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Sushi and Malaysian downtown?

We will be visiting Vancouver in a couple of weeks and staying on W. Georgia between Thurlow and Burrad Streets and won't have a car.

We would like to go to a sushi restaurant for omakase. I'm a bit confused because here in Los Angeles most of the izakaya restaurants aren't known for their sushi or vice-versa. In Vancouver, it sounds like the izakaya restaurants also excel in sushi or am I mistaken?

In any event, where would you recommend we go for sushi that is walkable from our location? Maybe within a mile? Most of the suggestions I've seen on this board (Octopus Garden or Ajisai) don't seem to be within that distance. If you have a good suggestion that is easy to get to using public transit, we are open to that. Guu looked ineresting but it seems like it speciaizes in izakaya rather than sushi or am I wrong?

We have a lot of cuisines here in Los Angeles but Malay isn't one of them. Is Banana Leaf worth one of our 5 nights in Vancouver? (Other likely selections are Yew and Phonm Penh.)

Finally, I see references to Buck a Shuck which sounds great. Which restaurants or bars have this?

Many thanks.

Aug 17, 2012
siam in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where to eat OUTSIDE the FQ?

Thanks everyone. You have given me a lot of things to look at.

Unfortunately, Dragos in Metairie is closed on Sundays. It would have been perfect on the way to the airport.

Dec 21, 2011
siam in New Orleans

Where to eat OUTSIDE the FQ?

Husband and I will be making our 4th visit or so to NOLA. This trip will be a bit different as we will be spending 6 nights driving around SW LA and visiting Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, and St. Francisville and will just two have nights in New Orleans. We will be staying in the French Quarter but have decided to keep our car rental which will allow us to visit food outside the FQ. We don't want to drive far but would like to vist restaurants that we might not otherwise visit because of transportation costs/logistics.

We will be arriving sometime on Friday driving in from Madewood Plantation. That means we are looking for lunch & dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Is there any place we should try to hit on the way to the airport on Sunday? In the past, we bought muffalettas from Central Grocery to eat on the plane but they are closed on Sundays. Any suggestions? Couchon Boucherie appears open but I can't access their menu off the internet. Do you think they would have muffalettas to go?

We are open to all kinds of restaurants. Past restaurants outside of the French Quarter include Commander's Palace and Upperline.

Finally, this will be the weekend after Mardi Gras.

Thanks in advance. I'm really looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

Dec 19, 2011
siam in New Orleans

Traditional Catalan--Fonda Gaig??

My husband and I will be in Barcelona in two weeks. We will be spending 5 nights there before we head up to Basque country.

Here's our itinerary so far:

Sat: late arrival.
Sun: Kaiku for lunch, Cerveseria Catalana
Mo: Hisop
Tu: Tickets
Wed: ??

For Wednesday night, we would like to find a moderately priced restaurant specializing in traditional Catalan, preferably in the L'Eixample area. We have a very early flight to Bilbao the following morning so we are not looking for a 3 hour meal.

Does Fonda Gaig fit the bill? Has anybody been there who can describe it, including cost? Unfortunately, their website has practically nothing on it and no menu. Any comments about the restaurant would be very helpful.

And if Fonda Gaig doesn't seem to be a good choice, do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Oct 01, 2011
siam in Spain/Portugal

Where to eat on night of arrival in Barcelona?

I knew that the time of the match wouldn't be set until shortly before the game, but I didn't know about the date! Yikes. I won't be crushed but my husband might.........

Sep 03, 2011
siam in Spain/Portugal

Where to eat on night of arrival in Barcelona?

Thanks PBSF. Paco Meralgo sounds like it will be a nice way to begin our stay in Spain. You really think that we won't have a long wait at the restaurant if our apartment greeter calls them upon our arrival at the apartment? If that doesn't work, I suppose we can walk to some of the other places you mentioned. Thanks again.

Aug 31, 2011
siam in Spain/Portugal

Where to eat on night of arrival in Barcelona?

My husband and I have just started our restaurant planning for our trip to Spain. We will have 5 nights in Barcelona--arriving Saturday and departing early Wednesday morning. So far we have (not much):

Saturday: Arrive at 6pm.
Sunday: No decision yet as we have tickets to the FC Barca game but game time hasn't been set.
Mon: Maybe Hisop
Tues: Tickets
Wed: Not sure yet. We have an 8:30 am flight to Bilbao, Thursday morning and haven't yet figured out what kind of meal we want the night before. I wish I had reserved Tickets for this night. Oh well.

Right now, I'm stuck on trying to come up with ideas for Saturday. We arrive at 6pm and will need to go to our apartment rental which is located on Calle Casanova & Calle Valencia in Eixample. We will be very jet lagged since we will have taken a red-eye from Los Angeles. We would like an "easy" dinner and be able to sit down. By "easy" I mean nothing too formal or a service that is long and drawn out. Just some good food and preferably a place where reservations aren't required since our timing will be a bit up in theair. Walking distance from the apartment. Any restaurants that someone can think of that fits (or closely fits) these parameters?

Thanks in advance.

Aug 30, 2011
siam in Spain/Portugal

Best sushi in South Bay??

Who has the best sushi in the South Bay? Looking for some place to go this Saturday night for our anniversary. Price shouldn't be an issue. Thanks in advance.

Aug 23, 2011
siam in Los Angeles Area

Need Advice From Raku Fans

My husband and I will be heading up to LV for a weekend in July (beautiful weather I know). After looking through the Boards, it sounds like Raku is a place we would like to try. Is there anybody out there who is willing to give us some pointers for the best experience? Such as:

1. Any special requests, seating or otherwise, we should make on our reservation?
2. Tips or ordering--what to order, order of ordering etc.
3. We drink sake but are certainly not sake afficionados. Any recommendations?

I should say that we are pretty adventurous eaters and, unfortunately, big eaters. I wouldn't order the pig's ear on my own initiative but if you think it's a must, let us know. Foie gras, on the other hand, is one of my favorites.

Thank you for your help. If there is already a similar thread about this, I couldn't find it and I'd appreciate it if you would steer me to it. Thanks again!

Jun 17, 2010
siam in Las Vegas

LA Chowhounds coming to Boston

Thanks to both you. I'm already checking things out on-line.

And dulce de leche, you are abolutely right about Portuguese. We would like to try it. Any suggestions?

Aug 03, 2009
siam in Greater Boston Area

LA Chowhounds coming to Boston

Hi everyone. My husband and I will be traveling to Boston mid-September. Where should we go for dinner? We are from Los Angeles and eat everything. Our only requirements are that they be in the moderate price range--entrees between $15 and $26 if possible (I was recently laid off and while not desititue, we don't want super high-end dinners on the trip.) We also would like restaurants that are relatively close to our hotels so that we can either walk, take a short taxi ride, or public transportation as long as it is safe in the evening. (Is it?)

We are staying at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on a Friday night and at the Fairmont Battery Wharf from Thursday to Sunday night. (Is it difficult fo find a restaurant open on a Sunday night?)

I've been having a difficult time choosing restaurants because I don't have a good idea of distances between neighborhoods.

We are currently thinking of Hungry Mother and Elephant Walk. Is the distance to those restaurants about the same from either Copely Plaza or Battery Wharf?

We clearly need some Italian. Any suggestions? What else?

Thanks in advance.

Aug 03, 2009
siam in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat on Sunday night?

My husband and I will be traveling to SF from LA in a few weeks. We will be able to have 3 dinners while there.

Friday night's dinner will be at Tadich's. When I was a little girl we lived near the city and made regular trips to Scoma's. At the time I was a picky eater and would order the fried chicken. My palate has most definitely changed over the years and now I am craving that kind of seafood meal with plenty of sourdough bread. Tadich's sounds perfect and I am dying to have their ciopino.

Saturday night we will be eating at the Slanted Door with friends.

Still stuck on coming up with something for Sunday night. Most of the restaurants in the area where we are staying (Hotel Vitale in the Ferry District) seem to be closed Sunday nights. (Piperade appealed to me but will be closed.) We are looking for something that is causual, relaxing and that has tasty food--not a world class food experience. Here's what I've come up with.

Incanto (this menu probably sounds the best to me)
1550 Hyde
La Mar Cebicheria

We would prefer something walking distance but I think that La Mar is the only one that close.

I'd appreciate it if you would share your thoughts on these restaruants or make additional suggestions. We are looking for something with entrees in the $20s. (We are having a birthday bash the following week at Providence the following week, so the bank will be broken.)

Thanks in advance.

May 07, 2009
siam in San Francisco Bay Area

Need restaurant in Scottsdale for Friday night

My husband and I will be in Scottsdale for his company party next weekend. We will be staying at the Millenium Hotel McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale. Do you have any suggestions for restaurants Friday night? We aren't looking for something fancy just good food and something not too far. Last year we went to Cowboy Ciao which we enjoyed. We are from LA so Mexican food is common place to us and probably not something we would want to search out in Scottsdale. Thanks in advance.

Nov 29, 2008
siam in Phoenix

Need rec from midtown restaurant

Two chowhounds from So. Cal. will be spending 5 nights in NYC over Labor Day weekend. We already have 4 of the 5 restaurants picked out:

Th: Degustation
Fri. Babbo
Sat: Aquavit
Sun: ????
Mon: Lupa

We realize that this is a bit Batali-heavy but we have friends that were able to get us the reservations so we decided to go for it. Where should we go Sunday night? We would like to find something that is not quite as much of an "event" as the others, is less expensive, and preferably within walking distance from our hotel (the Blakley on 55th between 6th and 7th). Ethnic is great with us but we are not interested in sushi, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Korean since we have so much of that where we live, or Italian since we already will be eating at Babbo and Lupa. Turkish or Indian sounds good but we couldn't find any in the area, but we are absolutely open to anything. So what would you suggest?

I might as well let you know that we are planning to eat at Katz' for lunch during the week and dumplings at Joe's Shanghai. We would be interested in Chinese but I usually don't think that Chinese works very well with only two people.

Thanks in advance and I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

Aug 01, 2008
siam in Manhattan

Any worthwhile restaurants in Roseville?

Thanks Bennyboy1. I wouldn't have found those on my own. One of them should work just fine.

Jun 05, 2008
siam in California

Any worthwhile restaurants in Roseville?

My husband and I will be staying in Roseville for a wedding and would like to find a good place to have dinner on a Friday night. It doesn't matter whether it is fine dining, good ethnic eats or anything else. Budget isn't an issue. Is there anything in Roseville? If not, we will be flying into Sacramento and landing at SMF at about 6:30 pm. Is there anything sort of on the way between the airport and Roseville? We are from LA where we certainly have plenty of good restaurants so I'm not looking for anything that we can't get at home. We're just looking for an enjoyable dinner. Thanks for your help.

Jun 03, 2008
siam in California

Need dinner restaurant near Sofitel in Philly

I am from Los Angeles and will be in Philadelphia next week for businsess and don't have much time to research. I will be there with a colleague and will be staying at the Sofitel (120 South 17th St.). We are looking for a moderately priced restaurant within a block or two of the hotel. We eat all kinds of food. Do you have any suggestions? Anything unique to Philadelphia? Thanks in advance.

Feb 21, 2008
siam in Pennsylvania

What to order at Rosemary's?

The menu at Rosemary's doesn't really knock my socks off, but the consistent reviews here on Chowhound do. So on our next trip, we will have dinner there (in addition to Picasso and LOS). What should we order?

Nov 06, 2007
siam in Southwest

9 Nights in Paris

My husband and I will be in Paris during the latter half of September after visiting the Dordogne area. We will be staying in the 7th. So far, we have 12 restaurants on our list and need some help narrowing it down. Here is what we have so far:

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Au Bon Accueil
Au Petit Tonneau
Cafe Constant
Cigale Recamier
Chez l'Ami Jean
Los Clos des Gourmets
Les Fables de lat Fonatine
Le Florimond
La Fontaine de Mars
Le Petite Troquet

As you can see, all of our picks are located in the 7th. It just seemed that there were so many good possibilites in the 7th, we might as well concentrate on those while we are staying in that area. Next time we will probably stay in a different section of Paris.

So, what do you think of these choices? Is there enough variety or are some of these too similar? (We want a varied experience.) Which do you think we should knock off our list to get down to 9? Which are absolute "keepers" on the list? Anything else that belongs on the list?

Any other thoughts/comments will certainly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jul 17, 2007
siam in France

Need suggestions for New Orleans Restaurants for Surprise Birthday Weekend

I've done some narrowing down on dinner restaurants. Sunday will definitely be Upperline as it is one of the few restaurants open on Sunday night.

That leaves me with Friday and Saturday nights. I've narrowed it down to 5 restaurants: Cuvee, K-Paul's, Emeril's, Bon Ton Cafe, and Herbsaint. We have never been to any of these. Which two would you pick? Are some of these too similar to each other? I would hate to do it but I'm in such a dither of trying to choose that I am considering doubling up on reservations until I tell my husband of the surprise weekend and he could then make the final decision. That would allow me to cancel reservations about two weeks before the reservation so it shouldn't screw up the restaurant's scheduling. Thanks in advance for your help.

Jan 17, 2007
siam in New Orleans

Need suggestions for New Orleans Restaurants for Surprise Birthday Weekend

OK, I've snuck in some researching while at the office today.

I'm thinking of Upperline on Sunday night (one of the few that seem to be open) and Herbsaint on either Friday or Saturday. Any comments?

What do you think would round out our itinerary? I'm thinking of Dick & Jenny's, Cuvee, Cochon, or Galatoires. I'm looking for something different than what we get get in Los Angeles.

And could someone please tell me about Bon Ton Cafe? They don't have a website and I can't really begin to fathom what it is about. Certainly sounds intriguing.


Jan 09, 2007
siam in New Orleans

Need suggestions for New Orleans Restaurants for Surprise Birthday Weekend

I'm planning a surprise weekend trip to New Orleans for my husband's birthday in 6 weeks. I usually to do alot of research but am finding it difficult to plan this on the sly. So PLEASE help.

We'll be arriving on a Friday night in time for dinner and will be leaving Monday night before dinner. So I need dinners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What do you suggest? We'll be staying in the French Quarter without a car and while we're willing to take taxis to restaurants, I'm not real keen on spending tons of money for taxi fare. I'd rather spend the money on the meal itself. I figure a $20 fare each way is the absolute max and less (or none at all) is preferable.

We've been to New Orleans before and I remember having dinner at Commanders Palace which we loved and brunch at Brennan's which we thought was highly overrated. We also loved the oysters and crawfish at ACME and muffalettas at Central Market. While we liked Commander's Palace, we would prefer eating somewhere new. However, we will definitely need to return to ACME for the crawfish and Central Market. He also needs to go to Mothers-probably for lunch (I've been there but he wasn't able to.)

So where should we go for our three nights? Price isn't an issue but as you can see we like things from all price ranges. We live in Los Angeles so we have good restaurants at home. What we really want is something we can't get at home. Any other special places similar to ACME, Central Market and Mothers that we should try? Who makes the best oyster po' boys?

Thanks so much. And shhhhh..... Please keep it a secret as it's a surprise!

Jan 09, 2007
siam in New Orleans

Lunch around the Seattle Center?

While you're at it, we'd appreciate lunch suggestions in the Pioneer Square area. Unforunately, Salumi's will be closed between Christmas and New Years, so that won't work. Thanks again.

Dec 15, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Lunch around the Seattle Center?

We'll be doing the touristy thing around the Seattle Center 12/31. Any lunch suggestions? Any cuisine goes. We'll just need to make sure that we save room for our NYE's dinner at Mistral. Thanks.

Dec 15, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf?

Are you sure TT uses MSG? I didn't realize any restaurants still use it. We were planning to go to TT while we were in Seattle in September, but now I'm not so sure. MSG gives me severe migraines. Darn. It never even crossed my mind to ask.

Nov 10, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Need rec for company to ship salmon, crab etc.

I want to ship some salmon or crab as a holiday gift to relatives in the Midwest. Searching the internet I came across freshseafood.com which is apparently known as Pure Food Fish Market in the Pike Street Market.

Does anybody have any comment on this particular company or have another recommendation?

Thanks for your help.

Nov 03, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Need one more restaurant in Seattle

Hi Everyone.

I just want to tell everyone how much I appreciate all of your responses. I still haven't a clue what we'll do for our final restaurant but fortunately we still have time.

Thanks everyone.

Oct 17, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Need one more restaurant in Seattle

Hi. My husband and I will be in Seattle over New Years Eve. We will be there for 5 nights. So far, we've picked Mistral for New Year's Eve (our bust the bank dinner), Matt's in the Market, Harvest Vine and Tamarind Tree.

We need one more restaurant for dinner. We want something moderate in price (most entrees under $25). We'll be staying at the Inn at the Market and will not have a car so we want something either within walking distance or a short taxi ride. So far we've come up with Cafe Campagne, Elemental at Gasworks, and Purple Cafe. Does anybody have any thoughts on any of these restaurants or any other others? We are leaning towards Elemental but the downside is that they don't take reservations. We thought about the Chinese restaurant that comes so highly recommended here but Chinese just doesn't seem like much fun for two people. So what are we missing from our dinner plans? (By the way, we're adventurous eaters. We also live in LA where virtually every type of food is available.) Thanks for your help. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

Oct 11, 2006
siam in Pacific Northwest

Santa Barbara-Aja unavailable--what else?

Sorry for not posting complete info but I didn't realize State Street was so long.

We are staying at the Spanish Garden Inn at 915 Garden Street, which, if I correctly read the map on the website, is just south of Carrillo. While we prefer walking, we do have a car which we could use if needed.

Price really isn't that much of an issue. We just thought we would take it a notch down from Bouchon. As I think about it, we are probably looking for something that would fall in the California eclectic or Asian fusion cuisine. We like Sushi but we have a favorite sushi bar near our home so that's why we took it off our list for Santa Barbara.

I will check out some of the places you mentioned. And we most definitely have La Superica on our must-do list. We'll just be going there for lunch.

Thanks again.

Jun 28, 2006
siam in California

Santa Barbara-Aja unavailable--what else?

Hi. We'll be taking a weekend trip to Santa Barbara in a few weeks. We planned on dinner at Bouchon and Aja. Unfortunately, Aja is closed for a private party so we need an alternative. Any suggestions? We were looking for something less expensive than Bouchon but something that still offered a nice dining experience. We'll be staying near State Street and would prefer something within walking distance. The Palace Grill sounded interesting but it sounds a bit more "lively" than than what we're thinking of. We like all types of cuisine but are not really interested in Mexican or sushi for our last night. Thanks in advance for your help.

Jun 28, 2006
siam in California