian chopped salad which was nice traditional like but I would not order again due to its not being so special overall and the celery in it that was not mentioned on the menu.

We also had two pizzas, the Shaved Mushroom and the Bloomsdale Spinach (with that purple kale). The Shaved Mushroom pizza was TERRIFIC. It says it has black truffles, I just tasted truffle oil which went so well with the rosemary on the pizza, just divine. The Bloomsdale Spinach was very good as well, I loved the yummy slightly brussel sprout taste of the browned kale, was not as wild about the spinach (I think it was spinach) below. Overall, very good but the Shaved Mushroom pizza was a knockout, really nice.

The music was loud a la Pizzeria Mozza, although perhaps a tad quieter, had to sit through Huey Lewis and the News, yikes. What is it about this new breed of pizza places and their need to play loud music? Anyway, they should turn it down, and they should also get rid of that big screen TV playing sports, it gives it a cheaper, sports bar feel.

Overall, I would go back in a hearbeat for that Shaved Mushroom pizza, would try one of the "red" pizzas (maybe the organic sausage, that sounded nice) and I would go for the purple kale salad.

Feb 12, 2012
noshie in Los Angeles Area