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Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

I had a less favorable experience during lunch yesterday.

Shunji and the #2 guy were both out, one of the usual prep cooks ended up preparing our sushi. It was painful to watch his knife skills, very sloppy and I had some guest with me too. It was quite bad... will need to make sure right people are working next time.

about 23 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

Thanks for all the recommendations, ended up ordering from Susie's in Calabasas.

Will keep Portos and Cake Monkey in mind for next time.

about 23 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

Need a good bakery to order a birthday cake for this weekend. Any recommendations between the triangle of Thousand Oaks -> Santa Monica -> Burbank area?

Thanks in advance!

2 days ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Korean Banchan that is better than SF

Jun won has good banchan. They also operate a banchan retail store in ktown.

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Review of my Go's Mart visit from the fall, better late than never! :-)

Only place in town you can roll out of bed and show up in a wifebeater shirt and boxers; without a second glance from the regular patrons (Rick et al).

Chow down on some excellent sushi for 2 hrs casually and roll back into bed!

Perfect antithesis to a hipster joint :-)

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I've come to appreciate coffee biz margins... Whole lotta margin...

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Darn, was quite fond of handsome, they opened my eyes to eliminating sugar from my coffee. Observed some planning meetings a few months back and thought they were in the process of expanding rather than selling. Glad I picked up one of those cool denim aprons!

Does BB still skew towards a darker roast?

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Okumura in Encino

It's ok, not a destination joint. Main chef seems like he is trying, assistants are not up to snuff.

4 on 6 across the freeway is a better alternative IMO

Did not recognize him from his Zo days.

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

DTLA - List of Goodies?

Arts District
- Church & State - great bistro food
- Factory Kitchen - Italian
- Coffee - Handsome & Stumptown
- Urth - breakfast
- Pie Hole - pies....
- LA fish company - go early before 10 and check out a wholesale fish retailer. You'll smell though after...

- Q (sushi) - very good but expensive sushi
- bronzed Aussie - meat pies

Mar 27, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Only got time for 1 BBQ spot in San Antonio / Austin area - Which one should it be?

Thanks stevelenard, Jaymes & Sam for your replies.

Ended up picking up a link and brisket from Smitty's to go and dined at Black's. Loved the atmosphere at Smitty's! I thought Black's felt overly commercialized but they were the most accommodative. Overall I felt Smitty's had the stronger rub but black's brisket was wonderfully moist and tender. Manage to sneak a picture of kreuz on my way to Austin. Great little stopover!

Austin though was a bust, Franklin was sold out and pretty much all the other top spots were closed today. Ended up picking up some brisket from Valentina Tex-Mex for my plane ride back. Did not realize how big BBQ is in Austin prior to my trip. I'll be better prepared next time....

Terrific concentration of BBQ joints in the Austin - San Antonio corridor!

Mar 26, 2014
Sgee in Texas
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Only got time for 1 BBQ spot in San Antonio / Austin area - Which one should it be?

Hi resurrecting this thread. LA hound on my virgin trip to hill country for Texas BBQ. Hit City Market in Luling this morning, great breakfast and I love the sauce.

Need to plan 1 meal for my Lockhart stopover next week enroute to Austin. Unfortunately won't have a chance to hit all 3 big boys, just 1.

So what should it be - Smitty's, Kreuz or Black's????

Please help me make my stopover memorable.

Mar 22, 2014
Sgee in Texas

Q (sushi) - redux

Shari was firm and on the cooler side of room temperature. Seasoning was subtle - just a hint to accentuate the rice which was still the dominant flavor profile. I think Q does a great job of just focusing and highlighting the primary ingredients without resorting to superfluous sauces or accompaniments. Very unforgiving to any subpar ingredients.

Crowd was sparse, just 4 other diners when I was there. Price point is still the same.

Definitely worth revisiting, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Mar 13, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Q (sushi) - redux

Decided to revisit Q to reassess the place after they've had a few months to settle in.

Overall a very good dinner. Fish quality was excellent throughout as was the rice. Some of the best engawa, katsuo, octopus, otoro I've had in recent memory. The miso cured uni was delicious. The curing process adds a sweet complex flavor profile which complemented the uni very well. Minor quip, while I enjoyed the tamago, I would have preferred it served at room temperature vs. chilled.

Other visible changes, the Latino sushi assistant was nowhere to be seen. I think they were down to 2 waiters from 4 during my first visit.

My conclusion - I still believe it's the best looking sushi bar in LA. I probably had too unrealistically high expectations the first time I visited. More enjoyable experience this time round by not trying to mentally assess and nitpick every detail to rationalize the cost of a meal. IMO they serve some of the best sushi in town in a beautiful setting. If you need a 'white linen' zen sushi experience to impress someone who appreciates good sushi, this is the place to go. But be prepared to shell out beaucoup dineros.

Mar 13, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Gum Arabic, where to buy?

Does anyone know where I can procure small quantities of gum Arabic locally to make some syrup de gomme?

Thanks

Mar 09, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Icelandic Dinner

No puffin or whale :(

Menu sounds good

Mar 07, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Indian buffet in Little India.

Pics

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town most interesting restaurants?

Falls in the off the beaten path Armenian

Old Gyumri Restaurant
4441 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204

Excellent lamb chops and pork ribs! Caters almost exclusively to an Armenian clientele. Seems like a popular hangout for regulars. You may receive some odd glances when you step in...

For Korean, check out

Kobawoo for bossam (pork belly)
698 S Vermont Ave #109, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Or

Jang Choong Dong Restaurant for Jokbal - braised pork trotter. Divey joint good for post golf sweaty dining and boozing
425 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Across the other side of Thai town. Check out La Cevicheria for Guatemalan style ceviche
3809 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area
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Indian buffet in Little India.

Radjahni (on 2nd flr) - not buffet but AYCE cooked to order. Gujarati style, I'm no expert but it was pretty good - vegetarian.

A LOT of food so go hungry.

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

He mentioned no more kuruma ebi for a while due to ama-ebi being in season. Competing interest.. Crowd was ok today

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Wanted: El Yucateco - Salsa Picante de Chile Haberno

Vallarta chains carry them for future reference

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Din Tai Fung, Glendale.

Ain't nothing remotely close to DTF in that area, I reluctantly concede it's a good add. Space is quite nice too - very modern upscale Chinese resto chic.

Lines I think are just as long as in Arcadia.

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

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

Hahaha, that was about the same duration for me too the last time!

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite burger shack hood shack burger around South Los Angeles, covering some of what used to be called South Central Los Angeles, although it is no longer referred to as such for the past decade and a half or so, not included chains of cour

Was there ever a "Fast Eddie's" as depicted in Lethal Weapon 3? Thought it looked like an awesome old skool burger shack

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/an-tHsD...

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy pickled pigs feet on the Westside

Don't all supermarkets carry them - made by Hormel?

http://hormelfoods.elsstore.com/view/...

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

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

Some ultra wealthy resident in SGV really needs to bring a top HK chef (ie Lei etc etc) over and setup a new place. There is obviously demand. I'm willing to pay Hakkasan prices (hopefully less) if that's what it takes...

Happens every time I return from HK, how LA joints pale in comparison. Had Elite a few weeks back, just thought everything was subpar. Swearing off dim sum for the next few months until my cravings get the better of me.

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Best macaron spot?

Excited to hear ex-laduree; hit up whole foods yesterday for La Duverger.

Bought and downed 4. 2 were dense and chewy, 1 hollowed out top, 1 okay. All too sweet. Flavours were ok.

Needs product QC improvement

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

I know this is a broken record - but just had to say it.

BEST 'EFFIN LUNCH SUSHI DEAL IN TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunch Special Sushi, Premium (12 pieces of chef's choice sushi & 1 roll) for $40

Mar 06, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

korean district in the oc?

For Sul-Lu-Tang and Kimchi (Surfas sources their Mother-in-Law Kimchi from this recipe)
Jang Mo Jip
9816 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Excellent albeit giant sized jars only.
Seoul Do Soon Yi Kimchi Company
9972 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Feb 28, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Top 10 Most Overblown Food/Beverage Trends

My contribution:
1) Super heavy and greasy tonkotsu ramen
2) Nordic plating style... enough with the token nasturtium and inedible weeds for the sake of looking 'foraged/Nordic'
3) Foraging - are theses guys really 'foraging' or just buying off a farm
4) Organic - no way Walmart is sourcing that large volume of organic food..
5) $15-$20 priced 'small' plates. No wonder there are so many around, profit margins have gotta be terrific.
6) Misuse of the term 'Kobe' beef - probably old...
7) Overpriced food trucks - $10 for a sandwhich?!?!!?
8) Hipster holier than thou coffee joints!
9) Dirt of this and that

Feb 28, 2014
Sgee in General Topics
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Returning oysters that are poorly shucked or too tiny oysters?

I've encountered this quite often , platter of oysters - one of two that are completely mangled up due to poor shucking technique. Another phenomenon is super super tiny specks of kumamoto or kusshi oysters. These varieties are generally small to begin with, some that I've been served are just insultingly tiny. I've always sucked it up and quietly downed it.

Given how much restaurants are charging these days $2-$3/piece (that's 1 big mac or a 6in cold cut combo!), has anyone requested replacement oyster(s) and what is the waiter's reaction?

Feb 27, 2014
Sgee in General Topics