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Dim Sum on the Westside

The Palace Seafood & Dim Sum on Wilshire. Decent. Methadone for your dim sum habit.

Tasting menu

That was my impression of Robuchon last time I went. Loved that bread cart though. And stupid-expensive. Felt abusive. Exploitational. At that price every dish has to be a home run (or a Grand Slam - and not the Denny's kind).

(For the record - I feel Urasawa is also too expensive, but it doesn't feel abusive.)

Tasting menu

It's the photos? Shouldn't you judge a restaurant by the food?

Heavy french? Hm. I don't think I've been to that restaurant. With the exception of the egg caviar, I wouldn't say it's traditionally rich - as in cream and butter. Especially if you ask for a pescetarian menu.

Tasting menu

Melisse, Providence, n/naka are my favs. Possibly in that order, but really, it makes no sense to try judge one of these over the other. They're all great. I tend to have more fun at Melisse and Providence, n/naka is actually less formal, but feels more formal, quieter, serene.

I should give Maude another try - but the focus on one ingredient seems like an Iron Chef gimmick. I like variety.

Belcampo Meat Company in Santa Monica

Anybody know what happened to this? They opened briefly, then shut down and were supposed to open in the fall (or so I read), but the phone number isn't working. What's up with that? Anyone know?

Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

If you can give me more details besides "something about it is just not as satisfying" and I'd be more inclined to give it a try.

Is it cheaper? How's the fish?!

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

By the way - my experience with Thai restaurants is that one particular dish may be great at one particular restaurant, but the rest is merely okay. For instance - the BBQ pork at Spicy BBQ is great, but their Tom Ka Gai soup is only good. (with a VERY good in the middle). There have been places where nothing is great, nothing really stands out, but everything is good. Would be handy to list the top 10 Thai dishes - and compare them. And then another Top 10 of fairly unique, stand-out dishes (like Spicy BBQ's BBQ pork).

LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

Ate at Tom Bergin's Friday night. Not a restaurant destination by any stretch, but I meet friends there once a month - and if I'm famished - -nothing like a plate of corned beef (done right) to hit the spot. (quite tender).

Santa Monica Openings

Apparently they are no longer open for lunch. Heads up on that.

Is there a single good Thai place in Santa Monica or Venice?

Bangkok Thai West. Their Tom Kha Gai soup is pretty stuff. A bit richer and more luxurious that what I've had in Thai Town's best.

But that's my reference standard. Don't know much about their other offerings.

It's also the prettiest, most formal-looking Thai restaurant I've ever been to in L.A.

Santa Monica Openings

I was starving a few months back (or shortly after they'd opened - maybe a month ago?) and saw Takuma and gave it a whirl. The chef/owner I believe was the only person there. I was the only one in the restaurant. I can't say the menu was unique and exotic, but everything I had was good - and the chef was very charming and amiable. I've been meaning to go back. Thanks for the reminder. Now I'm hungry for that spicy tuna with rice cracker.

LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

Tam O' Shanter (1922). Went there for the first time last week - sat at the bar and had Lawry's (the owners) style prime rib, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes. It was fine.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I could argue (comfortably) that it's the cultural center of the known universe.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

is there some hidden irony here? They're smack dab in the middle of SGV. Please explain!

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I went last week for lunch. Business was slow, about 15% capacity.

One thing they could do to bump business is change their website's lunch offerings. It's limited and not all that exciting.

But once you sit down - they give you an additional menu - the dinner menu. So in reality, you get both menus. And that dinner menu is pretty great. We had a great meal (loved the crab, hate the mess). I can see putting New Port Seafood on a monthly rotation.

Live Lobster Prices - Old topic, but a new year.

I have no current experience, but 99 Ranch, LAX-C and Shun Phat were the cheapest. Usually under $10/lb. Call and find out. And please post back here.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

How come no one on this thread mentions the food?

I considered going until I looked at the lunch menu. It looked pretty limited.

Should I bother? Is it a great leap from all the other offerings west of Monterrey Park? No leap? Different?

Sweetbreads! I need sweetbreads!

Not sure if you want to buy them and cook 'em yourself. Or order them up.

My fav in L.A. is Osteria Mozza. Getting hungry for them just writing this.

They used to have some great ones at Animal, but not the last few times I've been there.

In New York - head to Prune.

Smallest entree ever!

She did point to the menu and he asked the price because he couldn't read it. Thirty seven fifty is what she said. And that's what he should have paid.

I would know Screaming Eagle would cost a bundle.

Also, the waitress should ask for a price range. That didn't happen.

Wonder how it would fair in court.

Smallest entree ever!

Only think I can think of was that the waiter was new and picked up the wrong plate. And when pointed out, didn't want to take the blame for the screw up.

But...that's about as plausible an explanation as I can come up with. But that might be a stretch.

Smallest entree ever!

I haven't had the 4 course tasting menu at Melisse in over 10 years. (I always get the 10, or the Carte Blanche menu.) I remember smallish portions, but nothing like what you're discussing. (a pic would have been nice).

But even with tasting menu- when I get a beef entree - I would get more meat on the plate than you got. There'd be 3 small portions prepared differently.

However, I do remember getting a lamb course in the tasting menu - with the center portion of a chop. I wonder if someone screwed up and you got the tasting menu portion instead of the larger portion.

Yamashiro for sale—will it be missed?

I will miss it. I used to go to these great cocktails parties once a month there. I'd say I've gotten hammered at Yamashiro more than any place I can imagine. Once a month. For years. Fun. Interesting group. Great view.



I ate at the West L.A. venue the other night - and the sweet potato waffle fries were perhaps the worst sweet potato fries I'd ever tried. No crisp WHATSOEVER. In fact, I kick myself for not sending them back.

Your experience?

Best Steak within 200 miles not 201

In my opinion, The Dabney Coleman steak at Dan Tana's is the best steak in L.A.

But there are others that are very good.

BTW - tried a steak at FLAME - a Persian restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd in West L.A. SUUUUUUUCKED. Worst steak I've had in years, maybe decades. The couldn't even cook it right. Medium rare was well done. 2nd attempts was well done and then the center was rare. Was this a frozen steak? Third time was not a charm. Upshot? I didn't have to pay for it. But even if the steaks were free I wouldn't return.

N/Naka or Yamakase


N/Naka or Yamakase

I've been to n/naka 10 times or so. Yamakase once. I really enjoyed Yamakase (my GF thought it was the most fun restaurant ever), but when it comes down to it - I n/naka gets the nod. Food is more creative, more delicious, more formal, more elegant.

But I do miss Yamakase. It's more of a funky, informal Urasawa.

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

n/naka, Melisse and Ursawa.


Gayot would add Spago.


The whitefish with the pistachio/horseradish crust is my Pizzicotto fav.

Hinoki and the Bird…very good, but...

I'm with you. Hinoki is "interesting" but is it satisfying? Anything make you crave it? Not for me. But Craft - despite being a bit pricey - is a great fall back restaurant. The food (from the bread box and one) is always firing on all cylinders.

Two Saturdays, Two Dinners - The Little Door and Red O

Which Little Door? WeHo or SanMo?