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Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

I had a mediocre meal at Kimagure. to be fair it was my only visit, and given the praise it gets here i wanna give it a fair shake and go back again.

that night were were solid offerings but also at least 3-4 pieces that were just not good (some chewy gristle in two pieces e.g.,), and the uni was pretty bad that night.

but i wanna go back the next time i'm in pasadena.

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

JL, you and Porthos please report back. We are living vicariously through you. :>

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

No worries. please don't take my response to be anything directed at you, it's directed at the restaurant's practices.

I can only speak to my own personal experiences at various places, and while you say that about Shunji, that's where the "similarities" end. Period.

Dining at Shunji NEVER involves having to walk on eggshells, or be obsequious / kiss up to the Chef to get equal service or food.

Shunji is approachable and warm, and welcomes everyone I've seen (even those that aren't Asian / Japanese). I've recommended countless friends and friends of friends to go to Shunji (and Mori, and Torihei, and Providence, and Melisse, and Animal, etc., etc.), and I've never heard a single report back from them of having to do anything remotely absurd like what people do at Kokekokko.

More power to you if you want to patronize the business. I'm not going back ever again.

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

FoodShutterbug: "they inquired whom I knew or how I found out about Kokekokko. I gave them the names of two business owners (including a Japanese restaurant on the Westside) and it seemed to put them at ease a tiny bit."

"I wasn’t given a black plate as a result of the names I mentioned, but when the waitress served me the liver skewer, she said that although it was my first visit, they made an exception and cooked it “tokubetsu (special)”

"While at Kokekokko, I DM’d hounder, @ChrisHei for advice in getting the off-the-menu special cuts I’d read about online and he said that maybe I’d get some if I “ask nicely.”... and lucked out when he offered to see if “special heart” was available."


Thanks for the report FSB. I'm glad you liked your meal, and while you may be fine with the experience, your quotes above just underline the obsequiousness and elitism at Kokekokko.

I don't want to feel that I have to bow down and worship or have to feel that I "lucked out" or have to feel like the restaurant is making an exception for me to get treated fairly or equally.

Chef Urasawa (at one of the top restaurants in this city) is affable, approachable and warm. I never ONCE had to bow down or feel like I "lucked out" and had to earn approval to eat there.

Chef Michael Cimarusti at Providence has been so nice, friendly and humble; greeting our table each time we've dined there. Chef Kevin Bludso, making arguably the best Barbeque in this city, is so funny and warm and welcomes everyone who stops by and says "Hi."

Chef Shunji, Chef Satoshi Kiyokawa, and my various itamae at Kiriko have all been affable, approachable and I never have to feel like I had to somehow "earn" their favor to be lucky enough to be deemed "acceptable" to eat their food.

Sorry, but this is EXACTLY the awful elitism that is the problem with Kokekokko and restaurants like this where you need to be deemed "worthy" to eat there.

The hilarious thing is that Kokekokko doesn't even make the best Yakitori in this city (not even close). I've been there twice and I found it to be honestly OK (the first time, I didn't even know about the elitism / favorite customers / black plate thing). It was adequately cooked, but nothing mind-blowing.

Thanks to Chowhound I found Torihei and the late Yakitori Bincho to be far better and without any secret handshakes or having to earn the chef's favor to dine there.

I'm glad you liked the meal, but I'm certainly not dining there again, nor recommending any of my friends to go there either.

JThur01 On Wuhan Style Food in the SGV

thanx for the warning barry. i'll skip this restaurant then.

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

dndicicco: "Urasawa seems booked up. :("

dang! if it wasn't for your late reservation inquiry, you might've actually topped off this LA run with Urasawa! sheesh! :> major props to you.

thanx for all your reports and thoughts; they mirror many of my own sentiments dining at these local places over the years.

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

thanx for the fyi barry!

i remember my friends taking me to the old mama's kitchen years ago.

do you think their other menu items are worth trying? they make their own dumplings in house right?

Rivera Closing by End of the Year


just got a news update from Rivera Restaurant saying they are closing permanently. :< Quite sad!

i really enjoyed my meals w/ Chef Sedlar.

Last day of opening is end of the year (from their official newsletter):

"The Downtown Rivera's final offerings will be December 31st with a New Year's Eve celebration featuring a retrospective of seven years of both John Sedlar's modern Latin cuisine and Julian Cox's trendsetting cocktails. Chef Sedlar remains at the forefront of modern Latin cuisine and is focused on both his highly anticipated new project in Santa Fe and the evolution of the Rivera concept and the way modern Latin cuisine is enjoyed by Angelenos."

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

hi all,

i'll have to add my thoughts that i found Kiriko to be consistently "OK," but not great.

i've never found their sushi to be on the same level (or close) to Mori, let alone Shunji or Urasawa.

haven't been to sushi sushi so i can't help there.

China Red for dinner?

i really hated my visit to Chengdu Taste 2. massive MSG usage, really salty and there were fewer menu items.

SGV Chinese Top 10

I'm not clicking on that link sorry. No need to give free clicks to yet another Top 10 list of something.

Alimento adds separate gratuity line for BOH

well said Sgee!

To any restaurant owners reading this:

* STOP with the AWFUL Nickel & Diming / Line Items on the Bill. NO Customers want to deal with this every time they eat out.

What's next? Some "hip & trendy" eatery demanding:

* +3% Healthcare Charge
* +2% General Liability Insurance
* +4% Commercial Property Insurance
* +5% Vacation Time Charge ("This is to ensure all our employees get some vacation time for better quality of life.")
* Front of the House Tip:____________
* Back of the House Tip:____________
* 401k Contribution: _____________ ("Please help contribute to every employee's 401k Plan so they can have a more fair and equitable quality of life.")

WTH?! Seriously.

I'm all for everyone making a fair and equitable wage and have better quality of life.

But Restaurant Owners need to deal with this themselves (it's THEIR business), and present the customer with an all-in simple cost (the Menu Prices) to their meal.


I'm not going to Alimento at this point.

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- TAMALES

although i'd really love to hear more about great traditional Tamales, vs. a bunch of recs of alternative interpretations of what a "Tamale" is. :>

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

hey jl,

isnt Yamakase also invite-only? (or was i thinking of another place?) so its rather exclusive / and most people can't get access to it to try right?

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


Bachi Burger - Sawtelle

thanx for the report dirty. :>

btw, how did you ask your burger cooked? it looks well-done in that pic. and i guess do they get their meat fresh / safe enough to go medium-rare?

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]


I thought this "ramen hybrid" usage jumped the shark already. And with that new "Ramnut" (Ramen Donut), it's jumped the universe. :<

Awful; who would ask for this?!

Alhambra: Yazmin--Closed? What's going on?

Is this the popularish Ramen house from hacienda heights? second location? or?

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for "Best of 2014"

Name: Shunji
URL: http://shunji-ns.com/
Why: Chef Shunji Nakao delivers some of the best sushi (and prepared dishes) in L.A. currently. Top notch fish, a vast selection and many unique offerings not found elsewhere. Affable, engaging, beautiful sushi preparation and prepared dishes as well (like White Truffle Gohan (Rice)).

You can't go wrong with Shunji.

Barrel & Ashes, meat porn folder:

thanx ns1.

besides the smoked wings, anything else that were hits?

and what would you recommend avoiding?

Green Village Reopens--In Sherman Oaks

i missed this thread last year.

so did anyone confirm if this was truly "Green Village" that Chandav is talking about?

Little Jewel

Hi Mattapoisett,

hah! :> darn i missed that. it was delicious, but a bit embarrassing afterwards (trying to partially clean / wash off some of the roast beef au jus). :>

Little Jewel

Darn you Ciao Bob. :< Why didn't you warn me that the Roast Beef Po'Boy / Sandwich was the so absurdly JUICY and succulent that it burst full of flavor (and onto my shirt). :<

i felt like i was in a Carl's Jr. commercial no joke! My shirt was WRECKED from all the Roast Beef au jus / sauce.

and it was worth it! I agree, it's probably the best Roast Beef / French Dip (almost) style sandwich i've ever had. super tender, juicy, fresh and perfect. :> love it!

oh, and they had a Daily Special for Jamabalaya. i'm no expert, but that was delicious Jamabalaya, probably the best i've had in LA. all you Nawlins residents let us know how that compares. :>

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

hi barry,

ugh! LOL, thanx for the calorie and sodium count. i feel a little sick inside thinking i used to eat that back in school. :< bleh!

85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

like bulavinaka, carbs and fat come precious to me, too. i'd just bypass all the mediocre bakeries in the SGV (including 85c) and just go for a delicious croissant from Maison Giraud made without Partially Hydrogenated Oils / cheap ingredients like what 85c uses.

L.A. Dish of the Month, November 2014 -- VOTING

I would've gone for Late Night if I was back in high school, lol, but I no longer eat out at 3 a.m. So...


Just in time for Thanksgiving.

85°C Bakery Cafe opens in Pasadena

ugh. silly folk lining up to fill up on Partially-Hydrogenated bad pastries. No thanx.

How's Mo-Chica now that Chef Ricardo Zarate is Gone?

thanx ns1.

that IS hilarious! :> (and sad...) i had no idea Chef Zarate wasn't even IN his own kitchens for the past few years (wow).

the last meal i had at Mo-Chica last year (or was it longer) was pretty tasty, so no complaints there.

i agree on Picca (overrated) and didn't go to Paiche after hearing westsidegal and others' mixed experiences on the place (that restaurant for sure felt "ostentatious" or pretentious).

oh well.

How's Mo-Chica now that Chef Ricardo Zarate is Gone?


i was just about to plan a visit back to Mo-Chica next week, but just read how Chef Ricardo Zarate was kicked out of his own restaurants (Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche)! :<

for anyone who's gone this week, how's the quality of the food at Mo-Chica? Still good? Downhill alert?

the article said Picca will be switching concepts. i guess Mo-Chica and Paiche will also close / change?


Ramen Yokocho Fest at Marukai Gardena- Sep 3 - Oct 27th 2014

thanx Ogawak! :> i'll have to try it.

but fyi, the organizers did a Ninja stealth change on us: Taishoken is NOT coming now. :<

it's Norio (boo). they changed the flyer with no news announcement. i'm bummed.