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Maude or chi SPACCA? - help for special occasion dinner

What I think you should to do is go to Chi Spacca and transfer the Maude reservation to me.

about 5 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Maude or chi SPACCA? - help for special occasion dinner

Hi new user. I think it is impossible to go wrong with Maude. The food is among the best in LA and the atmosphere is really nice.

about 18 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Jiraffe or Josie for Anniversary Dinner this weekend?

I'm glad im not the only one who sees very few things they wanna get at tar and roses.

about 18 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

LATIN AMERICAN SEAFOOD

Sep 26, 2014
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Red Medicine Announces It Will Close at the End of October

It was coming. Although I never truly enjoyed RM, I certainly appreciated what it did. Hopefully Kahn lands on his feet.

Sep 24, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

chicen itza in the mercado la paloma, do they still serve Shark Casserole there?

Ain't seen it on the menu in my thirty or so visits. With that being said, they did just expand their menu to add a delicious sounding octopus so maybe they are also bringing the shark back?

I just checked the Chichen Itza cookbook which has lots of off-menu items in it and the casserole isn't even listed in there.

Sep 24, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

To be fair, none of the dishes at Bar Tartine sound particularly challenging, they just don't sound very good. Pretty sure the OP (or anyone for that matter) would not be overwhelmed with a chopped vegetable salad or a flatbread.

Seasonal Eats: Matsutake Mushrooms

Somewhat related question: Is Bluefin worth going to?

Sep 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Alebrije's Grill - No One Has Been??

They there every day? Or do they move around a bit?

Sep 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

Taco Maria or Maude or n/Naka if i'm feeling flush with my finances.

Sep 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

A darn good choice. For the price, Taco Maria could be the best restaurant in America.

*Cue onslaught of people telling me I'm ridiculous.

Sep 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven - Joining BOS in restaurant purgatory

What type of cuisine do you want? That part of town definitely doesn't need more Italian, nor does it really need french with Church and State so close.

I'm thinking a hip southeast asian concept might work over there. The denizens of downtown surely have been craving a good, non Japanese Asian spot since Spice Table shuttered.

Sep 23, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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

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

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

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

Sep 22, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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.

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?

Sep 22, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Newport Beach

I vote Settebello!

Sep 22, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

DTLA - near Staples

Really underrated.

Sep 18, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

DTLA - near Staples

Seconded.

Sep 18, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Night + Market Song, Good Times

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

Sep 15, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

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
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for restaurant suggestions Huntington Beach..ish

Seconded. Really enjoyable fish and chips.

Sep 10, 2014
set0312 in Los Angeles Area