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Day Time Tourist Food in Mexico City

Azul Condesa booked - thanks!

Jul 21, 2014
djquinnc in Mexico

Day Time Tourist Food in Mexico City

Thanks for the suggestion. I made a reservation via email for Azul Condesa for the last night of my trip. I will take a closer look at your other suggestions for sure - thanks!

Jul 21, 2014
djquinnc in Mexico

Day Time Tourist Food in Mexico City

Thanks for the reminder. When I used to visit PV, I would normally eat when hungry rather than according to custom. In light of your response, I did change my Pujol and Quintonil reservations to earlier in the day, rather than in the evening.

Jul 21, 2014
djquinnc in Mexico

South Bay Dining

I know. I'm certainly less disappointed about the prospect of not dining at Manresa next month as I am feeling saddened for Kinch and his employees. I think that we are going to take our plans a bit northwest at dine at Commis that night. Will have to travel up to Los Gatos when they get up and running again, that's for sure.

Jul 09, 2014
djquinnc in San Francisco Bay Area

Day Time Tourist Food in Mexico City

Hello, all. Will be travelling to Mexico City in a couple of weeks for four days for my first visit to the city. I have reservations for Maximo Bistrot, Pujol, and Quintonil secured. I am seeking recomendations for day time food as we play tourists through the city. Staying in the Zona Rosa and will probably be concentrating our sightseeing to Centro Histórico, Chapultepec, and Coyoacan. I have spent considerable time in the past in Puerto Vallarta for work and have tended to enjoy street food and comida corrida over restaurants. Thanks in advance!

Jul 07, 2014
djquinnc in Mexico

Sushi Nakazawa - Reservation help

Went this past March. I did some comparative rehearsing on several devices: desktop PC, iPad, and iPhone. Although there is zero scientific significance to my findings, using the OpenTable app on my iPhone yielded the best results. When it was time to reserve for my desired date (which was a weekday), I got myself refreshing at 8:59 PST and was successful in getting a 5:30 reservation at the bar for two. I think the fact that I was willing to eat so early and during the week perhaps increased my chances a bit vs. trying for a "prime" time on a weekend night. At any rate, it was worth the effort - one of the most pleasurable meals this year so far.

WAAAAAYYY easier than my 45 minutes of redialing on three phones for Brooklyn Fare (which in retrospect, was totally worth the effort as well - although I might be reluctant to put myself through that level of commitment again!)

Jul 02, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan
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ISO Sardine Nigiri

At the risk of getting chastised, I have been to Shunji twice (once for lunch and once for dinner) and have failed to see the wow factor that I read so much upon on this board. I wonder what I'm missing or if I'm not asking for the right thing. During my dinner experience, I sat next to a group of spicy tuna roll aficionados when Shunji Nakao came in midway and served some high roller bearing apparently expensive gifts as his exclusive customer. And I was so full from the courses preceding the nigiri that I had to tap out pretty quickly. I'd be willing to give it another shot with some guidance on ordering, but it's a pretty expensive venture to undertake when I've been less than wowed twice before.

Jul 01, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

South Bay Dining

Thank you for the comprehensive and enjoyable write-up. I will take your advisement under serious consideration.

Jul 01, 2014
djquinnc in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Sardine Nigiri

Iwashi - that's the word I was looking for...thank you! As much as I love sushi, I am woefully undereducated on the nomenclature. And thanks to all of the other respondents. Time to do some research...

Jul 01, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

South Bay Dining

I will be travelling up to Los Gatos in late August to dine with some family at Manresa. I will probably be flying or driving up the day prior and was wondering about another good dining experience for the night before our meal at Manresa. I was investigating other "destination" type establishments, but places like Plumed Horse or Baume don't have a lot of recent attention on the board. Any feedback and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jun 30, 2014
djquinnc in San Francisco Bay Area

LAMB -- L.A. Dish of the Month, June 2014

Had really delicious lamb chops at Mantee Cafe this week. Only complaint was that there were too few of them. We could have easily wolfed down twice as many.

Jun 29, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

ISO Sardine Nigiri

This past March, I had the pleasure of eating at Sushi Nakazawa in NYC. My favorite bite of the night was a piece of sardine nigiri and it keeps popping into my mind from time to time. Any place in LA where this is served? Probably getting my hopes up by trying to chase down one of my favorite bites of the year, but what the heck! Thanks in advance.

Jun 27, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

Thank you for the detailed report. As an annual passholder, I tend to get stuck in my Disney food rut. Other options that I tend to enjoy are the Plaza Inn for fried chicken and Gibson Girl for a root beer float.

Jun 06, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

I'm a big fan of the Safari Skewer (bacon wrapped asparagus) at the Bengal BBQ

Jun 06, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Extra extra extra !!!! Get your JG 101 list for the bargain basement price of $3

I thoroughly enjoy these lists as well.

May 18, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Extra extra extra !!!! Get your JG 101 list for the bargain basement price of $3

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May 18, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

"What was very good about the meal?"

- The flavors were well developed. Excellent technique. Quality ingredients.

"the most damning criticism I can possibly imagine"

- Although the food was good, I've had it before. We've all had it before: hamachi crudo, lamb with potatoes; chocolate tart with ice cream, risotto-like rice dish with lobster. Although they were executed well, there was nothing particularly innovative about them. If Centeno makes food of this quality consistently, he is going to make a lot of people very happy, but not once did I go "Wow! How did they think this up!"

"Do you think the 5 course menu is more restrained? Would his 'true colors' perhaps fly in the omakase ? Or has LA's most over-the-top creative wunderkind fizzled out completely with a 'by the book fine dining' establishment?"

- I have no idea. I have been once. Here is my history with Centeno's food: I had one of the single-most disastrous dining experiences ever at Opus. I was invited back and subsequently had a magnificent meal. The first iteration of Laxy Ox was so soul satisfying to me that I went repeatedly until he left the kitchen. My one meal at Baco Mercat was confusing and only memorable for the strange flavor combinations and the absentee service. Again, the food at Orsa and Winston was good, but the experience was somewhat awkward to me. It is very clear that Centeno is a ridiculously talented chef. However, my experiences with his various restaurants have been wildly inconsistent. And that's alright. The success of his mini-empire attests to his appeal to a large segment of the market in Los Angeles.

May 18, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area
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LA hound seeking help with SF

L.A .resident here as well. If you like Alma, I truly believe that Commis in Oakland would be a very good option. It's the place I long to return to when planning a trip up north. I really enjoy sitting at the counter and watching the cooks do their thing. Having said that, I don't know how BART convenient it would be to get there.

Since you like Republique, Zuni is a great choice as it is more or less the mother-ship of that type of cuisine. I could eat either Judy Rodgers' and Walter Manzke's roasted chickens every week for the rest of my life and never grow tired.

I really enjoyed Aziza as well. We really don't have anything quite like that in Los Angeles. It's a treat.

May 17, 2014
djquinnc in San Francisco Bay Area

ABC Kitchen tonight

+1 on the carrot salad (that I now make at home as well!) and the sundae (which I have tried to recreate at home, to lesser success)

May 17, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

I would like to reiterate that the meal itself was very good. There were some things that I perceived as peculiarities that I addressed above. Quantitatively speaking, I'm probably in the minority, The place was buzzing on a Thursday night and they were turning away walk ins. If you are a fan of Centeno, you might be happy to know that he was in the kitchen cooking the entire time I was there.

May 17, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

Thanks for the feedback. We went with the five course option. It was a very good meal, but I feel somewhat conflicted about my experience. It was odd not having the server ask about allergies, restrictions, or aversions upon ordering a tasting menu blind. When this was brought up, she mentioned that there is a possible $12 surcharge for menu alterations. I get that the chef might want to mitigate people feigning allergies and such, but it seems like it could unfairly penalize people with viable religious or health related concerns. Luckily, we were not charged anything. However, our one dietary restriction reared its head in the last course unapologetically, and our server made no mention of it when the plates were taken away with the item still intact. If these concerns are ignored, do they just go away? Not really.

Back to the food. Pretty much everything was very delicious, but the portions were quite small by tasting menu standards. The plating was reminiscent of my meals at Manresa. Even at a lengthier tasting at Manresa, the amount of food is more substantial. I had to cajole my two bite lamb dish into four small nibbles in order to maximize the experience. The style of the food was very reminiscent of that at Momofuku Ko. The difference is that Ko really wows with flavor and innovation. Orsa and Winston certainly pleased my palate, but as a friend advised me prior, it’s not something you haven’t had somewhere else and will probably get again in the future. The pea soup, rice with lobster, hamachi crudo, and lamb with potatoes were all very tasty and well executed, but all very familiar at the same time. As to the reported extras that other diners received, I’m not sure if I would count an amuse, bread service, a palate cleanser, and mignardises as “extras,” as those sorts of things tend to be standard fare with this type of dining. I definitely felt like I got five courses as advertised.

Again, the food was delicious, but I’m at odds enough with my experience that I don’t think that I am itching to return anytime soon. For that price point I think I might be more inclined to return to Allumette (which is not as tasty and refined, but is more adventurous, substantial, and fun) or Hatfield’s for their four course prix fixe which always satisfies.

May 16, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Orsa and Winston Tonight - Which Option?

Going to Orsa and Winston for the first time tonight. Wondering which option is the best way to go: five course, eight course, or family style? Thanks in advance.

May 15, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Copenhagen for 3 nights

It was the cart right between the train station and Tivoli, in Axeltorv Square. Good luck!

Apr 25, 2014
djquinnc in Europe

LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel DTLA

Had a nice time at LA Chapter last week. Not sure if I would trek to DTLA just to dine there, but it's a nice option to have around the Orpheum, etc. Had the mussels, Brussels sprouts, ricotta, and crudo. Aside from the mussels (which were covered in this awkward herb salad and lacked a certain pop of acid or chili that I expected), the food was flavorful. Our server (Danny?) was super sweet and helpful. The staff at the reception desk seemed out of sorts and overwhelmed, though. And yes, it was LOUD in all caps for sure.

Apr 21, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area
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LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel DTLA

Hey, all. I am going to a film presentation at the Ace Hotel theater next Thursday night. Made a reservation for LA Chapter for earlier in the eve. Has anyone been? Any must order items on the menu? Thanks in advance.

Apr 10, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

connie and ted or son of a gun

I enjoy both a lot. Connie and Ted’s is very straight forward preparations, while Son of a Gun takes more risks. At Connie and Ted’s I really like the hot lobster roll (with butter), the clear Rhode Island chowder, and the Blondie dessert. At Son of a Gun, I am a big fan of the shrimp toast and the fried chicken sandwich. The one thing I noticed about Son of a Gun is that most of the dishes have a slight acidic “pop” to them, which I certainly appreciate. I don’t think you can go wrong either way.

Apr 04, 2014
djquinnc in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

ellenost: I was observing the sandwich going around the room. It looked a bit hefty for my appetite at the time. I went for the tagliatelle instead. No regrets. It was a fantastic plate of pasta.

Mar 31, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Jean Georges and Le Bernardin for Lunch

ipsedixit: I had lunch at LeB's lounge. Your assessment was spot on. I think I will write up a trip report when I get back to Los Angeles with the details. Suffice it to say, it was a lot of fun. This striped bass just may be the most perfectly cooked piece of fish I've ever consumed.

Mar 29, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

Yes! It's the NoMad with a capital "M" on Broadway. Thanks for pointing that out. I did see the other one on OpenTable when I booked.

Mar 28, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan

Sunday Afternoon: Boulud Sud, The NoMad, or Nougatine?

Thanks for the heads up, but I was able to get a reservation at NoMad with relative ease on OpenTable. I guess I got lucky! And thanks to everyone for the feedback.

Mar 25, 2014
djquinnc in Manhattan