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Anybody brave enough to go to the Koreatown Night Market thing?

Thinking about heading to the K-Town night market thing this Friday/Saturday. Anybody else going?

Are the lines going to be unbearable? I seem to remember reading the 626 night market was hell.

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

you don't fancy bestia?

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

Four courses: Seems like the last one is generally pretty meat based. The other three courses do seem veggie and fish leaning. But both times I've went, the last course has been meat-based.

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

It seems Alma has been trendy to rate on the low side since the best new restaurant thing.

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Back to Animal

I really liked the hamachi tostada. Taste wise, I thought it very comparable to a really good papaya salad. Also thought the grilled quail was quite good.

Apr 14, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

The Indian scene is not exactly thriving in LA so I'll definitely be checking a few places out! One of the few Asian foods LA does not do wonderfully.

Apr 11, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

Stops along the 405 West LA to Irvine

Coni times a 100. Place is amazing. Aguachiles are perfect.

Apr 11, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Post-Gradulation dinner for large mixed-age group Downtown LA

might be worth it to see if you can basically get the entire wood spoon restaurant.

Apr 09, 2014
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Best Late Weeknight Options in OC?

worth going for other than the quite expensive burger?

Apr 09, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Great Restaurants Near the Wiltern

isaan station has quite good thai. not much on ambiance though.

Apr 07, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

Gosh this place is good.

Is this the April menu? Looks very similar to the March menu I had but it looks like a few different things are going on here. I specifically don't remember the lamb option.

Those tostatas are superb. I feel if Animal served them they would be hailed as one of the best dishes of the year.

Apr 05, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

connie and ted or son of a gun

I prefer Son of a Gun. I can more consistently afford Connie & Ted's so I go there more. Also do not like the tight seating at Son of a Gun.

Apr 04, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

best 100 yards of food in LA

Drama! An OC contender.

Apr 03, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

best 100 yards of food in LA

The Helms Bakery complex is pretty impressive. Father's Office, Lukshon, and Bucato. Plus such diversity!

Apr 03, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Night + Market Song

N + M's khan soi definitely felt like a luxurious version. Richer in terms of the cuts of meat but it also felt healthier because the ingredients are probably of a higher standard. In Thailand, those noodles on top will almost certainly be instanoodles ripped open from a microwave ramen package. (To be fair, I've spent most of time in Bangkok and khao soi is definitely a more northern dish so perhaps I've not had the truly elite Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai versions.

I've found that a decent amount of Thais I met in Bangkok where I've spent a good seven months of the last two years actually prefer the Thai food in LA to the Thai food in BKK because so often the ingredients are far superior in LA.

I've not had a ton of good khao soi's in LA but I do not really seek it out. If I'm doing Thai soup, I'm almost certainly doing boat noodle so I'll go to Sapp's. Or I'll do a very basic noodle soup--sorta similar to a Thai pho.

Good khan soi for me like most Thai food is all about balance. Definitely want a good hint of lime and somewhat of a spicy kick. Also the consistency of the broth is huge for me. All I can say regarding that is N + M does the consistency really well. Biggest khao soi turn off for me is when it's too sweet. I definitely prefer sour/spicy to sweet.

Apr 02, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

Bacoman I knew you would be the person to turn to regarding Chi Spacca. Thanks for the help. To be honest, I haven't been to a "meat-centric" restaurant in a while. I'm so used to small plates at the moment...a la Trois Mec, Alma, Taco Maria, Bucato, Bestia. And other than that I've been doing lots of Mexican/Thai/Asian. Spots like Night + Market and Starry Kitchen, those types of places.

I really can't remember the last time I ordered a dish of meat that cost more than thirty dollars/was expecting to be the majority of my meal. At the above places, I'll generally order something like a sea bass or some other type of seafood dish.

But to answer your question, I was recently really impressed by Park's BBQ but it seems too easy to order the spare ribs at Chi Spacca. I like gamier things (quail, elk, bison) so if I go to a place like Drago Centro or Marouch I'll order something like boar or quail rather than whatever pork or beef cuts they have.

But please recommend! I know i'll do the focaccia di reco and other than that I've not an idea. Heck, what would you order if you were not getting the tomahawk or the bistecca?

Apr 02, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

Is Chi Spacca worth it if I'm not gonna do the pork chop or the bistecca? Thinking of going tonight but nothing in the menu really jumps out at me

Apr 01, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Night + Market Song

I've had it in Thailand more than I've had it in LA, but I just can't imagine Playground's version to be that good.

Apr 01, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Night + Market Song

N + M is superb. Is Song cheaper?

I was also quite impressed with the khao soi. Definitely becoming one of my regular dishes there.

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

never had whitebait before. heck, didn't know about it. looks really good. easy to come across?

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Come to think of it, there actually isn't too much singaporean/malaysian. Especially compared to how many thai and vietnamese spots there are. Sedap looks fantastic.

Toasted sounds wonderful too.

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Thanks for the suggestions. Nopi sounds great--will definitely check that out.

And so does Barrafina.

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Ahh, Spanish sounds great. You're right, while there are a few in LA proper, there aren't many and they generally aren't excellent. Any specific places you really like?

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Ahh, didn't even think about foie gras.

Mar 31, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

Newport Beach dinner

Nothing outstanding, in Fashion Island, but I myself quite like True Food--especially compared to R + D, Fleming's, and Gulfstream. To each their own I guess.

Mar 30, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Hey all, I'm coming from Los Angeles--wondering what the heck I should eat in London that I cannot get in LA.

LA does Mexican and almost all east/southeast Asian cuisines really well so I'm gonna stay away from those cuisines in London.

Any suggestions?

Mar 28, 2014
set0312 in U.K./Ireland

Dinner suggestion help

Taco Maria is much greater than Little Sparrow, but yes, you should try them both. Enjoy Chi Spacca!

Mar 17, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

ISO - Best Rotisserie Chicken???

The B rating is why it tastes so damn good.

Mar 17, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner suggestion help

Go to Taco Maria and do the wine pairing. Unless that is too low end for you. I've been to all of the restaurants on your short list and prefer Taco Maria. Although I haven't been to C + S with the new chef.

Mar 17, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican place near downtown LA for wkend lunch?

chichen itza. Right next to USC--very casual spot that serves Yucatan style Mexican so good that it inspired J. Goldy to book a ticket to Merida immediately after (so he claims.)

The panuchos are out of this world. One of my favorite dishes in the city.

But from what I hear, you cannot go wrong with Taqueria Los Anaya.

Mar 13, 2014
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