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

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Bazaar@Beverly Hills ★★★

Service is Really Slow for dineLA! Yes, making reservation for dineLA@The Bazaar is overwhelming. Have to reserve weeks or months ahead, but the food is fantastic. The "Magic Mojito" is fun. It came in a glass with cotton candy that "disappeared" after the waiter poured mojito in it. It's expensive, but good that the alcohol is on the stronger side. Everything was super great, except for the Sautéed Shrimp. The shrimp was mediocre. The dishes were a bit of a wait. dineLA is $45 per person, and you will leave hungry.

American Sturgeon Caviar Cone

Dungeness Crab

Bay Scallop Ceviche

"Philly Cheesesteak"

Japanese Eel Taco

"Magic" Mojito $16
the cotton candy is disappearing

"Magic" Mojito $16
the cotton candy has disappeared

Sautéed Shrimp

Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks

Sautéed Cauliflower "Couscous"

Traditional Spanish Flan

"Pan Con Chocolate"

The Bazaar@Beverly Hills SLS Hotel
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5567

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sushi Ichi@Pasadena ★★

A Decent Sushi Restaurant in Pasadena. We had the Omakase for about $60 (price varies). Reservation recommended. I like the Sea Bream and Amberjack a lot. Don't care for the Sweet Shrimp. The salmon was not fatty enough. You will get a much better experience sitting at the sushi bar if you are ordering omakase.

Amberjack Sushi

Spanish Mackarel Sushi

Uni Sushi

Toro Sushi

Oyster in Ponzu Sauce

Diced Conch in its Shell

Sea Bream Sushi

Razor Clam Sushi

Salmon Sushi

Mirugai Sushi

Yellowtail Belly Sushi

Amaebi Sushi

Deep-Fried Amaebi Head

Jumbo Scallop Sushi

Specials of the Day

Sushi Ichi
633 S Arroyo Pkwy
Ste 1
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 395-9977

Hamptons@Manhattan Beach ★★★

Delicious Seafood by the Beach Area. Went here w/ a Groupon. The beer flight is such a steal, you can to taste 4 beers for only $8. I had the waitress pick some nice & sweet ones for me. They turned out really good. For the Amagansett Lobster Roll, you get to pick to have it served hot (butter) or cold (mayo). I had it cold, but I think served hot will be much better than cold. Well, next time!

Open Beer Flight $8
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Chimay Tripel White, Seadog Blueberry Ale, Allagash White Ale

Lobster Bisque (cup) $3.99

Crab Cakes $13.99

Amagansett Lobster Roll $18.50

Fish and Chips $12.99, Sweet Potato Fries $5.00

Amagansett Lobster Roll $18.50

Fish and Chips $12.99, Sweet Potato Fries $5.00

Open Beer Flight $8
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Chimay Tripel White, Seadog Blueberry Ale, Allagash White Ale

1131 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 430-1124

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ikemen@Hollywood ★★★

Authentic Dipping Ramen. A sushi chef recommended this ramen place to me. Their Ghost Buster Dip Ramen was pretty fun. The waiter takes a marshmallow, sears it in front of you, then put it into your ramen soup. You can add Onsen Tamago for $1.

Tonkotsu Ramen w/ Pork $13 (add Cherry Tomatoes +$3)

Ghost Buster Dip Ramen w/ Pork $12 (add Onsen Tamago +$1)

Ghost Buster Dip Ramen Soup

1655 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 800-7669