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K-town seafood "omakase on acid" style

Ok, since I apparently coined the term, I'll mention the three I have experience with:

A-Won- Good to very good quality, some fairly "what the heck is this?" items in the set menu (and I'm pretty experienced in the weird). The white fish and snapper sashimi element of the can be a bit repetitive to someone used to the more japanese style. Good stand-alone single course choices. Pricey meal, $50 or more pp.

Masan- See above but IMHO slightly less quality. Still pricey though. Sea squirts, which could be a good or a bad thing.

Jae bu do- different but you said "seafood" not "sushi" so... KBBQ, seafood style. Very good. You will smell like grilled fish for days. Great variety. Some raw, lots of grilled, including clams. And, "hag fish". Mmm, hagfish.

Nov 14, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

k-town sushi

I do dig certain things at A-won like the salad with all the sashimi in it (name escapes me ATM) and the bowl with all the roe. Not sure I think the larger $100+ set meals are worth it, however, unless you like the "omakase on acid" flavor progression you get...

Nov 13, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Can you make a refreshing drink out of meats like lamb or beef?

Ok I'll bite- there's Malaysian pork bone tea. Eat the meat, sip the spiced broth as tea. But, refreshing?

Nov 10, 2014
jdwdeville in Home Cooking

Hottest of the Hot? Spiciest of the Spicest? Recs please!

Have you tried the "super-spicy fish curry" at Lacha Somtum? While it doesn't achieve the heat level of the aforementioned Jitlada "Dynamite" dishes, I suspect once you filter the recommendations here by edibility it will sift out to near the top of the pile. Plus I love the whole dill-and-mint combo they flavor it with...

Oct 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

My favorite part is how they will only allow you to pick up the food at one far end of the counter, even when you've finally found a seat at the other end. When we got someones attention they said "oh the food comes out over there".
Back to Langer's, STAT!!

Oct 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

Y'know, I could forgive the bread if the pastrami was excellent- it wasn't. It was dry and very inconsistent. And I'd usually love getting huge chunks of the outside (burnt-ish, spice covered) ends of the pastrami in a sandwich, but somehow they were not very flavorful and even more dry.

Oct 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's- meh.

Went to GCM this weekend, and had sandwiches at Wexler's based upon generally positive reviews I've seen. I have no idea what people see in this place, unless the smoked fish is so transcendent it makes up for the sandwiches and the service.

Pastrami was bone-dry. Not slices but big chunks filled in with minced bits. The bread was poor- sliced much too thin and had fallen apart almost completely after literally the first bite. The Turkey was similarly sliced and equally dry. We ended up scooping up the sandwiches with forks.

Service was harried, fairly rude (I guess to be expected at a deli?), and unhelpful. They just gave off the impression that they were totally "over it".

Anyway, I just don't know what everyone sees in this place. Am I missing out on something there? Is it the fish?

Sep 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Finally got in here for a 1/2 and 1/2 and wow is that one of my top 3 LA sandwiches, period, done, no qualifications needed. The $16 price was totally worth the amount (huge) and quality (pristine) of the seafood. Also picked up some crawfish boudin for my camping trip this weekend.

Well done, Little Jewel, well done.

Now, if I could only sip a Dixie with that...

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

That said, (and I pretty much do agree with you) Pok Pok's wings are damn fine...

Sep 13, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Thank you! And for that matter for me it's not the donuts but the (iced) coffee that's the allure...

Sep 06, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Where to get ingredients to make dashi stock?

There's a Mitsuwa market on the westside, and a Nijiya downtown. Both will have what y ou need.

Sep 02, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

Honestly at that price point there are 10's if not 100's of better values... J Lassgue, Pierre Peters, Andre Clouet, etc.

Aug 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ohheckyesplease....

Aug 18, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hey folk, is this screaming an opening week ChowMeet or what????????? (excess punctuation in honor of kevin's return)

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ChefMarkvs,
You know you've just signed on to producing one hell of a menu for us hungry folk, yeah?

And while I got your attention, just a plug for cooking up some blackened gator to remind me of all the time I've spent (or wasted, depends on your inclination) at the Chimes in Baton Rouge...

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

Had a killer egg dish with summer truffles literally snowed over it at Melisse last week, soufflé white with liquid yolk center and a rich beef reduction sauce around it. $95, I think...

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Oh dear god, I'm ruined when you open. And I'm okay with that!

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I wonder if this is a downhill report in disguise? I recall BPO's fired clams being heavenly about 3 years ago...

Jul 29, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I'm also an RI native. I haven't been to BP in a few years, but I recall their fried clams being spot on at the time. The lack of coffee milk, however, was inexcusable.

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

My god, I would kill for some proper boudin here in LA!!
ChefMarkvs, can you make it happen?

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Just a quick point re: Shige's wine list- Yes, it's objectively expensive, but it is actually hundreds (and in some cases thousands) less than the restaurant list market value of the wines he offers. Premier and Grand Cru vineyards and chateaus with +15 years of age on them are usually upwards of $1000/btl, not his $300 and $400s...

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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food/research suggestions for baja/ensenada - por favor!!!!

Also worth noting, Wendlandt has an outdoor bar with three revolving taps set up next to the killer Troika truck in the Valle de Guadalupe.

Jul 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Mexico

food/research suggestions for baja/ensenada - por favor!!!!

Oh dear god was Doña Esthela an absolute highlight of our trip last week!! Highly recommend trying the wines at the next door biodynamic winery, La Lomita.

Jul 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Mexico

Factory Kitchen this week (longish!)

Ah, cursed spellcheck.

Jul 10, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Factory Kitchen this week (longish!)

I make my pasta by hand at home, and can make the sauce if needed, too. That's not my problem with the dish. It is admittedly quite good, if not one of their best dishes. My issue is that it is about 3 pasta sheets on a plate for 20 bucks.
I mean, I already suspect the reason they are touting the sauce as "almond pesto" is the sky-high price of pine nuts these days, and the pasta itself is by nature a cheap ingredient, so why couldn't they pile up some more on my (pricey) plate?

Jul 09, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Great post! We've been watching the games at Terroni downtown- they have a screen up in the bar and cup specials during the games. If any hounds are down there tomorrow for our game look for me!

Jun 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Alimento Silver Lake

Stopped at Alimento in Silver Lake this weekend, the new "neighborhood" joint from Sotto's Zack Pollack.
Friday night, no reservation, the wait was 20 minutes (they keep half their tables open for walk ins, thankfully), just about long enough for a dozen oysters across the street at L&E.

The place is tiny, the tables are very close together, and it could perhaps use some art on the walls, but all of this perhaps adds to the overall "neighborhood Italian" vibe, so long as you don't mind moving the tables in and out if you need to sit or get up.

Wine list is interesting if small and fairly affordable, and while I do bemoan the discarding of the more established "classic" DOCG areas like Barolo and Brunello that seems to be an epidemic on LA lists, we did enjoy a nice red from Etna.

Started with a delicious roasted lettuce dish- can't remember which green it was exactly, escarole maybe? The dish was advertised as containing anchovy, though I though it could have used quite a bit more.

Mackerel "conserva" was well made, served over small firm white beans (I've never been able to get my home cooked beans to turn out so perfect). It was a bit too much mackerel flavor for my dining companion, but I found it enjoyable enough.

The was a well-executed lamb belly dish over greens, surprising less gamey than I would have liked, and another pasta that I can't remember that was much enjoyed (was it strotzapreti? Much wine and less memory).

The highlight for me was tortellini "al contrario"- an inside-out tortellini soup dish, or to put it in Chowhound terms: THEY SERVE ITALIAN SOUP DUMPLINGS!!!
These were excellent, very homey/comfort food-y, with a very rich broth and heavy parmesan umami notes. Before we all collectively freak out, let me point out there was not XLB amounts of soup in each, just a nice rich burst of broth, but man-oh-man these were awesome!

We went a day after they opened so I won't make statements about service or pacing. The kitchen did seem to have some issues, and we saw some plates being dropped at the wrong table, but I figure all that will get ironed out over time.

All in all about $120 before tip for 5 dishes and wine. Very enjoyable and I will be back as soon as possible.

Jun 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

Humor! apparently he has a string of ramen shops using his "original sichuan" recipes....

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

oh I'm not related to chef Kinichi at all.

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

Went last night- $10 cover is true. $7 for a 12oz Asahi also true. Not so much "funky" or "challenging" options there- no stinky tofu, etc. Had:
takoyaki- there are 3+ places serving this. I chose poorly.
taiwanese sausage- on a stick. simple. good.
lamb skewers- booth 16. awesome! Chinese muslim style.
squid roe balls- fried, salted, sugared. very good.
"chinwich"- from a chinese lamb place. SKIP.
roti prata- good oily roti, okay curry, one bit of chicken.
sichuan black ramen- holy crap good. got this because we were the only people to recognize the picture of Chen Kinichi on the sign.

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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