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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#751 Post by Justin S » March 18th, 2019, 11:40 am

Any intel on this brand new spot Auburn?
https://www.auburnla.com/menu
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#752 Post by c fu » March 18th, 2019, 12:52 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Simone chef left already.
for someone with the pedigree she had, the restaurant was shockingly unimpressive.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#753 Post by c fu » March 18th, 2019, 12:54 pm

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The cassoulet at Lucques was very enjoyable, and they have a very good bar program.

Kass, by Christophe Eme (formerly had a restaurant called Ortolan), in mid city, was a great experience. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, and an open kitchen where the chef and his staff are clearly visible working very hard, and open to interaction with guests. The food is classic French in technique but lighter, less creamy sauces/foams than Melisse for example. Very wine friendly fare. Their wine list is a very well curated 2 pages, all interesting small producers (they don’t have a website). Corkage $35 per for the first two, and then $50 after. Highly recommend it for people on this board.

Had a great experience checking out Dopolavoro, the small wine/food market next to Terroni in dtla. Some amazing canned goods, cheeses, etc., that look directly imported from Europe. The wine selection was shockingly good, ranging from Burg to Eben Sadie, Loire and German, with select Cali producers like Folk Machine, Pax, Arnot Roberts. I was curious and looked it up after, and it looks like it’s overseen by Max Stefanelli from Terroni. Either way, a fun visit, especially if you do it after visiting La Tropézienne around the corner for baguettes/croissants and pastries.
I wonder why he decided to call it a wine bar.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#754 Post by julianseersmartin » March 18th, 2019, 1:48 pm

Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.

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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#755 Post by M.Kaplan » March 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm

julianseersmartin wrote:
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Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.
This saddens me. I like Nyesha and her cooking. That space is very inefficient and will likely lead to the demise of whatever restaurant moves into it. I hope she re-emerges somewhere on the westside with whatever she decides to do next.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#756 Post by c fu » March 19th, 2019, 12:29 am

https://www.lamag.com/digestblog/simone ... departure/

interesting comments from unnamed employees. Only merely glancing over the fact that the food was not even passably good.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#757 Post by fred o. » March 19th, 2019, 1:22 am

c fu wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 12:54 pm
fred o. wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 11:51 pm
Kass, by Christophe Eme (formerly had a restaurant called Ortolan), in mid city, was a great experience. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, and an open kitchen where the chef and his staff are clearly visible working very hard, and open to interaction with guests. The food is classic French in technique but lighter, less creamy sauces/foams than Melisse for example. Very wine friendly fare. Their wine list is a very well curated 2 pages, all interesting small producers (they don’t have a website). Corkage $35 per for the first two, and then $50 after. Highly recommend it for people on this board.
I wonder why he decided to call it a wine bar.
it's wine bar & restaurant

https://www.instagram.com/chefeme/

The bar itself looked like a good place to just drop in and have some of the by the glass options with the food. Overall definitely a more seriously food-oriented destination than a pure wine bar like Tabula Rasa in LA, but I enjoyed perusing the wine list since it was thoughtfully chosen. Also, I misspoke -- including the btg list, at least 6 pages, but either way, semantics...
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#758 Post by c fu » March 19th, 2019, 9:44 am

fred o. wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 1:22 am
c fu wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 12:54 pm
fred o. wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 11:51 pm
Kass, by Christophe Eme (formerly had a restaurant called Ortolan), in mid city, was a great experience. Quiet and comfortable atmosphere, friendly service, and an open kitchen where the chef and his staff are clearly visible working very hard, and open to interaction with guests. The food is classic French in technique but lighter, less creamy sauces/foams than Melisse for example. Very wine friendly fare. Their wine list is a very well curated 2 pages, all interesting small producers (they don’t have a website). Corkage $35 per for the first two, and then $50 after. Highly recommend it for people on this board.
I wonder why he decided to call it a wine bar.
it's wine bar & restaurant

https://www.instagram.com/chefeme/

The bar itself looked like a good place to just drop in and have some of the by the glass options with the food. Overall definitely a more seriously food-oriented destination than a pure wine bar like Tabula Rasa in LA, but I enjoyed perusing the wine list since it was thoughtfully chosen. Also, I misspoke -- including the btg list, at least 6 pages, but either way, semantics...
Looks like a restaurant bar at a nice restaurant. Feel like naming it a wine bar detracts from its serious food destination.

But maybe that’s what they are going for. Shrug.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#759 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » March 19th, 2019, 1:58 pm

c fu wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 12:29 am
https://www.lamag.com/digestblog/simone ... departure/

interesting comments from unnamed employees. Only merely glancing over the fact that the food was not even passably good.
Oy vey. That's a rough article.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#760 Post by Justin S » March 19th, 2019, 5:15 pm

c fu wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 9:44 am

Looks like a restaurant bar at a nice restaurant. Feel like naming it a wine bar detracts from its serious food destination.

But maybe that’s what they are going for. Shrug.
Apparently, the name of "Kass Wine Bar + Restaurant" was to differentiate the place from his more serious prior restaurant. Kass didn't feel like a wine bar to me, especially since the food items are more like dishes than snacks, but the aspiration is supposedly to have a more casual neighborhood joint. Seems too pricey for that. Regardless, the food is really good!

The one I laughed at is Dominique Crenn's alleged wine bar in SF (Bar Crenn) that probably costs $100-200 to eat there, but apparently has totally impractical seating in some spots (like a couch and cocktail table).
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#761 Post by Marshall Gelb » April 7th, 2019, 6:57 pm

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 6:11 pm
julianseersmartin wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Native in Santa Monica is closed as of yesterday.
This saddens me. I like Nyesha and her cooking. That space is very inefficient and will likely lead to the demise of whatever restaurant moves into it. I hope she re-emerges somewhere on the westside with whatever she decides to do next.
Me as well....I really enjoyed our "Winos" dinner there. I really meant to return but sometimes even the best of intentions go awry. Hopefully , Nyesha emerges in a a better situation. That woman can cook!

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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#762 Post by c fu » April 11th, 2019, 10:00 am

I went to Auburn this week.

Great service. Private room is amazing - feels like you're in a living room. Food visually is impressive, the plating is great.

Flavor wise.. i wish it popped and sometimes the flavors kinda conflict.

One example

There's a hamachi crudo dish with celery and strawberry. THe strawberries were (purposely?) underripe and the oil was a celery oil with a high amount of citric acid, so the dish was really mouth puckering sour.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#763 Post by Benny P » April 11th, 2019, 1:26 pm

c fu wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 10:00 am
I went to Auburn this week.

Great service. Private room is amazing - feels like you're in a living room. Food visually is impressive, the plating is great.

Flavor wise.. i wish it popped and sometimes the flavors kinda conflict.

One example

There's a hamachi crudo dish with celery and strawberry. THe strawberries were (purposely?) underripe and the oil was a celery oil with a high amount of citric acid, so the dish was really mouth puckering sour.
I've had this on my to-do list since it opened and thank you for your thoughts. Did you do the 4, 6, or 9 course meal option? I typically always want to get the larger number of courses, however, my wife always advocates the lower number of courses so curious on their portion sizing.

Also, do you know if they had a corkage fee? Thanks!
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#764 Post by c fu » April 11th, 2019, 1:40 pm

Benny P wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 1:26 pm
c fu wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 10:00 am
I went to Auburn this week.

Great service. Private room is amazing - feels like you're in a living room. Food visually is impressive, the plating is great.

Flavor wise.. i wish it popped and sometimes the flavors kinda conflict.

One example

There's a hamachi crudo dish with celery and strawberry. THe strawberries were (purposely?) underripe and the oil was a celery oil with a high amount of citric acid, so the dish was really mouth puckering sour.
I've had this on my to-do list since it opened and thank you for your thoughts. Did you do the 4, 6, or 9 course meal option? I typically always want to get the larger number of courses, however, my wife always advocates the lower number of courses so curious on their portion sizing.

Also, do you know if they had a corkage fee? Thanks!
9. But the table doesn’t have to commit to the same thing which I found interesting. Some portions are much larger, like the asparagus and razor clams was a fairly substantial dish, same as the turnip and bonito. Others were pretty small.

It’s a grid of 12 dishes and you can mix and match. So you and your wife can do 2 6 courses and get every dish.

I believe corkage is $50 btl.

We did the 9. Before tip and after tax our bill was $245.

I don’t believe they charged us for every bottle opened which was nice of them.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

#765 Post by G. Keeler » May 13th, 2019, 8:52 am

Made it out to Majordomo this past weekend. We did the bing with spicy lamb, egg & smoked roe and a foie mouse which was all very good. Also tried the diver scallops, potato salsa seca, snap peas, fried cauliflower and ended with the big short rib. I liked everything except the scallops which just needed to be seasoned. The crispy potato salsa seca was the surprise hit, so freaking good. The short rib was cooked perfectly and the beef rice that came after was a winner. Looking forward to trying more items on the menu. Food and wine service were both very good. We brought a champ and a red burg and bought a Riesling off the list. All good matches with the food.

Next morning we went to Sun Nong Dan again for some comfort food and it did not disappoint. Love that place.
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