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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?

Nominate 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.

darn, and it was the only sort of offal that I'd consider eating again because it's so incredibly delicious.

How did Chicago overturn their Foie Gras ban and not California? :< Boo.

i guess their chefs and people put more pressure there?

Calling Chandavkl ... "House of Mandarin Noodle" opens in Temple City

coincidentally i just got an email from a friend of mine who stopped by a few days ago:

they confirm that the old lady who ran the place is gone and all her pictures on the wall are removed. probably sold this one as well (cash out)?

more importantly they said the food didn't taste anywhere near as good as before.

The Tokyo-LA Sushi Gap is Closing

oh certainly there are conflicting reports on this. it's not 100% conclusive, but at the same time it's certainly not 100% proven to be safe either. A few examples:

* "Are fish that I get at the store or a local restaurant safe to eat?

It is important to understand the origin of the fish you consume. Much of the fishing that took place in and around Fukushima has stopped since the disaster. Even so, a recent study from the Woods Hole Institute found that the majority of marine species found in and around the Fukushima area do not contain radiation concentrations harmful for human consumption. But avoiding fish species caught in Japanese waters may be a good idea for those that have heightened concerns. We suggest that if you are worried about eating fish with elevated radioactivity, you should avoid fish coming from Japan.


* "Fish with very high levels of cesium found near Fukushima

A fish contaminated with extremely high levels of radiation was found in waters near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a government-affiliated research institute said.

The Fisheries Research Agency said Jan. 10 the black sea bream had 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, 124 times the safety standards for foodstuffs...

They are also on the list of fish that local fishermen are asked to VOLUNTARILY refrain from catching in the northern municipalities of Ibaraki Prefecture, which is located just south of Fukushima Prefecture." (my emphasis)


Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?

Hi MzWoods,

Ah ok. Phew! :>

Sorry I was looking at your previous post where you said:

Dinner - In-N-Out Hollywood

Dinner - Peking Tavern (Guisados as alternate or Bestia at 11PM which was the only time left for a reservation :-/)

Breakfast - Salt's Cure"

I know you listed Connie & Teds (for Lunch), but looking at the 2 Dinner options you posted, i thought that was the gist of your visit.

Good to know you're going to other places also for dinner on other nights?


The Tokyo-LA Sushi Gap is Closing

This is true, except after the Fukushima disaster, eating fish from Japan isn't as prestigious as it once was. In fact it's to be avoided sadly. It will never be the same in our lifetime.

Solo Business Trip to LA area - Recommendations?


The only thing I can see being "way off the mark" is that out of your whole itinerary, your main dinner impression of LA is going to be based off of...



Peking Tavern?! :<

There are so many better places in LA for you to experience. I feel bummed out that these 2 places are what might shape what you think of "LA Dining Experience" (shudder).

"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

hi kevin,

yah $25, i was full. :>

my combo came with the Short Rib, but not the *whole* Short Rib.

So i thought it was good to sample all the different types of meat.

the entire Short Rib (w/ Bone) was $30.

but out of the 3 types of meat the Short Rib was my least favorite (melt in your mouth), but SO riddled through with fat; just overwhelming.

"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

thanx wiener and everyone for tempting me so much it pushed me over the edge, lol. :>

went today, and it was delicious!

got the Combination:

USDA Prime Rib Eye, Prime Brisket and Short Rib on top of Texas Toast.

The Prime Rib Eye was a nice balance of fatty and lean meat, resulting in melt in your mouth deliciousness! :>

the Prime Brisket was leaner, but still quite tender, and light smokiness. I'd say i liked this one better than Bludso's (the real one) "average day Brisket". When i get a great batch, i like Bludso's more.

the Short Rib was ridiculous in its melting factor. :> but it was just too fatty for me.

i really felt like my arteries were clogging up. :< lol

texas toast was a bit too sweet for me.

but i'm SO glad to have tried it. can't wait for their new restaurant to open up.

definitely worth it. the best BBQ experience i've had in the past half year (since my last CPT Bludso's visit).

"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

agreed. thanx, the prices look much more reasonable than those yelp pix from last year that i saw.

BTW, did this pop-up ever do Pork BBQ before? would've loved to see his rendition of Pork Ribs or Pulled Pork BBQ. Seems to be beef only.

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Oh Porthos,

is the braised pork you're talking about available for lunch? wanna make sure it's not a special order item or dinner only. thanx!

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

thanx paranoid, ciao bob, porthos, raytam. :> i'll add these to the list and see what works for us.

if you can think of any other ones also, i'm all ears (for future reference).

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

thanx! lol, yah not sure if i wanted to go for "soulless... Chinese Cheesecake Factory" vibe right now. :P

was hoping for something more memorable & tasty.

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Oh not at all. sorry i should've clarified that my guests and i enjoy a variety of dishes outside of the carb-heavy ones (i.e., not just noodles & dumplings & green onion pancakes etc.) (not that they aren't desirable :> just some balance.

thanx for the bamboo creek suggestion. i'll check it out.

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?

Thanks barry. no, no, i definitely appreciate your posts and info on CH. :>

re: Flavor Garden - ah true. looking at the menu / pix it seems to be more individual dishes (noodles, green onion pancakes and such)? do they have a lot of sauteed dishes to go family style (like in Shanghai restaurants or like Sea Harbour / Elite at night)?

"Jimmy Kimmel" Hollywood BBQ Pop-Up Begins Serving

Hi kevin,

this sounds great, but yah, i just saw those Yelp pix:


and you have to pay $100 for the ribs? and then there's this "bargain" for $40 for a BBQ Sandwich :> LOL


i guess we need to bring like $200 - 300 in Cash just to have lunch?

What's a good Shanghai or Family Style restaurant for Lunch in the SGV nowadays?


thanx to the info from ipse, tony, jthur, chandav, barry and other hardcore hounds for chinese food, i've noticed recently the trend has been on spicy food (szechaun or hunan) openings in the SGV recently.

i might be passing through the SGV next month and was wondering:

* What are some good, authentic Shanghai or Family-Style Non-Spicy restaurants that you'd recommend for Lunch in the SGV?

one guest of mine doesn't like the greasy taiwanese pork chop rice plate stuff, so i was thinking Shanghai or Cantonese for lunch? we like the family-style sharing plates format, and haven't heard much about these types of eateries recently.

thanx in advance!