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LA Mag’s best new restaurants

LA Magazine named their 10 best new restaurants. So far, we’ve been to 2 out of 10.

  1. Lazy Ox Canteen
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    dashi marinated yellowtail w/avocado, hash brown, tonburi

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  3. Hatfield’s
  4. hatfield's

    croque madame

  5. Waterloo & City
  6. Cleo
  7. Salt’s Cure
  8. Scarpetta
  9. Forage
  10. Savory
  11. Culina
  12. WP24

LDW: Campanile

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La Brea Bakery bread

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Sautéed Trenne, beef bolognese, tuscan kale, shaved parmesan

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Cast Iron Mussels, sweetbreads, cherry tomato, herbed bread crumbs

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Classic Grilled Cheese with tomato, marinated onion, whole grain mustard

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Chef Mark Peel!

Bon appétit!

This takes meal planning to a whole new (international) level – I think I have finally nailed down where we’ll be eating in Paris! Reservations have been made for the places that will accept them this far in advance. When we went last year, I did next to no planning beforehand, and we ended up stepping into random restaurants here and there, with some mixed results. This time, I can’t wait for what’s in store for us!

MONDAY:

Lunch at Alain Ducasse and Eric Kayser’s be boulangépicier

Dinner at Au Fil des Saisons

TUESDAY:

Lunch at La Table de Joël Robuchon

Dinner at Les Papilles

WEDNESDAY:

Lunch at L’As du Falafel (Dessert at Berthillon!)

Dinner at Bistrot Paul Bert

Of course the days will also be sprinkled with visits to various boulangeries, pâtisseries, confiseries, etc! So excited – I can’t believe the trip is less than a month away! Allons-y!

Torihei

asparagus with pork; half raw egg with salmon roe oden; fatty pork
limited special heart; “torihei” meatball; daikon oden
xiao long bao oden; homemade cheese nuggets; chicken thigh

Last night, we met up with some friends for dinner at Torihei, known for their yakitori and oden. Of the ones pictured above, my favorites were the chicken heart (who would’ve thought?), fatty pork (of course), and the cheese nuggets (fried cheese tofu – yum). This is just a sampling of all the little plates we tried – some that are notably missing are the liver skewers (which I liked, but no one else in the group really did – “too liver-y” was their verdict), the fried “Jidori” chicken, and the “Robata” rice ball, which were universally acclaimed. It was a little awkward trying to share the oden dishes among 5 people – it’s not like you can slurp and pass! Individual oden next time around!

The service was a little weird. I’m not sure if it was the language barrier or what, but the waitresses seemed really confused. Maybe it was our large party? We asked for two draft beers when we sat down…and then waited and waited. Then another waitress came around with drink menus and asked what we’d like. It took us a good 5 minutes to try to explain that we’d already ordered beers, but that we wanted to cancel those so we could just get a pitcher instead. Nothing rude or obnoxious, but…just confused.

Roo doesn’t really like these tapas-style places because he never feels full afterwards, but he said that the meal was more fulfilling than the ones we’ve had at nearby Musha. Personally, I like the wider variety of dishes at Musha, but it sure is nice having another option for good Japanese food so close to us.

Torihei
1757 W Carson St., Ste A
Torrance, CA 90501

Gordon Ramsay: Chef’s Table

The best dinner ever. A preview:

Nobu New York

Pooh and I had to give up our Perry Street reservations due to my calendar dyslexia, thinking a friend’s shower is on Saturday when it is actually on Sunday.  We were very sad about not enjoying another Restaurant Week meal before the promotion ended.  But, Pooh did some lurking on OpenTable.com yesterday and got us last-minute lunch reservations at Nobu!  Someone must have just canceled because they were all booked up.  He works in the FiDi and was able to escape for an hour (or two, hehe) to enjoy really good Japanese food.

We went to the original Nobu (on Hudson).  There are two other locations in NYC, Nobu Next Door and Nobu Fifty-Seventh.

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce

Black Miso Cod
(I was so hungry, I took a bite of this and then realized I hadn’t yet taken a picture!)

Assorted Sushi

Soy Cheesecake with Pear Compote

Pooh’s coworker had advised him to get the Rock Shrimp Tempura and not the other appetizers.  Which were a sashimi salad and a mushroom salad.  I am usually adamant about ordering different things to try, but in this case the two other choices seemed pretty ordinary, so shrimp it was for both of us.  Out of the three entrée choices, I knew I wanted the Black Miso Cod, which is pretty well-known as a Nobu dish.  It would be a shame to eat at Nobu and not have the raw fish, so Pooh got the Assorted Sushi plate.  The other entrée we didn’t order was Beef with Anti-Cucho or Teriyaki Sauce.  Yeah, I have no idea what anti-cucho is.

I loved it all and am excited we got to knock another NYC dining institution off our list!!  As I was writing this post, I checked the pictures I took of the menu…wow, the Black Miso Cod is normally $25 alone!  Maybe the portion sizes are different when it’s not prix-fixe, but regardless, the 3-course $24.50 Restaurant Week Menu was a steal!

Kittichai

Today, Pooh and I went on our first NY Restaurant Week excursion to Kittichai for lunch.  We think this may be our first time (ever!) participating in this twice-yearly event.  Located in the Thompson Hotel in Soho, Kittichai features Thai-Fusion cuisine in a warm, dark wood, fabric-draped setting.

Kittichai had been running a $20 prix-fixe brunch/lunch menu and today was the last day (it goes up to $24 tomorrow).  You could choose to do brunch, which featured 1 course and 2-hour unlimited cocktails (lychee bellini, mimosas and bloody marys) OR the 3-course lunch.  We both chose the lunch menu, and ordered all different items – all the better to try a bit of everything!

Make-Your-Own Drink:  Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee, with mini carafes of cream and simple syrup

His:  “Meing” Style Salmon Tartare with Limestone Tartlet

Hers: Steamed Mussels in Sour Curry Broth

His: Crispy Catfish, Shanghai Shoots, Pickled Cucumber and Red Pepper

Hers: Braised Beef Brisket, Edamame & Celery Root Puree, Lemongrass Thai Bird Chili Jus

Ours: Coconut Tapioca Pearls, Passion Fruit Sorbet & Banana Spring Roll

I often have a case of “grass is greener on the other side” and will usually think that Pooh’s dishes are better than mine.  This time, I liked both apps but preferred his entree to mine.  The dessert though..I loved mine, though that was largely because it is one of those throw-back, nostalgic desserts for me.  It is actually a really simple homey concoction that would likely never be served in an upscale restuarant in Asia, but is “exotic” here in the States.   Hm, need to find recipe…

All in all, this yummy experience made us resolve to particpate in every NY Restaurant Week from now on.  When is the next one?