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L.A. Weekly Top 10 Sushi Restaurants

Pretty much agree on all points.

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What's the most unique and upscale Iranian/Persian food in LA?

I've to Flame International a few times. Mixed experience. Unbelievably tender lamb chops the first time with middle eastern spices. I prefer my euro-style, but it was very good.

The last time I got a steak. Ordered it medium rare and it was served well-done. Sent it back and it was well-done again. I was pressed for time and getting annoyed (medium rare would take less time after all than two well-done steaks). I get the owner over and politely tell him I know a thing or two about cooking. He insists that their extra hot oven is the culprit. (700 degrees?) I tell him just take it out earlier. Third time it comes out - medium this time (hint of pink). They comped me (I've been in a dozen times - they kinda knew me a regular), but this was annoying. It was like there was a child cooking in the kitchen.

I haven't been back - that was last summer. Maybe there's someone new in the kitchen.

There is a decent lunch buffer on - I think it's Thursdays.

Also, I love the ambience of the place - affluent and very friendly Persians abound. Pretty women of all ages all done up. It feels like I stepped into an Iranian wedding or something.

Date night restaurant?

No. Sorry, I was having computer problems in posting on CH - just wouldn't take and I thought this was the other request for a date-appropriate restaurant. (which was on the west side).


Though I've only given Maude one try, but I have to agree. Besides your point about social desirability (which is compounded if not directly inspired by the fact he's a "celebrity" chef), it takes it cue from Iron Chef (single ingredient). I don't get why this is a good idea. (as a competition it makes sense, but for a lovely, decadent meal? It's like going to a swinger party and bonking your wife 5 times)

My date felt the same way after the meal. It just didn't overwhelm. Not one dish.

Italians do meals with one animal - and you get different parts of the animal prepared different ways. I like that, but as a restaurant EVERY night? I don't get why this is a good idea.

Date spot - west LA?

Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge.

Oodles of cool, definitely cozy if you get a booth, and dimly-lit. Makes you look 10 years younger.

Has a rat-pack feel.

Perfect date place in my opinion.

Most underrated LA restaurants

If that's what he means, I agree.

Date night restaurant?

Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge.

Oodles of cool, cozy (get a booth), dimly-lit to make you look 10 years younger. Great martinis.

Kind of a rat-pack feel to it.

Food is very good too. (Bruce Marder/Marvin Zeidler/Richard Drapkin/Steve Wallace joint venture - if you know L.A. Food - you these guys).

LA Weekly's 99 essential restaurants released today...what did they miss?

Keep in mind this is last year's list. Which effectively makes this thread "vintage".

How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

Price wanted to help. And wanted to be compensated for his help. That isn't help. That's a service which implies a business relationship.

But he called it help. When you help someone you do it out of kindness, not for some kind of reward. It sounds like he helped and was then spurned. Resorting to litigation sounds a bit, well, litigious to me. If their financial situation is as they describe and he knew this, then he knows there's nothing there. So why do it?

Is he just trying to shut them down? Is it just a legal pissing contest that he knows he can win?

Then again, if they're hiding assets (a pile of cash somewhere) then this plea for help might just be a ruse to give the impression they're broke and that he's trying to get blood from a turnip. And he probably knows this - and is only way to get at what he think is his fair share- it to sue them and hope to settle out of court.

Hard to believe a shit-can location like that could cost much, no investors to pay and tons of business - and they're broke. (possible - since their lease was renegotiated - they may have foolishly paid over top dollar. Can they be that naive? Possible.) Their food costs may be high (fine dining chefs want the best), but the portions were tiny. So unless they were paying their staff way over standard practice, I suspect there's more (cash) to the story.

How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

I thought I might know the guy and find out.

He says there was an oral contract. I know the one of the partners from the plaintiff's firm - Patty Glaser specifically - who went after Kim Basinger for dropping out of a movie (Boxing Helena) after establishing an oral contract. But there was SO much evidence in that case - actual contracts went back and forth, were marked up, etc. But not signed. Still, that implied an oral contact had to have been made. Also helped when Charlton Heston the president of SAG should up and said about 50% of all his movies didn't have signed contracts. I was in that courtroom when Basinger's agent was asked if your word is important in Hollywood. He said "Your work is everything. You are you word." And then when he was asked "Do you believe your word to be legally binding?" He said "No." Well...there yah go!

It doesn't appear (so far) that there was any kind of contracts here - marked-up or otherwise.

How One Acclaimed Restaurant Went From Critical Darling to Almost Broke in Just a Couple of Years

That sucks. Anybody have any idea who brought the nearly-crippling lawsuit? Who's the rich, Hollywood-connected guy?


I like them, but I love The Tavern's frieds. And the Belcampo too - try either of them - I'm sure you'll agree.

One Dinner in LA - Providence v. Redbird v. Shunji v. n/naka v. Maude

Providence vs Troi Mec? Providence wins easily.

Best Steakhouse in L.A.? Comparable to Porter House or Peter Luger?

Chi Spacca. No, not the same, but pretty impressive and unique. And pretty awesome steaks. Comparable? Oh yes.

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse in downtown.

Non steakhouse places with great steaks...

Angelini Osteria (source their Fiorentina/Porterhouse from the formidable Harvey's Guss).

And Dan Tana's "Dabney Coleman."

Sawtelle help

Ah...too late. Consider Butcher's Dog. Not Asian - more like upscale British pub food (after all, it's from the chef who had Waterloo & city).

Dinner for 25 foodies in LA? Suggestions please!

Tiramisu. Tiramisu.

This is driving me crazy.

Dinner for 25 foodies in LA? Suggestions please!

Try Birch on Cahuenga. If you're trying to sit 25 people with individual requests - it's going to be hard - most restaurants don't want to do that. But you can put together a menu with their events coordinator and have a pretty great experience. Either tasting menu, or something family style.


Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

Can the both of you go into a little detail? Instead of giving opinions and conclusions - it would be more helpful to know why you feel the way you do.

Sustainable Sushi?

You mean that uses farm-raised fish?


Tried these last night - very very good. As good as The Tavern? In the same league at least and that's a very good thing.


Oooh...they look good.


Out of all those I've only tried Plan Check and Petit Trois. And I gotta tell yah, The Tavern is much better. Have you tried them?


Hal's - one of my favorites for French frieds, and for me was the benchmark reference standard - is no longer.

But today I'm going to put The Tavern in Brentwood as the best. Even better than Hal's. This place knows how to fry a spud. Their roasted potatoes are also terrific. (with EVOO and potato taste - my favorite).

Fries are very crispy with rosemary. Great stuff.

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Yeah, I've been. I'd give it another try before I go again. It wasn't bad, just didn't pop as much as I would need to get a good jones going for a return meal.

I do remember ordering their French fries and they were thick and not very crispy (after asking if they could make them crispier - they came back a bit more golden - but still disappointing.) Amazing how many restaurants offer deep fried tubers and can't hit it out of the ball park let alone a base hit.

BTW - by contrast the French fries at Ingo's Tasty Diner (don't expect a diner) down the street were very good.

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Melisse is your only true fine-dining option. Formal, great 10 course tasting menu, wine pairings, pretty great wine lines.

I'd add n/naka but it's not really West LA - I'd call it West LA adjacent.

According to this - pretty much everything west of downtown is West. L.A.


But I think that's bullshit.

This is more like it.


Now yah know!

Fine dining in West Los Angeles/Santa Monica

I've had nothing but good food at Craft. Not quite fine dining - it's just a bit informal in that regard, but you can put together a very enjoyable meal.

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

On National? Or the one on Pico? (where Delmonicos is now).

One Dinner in LA - Providence v. Redbird v. Shunji v. n/naka v. Maude

Providence is great. Your theory doesn't hold in this respect. Biggest problem with Providence is that they don't have a celebrity chef. As a problem that's good for consumers - so the masses who conflate celebrity chef with excellent food - will flock to places.

And you should definitely consider Melisse.

I like Shunji, but not anywhere close to the same league as the others. Redbird - I've only been once and will hold my tongue and opinion until another try. But from first impression I wouldn't have it on the same list as those tippety-top-top restaurants.

Keep in mind how celebrity chefs are chosen - they have to have a big personality - and charisma - they have to "pop" on screen. But there are great chefs who are shy. Or cranky. Or downright surly. Or are on the spectrum (I'm not naming names, but I know very talented chefs who fit all of those descriptions) - none of them would pop on the screen.

Which brings us to Melisse - who should definitely be on your list. A mile ahead of Redbird. Or Shunji.


Kudos for Niki. I was a little worried there for the first year or so. (when I'd be one of say, a dozen people in the whole place).

Also glad L.A. has caught up with the place.


I just went to Open Table and plugged in tomorrow's date at 8:30 Nothing. I then hit the "find next available" button and got this...

No Availability for n/naka within 2.5 hours of requested time in next 8 weeks