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Scoops Westside Open

Our hours are 12PM - 10PM, Monday through Saturday. We are closed Sundays.

Dec 04, 2010
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Scoops Westside Open

hey kevin, I understand your point of view. I actually try to rectify the texture of the ice cream by having the temperature of the freezer a tiny bit warmer than even at Scoops on Heliotrope. At the original location, the freezer gets opened more often so the temperature stays warmer whereas currently since there are a few periods when the freezer isn't opened as often, the ice cream can get a bit harder.

The line between gelato and ice cream at Scoops can be a pretty thin one. I assure you that the quality and consistency of the ice cream at Palms is exactly the same as the one at Heliotrope. There is some flavor overlap, but we're trying to mix it up as much as possible to cater to local tastes. Since there are a lot of locals who haven't tried some of Scoops "staple" flavors, we're keeping it simple for now. Thanks for your thoughts, please let me know if/when you drop by.

full disclosure: this is matthew, the owner of scoops westside. (and the only guy that currently works there). In conforming with Chowhound's posting etiquette, I was addressing an issue regarding the product that we offer.

Dec 04, 2010
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Provecho Restaurant: Disappointment, Waste of $$

seriously, what's up with the mediocre nuevo-mexican? why can't this city do mexican food well? (except maybe la casita mexicana)

Dec 03, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Brownstone Pizza in Eagle Rock

are you serious? how can you compare brownstone to bianco or mozza?

Dec 03, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Charcuterie

Oops, sorry I obviously missed that. You can try New School of Cooking or the Epicurean School of cooking and see if they have charcuterie/salumi classes.

Dec 03, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Charcuterie

try cracking open Michael Ruhlman's excellent book, "Charcuterie" and see if your husband can learn from that.

Dec 03, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Provecho Restaurant: Disappointment, Waste of $$

Yeah, I'm looking forward to Casa, it's also nearby my workplace.

Dec 02, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Mendocino Farms sandwich shop

the bbq pork sandwich is decent, but perhaps a little too sweet and saucy. Just try any of the seasonal sandwiches and you probably won't miss.

Dec 01, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Mendocino Farms sandwich shop

aw too bad, that sandwich was the best I've had there. And i've had around 10 sandwiches at Mendocino.

Dec 01, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Provecho Restaurant: Disappointment, Waste of $$

I was excited to come here because I've heard about their opening for months now and the location is just two blocks from my office. I figure the Mid-Downtown location would be a prime spot for some delicious Nuevo-Mexicano cuisine. The chef's bio reads well and the concept seems strong enough.

Decor is well thought-out, open and clean with nice modern chandeliers and dark brown leather banquettes. A bar-counter overlooking the cook's work and a monstrous waterfall is available for solo-diners. The main bar also looks inviting with TVs and a slew of interesting tequilas to please any connoisseur.

But the food left something to be desired. "Bread" service was a bland, from-the-market tortilla barely heated and some cheese "croissants" or empanadas cutely wrapped with banana leaf and served with a spicy, limey sauce.

Ahi tuna with margarita gelee and poblano was run-of-the-mill. Tuna was mealy and bland (again), with the spicy-sweet-sour gelee really there to mask the deficiencies of the fish. Sorry, but you can't find lack of flavor.

I order the shredded chicken torta since it was the cheapest entree on the menu. A healthy selection of hard and soft tacos, sopes and tamales grace the menu but I wasn't really set on ordering them since they seemed like they wouldn't fill me up. My server recommended I come back rather than trying to eat both the torta and duck confit sopes in one sitting. Hm, does he know I can eat a lot?

Anyways, the torta took an inordinate amount of time to come before the maitre'd apologized and blamed some computer error for the delay. The torta finally came and it was pretty small. I knew it wouldn't fill me up but I tried it anyway. It came sided with a three-frijoles salad, decently seasoned, cloying cold and filled with an oddly chewy bit that I couldn't identify. But there was a large chewy bit in the torta when I bit into it - a fat piece of chicken cartilage. I lodged it out of my mouth and kept eating at the paltry sandwich.

The meat to bread ratio was about 1 to 4 (1 being the meat), and the chicken was dry and relatively flavorless.

I also had a standard-issue pineapple juice since I don't usually like drinking just water with my meals. Tequila was out of the question since it was lunchtime and I had to head back to the office after.

Maybe I ordered the wrong dishes. I saw that other orders of the torta were better portioned. The tacos look pretty tasty, but they're just two an order and cost $9. That's pretty steep in my opinion.

The rest of the entrees cost over $20. Do they not realize that they're catering to a lunch crowd and that they shouldn't go too much beyond $10-12 to serve that crowd? For dinner I can understand if they go over $20 - there's gotta be a way to pay for the 3 dozen employees rushing back and forth all over the dining room. But lunch shouldn't cost $38 for one person, unless it's a business lunch. If I wanted to get a decent business lunch around the area, there are plenty of other options - Roy's, Daily Grill, maybe even the upcoming Chaya Brasserie and Drago Centro. Shoot, even Ciudad is just a few blocks away and they have a near identical concept with MUCH better execution.

So what's left for Provecho? Well easy, even if something isn't that exciting on the menu make sure it's tasty. And reorient the lunch menu so that it caters to the Downtown lunch crowd. Ordinary people will give you much more brisk business than the expense accounters, who will head to Chaya, Drago, Roy's or Ciudad over this place.

If you're a downtown loft denizen you might want to check out Provecho and judge for yourself; see how it compares to Ciudad. If you're going to make the trek out here for lunch, you're better off going to Mendocino or even Wolfgang Puck Bistro. I've been to both of those establishments and they serve much better lunch fare for a fraction of the cost.

Provecho Restaurant
800 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 489-1406

Dec 01, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Does it Pay to Photograph Your Food?

I'm an active food blogger and I often take photos with my camera. I have a large lens (for aperture) and a smallish DSLR and usually get noticed by restaurants. But that doesn't mean I receive, or even expect better service or comped food. I take photos because I enjoy food photography and use them for the purposes of my blog. If flash is the only thing that works, then you should use it, though there are more and more digital cameras that have high ISO (better low-light sensitivity) that enable one to take decent photographs without flash. The best would be to use a wide aperture lens such as a 50mm f1.4 lens. If you're serious about food you'll get the best photographs with these. They're not only faster than digital cameras, they're excellent in very low light without a tripod.

Just be discrete and know the occasion. If it's a special celebration I generally refrain from taking photos as it detracts from the experience. However, it's you're there to enjoy the food, I think it's perfectly okay to take photographs.

Nov 06, 2008
risottoman in Not About Food

BEST BEEF PIZZLE?

fo' shizzle my pizzle! (sorry bad...)

youc an get some beef pizzle at hawaii supermarket. all frozen and cinnamon rolled up. take it home, thaw it, and saute with garlic, ginger, scallions and soy sauce. I've never made it like that, but it sounds good.

Oct 29, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Bastide gets 3 1/2 Stars from Virbila

Ah, good point Pat. I guess it is bas-teed.

Oct 29, 2008
risottoman in Food Media & News

Best croissant in LA?

paris baguette has some good croissants. especially chocolate croissants. get 'em when they're fresh.

Oct 29, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Bastide gets 3 1/2 Stars from Virbila

I'm actually quite surprised. She hasn't doled out this many since Spago (at least in LA, I think she gave Joel Robuchon in LV 4 Stars).

Has anyone been there lately? This reminds me of Bruni reviewing fantastically expensive places despite economic downturn. I know I won't be going anytime soon. No way I'm blowing all that cash (although if I had it, you know I would).

By the way, how do you pronounce Bastide? (I'm assuming like salt cod brandide and Candide, Voltaire's work, it's like Bas-TAHD, but it's probably most often pronounced bas-TEED).

Oct 29, 2008
risottoman in Food Media & News

Riva

I hope LA gets better pizza places. Seems like a must try. Thanks for the writeup

Oct 29, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Best Produce and Bread In LA

breadbar at century city is excellent. produce - santa monica farmer's market. expensive, but best quality without a doubt.

Oct 28, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Ethiopian coffee service - all fresh roasted and everything

actually nvm, coffeegeek was just going through ethiopian coffees, but I must try this method of brewing/tasting. thanks for the post.

Oct 28, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Ethiopian coffee service - all fresh roasted and everything

Very interesting, I just read about such a thing on Coffeegeek.com, one of the best sources for information about coffee.

Oct 28, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

chocolate malted crunch reigns supreme. best deal for cheap ice cream.

Oct 28, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Best Cheese Shop in LA?

I second Beverly Hills Cheese Store. Best in the city, and maybe one of the best in the country for quality, selection, and service. (service can be a bit snobby, but by nice and make it seem like you're buying tons of cheese. they'll be happy)

Oct 28, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Ktown foods that I won't find in NYC?

as Jonathan Gold recently wrote about this street food, I don't think you'll find hoeht dduk in NYC. The parking lot at California Market on Western has pretty good ones for a buck. I'm sure NYC has soontubu.

Oct 15, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Molecular Gastronomy In LA?

LA needs a visionary like Grant Achatz or Wylie Dyfresne to pull of 'avant garde' well in LA. And it needs to be cheaper (like $50-100 per person).

Oct 15, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

"3rd Wave" coffees in LA

My guess is the the 3rd wave is the rebirth of coffee as an artisanal craft, like back in the 60's with Pete's Coffee. Roasting is considered a crucial aspect of the flavor as does origin of beans. Coffee has been elevated to the standard of wine, with much of the language describing the flavors similar to something you'd see in wine spectator. You even have Kenneth Davids (www.coffeereview.com) as the self proclaimed "robert parker" of coffee with his 100 point system. But more than anything it's the new or "rediscovered" brewing methods such as clover, chemex, eva solo, siphon, and french press that's giving coffee drinkers new ways to experience coffee. Also, espresso drinks aren't about hazelnut/vanilla/caramel flavors but about the crafting of the drink much like a cocktail (hence the US/World Barista Championships).

My vote for "3rd wave" is Funnel Mill, Intelligentsia, and La Mill. Coffee Klatch is one I have to try, but it's a bit far for me. I've had Blue Bottle up in SF and it's very good. I've yet to try places like Stumptown and Ninth St Espresso, but they're not in LA. I wonder how much the regular public will embrace this but considering the discontent with Starbucks it's possible. But the popularity of mcdonald's iced coffee tells me they're not.

btw, I found this link to coffeegeek.com, which, along with coffeereview, is one of the best resources for coffee on the internet:

http://coffeegeek.com/opinions/bgafil...

Aug 16, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Random Pricing at Scoops

i think the price for a refill is clearly marked as $1.75. I mean, it's not like you expected it to be free right? Prices have gone up again, but that's because milk has gone up. If you're mad about that one, how about getting mad at the government for subsidizing corn for so long and the prices of that skyrocketing with the increase of ethanol fuel. And surprise surprise, corn feeds cows. simple economics. it's still a very reasonable $2.75 for two scoops of fresh ice cream. I can't think of another place that makes all (or almost all) of their ice cream fresh daily. btw, I know that 'younger' asian guy, I'll tell him to be a little nicer next time :) he's usually very friendly.

Aug 16, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

I think Animal could be the next "foodie" spot in LA. Not too expensive, interesting menu, good execution, affordable wine.

Jul 24, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

what would you like to see open in silver lake/echo park?

you're right, canele could be that spot, but it's a bit small and they don't do brunch do they? but at least for dinner, that's why canele is one of my favs. btw, josh from foodgps speaks highly of you. i'm matt k who comments on your blog (mattatouille.blogspot.com)

Jul 24, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza in Silverlake

thanks for the recommendation, I'll try Tomato Pie one day.

Jul 24, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream in los angeles????

Scoops is made with very little fat so the consistency can get dicey if not consumed fresh. That's why the best thing to do is go midday or early Saturday and get first dibs on all the flavors right after they're made (which is every morning). You get creamy texture without loads of fat, making it easier to taste the unique flavors. But going on purity, a simple chocolate ice cream scoop could give any other ice cream shop in LA a run for its money. Guaranteed.

Jul 24, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area

what would you like to see open in silver lake/echo park?

something like NY's Prune - a reliably good brunch & dinner spot with heavy-hitting foodie dishes at a reasonable price.

Jul 21, 2008
risottoman in Los Angeles Area