In loving consideration of Mr Grubs fondness-well, passion-well, obsession-w food, good food, & lots o good food, Mme Grubbe, in conspiracy w La Familia Gruba, tour-directed a Gourmand Birthday Weekend Spectacular much to the delight of the big fella.
Fri lunch: Noshi Sushi (Beverly, just east of Western). Nothing fussy here. Noshi features straightforward, exemplary nigiri. Huge (relatively) pieces of mouthwatering fish on virtually unflavored rice. On Fri, both salmon & albacore were simply melt-in-your-mouth. Inexpensive to boot-most nigiri in $3 neighborhood. Speaking of neighborhoods, Noshis is a bit of a puzzling place for a sushi bar, but Noshi delivers simple, superb sushi at a reasonable (cash only) price.
Fri dinner: Flemings (Rosecrans, west of Aviation). Part of relatively small national chain, Fs is an almost-Ruths Chris. The Grubbers huge bone-in ribeye, cooked to perfection & slathered in butter, was splendid. Other folks less successful. A la carte only. Sides, esp au gratin potatoes excellent, but pricey. Service issues: wrong entrée brought to the fetching Mrs. G, another steak improperly cooked, server magic disappearing act. Room issues: noisy (about 98 db to Mastros 100 db. What is it w steakhouses? Even when he SHOUTED specials, server could not be heard cross-table. May be reason messed up Grubmamas order.), crowded tables, low light, mid-room pillar-adjacent table. Bottom line: Excellent steaks, but if you want to pay $35-ish for a steak amidst ear-bleeding noise, Mastros still the choice.
Sat lunch: Wat Thai Temple (Roscoe/Coldwater Canyon). Dazzling food makes one forget, kinda, the cold, rain, wind & wet tables. Items ordered from individual stands range from $1-3! Amazing, simply amazing. Soaring: fish curry in banana leaf stapled (yes, stapled) into a cup shape, papaya salad, karam krok (the coconut mini-crepe cakes). Wonderful: ribs on a stick (listed as grilled pork, not to be confused w sate), sausage on a stick, mango sticky rice (note stick theme here). Excellent: fish balls, chicken noodle soup, red curry. Good: sate. Not-so-good: bamboo salad. Just wish they had Thai iced tea.
Sat dinner: Green Field (Azusa Ave, n of 10, West Covina). 4th or 5th pilgrimage to this churrascaria shrine to carnivores. On this night, simply outstanding. All meats served hot & perfectly cooked, i.e., rare & juicy. Best of show: rabbit w a curry-like rub, short ribs, beef tenderloin. Rockin fun place for a big group of all ages. Not, um, vegetarian friendly. At $22 a pop, one of the great bargains for big eaters.
Sun Brunch: Universal Hilton (Lankershim, just n of 101). Huge spread, w most dishes safely & nicely executed. Greatly anticipated gorging on king crab legs & oysters, so disappointed when no oysters were offered. Crab legs & shrimp were excellent, however, cooked firm, not a bit watery. Indulged in mediocre dim sum, sushi & sashimi. Nice to have that grazing ability. Pates were canned, French & excellent for the breed. Cheese selection embarrassing; bread selection virtually non-existent. Fresh fruit station excellent. Desserts brought in, but good selection. Pasta, omelet, waffle stations also available didnt partake. American main dishes pretty underwhelming, tho eggs benedict worked fairly well. Chinese station pretty dismal as well, tho Grubs did manage to wolf down some of the spicy scallops & asparagus. Turns out only highlights were the shellfish & the beveragesthe champagne glasses are kept constantly full & the fresh oj is terrific. If only someone could make a decent drink out of cheap champagne & oj. The Grubs might drink 4, or 8, or a bazillion, glasses. Overall, pretty disappointed, altho the room & the service were admirable. At $35 per ($30 before 11), a bargain for folks who are jonesing for a brunch buffet or who are hosting other folks who need their Sun buffet brunch.
Plan for Shieng Garden Sunday dinner cancelled. Even we Grubs have limits.