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Is Qui better than ESK?

Oh, that would be very hard for me! I guess it seems unfair to judge when I wasn't hungry, but for the right food I seem to get hungry if that makes sense.

Jul 16, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hey all- Thanks for the feedback. Thought I'd follow up with a report-

I wasn't terribly impressed. But sadly, I got stuck eating lunch at work late that day and I wasn't that hungry when I arrived at Qui. I had the Ode To Michel B Ras
selection of vegetables from austin farmers vegetable plate (lovely), the Amberjack Philipino Ceviche (tasty but way too salty) and then because the girl next to me seemed wildy crazy about it, the short rib wrapped in banana leaf. Strangely, she had a ton of cool vegetables served with hers, mine came only with cabbage. It was a huge amount of fatty meat for someone without a big appetiite, I should have stuck to my first inclination to get the Kare Kare peanut curry.

Nothing was bad, but I just felt meh about it all. It wasn't exciting or worth the price, and the best thing was definitely the pretty veggie plate. The cocktail "Austin" something, their version of the mojito, was tasty but a lot sweeter than I was expecting after the waiter specifically said it wasn't very sweet. I needed something less sugary to stir up my appetite. Then I asked for a wine glass recommendation and was pointed to a chilled red that was just...weird. Disappointing, but I was glad I made it back to Uchiko for a second time before leaving Austin. Next time I'm in town I'll try some of the suggestion instead-ofs from this thread. Thanks for the tips!

Jun 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Thanks! To all replies. I think I'll give it a chance :) I'm very curious.

Jun 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hi everyone- Hate to introduce myself with a negative post, I'm really not a hater- but here's my time-sensative question. I'm in town for only a short while more and have a rez at Qui for my last night. Thought I'd go out with a bang.

However, I was pretty disappointed by East Side Kings (Lamar location. I had pork buns, octopus taco, Brussels sprout salad, and beet home fries). Nothing was "bad" but nothing was as tasty, satisfying, complex, or interesting as I was expecting. I went in a Top Chef fan, high hopes, etc.

My question is - is Qui a lot better? Or if I didn't like the flavors of ESK, do you think Qui is of much better caliber and I should still give it a chance? It was my understanding it enjoyed the best marks in Austin with Chows, is there another place I should focus my last night attention? I'm good on BBQ and Tex Mex, and not looking for Italian/Mediterranean flavors as I have abundance of those back home.

I've been to Uchiko and Uchi (loved) and I'm definitely going back to Uchiko one more timeā€¦.

Thanks!!

Jun 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Settebello pizza special?

I like it much better than Mozza. Mozza was a big dissapointment to me, because I was expecting it to be an authentically Italian style when it first came out. Instead it's kind of a puffy sour dough. But if you love Mozza pizza, you may just have different pizza taste. Settebello is more traditional in its Italian/Neopolitan style. Thin and crispy but a little soggy in the middle. Yum! Haven't had Ortica or Pizza e Vino yet.

Another great one if you like authentic Italian style is Milo and Olive.

May 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Hey! I'm always on a always on a salad dressing hunt as well. Here's something that worked for me recently. A) Bolthouse Yogurt Caeser something. If you like a yogurt tang, two points. B) Always loved Trader Joe's Goddess dressing (3 points for 2 tablespoons) but it's soooo needlessly thick. So I put one tablespoon in a little ramekin sized tupperware with some water, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard, Doubling the amount of dressing but not adding any points. Now I have 1 point dressing. C) Have you ever tried using hummus as a dressing? I've been doing that recently (with Sabra classic hummus, my favorite) and it works surprisingly well. The amount of flavor and the satisfaction of mouth feel are great!

May 08, 2014
sarahbeths in Home Cooking
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

POT is literally all the rage here in LA, you would get major foodie cred if you went there Friday night. Ktown isn't super far from DTLA....maybe even in your car radius. btw that is an awesome idea for a hotel accommodation! Or Chego is also Roy Choi's and is downtown, and more low key like fast food almost.

So glad you're going to Tar and Roses! Some of the not to be missed dishes there is the Phopaccio, the roasted peas, and the strawberry rosemary ricotta dessert is insane!

As for Pastries downtown I have "Semi Sweet" bookmarked. Oh and of course you could go to Little Tokyo Village in dowtown where they have various mochi and 'Lettes Macarons and all kinds of yummy sweet things.

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

Grazie!!!

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Italy

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

For my mother, who lived in Rome in the 80s and loves pasta and Italian food fiercely, but doesn't love fussy, expensive restaurants. She doesn't want modern at all, but traditional roman/italian stuff. She'll be alone and she prefers dinners not too far from her hotel (Near Via Veneto embassy area).

Grazie!!!

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Italy

Did I imagine a Settebello in Santa Monica?

You may have seen Stella Rosa? its similar

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Downtown consider: Chego. Bestia over Sotto. If insanely good but pricey sushi is your thing: Sushi Zo's downtown location

Santa Monica consider: Tar and Roses (crazy good)

Plan check yessss!!!! westside on sawtelle chiller atmosphere with outdoor tables too.

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

It's partly an atmosphere recommendation. The food is not as good as Angelini which I admitted- but its still delicious.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

So West Side is a little vague- like full out Santa Monica/Venice/Culver?

not west hollywood?

If you want the former, I'd suggest
-Ado in Venice (which had a michelin star when LA was getting them)
-Capo in Venice which can totally fit your budget if you don't order anything with truffles. Also had a michelin star.

IMHO Piccolo Venice isn't as tasty as it expensive. I've had two meals there that were good, but not as good as other Italian restaurants in LA, and not worth the price.

As delicious as Georgio Baldi was when I went for a special occasion, I didn't like the service or atmosphere. I was treated like someone who should come and go quickly, and we were crammed into this tiny little restaurant.

Now if west hollywood is an option- RivaBella has such a beautiful dining room, it's very romantic. It's on the Sunset Strip but on the west side of it. The restaurant is a foodie/corporate mashup- a cooperation between a big restaurant company (forgot its name) and the owner of Angelini. It might be a little bit cooperate, but it's delicious! The lemon tagliolini is a wonderful dish.

If mid-city is west enough, Angelini Osteria is my fav restaurant in LA. The atmosphere isn't super romantic because its very small and cozy. Wine and beer only. However I always feel super romantic when I am there because I love the food so damn much, it makes me so happy. To me, great food is romantic. We go for Valentines Day.

But it's always romantic to be near the beach, especially for out of towners, so the Venice ones may hit the
bill. There are a lot of beautiful places to have a drink before or after dinner near the ocean. The rooftop bar at the Shangri La Hotel is great, or if you make a reservation hotel erwin in Venice has great sunset ocean views at its roof bar.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Your best meal of 2013?

how much does that run?

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

SUSHI in DTLA tonight NYE no reservation.

Not sure exactly what time we can get downtown (partner getting off work/taking metro from westside) and Sushi Gen is fully booked. Was originally gonna wait it out at Sugar Fish, then thought maybe I should try somewhere new. Alas, can't reserve and its a busy night! Thoughts???

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Angelina's Pizzeria - Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Dana Point

Where is Angelina's? Is it new?

I love Milo & Olive's pizza. Settebello (Pasadena/MDR) is good authentic Neapolitan but silly atmo. Stella Rosa in Santa Monica same.

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

First date

Wow! That's awesome. But hope it doesn't mean they might close, I like that place a lot.

Nov 30, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

My vote is Melisse. I've had the best meals in Los Angeles there. Also it has two Michelin stars. I've heard very mixed things about Providence and so haven't gone.

Also a tip on the french laundry- if you book a hotel in Yountville they can sometimes get you the reservation. My stepmother got a reservation this way and it wasn't 2 months ahead....

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Crab Westwood

YUM!

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Hey Everyone !

Just wanted to follow up- We went to the Wolfgang Puck at Bel Air. I really wanted ambiance and romance above all else. It was pretty romantic! I loved just touring around the hotel (I had never been) and checking out the swans, the fireplace in the lobby, the gardens, and having a fancy drink at the gorgeous bar before dinner. The bar automatically put the drinks on the restaurant bill and seated us when they were ready.

The setting was romantic, and the waiter right away checked what kind of occasion we were celebrating. The server brought us samples of different wines just to pick which we would order by the glass! (Almost never happens, always blows my socks off when it does). We ordered the "4 course" tasting menu with one modification (no lamb). I use quotes because you also get an amuse and dessert, so it's more like a 5 course. Plus a great bread basket. We had caviar, a fish crudo, lobster ravioli, Were told we'd be brought beef instead of lamb, either the short rib or the new york steak. By a lucky twist of fate with got BOTH! A bank error in our favor, as they say in monopoly. The server also gifted us a glass of his favorite red to share with the short rib course. It as the perfect amount of wine for us, very sweet. The dessert courses also had one plate reading "Happy Birthday" and one plate reading "Happy Anniversary", and then the full plate of cookies after dessert was a big hit. Not the best meal I've had in LA, but definitely worthy of the occasion and super romantic. Not at all wasted $$$$.

Thanks chows!!!

ps. Totally going to Saddle Lodge sometime. And many of your other suggestions....

Sep 03, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Yer Favorite Culver City restaurants

I tried to like it but they couldn't provide rare meat....Fogo is a chain, but a delicious one...no point in going to Libra.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

I will definitely hit up Saddle Peak someday, it's on my to-eat List. I'm just not sure its right for this particular occasion.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

What a recommendation!!! I will have to go there next time I'm in SB...

My update is that I have two reservations - one for Wolfgang at Bel Air and one at Capo.... and I'm leaning towards WP right now. Thanks for all your help!!! I'm noting all these suggestions for other nights out.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Interesting! But I'm traveling to Santa Barbara for two weddings in Sep, Oct. And the lodging there is SO SO SO expensive!

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

I didn't like Fig & Olive either when I went... it fell into "scene over food" for me.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

"Cronuts" in LA?

The one I had at DK was FIVE DOLLARS. It was yummy, but not revolutionizing my world... more donutty than croissanty.... five dollars for a donut? I won't be rushing back...

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

awesome! great ideas...

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

very interesting!! we do love us some Getty

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

thanks! Interested in Bel Air, but thinking that might be $400 plus with tip and booze? I wonder if that's nice to do to my bf! :P

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Thanks!!
Angelini is my fav restuarant period, but I wanted somewhere new. I will investigate the other suggestions! :) (Been to Vincenti, don't think I can get into Trois Mec )

Aug 13, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area