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How Does I Get a Reservation at n/naka These Days??

Only way is to call them.

Jul 28, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Omakase Journey Take Two

If you're willing to drive, go to Sushi Kimagure in Pasadena for dinner. His nigiri is excellent.

Jul 14, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

Another great find we discovered on this trip was Bellota-Bellota. After further research, looks like they have several locations throughout Paris. We were near the 6th so we shopped at the St. Germain location for their wonderful Jamon Iberico. At 30 euros/100g, it was very reasonable compared to the prices in LA, although no where near as cheap as what I've paid in Spain. Great place to pick up some goodies for a picnic at Jardin de Luxemberg.

Jul 13, 2015
TailbackU in France

Shunji's day off?

Tuesdays

Jul 12, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

We're now back from our trip. We managed to make it to AG and Louis, thanks to the recommendations of this board. We went to AG on a Saturday night for dinner at 7:15pm. When we arrived, we were the first guests seated but the restaurant quickly filled up by around 7:30pm. We were given a 4 top which was nice as we had room for our child to have her own seat and plenty of space where we weren't disrupting the other diners nearby. I was a bit surprised to see that most of the diners when we were there were english speakers, mostly american/canadian by the lack of accents. I'm guessing maybe the locals eat much later.

Anyways, on to the food. We did the 3 course dinner priced at 40 euros. The portions were a very generous so we were pretty full by the end. My wife and I each ordered different items as to try as many dishes as possible. The standouts were the duck breast and a chocolate/sea salt caramel dessert (pics attached). Of the 6 dishes we had, I'd say only one was a miss, which was a sea bass tartare. The fish didn't taste very fresh. Everything else was excellent to very good. This is a restaurant I would gladly come back to if I lived in Paris. Service was also very good and they didn't seem to mind our toddler at all even though we had to take her for short walks outside during the meal.

We also had lunch at Louis. Restaurant was completely empty outside of the 3 of us, one american family w/ 2 kids, and a pair of local business lunchers. They serve a 3 course lunch meal priced at 33 euros I believe. Unlike AG, you don't get to choose your courses here, rather it's a tasting menu of sort, where you eat what the chef prepares. First course was a beet gazpacho w/ lime sorbet. Maybe I just didn't get this dish but the flavors did not work for me at all. Big miss. 2nd course was a chicken breast w/ wild mushrooms. Absolutely fantastic. Might be the best single dish we had on our trip (pic attached). Dessert was a coconut panna cotta. Was just ok, nothing special. Overall, outside of the chicken dish, the lunch was just ok in my opinion and probably would not return. Service was also friendly and did not seem to mind our toddler at all.

We also had dinner reservations at Maitiere A for our last night that we had to cancel because our kid was too tired and cranky.

In our limited experience and opinion, if you are traveling in Paris with a toddler and your heart's desire is to eat well, don't let the naysayers stop you from seeking out good food. Use common sense as to not disturb other diners or cause a scene, but most places seem to be very accepting of children.

Jul 10, 2015
TailbackU in France

Best Inexpensive Korean BBQ with a Non Pork/Beef Eater

ugh Jae Bu Do was so horribly bad the one time I went.

Jul 10, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

All'Acqua - New in Atwater

Their pizzas are also fantastic. They hired the pizza maker from Sotto but strangely enough, it's not as wet in the center, which imo is a good thing.

Jun 15, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

the spirit of my original post wasn't necessarily to highlight restaurants that don't look like chow worthy places from the physical appearance of the establishment. Rather, to highlight chow worthy food from otherwise non chow worthy establishments.

For example, the burgers are McDonald's are terrible but their fries are terrific.

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

EGB chicken is $14 versus $12 for your spot. So not sure who is trying to sell based on low price.

In all seriousness, I thought the chicken at EGB had much better flavors and more of the smoke taste. The tortillas are also hand made albeit slightly too thick for it to be perfect. The salsas are also far superior.

Jun 08, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Anyone tried grilled octopus at chi SPACCA?

I haven't had it, but $65 for grilled octopus??? Are they serving the whole octopus? It better be.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I've had their chicken. It was average at best. If you like that style of chicken, try the chicken from El Gran Burrito on Vermont and Santa Monica. Their version is much better. Absolutely delicious.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I stopped by the Z Pizza in Silver Lake to pick up a sandwich for lunch today. I know their pizzas are average at best so I stayed away from that but they had an italian sub called "Supersub" served on a baguette. We all know good bread makes the sandwich and this was no exception. My goodness was that baguette delicious. I may have lucked out because my baguette had come out right out of the oven (fwiw, I don't think they bake the breads fresh in house but rather receive them par baked and finish it in the oven in house) but it may have been one of the best baguettes I've had in the city. The fillings in the sandwich weren't too shabby either with a mix of ham, pepperoni, salami and veggies.

It's an 8" sub and comes with a bag of traditional Lay's potato chips for $7.95 + tax.

This may be blasphemy around here, but I think I enjoyed it more than the Godmother.

Jun 05, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

ISO pre-Pantages Restaurant suggestions

May 27, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Republique or Odys and Penelope tonight?

have been to Republique twice and enjoyed it. Haven't been to O&P yet but heard it's good. Where should I eat tonight?

Where can I buy whole beef rib racks?

thanks for the tip. I go there from time to time to pick up empanadas. But I've never been impressed by their meat quality.

May 22, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy whole beef rib racks?

i want to smoke some beef ribs like they do at Odys and Penelope. Where can I source these beefy meaty ribs ideally in prime grade? I wish Costco would carry them given their excellent prices on prime beef but I haven't seen any.

I'm in Los Feliz, so the closer the better.

May 21, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Canele in Atwater Village serves amazing fat french toast. Plus their weekend brunch is amazing.

Korean Steamed Seafood Hot Pot in LA?

Wow that looks AMAZING. If there are any places in LA that are comparable, please share.

May 17, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Where to get A5 wagyu?

That is definitely higher grade than A5

May 17, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Any tapas places in the Pasadena area?

Lol

May 16, 2015
TailbackU in Los Angeles Area

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

Correct me if i'm wrong, but maybe with the exception of David Touttain that I mentioned, I thought these were all casual neighborhoody restaurants. At least they seem like it based on pictures and menu prices. I'm purposely avoiding michelin star fine dining restaurants for this very reason.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

French people don't go out to dinner with young children?

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

thanks! Looks so good. And compared to LA, so cheap!

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

hi John, not sure if you saw my reply to you in another thread, but does Louis have a website? Is the full name of the restaurant just "Louis"? I can't seem to find any info online.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

is lunch service at DT shorter than dinner? if so, that is a great idea.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

high chairs for toddlers?

thanks for this info! Is your 3 year old not big enough to sit on a regular chair by herself?

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

thanks for the link! we usually don't take strollers to restaurants even at home so that won't be an issue.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

what you described is no different from many restaurants in LA minus the high chairs. While many restaurants in LA will provide high chairs to accommodate children, the tables are still stacked very close to each other. And yes, if a baby becomes disruptive, one of the parents should take the kid outside to cool off. This is just common courtesy right?

I'll look into your recommendations. Thanks.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

well, we'll be eating lunch and dinner so not like we can just skip dinner. Plus not sure why that would even make a difference given that if a restaurant is crowded during lunch, it'll be no different.

I realize David Toutain won't really be practical as I noted because of the long tasting menu, but was just wishful thinking.

May 12, 2015
TailbackU in France

Eating in Paris with a young toddler

We will be back in Paris this summer but this time, it'll be a new experience given that we'll be there with our 1.5 year old baby girl. I'm wondering how it'll be trying to at some of the popular restaurants around town with her in tow. Will we be well received showing up with a young baby or will other guests and the staff be annoyed at us. She's normally a well behaved baby but she still is a baby. At home in Los Angeles, we do take her out to eat but try to avoid overly crowded restaurants or more formal restaurants like Providence, if you're familiar.

Some of the restaurants that's on our radar for this trip are as follows:

AG
Louis
Matiere A
David Touttain - I'm really interested in this one but not sure the long format will do well with the baby.

Thanks!

May 12, 2015
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