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Anyone been to Wassada or any other recommendations for Korean sashimi?

Need a Korean sushi/sashimi restaurant to take my mother for her birthday. Am thinking of Wassada over Masan. Any other recs? TIA

Jul 27, 2009
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Porto's Cakes?

Why don't you go and just try their cakes and decide for yourself. I think they offer almost all of their cakes as individual portions to purchase. Personally, I'm most fond of their cappucino mousse cake.

Apr 09, 2009
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Private Karaoke Room?

Check out Max Studio Karaoke Room in Little Tokyo. I don't think they serve food but it is right next door to Honda-ya, a Japanese izkayai.

Apr 02, 2008
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat in Silverlake,Eagle Rock or Hollywood?

Try Little Dom's. There is also a recent review of it in the LA Times, if you want more info.

Feb 17, 2008
ninja in Los Angeles Area

new years eve non-prix fix

I think Fraiche in Culver City is offering both a regular and prix fixe menu.

Dec 08, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Square One or Bouchon in Santa Barbara?

My SO and I are going to Santa Barbara for a romatic getaway for one evening in November. Should we go to Square One or Bouchon?

Also, are there any lounges nearby where we can get a good martini?

Thanks in advance.

Oct 13, 2007
ninja in California

Craft: Is it worth it?

It's not perfect, but I think it's much better than what the general consensus seems to be. We went as a party of 5 and shared everything family style. We ordered the pork belly, the pork terrine, the sardines, 2 orders of the duck eggs with mushrooms, the gnocchi, and the pork chop.

I must say, all the pork was exceptional. We opted to stay away from the beef, the cheapest of which was $50. The prices on the beef entrees are all really, really outrageous, but we had a great dinner sticker to the cheaper red meat.

With dessert, a cheese plate, a bottle of wine and a cocktail each for 5, we got out of there spending only $70pp. Then again, it was really late, and none of us ate that much.

But, with that said, the food is pretty rich and will leave you feeling full even without eating much (and, believe me, we all have healthy appetites). The next time I go with just my SO, we would order one each of a salad, an app, a main, a side, and a cheese plate (which was extraordinary, BTW), and would probably leave there feeling totally sated while still only paying about $70pp.

They are currently holding back on taking too many reservations, so as to allow the kitchen to get up to speed on the menu, which I think is a very wise move. The service is one of the best I've encountered in LA and the space is quite lovely.

I liked it a lot and would definitely return.

Jul 30, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

More Bad Service at Cafe Angelique

I had a very similar experience with them, which actually led to them giving me my check and essentially telling me to leave. It is definitely the only place I will never, never step foot in again. That was 2 years ago.

Jul 24, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area


I've heard from a friend that Literati II in Brentwood is currently running a great version of it.

Jun 27, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Spain Restaurant in Echo Park- horrible at best

I have to say, we must have been really lucky with our decision to first try their empanadas. Although I can't comment on anything else on their extensive menu, their empanadas, especially the chicken ones, are the best I've had in town. They are crusty and juicy...really divine stuff.

Mar 29, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

outdoor brunch on westside

Literati II has outdoor seating and offers a brunch menu.

Feb 11, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Cioppino and Bouillabaisse

Literati II almost always has a Cioppino on their menu.

Jan 07, 2007
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's Report

I have to agree with you. The first time I went to Mastro's in BH, I really did love it. The martini was perfectly made and the steak came out perfectly cooked. But, that was about 4 years ago. I went about a year ago and was sadly disappointed. I don't know if it was my taste that changed or whether it was the restaurant, but I certainly felt like I could have had a much better meal and experience for the over $250 we spent for 2 people.

Dec 09, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Fraiche on Culver and Main in Culver City

As far as I know, it won't be scheduled to open until at least early next year. They are in the planning phases right now. The owners are a few of the same owners as Bottle Rock.

The chef is Jason Travi, formerly of Spago, Opaline, and La Terza. The pastry chef is his wife, Miho, who is formerly of Spago and Sona. It should be a great place and I look forward to their opening as well.

Dec 09, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Dinner out?

Off the top of my head, I know that Campanile, Literati II, and Jar are all open on Thanksgiving Day. I think there is a more comprehensive list on

Nov 12, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving Dinner in L.A.?

Just off the top of my head, I kmow that The Jar, Dominicks, and Literati II are open on Thanksgiving Day. I don't know if any of them qualify as "famous" or having "popular Thnaksgiving dinner."

Sep 17, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown for a Group of 12

Park's BBQ on Vermont, just north of Olympic has a private room upstairs that can accommodate parties of up to 16.

Sep 17, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Tasty food at last - Literati II

Here is a link to the photos of the menu that were taken by Perceptor some time in May.

Sep 12, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Opus: New Chef, Tasting Menu, Review: Wow!

I agree. Just went there on Friday night and had a great time. The spaetzle with braised oxtail was absolutely amazing. It really was a great value for what they are serving.

Sep 03, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Ditching Work on Wednesday looking for a Hip Fun Place for a Late Lunch or Early Dinner

Most restaurant open between 5:30pm-6pm. Is that early enough? There are many great places open for lunch, but most of them close between 2pm-3pm. What time were you thinking of going? Also, I don't think any restaurant is really hip and fun during that time.

You could go to a bar like the Father's Office, which I think opens at 3pm, or any of the new Culver City places like Ford's Filling Station or Wilson. There are also the new wine bars like Bin8945, Lou's, or Upstairs 2.

Aug 22, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Literati Cafe - PK's Review

Maybe you are confusing Literati II with Literati Cafe, which are run by two separate kitchens. I believe the accolades were for Literati II, whose executive chef is Chris Kidder, former chef de cuisine of Campanile.

My personal favorites at Literati II, during lunch is the crab sandwich, and during dinner is the pork chop.

Aug 17, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Company Holiday Party Suggestions

Sorry, not Lincoln, I meant the Wilshire.

Aug 12, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Company Holiday Party Suggestions

You can try calling Lucques, Grace, and La Terza, all of which have smaller rooms they rent out. For something more trendy, you can try Lincoln, Beechwood, Koi, Geisha House...

Aug 12, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area


Park's is the only place I go for my Korean barbecue fix. Granted, I never order the marinated kalbi, so if that's what you are looking for maybe other places are better. But for me, I think the quality of meat is better than any other Korean barbecue place in the city, so I prefer to simply sprinkle on a little salt on the unmarinated prime short ribs and pop them in my mouth.

They do offer lettuce upon request and sometimes don't even serve kimchee with the kalbi unless you ask for it.

They do not offer a lunch special either. Most people simply order either their kalbi tang (a garlicy soup with tender fatty, delicious pieces of kalbi) or their bibimbop, which comes in a skillet rather than a bowl. Both are priced under $10 and are certainly worth it, IMHO.

Also, Chan Ho Park is a regular there and is friends with the owner, but does not actually own the restaurant.

Aug 09, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Litterati 2 - burgers???

Yes, they do serve a very traditional burger. It is prime chuck that is ground in-house, seasoned simply with salt and pepper. There was a recent article in the LA Times about it.

Aug 08, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Slow Cooking

By "slow-cooking" do you mean braising, or using sous-vide?

Most restaurant, to my knowledge, offer some version of a braised meat. The shortribs at Lucques, pork shanks at Literati II, the shortribs at Hatfield's are some that come to mind.

As for sous-vide, I know that Hatfield's uses that method for their halibut, and Sona uses it also for various dishes. BTW, sous-vide is a method of cooking where you vaccuum seal the food item and slow simmer it.

Aug 08, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Where to find good fritto misto?

There is also one at Literati II which uses fresh Farmer's Market vegetables.

Jul 20, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Capital Seafood, big let down

I've tried their egg custard, which I don't generally like, and their mango custard, which I thought was great, even though I'm not a huge fan of mango. I am also usually too full to get their pastry-covered item, but I will be sure to look for the tapioca pudding. I love tapioca!

Jul 14, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area

Capital Seafood, big let down

Sorry to hear that you had a bad time at Capital Seafood. Like Liu, we usually got between 11-11:30am on Saturday and have had nothing that was cold or even lukewarm.

Although I can't say I've tried the tripe, duck, or chicken feet, and I do agree that I do not care for any of their shrimp dishes, their sticky rice with dried scallop is by far the best sticky rice dish I've had in this city.

We usually order their beef rice rolls (which, IMHO are much better than their shrimp or pork rolls), some shu mai, a couple of dumplings, and congee, all of which are superb. They also make some really interesting and tasty desserts. I especially like their coconut/black rice concoction, which kind of looks like a cookies and cream jello.

It remains my absolute favorite dim sum place.

Jul 13, 2006
ninja in Los Angeles Area