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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

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

Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

I'll be really happy once they open. It means I dont' have to drive thru the 5 or 60 to get to LA.

Just drive 10 minutes on Beach and I'm there!

Jan 22, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Shanghai No.1 Seafood Restaurant and Shanghailander

Try Happy Harbor in Rowland Heights for dimsum. I purposely tried Elite, Sea Harbour, and 888 to compare it to Happy Harbor which is a stone's throw away from me and I gotta say, there are some dishes at Happy Harbor that are way better than the 3. Which dishes? Siu Mai is one of them. The Chong Fun is delish. I give the Har Gaw to Sea Harbour, egg tart to Elite and the rice dishes to 888.

I had dinner at Shanghailander 3 weeks ago, had the seasonal vegetables, sea cucumber in brown sauce, sauteed eel, and braised pork.

The vegetables were really really good as well as the braised pork.

The eel and the sea cucumber was on the bland side. Needs more flavor.

They are open for lunch and they have a lunch special for around $10 or less.

Jan 22, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Unfortunately, for filipinos, they're used to "turo-turo" style of their own cuisine. Majority of filipinos can never see their food as high-end but there are some restaurants in the Philippines offering high end filipino food. ie. quality + beautiful plating. It will take a while before someone opens one like that.

Just as a comparison, Many many years ago, I wouldn't imagine places like Mr. Chow or Hakkasan will serve expensive ordinary dishes. To me, high-end Chinese cuisine is all about seafood such as abalone, sea cucumber, and shark's fin. So eating expensive adobo, pinakbet, and laing is blurred to me. lol

Jan 18, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

You should really try Gerry's Grill then. like I mentioned, that's as close as you'll get in terms of authenticity to Filipino sisig that's served here. Anytime a sisig has peppers, I'm gone. With that, I'm not too crazy with Salakot's sisig nor ones that drown the sisig in vinegar, not true sisig at all.

I've even travelled to where sisig was invented. Aling Lucing's in Pampanga. A true hole in the wall place that only a 3rd world country can conceive.

They have a law firm as well so they're doing fine. I will let him know of this post.

Jan 18, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

To each his own. Everyone has different palate. I personally love stinky tofu and intestine but my wife who's filipina thinks it's nasty as hell.

Jan 10, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

My friend owns Salakot, sad that it had to close.

My go to Filipino restaurant that's as decent is Gerry's Grill in Artesia. It's a "franchise" restaurant from the Philippines but their sisig is as close as what I eat in the Philippines.

Jan 10, 2014
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Buffet Brunch

thank you all for the recommendation, we chose the four seasons for this weekend, we'll try Terranea in the future.

Dec 18, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Sunday Buffet Brunch

Alas, I just found out Scarpetta will not be offering Sunday Buffet Brunch anymore, instead, they will only serve the buffet during the holiday/special occasion such as thanksgiving and Christmas day.

What are the other options in for a buffet brunch that you guys will recommend?

Dec 17, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Omakase choice: Oshima, Nana-San, or Shunka?

My wife and I went to Shunka that night. Both of us had omakase. This is a very modern take on Omakase, Modern in terms of how they serve the nigiri. The chef serves you 2 pcs at once. Some may like it, some may not. The fish to rice ratio is good. Some fish are seasoned and some are not. The ones that were not season required *gasp* soy sauce. The soy sauce they used tasted like kikkoman, very very salty.

I ended up having between 18-20 pcs (i stopped counting) while my wife finished with 14 pcs. Both of us had the amaebi with the fried shrimp head. Nothing really jumped out in terms of the nigiri that was served that night, I did enjoy the ocean trout, I was served kamatoro when I asked but i was very underwhelmed. The favorite of the night was the fried octopus suction cup, it was heavenly! and the shrimp head. Cost came out to $70/person for the omakase alone.

Overall, it's a good sushi bar but I'll pick Oshima from now on.

Jun 25, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone try Maruhide Uni Club in Torrance?

I bought large grade A uni from their factory back in 2009 for $45. It was really really good.

Jun 14, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Omakase choice: Oshima, Nana-San, or Shunka?

I'm craving for Omakase tonight. My to go to spot has always been Oshima, been there countless times, never had a bad meal, and always leave happy but I want to try something new tonight. I just had Oshima 2 weeks ago.

I read kevineat's review of Shunka, looks good however Nana-San keeps popping up on reviews as well.

Which one is better? Should I stick with Oshima? Or should I try nana-san/Shunka?

your advise is appreciated.

Jun 14, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area

Las Vegas 2 days, 1 night - 3 or 4 meals

I would skip Bacchanal and try Wicked Spoon instead. I was really really disappointed with Bacchanal.

E by Jose Andres will be more than $100/person, so stick with Jaleo.

Lotus of Siam or Raku for dinner.

Haven't tried the secret pizza but I like Holstein's for their foie gras burger + milkshake.

Jun 12, 2013
JMan604 in Las Vegas

Chi Spacca

Anybody going to the grand opening of this new restaurant besides Osteria Mozza? The sommelier of Mozza informed me of this 27 seat restaurant that will be opening soon last week. It basically revolves around salumi and meats....lots of meats.

reservation is now available on open table which was not available last week when I curiously checked. I'm going in 2 weeks hopefully the bugs in opening a new restaurant has been ironed out.

menu is available here: http://www.urbandaddy.com/uploads/ass...

Feb 04, 2013
JMan604 in Los Angeles Area