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Uh-oh, Bucato

I hope this is not indicative of the LA dining scene as a whole. Why is top talent leaving?

about 11 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

I think a lot of people on the boards would really recommend Shunji. Definitely consider it. As others have said, you ain't getting in to Maude or n/naka. Not sure you can get into Trois Mec but I'd rather do Providence anyways.

about 11 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Bucato - any visits since Chef Funke's sudden departure?

It'd be an awkward place for 12. They'd have to push together a lot of outdoor tables but I bet they could do it.

about 11 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Uh-oh, Bucato

Ugh......... that's a remarkable shame.

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

I think we glorify the French a little too much. While there are undoubtedly amazing restaurants where you can be very happy spending twenty dollars, there are a host of others where you will be disappointed spending 100. And their "ethnic restaurants" are appallingly bad.

The French themselves are even fleeing France! At my favorite restaurant in Lyon, the owner/chef's son works at Spago in LA!

This is an interesting article about the demise of French cooking.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/bus...

Also, let us never forget just how remarkable our "ethnic" dining options are in LA. Paris simply has nothing comparable to the scores of Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese places that dot our culinary landscape.

On a side note, while I was in Lyon, I hopped across the Italian border and had two absolutely fantastic meals in the Piedmont region. I ate at a Michelin-starred place in a town of less than 2000 people and it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. I'd guess that rural northern Italy may care about their food more than Angelenos do...but good luck finding a decent pozole there...

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

It was not a bad trip ;)

1 day ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

The burger at the little stand in Mercado La Paloma is very good. But I can't find a menu online so there's a chance that it's a quarter or so over five dollars!

May 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Cacio e Pepe in LA

You should have!

May 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Top 5 Downtown L A?

I spent a full month in Paris and another full month in Lyon

I ate at a few places in Paris. Notables would be Spring, (upstairs) at A Noste, Matiere A, Gare au Gorille, Chateaubriand (ranked the 27th best restaurant in the world by San Pellegrino,) Bones, the infamous Chez Denise, Frenchie Wine Bar, Le Mary Celeste, La Maree Jeanee, along with countless other bistros that I forget the names of because the food was uninspiring.

I actually enjoyed the food scene (and the city itself) in Lyon considerably more than Paris. Ate at a wonderful place called Takao Takano and another great place called La Remanence. Both highly deserving Michelin stars, both much better than Spring in Paris. The bouchons in Lyon are arguably the most fun type of restaurant I've ever been to, and the food for price ratio is extraordinary.

I also ate at Trois Gros, the Michelin three star out in Roanne. That's probably a little better than Bottega Louie. ;) (It was probably the best meal of my life)

May 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Thank you, thank you for Chez Denise rec's!

We had a great meal at Chez Denise and by far the surliest waiter I had in two months of dining in France! He hated us, even though we ordered in passable French and did seemingly nothing to offend him. It took us thirty minutes to track down the bill.

May 21, 2015
set0312 in France

Budapest modern and innovative

Isn't it like 120 a person before drinks? Food must be damned good to be good value at that price.

May 20, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Road trip through Istria--Where should I eat?

What a remarkable culinary destination! I have a feeling some of these meals might have the freshest ingredients I've ever tasted. It seems almost impossible to find the type of restaurants you are describing in America!

I will scour these links. Thanks for taking the time to round them up!

I think I will certainly do Astarea and Konoba Batelina. And who knows, I might stay an extra day or so and do all the ones you listed!

From what I understand, the food in Istria is much better than it is in say Split or Dubrovnik right? I'm trying to decide how much time to spend in each area of Croatia, and based on this post, it seems the majority of my days should be in Istria!

Gosh the octopus/fish peka sounds remarkable. So excited for that.

May 20, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Lyon, France

Interesting, I found Daniel et Denise to be fantastic and Le Sud to be wildly disappointing. Which location did you go to?

You eat anywhere else in Lyon?

May 20, 2015
set0312 in France

Top 5 Downtown L A?

Having just spent a month in Paris, I highly doubt this place would be empty. Especially given how beautiful a space it is.

I still won't go to Bottega Louie by choice, but after spending the last two months in France (Lyon and Paris) I am shocked how well the LA food scene stacks up against the French.

May 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Road trip through Istria--Where should I eat?

My goodness, thank you so much for this list! Everything looks fantastic.

Based upon your suggestions, it sounds like I must do Konoba Batelina so I will. Based upon your description, especially with such a devotion to fish, it literally sounds like the perfect meal. So that will definitely be one of my dinners.

Astarea sounds like quite the experience as well! So basically the chef tells you his produce/meats and cooks for you? Sounds like going to somebody's house!!! Do you prefer Toklarija or Astarea? I may end up adding a day out here and doing them both!

Gradina will definitely be one of my dishes. Is Damir i Ornela open for lunch?

Many, many, many thanks for such a well-thought out and informed reply. If you don't mind listing a few traditional Istrian specialty foods, that would be wonderful!

It sounds like I need to come back in fall/winter when the truffles and game meats are in season!

May 17, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Any good familiar restaurant in Laguna Beach?

I like Slapfish as another casual lunch spot!

May 15, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Road trip through Istria--Where should I eat?

I was hoping you'd respond! I will be in Istria in June, so unfortunately I won't be there for truffle season. What do you recommend?

Thanks!

May 15, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Thumbs down on brunch at Taco Maria

Fair enough. I'm admittedly a bit of a TM apologist because I think it is by far the best restaurant in the OC and better than almost anywhere in LA. But as I said I've never been to brunch, mainly because two of my most trusted friends who love their dinners, said brunch sucks.

Was the menu not posted online beforehand?

On another note, why in the world is the brunch so far from Mexican when the dinner leans very Mexican?

May 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Saint Martha

It's the type of place that embodies all that LA does well in my opinion. When I went there were some real standout dishes, but it sounds like they've got even better. Thanks for the report.

May 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Thumbs down on brunch at Taco Maria

Completely agree.

May 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Thumbs down on brunch at Taco Maria

I think that Taco Maria caters to the wealthy, more conservative dining crowd in a few ways. Though I haven't been myself, it seems brunch is one of those ways. Basically just a super pleasant place to have good breakfast food.

At the same time, I am always surprised at the longevity of some of the items on the tasting menu. The two items I see most frequently are the squid taco and the pescado al pastor. In my opinion (having dined there almost ten times now) those are the worst items on the menu every time! But a part of me thinks that Salgado feels he needs those items for the risk-adverse diner.

To the OP, I still think you are at fault for being upset that you were served pancakes at 2 pm. Just because you think it's too late for brunch doesn't mean TM is gonna whip up some pozoles and steaks for you.

May 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Road trip through Istria--Where should I eat?

Hello, I would love some updated recommendations on the best restaurants in Istria. I will have a car and am willing to drive just about anywhere in the Istria region for a terrific meal. I'll have time for two lunches and two dinners. Price is not really an issue.

Thanks!

May 13, 2015
set0312 in Europe

L.A. Lays a Goose Egg at the James Beard Awards 2015

I like our tacos more than NYC's

May 06, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

Obviously no city has a monopoly on modernity. With that being said, certain restaurants are blatantly more unique to a city than others. It would be harder to recreate Chez Denise in LA.

If you asked me about restaurants that are more LA, (my hometown) I'd show you "ethnic cuisines" interpreted by very talented chefs. For instance, Night + Market, a higher-end risk-taking northern Thai place that does a fantastic tum saap with spices and the a fried chicken sandwich with green papaya that is the best in town. Having lived extensively in Bangkok, I could guarantee that you wouldn't find a similar dish there. Or I'd point you to Taco Maria, a place doing a tasting menu format of modern Mexican by a chef who has worked in Michelin kitchens. I would not point you to an undeniably good French bistro because I believe you could find very comparable French bistros anywhere. Not would I tell you to go the New England style crab shack in West Hollywood.

At the same time, if you wanted a particularly Lyonnaise restaurant in Lyon I'd point you to a bouchon.

Hope my explanation makes sense! Of my meals, i'd say Frenchie Wine Bar was not particularly Parisian. I've had remarkably similar dishes in many cities around the world. The offal focus at Bones was very Parisian in my opinion. As was most everything at Matière a.

I hope to return to Paris soon. Maybe if I spent more than a month there, most everything would feel Parisian. But as a visitor who only had 15 or so higher-end meals, I could certainly distinguish a difference, though it is possible my definition rests in my head and is harder to tangibly define. P.S. Ptipois, thanks for all you do for this board.

May 06, 2015
set0312 in France
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A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

Ahh it was still a good time. I actually had to cancel a reservation at Frenchie because of it, but based on the board's reports I think I may have just saved 80 euros or so :)

I think next time I'll search harder for places like Matière à I like that price range...44 euros for 5 courses rather than say a Bones or something like that. Oh and the bourbon or whiskey nut butter there was sensational!

May 05, 2015
set0312 in France

A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

Ahhh, Italian in dtla should be Bestia even though the decibel levels can be through the roof. Haven't made to Redbird yet but have heard very good things. I've been in Europe for three months now and you've no idea how much I miss cochinita pibil. Have you been to Chichen Itza by USC by chance? Stunning

Do check out Matiere A if you can. And thanks for the tip on Mary Celeste! I give all that credit to you...

May 05, 2015
set0312 in France

Need rec for lunch near USC

For my USC grad lunch, I did Wood Spoon. Really well priced and really solid food. Look into it.

A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

Of course, I owed it to the board! Oh and I think somebody on here mentioned Miznon in the Marais. The cauliflower there may be the best I've ever had!

May 04, 2015
set0312 in France

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

The plin was so damn good that I hardly cared. As I think I said, I'll eagerly go back. Upon reflection, just not at Il Centro's level!

May 04, 2015
set0312 in Italy

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

The person we thought was the chef was an older male. Could have been the owner I guess... Whoever he was, he was much respected by the staff and well-known by the other patrons.

To answer your question, I'm pretty sure it was rabbit but I guess I'm not 100 percent sure. The flaws of writing a report 45 days after.

as for da Bardon mains, both of us did the rabbit. My fiancé just had the carne cruda and the plin and was still quite full!

At il Centro, we drank a 2008 CaViola Barolo. At da Bardon we were recommended a cheaper bottle named Frem. I don't drink much these days so although I tasted the wines and enjoyed them both, I unfortunately can't really comment.

May 04, 2015
set0312 in Italy