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good sommelier in LA

IMO, Melisse and Sona had the best sommelier. Very knowledgeable.

Oct 25, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Best Tasting Menu in LA?

Melisse or Sona. The neat thing about Sona is that they serve different plates. We had the 9 course and ended up trying 18 dishes! Great surprise!

Sep 20, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Enough of the praise ... what's the 5 WORST of LA?

In particular order:

1. Asia de Cuba
2. Killer Shrimp
3. Chin Chin
4. Todai
5. Sushi Roku

There are not many that I don't like, however, these are absolute "No's".

Sep 05, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Anything to eat near The Bridge?

Agreed- Ayara was a divine little find! I absolutely loved the Pineapple, shrimp, raisin and cashew rice dish. As for something at the Bridge, I took my Thai friend to Wild Thai and she said the Glassy Noodles was pretty authentic.

Aug 23, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

issues of restaurants reusing used food

Glad to hear it, however, I've heard first-hand accounts of workers who were ordered to rinse out used rice to be reused at Chinese restaurants.

Aug 23, 2006
vivien in Not About Food

issues of restaurants reusing used food

Chinese restaurants rinse and reuse old rice to make Fried Rice. It's very common so I don't order it.

Aug 22, 2006
vivien in Not About Food

An Pan

Any Japanese markets such as Nijiya Market on Sawtelle or Mitsuwa (Centinela, Torrance, DT) should have them. Enjoy!

Aug 21, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Best Sushi in LA

They've changed the Omakase up now and then, though not as often as we'd like. Sushi- perhaps our once-a-month trips has proven fruitful as our fish has definitely improved compared to our first excursion.

Aug 15, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Tasting menu on Westside for anniversary?

We've had the tasting at Melisse, Jiraffe, Josie and enjoyed them all. Sona's 9-course was a pleasant surprise as we were each served different plates. Though next time, we would just get the 6-course. It's so much food!

Aug 13, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Best Sushi in LA

Matsuhisa - Definitely have Omakase
Katsu-Ya - Dishes come out too fast at times...
Nishimura - Straight no frills Sushi.
Koi - Surprisingly awesome Toro everytime.

Skip:
Sasebune - Great at first but everything seems to taste the same after awhile.
Sushi Roku

Aug 05, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

ISO Expensive restaurant DEALS (lunch specials, special nights, tasting menus, etc)

Jiraffe's Monday Night Bistro Menu. 3 courses for $33. Very delightful!

http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news...

Aug 03, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area

Do you have a regular "rotation"?

Japanese: Matsuhisa, Nobu
Sushi: Katsu-ya Encino
Japanese Curry: Curry House, Corner stand in the Torrance Mitsuwa
Shabu-Shabu: Mizu 212
Izakaya: Furaibo (Pretty good though I haven't tried others yet.)

Classic French: La Cachette, Sona
New French: Jiraffe, Josie

Brunch: Campanile
Homestyle Lunch: John O'Groats
Sushi Lunch: Kanpaii (Best Negitoro Donburi), Sushi Mashiko (Fresh quality, but very slow service.)

Vietnamese Lunch: Quan Hy (For Banh Beo and Bun Bo Hue)

Korean BBQ: Hodori

Steak: Ruth's Chris

Jul 17, 2006
vivien in Los Angeles Area