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Best of LA's Asian Foods...

Izakaya: musha in torrance and terried sake house are delicious. I take all out of town visitors to musha. there's one in Santa Monica, but I like the torrance one better. get the itame somen. get two. If you want some of the most delicious japanese creme puffs you will ever taste (life-changing, i'd say) go to patisserie chantilly on lomita in torrance. black. sesame. creme puffs. get there before 3, they always sell out. i also always take out of town visitors here.
if you want to try okonomiyaki, there's a place next door to patisserie chantilly. it's the ultimate japanese comfort food. (now that i think of it, maybe this is Gaja?).
And on an unrelated note (well, the owners are Filipino)...get yourself to Delicieuse in Redondo. Don't bother to eat there, just get ice cream. Their lavender ice cream is like sex in a carton. i kid you not. if i had to choose between the two...well, let's just say, it would be a tough call. the father of the woman who owns it is always there to teach you about the process of making it, and give you (unsolicited) samples of every flavor. my mother paid 45 dollars to have some shipped on dry ice to Maine. and she's pretty cheap.

Jul 10, 2008
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

romantic 30th bday recos?

I am taking a "friend" out for her 30th bday. It needs to be soooo delicious. The only parameters are that the chef take pity on me and throw at least ONE vegetarian afterthought on the menu between the sweetbreads and foie gras, and that it not be lucques, because that was her and her ex's place. oh, also she's a stickler for ambiance, so i guess it would be nice if it was pleasant inside. price is KIND of no object. i'd like to keep it under 150-200. Thanks :)

Jul 10, 2008
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

30th birthday party for tightwad foodie?

thanks all. I think part of my problem is that living in L.A., there's a wealth of awesome, cheap holes in the wall nestled in the abysses of the endless strip malls, so I expect cheap, quality food. I know SF doesn't have the strip malls...so maybe it doesn't have the endless supply of family owned restaurants? Maybe this is why I got the sharp tounged suggestion to take him to in n out for his 30th bday. Thanks for the suggestions I did get, and if anyone thinks of any others, I'd be glad to hear em!

Feb 01, 2008
Mixster in San Francisco Bay Area

30th birthday party for tightwad foodie?

he likes asian, and is japanese, so if it's japanese it's gotta be really good (at least better than his dad makes). not to pricey is less than 20 bucks a plate. thanks :)

Jan 31, 2008
Mixster in San Francisco Bay Area

30th birthday party for tightwad foodie?

I am not from SF, so I am unfamiliar with the best restaurants up there, but I am planning a birthday party for my boyfriend, whose pet peeve is overpaying for food. he's a foodie...he usually spends an hour perusing this board (hope he doesn't see this post!) before we go out anywhere. the food needs to be excellent, the space needs to hold 20ish people, and it can't be too pricey. any recos?

Jan 31, 2008
Mixster in San Francisco Bay Area

Beard Papa grrrrr....!

I love beard papa. However, not all are created equal. I went to the new one in monterey park twice in the last month. The first time i tried to take my out of town sisters there., i set one foot in the door and the tiny teenage girl cried out in a chipper voice "Welcome to beard papa! We're all out of cream puffs!" All. out. of. cream. puffs. But they did have "cheesecake sticks" (barf). My jaw actually dropped and i stood there gaping at her for a good ten seconds while i tried to recover from the blow i'd just been dealt. Next time, i went in, a tiny teenage boy shouted "Welcome to Beard Papa!" I said "i'd like an eclair cream puff with green tea filling" He said "Oh, we can't put the special flavors in the chocolate coated ones." I said "really, because I have done that very thing at other beard papa's" He said "sorry, it's company policy, We just can't" Now, i don't blame the boy, but isn't that "company policy" the same thing as an ice cream shop saying "Oh, sorry, you can't have your sundae with strawberry ice cream. we only do vanilla. Company policy!" Basically, the company policy is "don't give the customer what they want" So I had a regular eclair one. tasty. but i missed my green tea...

Mar 18, 2007
Mixster in Chains

I've Got $9 to Spend on Dinner in W. LA. Where Do I Go?

1. daikokya ramen in little tokyo. to be honest i haven't eaten there, because i am vegetarian and have to go to a sub-par ramen place to get my ramen with no pork in the broth. when out for ramen, my boyfriend and i usually make 2 stops. first at the "bad" ramen place for my vegetarian curry ramen, then at daikokya for his "real deal" ramen. looks delicious and he claims it is.
2. terried sake house on sawtelle. just went. i am in love. 2-3 dollar small plates. 9 dollars probably won't fill you up, but it will tantalize your taste buds

Mar 18, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

Casual but Tasty Japanese in West LA?

Terried sake house on sawtelle. I just went there and everything was absolutely delicious and darn cheap. expect to wait. Menus printed on the backs of old sake boxes, the dishes are plastic. get the mushrooms, and the tofu with miso sauce. the lotus root is good too. get the yakitori with shisito. skip the gizzard and the green tea icecream.

Mar 18, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

Izakaya Birthday suggestions?

We did end up going to Haru Ulala, because the party was big and they take reservations. I was decidedly underwhelmed. The best part of the meal was the birthday cake (which i bought last minute at wild oats). They were nice enough to bring it out with plates and a candle.
However, for those looking for a wonderful (though a little on the BRIGHT side) Izakaya/yakitori place, go to terried sake house on sawtelle. So far, it has been the only restaurant (including the much touted Izayoi) that I think can even touch Musha in torrance. And it's cheaper. Everthing we ate was simple and delicious. even the lotus root, which usually tastes like a bunch of nothin' was seasoned wonderfully and had the satisfying crunch of a potato chip. The only thing that wasn't absolutely great (according to my dining partner), was the gizzard...but what can you expect from a gizzard? Oh, also, the requisite green tea icecream was that brand that has a slight Mr. Bubble aftertaste. skip it. Other than that the only unpleasant parts of the evening were the drunk couple next to us who loudly nicknamed the sushi chef "Sexy San" and kept shouting it to him while he smiled uncomfortably, and the fact that our waiter, who spoke Japanese to the rest of the waitstaff, refused to speak it to my partner, who addressed him in Japanese (cuz that's his first language). That wasn't really a negative, except he wondered if somehow his japanese wasn't good enough for him. Were we experiencing quebecois-like discrimination where if you don't speak french with the perfect quebec accent you receive a giant eye-roll, sigh, and english in return? Who knows...

Mar 18, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

"Dark little chinese place"

My roommate asked me yesterday if I knew of any good "dark little chinese places" to take her boyfriend when he comes to visit (apparently they're a passion of his). I told her i know of some great huge, bright dim sum places, but I wasn't so well versed in the "dark and littie" any suggestions?

Mar 18, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

haru ulala vs. terried sake house?

Hi all, I am taking a group of 10-15 people out to dinner. I want to take them to one of these 2 places. My questions are: 1) which one is better? 2) which one is cheaper? 3) will that size group fit in either one? thanks so much

Jan 29, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

Izakaya Birthday suggestions?

i like musha a lot, but we've been there a bunch of times. i am looking for something different this time...

Jan 29, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area

Izakaya Birthday suggestions?

I am planning a bday party (around 15 people), and need suggestions for a very good, cheapish izakaya. I was thinking izayoi, but i think it's too small for such a party, so I thought of Haru Ulala, but I've read very mixed reviews. birthday boy is a self-proclaimed foodie (read: kinda picky) japanese guy, whose pet peeve is overpriced food, so none of this super-pricey fusion izakaya. I need the real deal...

Jan 29, 2007
Mixster in Los Angeles Area