Monday, January 28, 2013

Waterloo & City@Culver City ★★★

Generous Portion & Nice Quality for dineLA. The appetizers were already filling. I like the Salmon Tartare and Chicken Liver Mousse. Peño Colada cocktail tasted weird, but you will eventually get used to it. Westside cocktail was nice and sweet. We couldn't finish the entrée and had to take a portion of it togo. As strange as it sounds, I think the dessert will taste better if they make dessert portion smaller. Seasonal dineLA@Waterloo & City is $35.

Salmon Tartare, Ruby Grapefruit, Horseradish, Shiso Fritter

Waterloo Chicken Liver Mousse, Sweet Potato Jam, Toast

Oysters $3 each

Roast Prime Pork Chop, Cock-a-Leekie, Sausage

Cavatelli Pasta, Burrata, Wild Mushrooms, Dried Cherries, Sage

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream

Banoffee Trifle, Dolce de Leche, Banana, Peanut Ice Cream

Peño Colada $10

Westside $10

Waterloo & City
12517 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(310) 391-4222

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vertical Wine Bistro@Pasadena ★★★

Great Quality Food for dineLA. Just the food came out really slow. Got complimentary red wine because of that. Love the Arugula Salad. Blue Lemonade tasted great. dineLA special is $35 per person.

Sea Scallop
israeli cous cous salad

Arugula Salad
shaved parmesan, pine nuts, serarano ham, honey vinaigrette

Sea Bass with Lima, English Peas, Basil, Curry Jus in Micros Greens

Hanger Steak
potato gratin with comete cheese, thyme and shallot germolata

The Blueberry Lemonade $12

Complimentary Red Wine

Salted Caramel Gelato Sandwich

Apple Tart

Vertical Wine Bistro
70 N Raymond Ave (Upstairs)
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-3999

Tony's Darts Away@Burbank ★★★

Totally Awesome Place. Went their special event "Breakfast of Champions Tourney" to have breakfast and enrolled in the board games tournament in the morning. Had so much fun. Beer tasted great, and the Redneck Benedict was heavenly.

Belgian Red Ale $6.50, Housemade Russet Potato Chips $4

Redneck Benedict $9.75
grit cakes topped w/ pulled pork, fried eggs, country sausage & sage gravy

Housemade Russet Potato Chips $4
with simple salt, pico de gall limn seasoning or cajun spice

Tournament is about to begin

Tournament in Action

Tournament in Action

Belgian Red Ale $6.50

Old Barmy Apricot Honey Ale

Orange Juice $2.75, Old Barmy Apricot Honey Ale

Tony's Darts Away
1710 Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 253-1710

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Picca@West Los Angeles ★★★

Well Done for dineLA. Maintained the nice quality & service during dineLA. Noise level was a bit high to me. dineLA dinner $45.

Baby Carrots
sous-vide "in its own juice", aji amarillo, citrus, pan de mie

Arroz Chaufa de Marisco
seafood medley, peruvian fried rice, pickled radish

Yellowtail Tiradito
rocoto ponzu, japanese cucumber, crispy garlic

Anticucho Carmarones
black tiger shrimp, garlic yuzu kosho, micro greens

Quinoa Fried Chicken
anticucho buttermilk, twice cooked potato, rocoto aioli

Zapallo Gnocchi
kabocha squash, hazelnut, parmesan, aji amarillo brown butter

Chicharron de Costilla
crispy pork ribs crostini, sweet potato puree, huancaina, salsa criolla

Peruvian Caesar Salad
heart of romaine, parmesan, anchovy, huacatay

Estofado de Carne
braised shortrib, barley risotto, huncaina, salse criolla

Chupe Gratinado
lobster and scallop gratin, potato, sea urchin ceviche sauce

Pescado Frito
black cod "robata", yucca, tomato, pepian sauce

Tres Leche Cake

Chocolate Cake
warm rocoto cake, crispy cancha, vanilla Ice Cream

Krush Groove $11

The Avocado Project $12

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Shunji@West LA★★★

The Ultimate Place for Omakase in LA. Elegant authentic presentation. Love their appetizers. The Omakase is about $120-$150, depending on what you order. Japanese Style Tasting is $100. Sushi Plate was $50. We ordered the Omakase (everyone in the table has to order the same thing), and it turned out to be $123.25 per person for the food. Got a little something from the house for the birthday girl in our table. Service was great. Pleasant and delightful experience.

Monk Fish Liver w/Caviar, Blue Cheese, Grilled Black Cod, Salted Ginko Nuts, Shrimp, Stuffed Shrimp, Gomae Spinach, Prosciutto w/Crab, Herring Roe w/ Seaweed, Quail Egg

Sea Urchin, Squid Ink, Squid, Truffle Oil, Quail Egg (as featured in LA Times)

Conch Soup

Sapporo Tap Draft Beer $6

Jellyfish w/ Cucumber


Japanese Cold Potato Soup w/ Oyster

Sashimi: Japanese Mackerel & Blue Fin Tuna

Sushi: Kanpachi, Bonito, Premium Blue Fin Tuna, Salmon Roe, Blue Fin Tuna, Albacore, Egg, Homemade Ginger

Salmon Roe Sushi

Bonito Sushi

Premium Blue Fin Tuna Sushi (melts in your mouth)

White Shrimp Sushi

Uni Sushi

Blue Crab Hand Roll

A Little Something Special for the Birthday Girl in Our Party~
Fruit Plate, Lemon Sorbet (w/ Lemon Zest), and Chocolate Mousse~

Shunji Japanese Cuisine
12244 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 826-4737