n

nlk's Profile

Title Last Reply

are bucato, factory kitchen, tasting kitchen and osteria mozza doing the most interesting pasta dishes? and how would you rank/compare them?

Curious as to how ppl would rank/compare these 4 places. And if there are other innovative pasta places that fit along side these?

1 day ago
nlk in Los Angeles Area

going to willie jane for first time tonight...

Thanks for these recs. Have others been there recently?

Nov 08, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

going to willie jane for first time tonight...

two questions about willie jane:
1. I recall hearing that they used to serve large format dishes that 2 or more people more or less shared a big platter. seems like that is no longer true?

2. what should we order tonight?
thanks

Nov 08, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

I won't argue with ipse.
But here's what i'll say:
You know how there are some restaurants where you arrive, sit down, and any stresses you have melt away, and you can just kick it with a good dish or two that brings you to a good place?
for me, marouch is one of those places, Brent's is one of those places, Beijing is one of those places, and when i've saved up a bit of money,...red medicine is one of those places.
China Islamic is this too. Of course, the thick sesame bread, but that lamb and tofu soup...and how you can just sit at that restaurant for hours after a stressful day, and just breath in the aroma of that soup and the sesames. Even if the quality has fallen off a bit, even if the tables are stickier than they used to be...it still works for me.
Now would i like to find a few more dishes there that i love, and have i struggled to do so? absolutely. Im gonna try the ones ipse recommends. Maybe they will lure me more often. but whether i like those or not, and despite everything...I'll still find myself back there once in a while to get my fix, chill and take in the goodness.

Oct 27, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

Wow. Thanks. I will try these things.

Oct 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

What to order at China Islamic besides lamb warm pot and thick sesame bread?

I love china islamic. It's like comfort food. I feel like i can spend hours in that restaurant hanging out dipping that thick sesame bread in the lamb and tofu warm pot.

But i haven't found other things that i like there.
I look at other tables. i ask the wait staff.

I've tried the dumplings which are decent, and a few other lamb and basic noodle dishes. None of them to write home about, or at least none of them to post on chowhound about.

Have you found other things on the menu that i should try to accompany the warm pot and thick bread?

Oct 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Any restaurants serve lemon cake?

I had the lemon ice box cake at hart and the hunter the other night. quite good, and only 6 bucks which is fairly cheap for a dessert at a spot like that. It was a bit like a lemon meringue pie but with a lemon ice cream under the meringue. Not sure if that is what you are looking for, but thought i'd toss the idea out to you.

May 04, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

it's on the online menu, both the poutine with oysters and the one with pigs feet. i don't believe the oyster one has pork or beef in it but i'm not sure. I was there with someone who doesn't eat those and we made that clear to the server...but, like i said, don't know for certain.

Mar 05, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

PORCHETTA TRUCK ALERT

Can someone ask them if we should take this as an indicator that their new restaurant in the helms bakery area will be opening soon?

Feb 26, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

sounds like i have to try the uni more on its own at a fancy sushi restaurant to get a sense. Until i do so, I'll just keep fantasizing about that dish at RM.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

Thanks, servorg. I'll have to get some friends together and try it. sounds great.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Harold & Belles Jefferson LA

Harold and Belle's is great. some dishes are hit and miss, and it's a bit pricey, but there are some dishes there that keep calling my name. crawfish etoufee is excellent. the little chicken drummettes are fantastic. service is great, a bit slow sometimes, but in a we're-not gonna-rush-you-at--all type of way. perhaps i should be embarrassed to say this, but i love their microwaved, slightly rubbery desserts: peach cobbler and bread pudding. A little secret: if you call ahead and try to get a reservation, they'll tell you they don't have any available til after 9. but just show up, there's always a table available, and if they seat you too close to the band and the noise gets to you, just ask to move to a table further in the back.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

I know animal's is great. I liked the oyster version at the parish too. but i don't need it fancy. I'll take it fancy if it's good, but i'll also take cheap or mid range if there are places that do it well. thanks.

Feb 18, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

I’ve been to each a few times. Haven’t tried everything on the menu, but most of what I’ve tried has been awesome.

At Salt’s Cure, the pork chop is heavenly. Perfectly cooked, well spiced, sitting in its own juices. I find myself picking up the bone and gnawing on it.

Had a planked salmon there a few months back. I had never had such tasty salmon. Last night had the rye braised chili pork over onions and grits. Super tender. For dessert there was a grapefruit pie. It was like a cousin to a key lime pie in terms of consistency.

A different time I was there, the guy at the table next to me gave me half of his lamb chops. No shame in taking something that good from a stranger. They were so flavorful.

I might like breakfast at salt’s cure even more than dinner. The griddle cakes, 2 by 2 by 2 of house cured bacon and sausage with eggs is perfect. I can’t think of a better breakfast combo. The breakfast bun is as soft as can be.

I really wanna try that salt’s cure burger and anything else on the menu that folks recommend. Would love to hear about the burger from anyone who’s tried it.

Red Medicine is probably my favorite spot to hit when I splurge a bit. Let’s start with dessert, as is my inclination. That birch ice dish. Comes in a glass bowl that almost looks like a small fish tank. Inside are flavored bubbles, on top is some kind of white chocolate lid that gets crumbled into rest of the dish. Fruit and other stuff inside mixes incredibly with the bubbles and “lid”. I could eat it every day. the pear dessert and the chocolate/coffee/coconut thing is great too.

The chicken dumplings which really aren’t dumplings are one of my favorite dishes. Hot, almost like a meatball, but with a much more delicate texture (again, not really a dumpling) they provide spicy sauce, lime, some herbs and some crunchy onion type things. Perfect.

Brussel sprouts are sort of in nowadays. Seems like every restaurant serves them in some fancy way. Of course the places that serve them with pancetta or some kind of meat are great, but RM does it fully vegetarian, as long as you consider shrimp chips vegetarian. The brussel sprouts come with shrimp chips, whole basil leaves and a gentle sauce. The flavors, texture and crunch of it all is perfect—and its priced reasonably too.

I miss the rice porridge dish, but the toasted grains dish that they replaced it with is almost as good.

What blows me away every time is the uni dish. I’ll admit that I’ve never had uni before. So maybe all uni is this good. But the combination of the tender, smoked uni with Chinese sausage and a cauliflower custard and a bunch of herbs is out of this world. Is all uni this good? Someone enlighten me.

I’ve had many of the protein dishes, the crab, the pork, the beef. They are all great. They bring together great flavors, but I usually hover around the other dishes more. I’ve never had the large format dishes—would love to try them, especially the brisket. Has anyone tried it?

Feb 14, 2013
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Are the following related? Are their names a coincidence? El Conquistador, El Compadre, El Cholo, El Carmen, El Cid, El Chavo, El Coyote. [moved from Los Angeles board]

What's the deal with the fact that all of these spots that claim to specialize in margaritas and mexican food all have a one word, "C" name? Does everyone know the answer except me?

Jan 28, 2013
nlk in Not About Food

which sichuan spot serves a fried fish with chilies dish in addition to the more common fried chicken with chilies dish?

and which place does it good?

Nov 18, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

An evening at La Descarga

I've only been to the place once, on a saturday. I can't tell you anything about how it works on other nights. Let me say that no one would say that i am particularly hip. I went with my younger sister and her friends to celebrate my sister's birthday. they were dressed up and looked great. I got the feeling that the only reason i got in was because i was with them. there were more women there than men. I think they have a burlesque show every hour or so. immediately after the show, everyone starts dancing and having a great time. the 300 dollar minimum seemed to apply to the handful of tables. not necessary. As long as you don't need to sit down, you will be fine just standing and kicking it in between the shows, ordering drinks one at a time. i had posed a question on chowhound a few weeks before i went about which places around town specialize in spicy rum drinks. ppl recommended that i just go in and ask them to make me something spicy. that's what i did here and the bartender made me a fantastic drink. It's not the type of place i'll head back to anytime soon, but the vibe is great, the drinks were strong and solid and your out of town friends might really like it if they are into a bit of a scene.

Oct 22, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need a challah and soon. and given my constraints, i don't even need it to be the best in the city.

You all are amazing. Now i know where to get a challah...by Tuesday.
And i was reminded of a the anti union political practices of a place like vonn's.
Guess what showed up on my porch last night? a challah from Langers. One of my friends, without telling me, saw this post, knew i worked during the day and couldn't get there, and got it for me and delivered it. So, I'll have a challah in hand on my way to echo park today.
At this rate, maybe i should post,..that i need a pork chop from Salt's Cure, a meal from Rusitc Canyon and some bbq from bludso's and see which CH friends drop what off on my porch tonight.
Bur seriously, on the challah info, Thank you all.

Aug 28, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I need a challah and soon. and given my constraints, i don't even need it to be the best in the city.

I need to have a challah in my hands by 530 Tuesday in echo park.
I'd go to langers but i can't get there before their 4pm closing.
If i had to i could buy it monday evening or, as the above says, late tuesday afternoon.
thoughts?

Aug 26, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I've loved breakfast at Salt's cure. Tell me about dinner items...

thanks for the recs ipsedixit and ciao bob. Salmon, NY Strip, pork and lamb. I'll run with those if they are on the menu next time i go. Any other suggestions?

Jun 12, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

I've loved breakfast at Salt's cure. Tell me about dinner items...

I've been to Salt's Cure twice for breakfast on the weekends. The 2 by 2 by 2 and the oatmeal pancakes have been fantastic. Whatever they do to prepare their bacon and sausage is awesome. I had a breakfast smoked steak and some of their breakfast pastry things as well. Can anyone share insights on dinner items? Their menu changes a lot, but I'd love to hear about stuff you've tried so i can figure out what to prioritize. Thanks.

Jun 10, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Larkins?

I'd actually be interested in hearing others chime in on this before we write larkin's off. I never liked mac and cheeza, they had problems with their lease and it just wasn't a good location, nor the right concept, imho.
But I've always liked larkin's, fried chicken, the mac and cheese, a few of the sides. All we have as evidence so far on this thread is a bad experience two weeks ago, someone chiming in who has never been there and some speculations on the la eater blog about liquor license problems from almost a year ago. I'd be interested in hearing from others who have been there recently...

Mar 12, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Fried chicken in LA?

can you be more specific about what happened to larkin's? I haven't been in a while since i don't live in that part of town...

Mar 12, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Lamb Dishes at Beijing Restaurant

i went on saturday, and I am needing to go back again as soon as possible. that fried with meat--lamb sandwich is addictive. the fried pork dumplings were awesome and the green beans/string beans were charred and garlicky and gingery and...i gotta get back there,...and soon.
thanks again for the recommendation.

Feb 13, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Where should I become acquainted with cheese and charcuterie?

everyone's suggestions sound great. Thanks so much. I'll try and report back, although i may need to save up a bit of money before heading out to some of these spots...

Feb 08, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Where should I become acquainted with cheese and charcuterie?

This sounds fantastic, westsidegal. Am i correct that both of these places are on the pricey side? I'll try them, no doubt, but do you have other suggestions as well?

Feb 08, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Where should I become acquainted with cheese and charcuterie?

I will try both of these. thanks for the rec.

Feb 08, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Where should I become acquainted with cheese and charcuterie?

Where should I become acquainted with cheese and charcuterie?

Never really ordered cheese and charcuterie. Where should I do it for the first time?

Sure, you can tell me about fancy versions, but less expensive, good quality recs would also be appreciated. And if you have specific cheeses and charcuterie I should order at those spots, that would be appreciated too…

Feb 06, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Lamb Dishes at Beijing Restaurant

cool. thanks for the clarification. I'll try it next time i head out that way.

Feb 06, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area

Lamb Dishes at Beijing Restaurant

sku, thanks for the write up. I stopped by last night, after a great meal at mei long village. I picked up a paper menu. I don't see "fried with meat" on the menu.
I see the other dishes you reference, but the only thing i see that comes close to "fried with meat" is:
meat pie
fried meet ball
fried beef
was it one of these?
or was it a special on a written on a wall somewhere?
Eager to try it but wanna make sure i know what to point to on the menu.

Feb 05, 2012
nlk in Los Angeles Area