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Shunji Update: More Seats at the Sushi Bar!

Jia Jia & Yang's?

Apr 17, 2015
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Shunji Update: More Seats at the Sushi Bar!

Good trend the large swaths of hinoki.

Hope Mori eventually moves in this direction

Apr 16, 2015
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Seafood Village Is Now Seafood Palace (At Least in Monterey Park)

Had dinner @ temple city location for the first time yesterday evening. Saw the new signage and got briefly confused.

Food and service was good, primarily focused on the Chiu Chow items.

Apr 16, 2015
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Il Grano?

I enjoyed my one meal there late last year. Shame there weren't many other tables occupied on a Friday evening.

Create Your Own Stir Fry in the Los Angeles Area?

My college cafeteria.....introduced as way to reduce labor costs

Apr 13, 2015
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LA Trip Report (April 2015)

Wow, great trip report! You covered a lot in 10 days.

The beer report will be great guide next time my cousin is in town.

Apr 13, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

Lol re: pic.

That's looks great, is that a little sliced black truffle atop the tofu?

Need to make a trip to Shunji soon, it's been too long.

Apr 13, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

vs. More common method of preparing shirako. (Pic courtesy of Offalo's Kiriko posting)

Apr 11, 2015
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Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

Served a new item today - shirako tofu. Delicious combination of silky tofu with a subtle back note of shirako.

Great way to introduce customers to shirako, for those not ready to chow down on cod sperm still in their sacs

Must be spring... everything was just top notch today.

Apr 11, 2015
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Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

What are the current prices?

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

If folks only knew about the quality (or lack thereof) of fish used at the AYCE places, may actually reverse the trend....

Some scary shit....

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

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Apr 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

So what's the reservation policy again?

Apr 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian poke

I've only tried Spinfish (pasadena) and Poke-Poke (Venice), have to say the version at my local Costco is significantly superior.

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

Tried some Costco poke recently, pretty good!

Apr 07, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

Yep you're right although the last time they were reviewing, 2 was the max awarded.

Stars aside, what I meant to say was fancy restaurants with terrific food (as in food that too difficult to create at home) and service. Some days you just wanted to treat oneself and be pampered...

Apr 07, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Will have to revisit Seafood Village, was told the same thing to try the crab, wasn't wowed by it either. Will have to try the Chiu Chow goodies you mentioned,.

No Vietnamese yet? - Try Mr. Baguette for Bahn Mi - terrific bread, Pho Filet and Summer rolls (fka Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa)

VP Tofu if you need some lighter fare, good TFF.

An order of the taro 'lau sah bao' from China Red. Love that stuff!!!

Tak Shing Hong (specifically at 401 E Garvey Ave) for a TCM consultation to balance your Y&Y after binging in LA!

Apr 07, 2015
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What does New York have that LA doesn't?

- Good professional service at the starry joints
- 3* restaurants
- Laduree
- Proper Patisseries
- Peter Luger
- Good service, casual but with high standards neighborhood eateries like Cafe Boulud
- Simple street side hotdogs
- Mini food halls like Zabar's, Citarella, Dean & Deluca. Larger ones
like Eataly.
- Smoked fish joints like Russ and Daughters
- Old school Italian markets/stores. Good cannoli.
- Bagels
- Street side pretzels w spicy mustard

Apr 07, 2015
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Favorite Liu Sha Bao? (Egg Custard Steamed Bun)

China Red in Arcadia has an awesome variation. Purple taro based dough lighty fried, same filling. Probably my current favorite on the local dim sum circuit.

Btw Singapore has some pretty awesome dim sum (at least at Imperial Treasure). The lsb I had is better than anyplace in LA

Apr 01, 2015
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Epicure Imports Sale March 27-28

Please move down, we have a severe shortage of good baguette purveyors in LA

Mar 27, 2015
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OC sushi: Ohshima or Kasen?

Thanks JL, did not have them on my radar.

Mar 24, 2015
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OC sushi: Ohshima or Kasen?

Will be down in OC this week for work.

Thoughts on Ohshima or Kasen (or others) for top notch sushi in the area?

Mar 24, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Coming back for a quick visit - anything interesting in Pasadena?

Some suggestions:

Coffee Joints:
1) Copa Vida - my new favorite in Old Town, they have a cool Kees van der Westen espresso machine and also a Steampunk tea brewer. Funky pastries like Spam Kimchi croissant, orange pistachio donuts, ice cream sandwhiches.
2) Intelligentsia
3) Urth - also good for food

Breakfast Options:
1) Pie Hole - pies..
2) Copenhagen Pastry - excellent danish pastries
3) 85 Degrees - Taiwanese style pastries
4) Urth

Pizza
- Practically all the fast casual joints are here - Blaze, 800 Degrees, Setto Bello (best of the lot), Pieology, CPK

Taco King in Old Town

Burgers
1) Super Burger - old school
2) Connals - old school
3) Bachi - Asian inspired burgers
4) The Hat - pastrami sandwich

Asian
1) Little Sheep Hotpot - chain from China
2) Lunasia - Dim Sum
3) Osawa - Shabu shabu
4) Kimagura Ike - Sushi. Also check out Stone Brewing's company store next door!
5) San Gabriel Valley - spanning 25 miles east of Pasadena, for all things Chinese and some really good pho too!!!!

Racion - for Spanish

Colonia Taco Lounge - La Puente but worth a drive. Great tacos & Booze!

Mar 16, 2015
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Racion - pleasant spot for a longer lunch in Pasadena

Ipsedixit, porkbelly, terim - glad to hear you enjoyed your experiences there too.

That's a cool looking cheese plate - thanks for sharing!

Mar 09, 2015
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Best French dinner in LA?

+1 for missing ortolan

Mar 07, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Racion - pleasant spot for a longer lunch in Pasadena

A slow day at work allowed me to venture further afield from my usual dining destinations in Old town. Decided to check out Racion located on a quiet leafy street away from the hustle and bustle of Colorado.

The setting of the dining area was a refreshing change - a touch of formality with wine glasses and proper place setting. A tasteful uncluttered white space which serves to complement the location. For a moment feels like being transported to a quiet neighborhood restaurant in a European city.

Waiter was very good. I liked that he was bold enough to steer me from my Chardonnay-like wine selection to a lighter AlbariƱo which he thought would pair better with my seafood centric selections. He even offered me a tasting of the two wines to help me decide - nice touch! Ended up selecting 3 courses from his list of recommendations.

I started with the "white anchovies, watercress and celery, manchego", very nice lightly pickled, the celery was a nice savory foil for the anchovies.

This was followed by the "crispy prawns, garlic cream, roasted tomato", prawns were cooked in shell to a proper consistency. I would have liked the garlic to be more pronounced in the sauce, more of an aioli perhaps.

Wrapped up my savory courses with the "house-made squid ink pasta, mussels, piquillo peppers, saffron". Very nice pasta and perfectly cooked plump mussels topped with langoustine foam. Only comment, the dish was a touch salty but very nice otherwise.

I love custards of all form and couldn't resist ordering the "crema catalana
- spanish custard, pistachio, citrus" when presented with the dessert menu. Delicious! Finished this off with a well made espresso.

I checked out previous board postings after my meal and appears the restaurant reviews were quite lukewarm or negative. I'm glad I did not read them ahead of my lunch. It was a very pleasant alternative from my usual Mexican, tender greens, pizza and burgers for lunch. There was pedigree in the cooking which was very evident. I also enjoyed the touch of formality in the service, dare I say a 'white table cloth' lunch experience for a change.

Overall a pleasant unexpected escape from the more touristy Colorado Blvd. a block away.
http://racionrestaurant.com

Mar 07, 2015
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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

For oysters highly recommend Connie & Teds. Alternatively check out http://thejollyoyster.com for a DIY experience.

LA mutual trading has a nice sake selection but you need a liquor license to purchase.

Fine dining - Maude (never been myself though)

Feb 20, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Positives - Pinot central, green landscape, you can always venture to DTF outlets in Seattle or road trips to Vancouver.

Negatives - totally screwed weather wise. Get a tan in SoCal beaches and show off your glowing tan when you get up there.

All the best with your move and look forward to reading your Portland area posts!

Feb 12, 2015
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Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Kudos, You've got some serious investigative reporting skills!

Jan 29, 2015
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Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Finally made it to Tsujita. Ditto to markambrose's post. My sentiments mirrors his experience.

One negative, the countertop is too high, makes it a bit awkward to reach for your sushi.

Off topic but cute waitresses too.

Jan 29, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area