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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

My wife & I ended up eating at Oshima. We didn't want to be too far from our 2 month old daughter as my sister in laws were babysitting.

Pretty happy with our decision.

1 day ago
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

I just got the email from them. Dec. 28 and 29 only.

THE MENU

Amuse 1 : razor clams | barley | corn | truffle

Amuse 2 : Scrambled | uni | oscetra caviar (if caviar de sologne is n/a), toast, truffle tonka coulis

1 - Wild game larb | truffle | bergamot | -8 vinaigrette

2 - Truffle soup VGE | bone marrow

3 - Truffle pizza | "cancoillotte" & "Beaufort" cheeses | pea tendrils | pear

4 - Black bear tartar | smoked juniper berries | pickled grapes | truffles brioche | salsify fries

5 - Truffle congee | poached hen egg | crispy snails | duck skin croutons

6 - Artichoke | bacon | foie gras | truffle Gratin

7 - Celery root risotto | dungeness crab | truffle air | old parmesan

8 - Pacific lobster | green anis | sweet garlic | green apple | truffle grits

9 - Abalone & Nantucket bay scallops crudo | oyster gelee | truffle puree

10 - Wild turbot | kaffir bouillon | truffle "royale"

11 - Dover sole | Meyers lemon | fennel truffle granola | hazelnuts | chanterelles | kury squash

12 - Pigeon | crispy truffle potato crust | rose flower jus | rhubarb

13 - Veal kidneys | veal sweetbreads | porcini | sunchoke chips | truffle emulsion | truffle gnocchi

14 - "Reister farms" lamb loin | vadouvan | eggplant | Truffle mole

15 - Oxtail agnolotti | roasted dry aged bison hanger | chestnut truffle nage | pecorino gougere

16 - Cheese (vacherin tasting) | truffle jam

17 - Dessert

18 - Dessert Mignardise

$350 per person plus tax and service. A $100 deposit per person will be required. We will call guests to obtain deposit over the phone. In the case you cannot attend we will provide a refund up to 3 days prior, or you may transfer your reservations to others.

anybody going?

1 day ago
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Great report. What was the bill at the end of the night? I'm still contemplating whether to go to Terrine or Shunji tonight.

Dec 13, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Bestia or Factory Kitchen

I have to say Bestia. Factory Kitchen's pasta was good but not great. Bestia's pasta and dishes were great.

I would switch Factory Kitchen with Maccheroni Republic instead.

Dec 08, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi In OC: Found! Kasen.

You're making me want to go back. How much was your latest omakase with them?

Oct 04, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

The company's Instagram page is still posting pictures but did not respond to one of their follower's question if they closed up shop

Sep 23, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

Majority of the dishes served was seafood and a couple of meat (wagyu duck, and foie gras).

$325 + tax + tip. Came out to over $400+/person.

Twas a crazy night. By course # 10, my wife was giving me half of her meal and by course #17-18, I was eating most of her share.

Petit Trois - now open during weekends

last weekend was their 1st weekend opening. Arrived there at 2pm Sunday for a late lunch and the place was empty. We had the restaurant to ourselves. Loved it because we didn't have to wait.

So if you want to try the place out, this would be a good time trying it out during the weekend.

Sep 23, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

scarpetta deal being offered on blackboard eats now

I wish it included their spaghetti

Sep 23, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

If you could go to one restaurant on your birthday, what restaurant would it be ??????

Providence.

I did a custom 22 course degustation meal 2 years ago. It took 6 hours to complete, 6pm-12mn.

One meal I'll never ever forget.

Sep 23, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Fifty Seven - Joining BOS in restaurant purgatory

the service as a little slow but no mistakes on their end.

I was fortunate enough to try Josh Drew's cooking. The appetizers were really good especially the prawn ala plancha, the Griddled provolone with fried snails, and squid braised in ink.

The mains which were supposed to be the star of the show was forgettable and weak.

I would've gone back for the apps but didn't get to anymore.

Sep 23, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday dinner in Santa Monica

I love T&R. The tar bar is to die for.

thanks for the suggestions. I didn't even realize that Fig does not serve dinners on Sundays.

Aug 13, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday dinner in Santa Monica

Where would you guys suggest going to?

I was thinking either Fig or Rustic Canyon.

which one is better? Any better option in Santa Monica?

Another option would be to drive to Venice. I've always wanted to try Superba Snack Bar.

Aug 13, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner ideas

I can walk on the strip. To/from wynn to aria

Mar 13, 2014
JMan604 in Las Vegas

Dinner ideas

I'll be flying into Vegas tonight for a 3 day seminar at the Venetian, I was lucky that the company will be giving me a $50 allowance for dinner each night. I was already planning on eating steak, etc but due to lent (i gave up red meat, pork, and rice) steak is a no go. I wanted that paella valenciana again at jaleo but oh wells.

I'm planning on going to B&B for pasta but where else can you guys recommend that is friendly to my dietary restriction for now that's within walking distance from the Venetian?

I can eat pasta, seafood, any poultry (chicken, duck, turkey)

Mar 11, 2014
JMan604 in Las Vegas

Orange County suggestion please, 1 night only?

OP clearly states not too expensive of $35 avg entree and you suggest a $48 tasting menu.

Playground in Santa Ana is a great choice.

If you're willing to drive to La Habra, you can check out Moro's, it's a small cuban restaurant, good paella's, not too expensive, and BYOB.

Mar 03, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I like sea harbor more than elite.

i can't wait to try SN1 though to see what the hype is all about.

Mar 03, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

what happened to dungeness crab season 2014 in los angeles?

We got 5 fat dungeness crabs at 99 ranch over the weekend at $9.99/lb. Ridiculously fat and the crab fat was very very good!

Mar 03, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

Sucks that you had that experience. I tried Baco Mercat for the first time 2 weeks ago along with some friends for lunch and it was wonderful. Maybe that's because it was 2:00pm on a Saturday but it was pretty chill and the food was great.

I do agree that the baco's are pretty oily but damn, it's up in my alley

Feb 27, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area
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Your Go To Comfort Spot

Ten Ren at City of Industry.

stewed pork with rice or Braised pork on rice.

Feb 26, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Where to take my 4 friends in March--my birthday, my treat--Santa Monica, etc.

Osteria Mozza is a pretty good restaurant for a birthday dinner. That's my go to restaurant if Providence or Melisse are out of the picture.

Also, Maude should be a good choice as well however I have not been there, although I have a reservation for March 22.

Feb 19, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area
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Bistecca alla Fiorentina?

also, to me, a true bistecca must be aged atleast 180 days. That is pretty much the minimum # of days when I was in Florence.

Feb 14, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

LA Dish of the Month (February 2014) - Voting

PASTA

Jan 31, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Providence (Chef's Menu) or Melisse (Carte Blanche)?

You really can't go wrong with any of the two selections. I wish I had your problem.

Been to both, I do love both but Providence edged out Melisse by a hair.

I had my birthday dinner at Providence 2 years ago, I emailed them a month prior and requested for a degustation meal. I showed up at 6:30pm, ended up finishing the meal at 12:30am, that's 6 hours long. 22 courses without wine pairing (my choice). It's something one will never ever forget. Damage was $800+ with tax/tip.

Maybe next year, I'll give Melisse another shot but I'll request a degustation meal as well.

Jan 30, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Trois Mec!!!

For tonight, the premium pairing was $79

NV Guy Larmandier, Brut
2012 Maurice Schoech, Pinot Auxerrois
2010 Francois Chidaine, Vouray, Le Bouchet
2012 Francois Crochet, Exils, Sancerre
2008 Dom. du Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
2010 Dom. de l'Alliance, Sauternes

Jan 27, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

loved that dish too

I doubted my sanity for a bit but my favorite was the celery root. I never liked any of the vegetarians/vegans/meat haters that i've met but my goodness, that dish makes me want to turn into a vegetarian if every food they eat was as good as that. lol It was just refreshing. A great dish before the quail.

Jan 27, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Trois Mec!!!

while I agree Chef Quenioux's tasting menu is beyond reasonable, I was fairly disappointed with the food at Bistro LQ days, while good, the flavors was lacking. I would gladly pay double that with the same amount of courses that will put a smile on my face.

I am going to Trois Mec tonight so hopefully it's good. I'm actually worried as I had wolvesmouth over the weekend and the meal blew me away.

Jan 27, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

What was your favorite dish? Every ingredient worked wonderfully! Loved it!

Jan 26, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Wolvesmouth dinner 1-25-14

After a year of waiting to be invited, I finally got the email I or we have been all waiting for. LA's hardest reservation.

Tonight was a 9 course meal

course #1: ribeye cap, broccoli tempura, broccoli stalk slaw, piquillo, pink lady, broccoli cheddar puree

course #2: arctic cod, crab meat, candied lemon glee, carrot, parsley, turnip, persimmon

course #3: yellowtail tuna, ponzu-yuzu, shio creme fraiche, yuzu kosho wasabi pea crunch, snap pea, avocado

course #4: rabbit croquette, jicama remoulade, dried chewy pina johnny cake, jerk soulise, plantain

course #5: seared pork belly, lobster, yam green apple, green apple, squid ink pork lobster sabayon, sweet potato lather

course #6: celery root, roasted hazelnut, apple cabbage cider, cocoa coffee, brussels sprouts

course #7: fried quail, baby kale, creamed spinach puree, date, almond, haricot certs, cipollini

course #8: milk chocolate peanut butter pretzel crunch, mustard parfait, pretzel, whipped peanut cajeta, banana

course #9: mandarin orange, mandarin vanilla lime ice sorbet, raw green tea, yogurt steam cake, pistachio, kishu, yogurt lime rind

i can't say enough how great the meal was. Easily the best meal i've had. It was soulful, beautifully seasoned, artfully, wonderful meal.

Providence was always been my all time favorite restaurant for many many years with Melisse and the now Defunct Alex a close 2nd. This has easily surpassed all of them and may have ruined my upcoming dinner at Trois Mec this Monday.

I suggest to get on that mailing list and pray you get an invite. lol I'm going to pray some more to get a 2nd invite next time.

Jan 25, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area
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Shanghai No.1 Seafood Restaurant and Shanghailander

I'm really curious now.

Might have to go there for dinner this Friday

Jan 22, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area