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L.A. Dish of the Month, October 2014 -- Nominations

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD (so this could include mexican, peruvian, belizean, all that good stuff.

about 7 hours ago
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

i agree. it is generally quiet but if there are groups it gets pretty loud.

about 7 hours ago
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I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

Have we considered all the good restaurants are loud because all the good chefs are young? I mean why the heck would Red Medicine be loud if Kahn didn't want it to be loud? It's not like it's ever full. So he's just playing the music he wants at the level he wants to play it at. Even Ludo blasts music at Trois Mec. That clearly has nothing to do with increasing turnover. It's just the environment he likes.

Some places noise is inevitable. Hart and the Hunter is so damn tiny that every table is on top of one another.

And then there are places like Bottega Louie where scene is obviously of the utmost importance. I find these places easy to ignore because generally food is not at the forefront of their goals.

I figure I am the youngest member that posts with frequency on these boards, and I hate noise at restaurants. I would like to think that it isn't my age group that is driving the noise, rather it is the chefs and GM's who either appreciate the noise or think it is helping business.

about 7 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Red Medicine - 6 course tasting menu - best in LA to me

Really great review. Chowhound needs more writes up like this. A few quick questions. First off, is the tasting menu at RM made up of items off menu or is everything on the menu and just presented in six courses? How full were you afterwards? It looks quite filling compared to some of the other LA tasting menu spots.

Out of curiosity what was the ingredient you had at Maude?

about 7 hours ago
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Lunch in Newport Beach

I vote Settebello!

about 7 hours ago
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Reminiscent of boat noodles... sounds incredible. I can't wait to check it out. As always, thanks for the report. Really top notch stuff. And those pictures should be all the advertising this place needs.

Sep 19, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Woohooo! The entrees have at last changed. I shall go very soon. How were the new entrees?

What were the standouts? The frijoles look really good, as does the campechana. I liked the beef heart tartare but it wasn't my favorite.

Sep 19, 2014
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Saint Martha

That might be the right decision. Give them time and hopefully they will only progress.

Sep 19, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Terroni (downtown) reviewed

Try the pizza at Settebello. I think you'll like. Thanks for the review. Where did you move from?

Sep 18, 2014
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DTLA - near Staples

Really underrated.

Sep 18, 2014
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DTLA - near Staples

Seconded.

Sep 18, 2014
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Saint Martha

I went tonight and really liked it.

The spot prawn tartare was good. But perhaps not my favorite. The melon was an interesting combo...one that I don't think I loved. I would have preferred something more citrusy to pair with the salt and prawns.

I thought the sea urchin avocado mousse seaweed chips were really great. Saltiness of the chips, creaminess of the uni and avocado, plus the spice of a tiny jalapeƱo ring worked really well together. Almost like an exotic guacamole.

Next up was the octopus. For me, this was the highlight of the night. Rice cooked to a risotto like finish, octopus slow-cooked for six hours and then seared if i remember correctly. Some of the best, most tender octopus I've had. Couple that with a dash of squid ink and the glutinous rice and we have ourselves a real winner. I'll be back for that dish.

Beef and oyster tartare was mediocre in my opinion. I think to really love this dish, you need to love oysters because the brininess of the oysters definitely overwhelmed some of the more subtle flavors of the beef tartare. This was served with bone marrow beignets that were among the richest things I've eaten in quite some time. Not dying to have any more of those, but I did finish my girlfriend's bite, so that's saying something.

The brassicas with poached egg was really good. Super earthy and strong. Type of dish you expect to eat outside some French farmhouse in the dead of the winter. I'm impressed that a place like Saint Martha even has a dish like this. Shows that the chef recognizes the value of good ingredients and doesn't always need to focus on extreme creativity to make something worth eating.

Last up was the hoisin brisket. Consider myself a fan. For what it's worth, my girlfriend much preferred the brisket here to the brisket she ate earlier today from Guerrilla Tacos. The hoisin was an interesting touch. A bit sweet and a little heavy, but all in all, it worked very well. Flavor profile reminds me a bit of what Roy Choi is doing with Kogi.

For dessert we had a carrot cake with a carrot sorbet, avocado mousse, and pumpkin seed brittle. It all was tremendous. After the carrot sorbet here and the corn sorbet at Maude, I'm thinking every ice cream place in the city should be making veggie ice creams!

All in all, this ran about sixty a person. Well worth it IMO. This is a very creative, risky restaurant. There are going to be hits and misses, and I think it is important to acknowledge that. But this is one hundred percent the type of place I want to see succeed in LA. Loud, bold flavors, creative cooking, good prices. In a couple months, as they iron out some dishes, this place could really be something special.

As a last note, our waitress was fantastic.

Saint Martha

Anybody else been recently? I'm going tonight and would love to hear about the standout dishes.

Sep 17, 2014
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Night + Market Song, Good Times

Gosh we need to have a chowhound meet up in Thailand. Now that would be legendary!

Sep 15, 2014
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Night + Market Song, Good Times

Only one place to get it? Lol. I'm sure it is fantastic there, perhaps the best in the world, but should we not get tacos because ours aren't as good as the best in mexico city?

Sep 15, 2014
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Where is Bryant Ng now?

I'm a little nervous that if he's partnering with them, his food won't be as adventurous.

Sep 11, 2014
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Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Lol so true. I've actually ate Popeyes more in Hong Kong than in the US!

Sep 11, 2014
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Looking for restaurant suggestions Huntington Beach..ish

Seconded. Really enjoyable fish and chips.

Sep 10, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

Was not bread when I went there but granted that was before they upped the price point. So hopefully they changed that

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hah. I'm hoping for a california roll and pad thai mash up. Best of both worlds.

A friend swears by green curry poured over pad thai. The atrocity.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Alright there are bean sprouts and onions and chives and lime. I dunno about you but when I think fresh veggies I don't think cold from the refrigerator bean sprouts.

A lime is a lime. An onion is an onion. Do you consider a Dodger Dog fresh because you can get some chopped onions next to the ketchup? Are you really advocating tofu as fresh? How many Thai spots are making their own tofus?

I guess what I'm saying is part of the allure of Thai food for me is those fruits and veggies. Tart mango. Fresh mango. Papaya. Mangosteen. Starfruit. Every random as hell leaf they use.

A bean sprout doesn't really do it for me, but to each their own.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

California rolls is a perfect comparison. It sucks but kinda doesn't suck. If you're in the mood it can be decent.

I am interested in Ricker's other noodle dishes.

Really hoping for a good pad ma ma! (As a study abroad student in Bangkok, I survived on pad ma ma. One dollar. Heaping plate of noodles and chicken. Fifty cents for a coke or fifty cents for a beer. Those were the days.)

Sep 10, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

arts district is so difficult these days. Even two or three years ago it wasn't nearly so crowded. I remember parking right next to wurstkuche whenever I'd go. Now I have to pay or wait forever.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Euxodus. I think the problem is simple. Pad thai sucks. Weird flavor profiles. An awkward sweet sometimes coupled with intense heat. A dull preparation of shrimp. Nothing fresh.

I'd describe it as the chili cheese fries of Thailand. Maybe a greasy bean and cheese burrito. An LA street dog. Decent drunk food. Sometimes you can really crave it. But it ain't really a dish worth celebrating.

Sep 09, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I think you've hit the nail on the head with the concept of celebrity worship.
In my opinion, Ricker is one of the most fascinating people in the food world. A random white guy (not formally trained from what I gathered by watching his documentary) who became so obsessed with Thai food that he became a master at it! Speaks fluent Thai. Has a host of Thai friends. Travels with Bourdain!

It's a testament to obsession and being a hound, I can more than appreciate an obsession to food. He is perhaps the most interesting person I follow on twitter. The random shit he eats in Chiang Mai is enthralling.

This man has literally dedicated his life to cooking northern Thai food! Wtf. It's unfathomable.

It seems half the hype of his food is his story. But damn does he have a story to tell.

Sep 09, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

At least the door has a name on it. Animal and Son of A gun you have to look inside and hope which is so stupid

Sep 09, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

neither does trios mec or alma.

Sep 09, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

very true

Sep 09, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Best Isaan Places in LA?

What are the best Isaan spots in LA?

I adore Isaan Station. Haven't been to Lacha Somtum yet. I've heard Spicy BBQ has gone downhill.

Anyways, I plan to visit as many Isaan spots as possible and try to figure out which best suits my tastes. I will take pictures and write reviews if you tell me where to go!

I heart Night+Market but am not sure it really counts as Isaan, especially given the chef is from LA and his family is from Chiang Mai.

Sep 08, 2014
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What do we call ...

Did you reach out to him by twitter or email?

Sep 08, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area