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Feeling Melrose Bar and Grill

I'd make a reservation for 8pm as it gets going around then and not 6pm like the old venue, try the pretzel and the pizza

Oct 04, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Feeling Melrose Bar and Grill

I've been there twice for lunch and three time for dinner already and I love the new decor. It's like Aspen meets NY pub with a little W hotel going on. The room is a vast improvement over the old decor and the menu is much less expensive yet I find the quality to be very high still. I had the Fabulous Duck Burger with Gouda Cheese and Cherry Ketchup for lunch both visits and all three dinner visits I had my old standby, Cripsy Chicken Breast with Whipped Potatoes and Carrots. The fresh baked to order Pretzel with Grilled Spicy Sausage appetizer is a must have and I paired it with a Craftsman Tap Beer that I had never tried before. It was excellent. I notice a much younger and later crowd now too probably because of the more inviting and warmer decor.

Oct 04, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

What restaurant dish if you have to eat it for 30 days straight...GO

I would easily eat the Crispy Chicken Breast with Carrots and Whipped Potatoes at teh New Melrose Bar and Grill. They've only been open two weeks and I've had it three times already for dinner. I've also had thier Duck Burger with Cherry Ketchuop and Gouda Cheese for Lunch twice. Their french fries are a must have

Oct 04, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Red Pearl was a nightmare

I'll say it one last time, this place SUCKED. Pardon my poor yet well suited language

Mar 30, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

MAKO- Fantastic Meal

I didn't try the tart unfortunately so I can't give my oppinion. I believe the tasting menu was $85. And we had a $60 sake that was great.

Mar 28, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Red Pearl was a nightmare

Hey Oliver. To put up with terrible service and being treated like dirt by an incompetent staff because the food is "good" to me seems like too big of a trade off. I guess we each have our preferences for what is most important in a dining experience, but for you to suggest that a restaurant can only handle parties of up to four people is not only absurd, but further proves how inept they are at this place. Based on your thinking, perhaps you should suggest to them to not allow any tables of more than four to dine there.

Mar 28, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

MAKO- Fantastic Meal

A few weeks ago a friend came in from NY on a saturday at the last min. I didn't have time to make a reservation and figured I'd wing it once I picked him up at the W Hotel. We headed towards Beverly Hills and I figured I go to Spago and beg Laurance or Tracy for the first cancellation's spot. When I stopped at the light at Wilshire and Beverly, I suddenly remembered Mako and made a right. It was 8:30, and I pulled up to the valet and ran in. The host said he could seat me in 30 mins outside ( they have heat lamps and three little tables). We valeted and 15 min later we were seated. I had totally forgotten about this place. I had not been there in over two years, it just slipped my mind. Needless to say, I was so happy that I made that right turn off Wilshire.
I had forgotten how great this food is. Everything we had was perfection. We ordered the chef's tasting menu. We had a fantastic fried oyster. The crab legs were so huge and sweet, that we ordered a second helping of them ala carte. The beef was incredible with 3 types of delicious mushrooms (and I am not a mushroom fan generally), and my favorite course was actually an heirloom tomato and white asparagus salad. We had an excellent Sake that had floral aromas.

The only complaint I may have was that the desserts didn't blow me away. They were not bad by any means, they were just not shockingly delicious, like everything else was. The chocolate lava cake was a little too heavy. But then again, I am never a fan of desserts at any asian restaurant, with maybe the exception of Koi in LA and Vong in NY. The server was an asian woman, I can't remember her name but she was very attentive, sweet, charming and had a great sense of humor and really made it fun for us. I am now going to be a regular here from now on.

Mar 27, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Red Pearl was a nightmare

Went there two Fridays ago for a friends B'day dinner. We were a party of 15, with a reservation made two weeks in advance and were given 2 banquette tables for four that were next to each other. We were literally dumped off at the table and after 3 or 4 min I had to go up to the host stand to ask the moron host, (who was too busy "chatting with the girls" he worked with than doing his job on a very busy night), to bring us additional chairs. We were also left to our own devices and had to extend the table leaves ourselves to make enough room. After at least 5 more mins, there were still no additional chairs brought to us, so I went up to an empty fourtop and began to bring the chairs over to our table myself. Suddenly, the host/hostess became uncharacteristically alert and ran across the dining room to reprimand me for taking the chairs and told me he was taking care of it. I said if we didn't get chairs in two mins that I was keeping them or we would leave. He huffed away and a minute or so later we were brought some hard, uncomfortable chairs that were different from all the chairs in the dining room.
The waiter was super nice but way too busy to serve us. Our first round of drinks took 25 mins, NO JOKE, so we immediately ordered a second round which still took 20 mins.
The food came out in drips and drabs, THAT WAS NOT HOW WE ORDERED IT and two entrees were completely forgotten yet were on the bill. Of course they removed the items and we cut our losses and skipped dessert. We moved to the bar/lounge, where the incompetent female bartender was as slow as possible, and had major attitude.

To sum it up, THIS PLACE SUCKED. It is a hangout for wanabees and posers, and people of no substance with an inept staff that would rather be at an audition. While the food was actually tasty, (gourmet chinese takeout and all) it was in no way good enough to have to endure the dining experience there. I give this place 1 year and they'll be out of business.
AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL

Mar 27, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

recommendations for beverly hills, west hollywood, santa monica

Melisse is good whether you're in NY or LA. I'm from NY and have consistently eaten at the best (i.e. Picholine). I do agree with you about Mako. I went there last week for the first time in two years and rediscovered how great it is. I'm going to write a big rave about on here this week.

Mar 20, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Went to McDonald's today. A couple of observations...

I actually had tried that Angus burger last week and it's pretty good. It tastes more like a homemade birger than the quarter pounder

Mar 20, 2007
globlamega in Chains

recommendations for beverly hills, west hollywood, santa monica

Add Melisse, Doug Arango's, and Jar to the list above, although I despise Mozza.

Mar 20, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Best CHEESECAKE in LA?

John . you are right on with those suggestions

Feb 16, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Asia de Cuba vs. Republic?

The attitude at Asia De Cuba is horrendous and dining there doesn't grant you automatic access to SKYBAR. trust me on this one. I had a $400 dinner there for two with an out of town client , and they wouldnt let us walk in so I could even just show it to him. I was wearing a Gucci suit and was not innappropriately dressed or misbehaved in any way. they really just think who the hell they are in that place. The one in NY is almost as bad.

Feb 16, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Spago for lunch - should I go?

Spago is great for lunch. Request to sit on the patio because the dining room is one of the noisiest in LA and not very attractive. I had a truffle and marscapone cheese omelette there last week. It was DELICIOUS, granted it was $85, but it was really good. I also always enjoy the Lobster Cobb Salad or the Lobster Club. The Kaiserschmarren is a must have for dessert but you must request it the minute you sitdown because it takes 45min. It's a crepe/souffle thing with strawberries and is superb. It's among my top 5 desserts EVER. Two people can share one. It is very light. Have a 2oz chateau d'yquem ( I know I spelled that wrong) and your meal will be perfect. Happy Bday and have fun

Feb 16, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Ed's on Robertson near Rosewood for Breakfast

Went there again twice this week. It's just great for breakfast

Feb 16, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Zankou Chicken still downhill

I agree with Mr. Dan, Zankou is blah blah bland, No flavor. It's like they just put a chicken in the oven with nothing even sprinkled on it for God's sake. And it's true , the side dishes are terrible. I hate Zankou, way overrated. I buy my roast chix at Gelsons...they are bigger and way more flavorful, and you get a whole one for the same price as Zankou mini chicken.

Jan 04, 2007
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Top Steak in NYC

Went to Strip House on Dec 18th with my High Scool Buddies and liked it. Hillary Swank was two tables away (she sat next to me @ Madeo's once also...could she be stalking me??). Anyway, it was very good but very expensive, even for a steakhouse. NY strip $51 (ala carte like in all steakhouses but still). Anyway, the goose fat potatoes were very good, and all other sides were typical. Nothing blew me away except the meat, and the incredible HUGE choc cake at the end for dessert. The room was dark and sorta sexy with a mixed crowd and it was packed. We waited 35 min past our 8:30 reservation time. That pissed me off a little but overall it was very good. The tomato salad app had a very cool presentation (it was a tower type thing) and I stole some of my buddies shrimp cocktail and they were huge and the sauce was great. Thanks for all your recommendations as to what to order from my earlier post. Oh yeah, the fries were excellent.

Jan 04, 2007
globlamega in Manhattan

Ed's on Robertson near Rosewood for Breakfast

I love this place too. It's always fresh, non greasy and homemade tasting. it's like a sunday mornin breakfast that made made for you growin up and they are very friendly

Dec 13, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

The BRIDGE on La Cienega

I agree but shockingly, the dining room was packed both visits

Dec 12, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

The BRIDGE on La Cienega

Went twice for business dinners. Luckily I didn't pay. Way overpriced, small portions, and nothing new or creative. I had the $48 Kobe-Like Filet (what does Kobe-Like mean.... that's how they list it on the menu). and it was small, not cooked med rare, as I ordered it and had the smallest amount of potato puree and veggies I've ever scene on a plate.
Desserts were equally dissapointing.

Dec 11, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Pizza at Doug Arango's in Weho

First off JSny, I swear I'm not stalking you, but I ate at Doug Arango's on Friday night as well. We also had a pizza, with sausage only and it was excellent, (we had them leave the olives and peppers off).

Secondly I agree, that the pizza at Doug's is underated. It's the best in the city to me.

I then had the duck breast with cherry compote, (it probably wasn't the thing to have after a pizza, but I swear the reason I got it was because I wanted those damn cherries). It was served with cauliflower puree and was wonderful. I had a great syrah with the duck, (a coke with my pizza) and then a great white and dark chocolate mousse cake.

It was a great meal as always.

Dec 11, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Doug Arango's in WeHo?

Yeah the spicy tuna at Doug Arangos is excellent. I love that rice cake thing it's on. I have to say I like it as much as my favorite tuna of all time...drumroll please................."The famed Spago tuna cone". I can eat a dozen of those things. I love going to an event there cause they are passed as hors d'oevres and I make a pig of myself. I try to rotate waiters so they don't know how many cones I can put away.
The hamachi tasting app at Doug's is awesome, but I like the progressive scallop version even better.

I have also ordered a second tuna appetizer at Doug's on occasion, because it's that good.

Dec 08, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Jack in the Box tacos

I have to admit, I still love those awful Jack in the box tacos. i don't know what's in them, I don't want to know, but man do they hit the spot every six monthes or so, (KINDA LIKE THE WHITE CASTLE HAMBURGER....disgusting but good in that car wreck kinda' way)

Dec 07, 2006
globlamega in Chains

Disappointed at Lucques last night...

Dave and stuff, Although I challenged your motives re: Doug Arangos, I must agree with you about Lucques. I've never had a terrible experince there, but the food to me was underwhelming with some very odd combinations. Also portions were small. I've always enjoyed their desserts however. And Carter, it's a shame you don't make the same concessions for Arango's as you do for Lucques in saying and I quote "the service like at any restaurant has its ups and downs, depending on way tooooo many factors for any place to get right every night. As to value, everyone will judge by their impressions created on the most recent visit".
I've read many of your other posts and feel you are usually pretty fair. So why not to DA's?
PS.... not for anything but you were a little condascending to Daveandstuff LOL. Take care and goodnight

Dec 07, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Doug Arango's in WeHo?

carter you've got too be kidding me when you say that place is almost as expensive as Spago. Had a steak at Spago 3 wks ago that was $58 (and it wasn't Kobe). That's just insane. And it was charred just as it is at Arangos where it's in the low $30s. Spagos appetizers are all priced in the high $20's and the desserts are $14( but are still amongst my favorites in the city). I've also been at Spago and Laurent (the host) usually just greets us when we are first at the table, and then he buzzes around like Kazoo from the Flintstones the rest of the night and you never see him again. I didn't realize that when dining out, the host is supposed to constantly come back to the table and make conversation as well as check on you. Maybe that's a needy LA thing, cause in NY it's considered annoying.
Additionally, I find their wine list well priced and quite vast with lots of half bottles for those of us who might like a white and a red and don't want to be arrested on the way home.
carter you should try it again. I can honestly say, I've never had a bad experience there, and actually thought it was reasonably priced for the quality.
If you want to really overpay and get treated like crap, go to the Ivy.

Dec 07, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Top Steak in NYC

Thanks, done deal. I'll try them both. I usually have to have a choc dessert after steak or heavily garlicked italian fare anyway.

Dec 06, 2006
globlamega in Manhattan

Top Pizza in NYC

I hear you, but that's the only place where I don't mind the cornmeal (usually I hate it) on the bottom. maybe it's cause it detracts from how spicy their sauce is. But I do love the perrpeoni pizza, sorry.
If you're in Queens, go to the New Park Pizzeria in Howard Beach on Cross Bay Blvd. right of the Belt. It's the stuff movies are made about, real NY pizza.

Dec 06, 2006
globlamega in Manhattan

Doug Arango's in WeHo?

It seems to me, when I read your post, that you have a personal ax to grind at Doug Arango's. I have never heard of anyone being treated like that by those people. The owners are always sweet as pie, talkative and friendly. I enjoy the fact that it is solely run by the same family. It makes it a more relaxed evening as opposed to say, The Obnoxious LOOK-AT-ME, LOOK-AT-ME I'm sitting at THE IVY, paying $29 for a piece of crap lasagne and am in the background of a papparazzi shot with Paris Hilton ( who I happened to see behaving quite well at Doug Arango's with her sister and Kevin Connoly sans papparazzi nonsense).

Anyway, perhaps you're so critical of Doug's because the place you are the host at is around the corner, and they're the competition. Something smells fishy, because I've had great steak there (the fries are the best) as well as knockout seafood and pizza.

And as someone said earlier, I was surprised at how good the ribs were.

Dec 06, 2006
globlamega in Los Angeles Area

Top Pizza in NYC

I love Two Boots. I especially like the slighlty spicy sauce. I haven't been ther since 2001 when I moved to LA, but it never dissapointed.

Dec 06, 2006
globlamega in Manhattan

Top Steak in NYC

I'm going to The Strip House on Dec 18th when I'm back in NY for the holidays, with a bunch of my high school buddies. Any recommendations as to what to order other than the traditional steakhouse fare?

Dec 06, 2006
globlamega in Manhattan