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LA Weekend - Report Back

vliang | Oct 11, 2004 03:02 PM

First off, I want to say thanks for all of you on the LA message board for your reqs and especially to Curt for sending me to your website of great eats.

And now on to the food...

Fri night -
O Bar in WeHo
I was a little hesitant of this place as trendy, gay bars don't usually equal good food or drinks. But my brother wanted to check out WeHo and we obliged. Wow, were we blown away by this place!!! So beautiful with really good looking people, really lovely decor. Wonderful attention to detail like the smooth rock on on place settings that echo the rocks out in the garden.
It was specialty mojito night. We ordered the Moe's mojito and the watermelon mojitos. It's $20 an order, but each order comes in a full, big-sized shaker. So it's about 2.5 drinks worth and super yummy. The glass shakers were really cute too as I wanted to buy one for my home.
Anyway, we went straight for entrees as the app menu looked not as creative. We got the short rib pot roast, the duck l'orange, and the veal and beef meatloaf. The short rib was so tender and flavorful... definitely melted in your mouth. The duck was perfectly done, not dry and not too fatty with a hint of anise. The meatloaf was actually done in a puff pastry so kinda like a ground veal wellington with a great red wine reduction sauce. We traded turns with each dish. Yum!
For dessert... we got the chocolate chip cookie that was baked in a cast iron skillet and served a la mode. Crispy on the outside... gooey and moist on the inside and not too sweet. So perfect. Dinner for three came to $180 including tip and drinks. Pretty reasonable for such delicious takes on comfort food and the setting was really stylish and gorgeous. Service was careful, prompt, and friendly too. Highly recommended.

Sat lunch -
Roscoes Chicken and Waffles
We were so into our smothered chicken and waffles that we did not speak to each other for the first 10 minutes we got our food. I must add though... we are BIG southern/soul food junkies. Fried chicken is like God's decree to us, so therefore our mesmerization might be a little skewed. But lived up to its hype... 30 minute wait, bad, slow service and all.

Sat late afternoon snack -
OKI dog
We ordered a chili cheese dog each and scarfed them down only to order another round. Loved the dogs... so unique tasting. The chili was almost pureed like in texture. Made me recount Top Dog in Berkeley stories. My brother found it comparable (tho very different) to Gray's Papaya in NYC. Loved.

Sat night -
Koi
Waited 30 minutes in the waiting/bar area despite having a reservation. Was not impressed with the decor. My friend likened it to looking like a nice California Pizza Kitchen. We scoffed that even neighborhood noodle bars in London had more design appeal. The hordes of young women looking for *dates* with short, middle aged men we saw in the garden area almost ruined our apetite. Almost.
We ordered the crispy rice with tuna, the seared kobe beef, the soft shell crab, the albacore with fried onions, the baked crab hand roll, and the miso glazed black cod. All were pretty good. The cod and the beef were stand-outs of the bunch. We had lychee martini's with dinner and then ordered some unfiltered sake. The martinis were too strong and rather flavourless. Our server, while amicable, forgot two of our dishes which we had to remind him about. But then he did comp them to us. The pacing was off o nthe food and the order of the dishes mystified us. No progression. Out bill came to $210 with tip and drinks for three. Not terribly outrageous like we thought it might be... but not really worth the price either.
So, it was an interesting experience... felt like we were at the zoo watching a weird human social experiment. We were glad we came to check it out for the curiosity factor and the food was decent, but will not be repeating anytime soon.

Sun lunch -
Philippe's
We each ordered a double-dipped lamb sandwich with bleu cheese. We had the potato salad, cole slaw, and pickled egg as sides. The sandwiches were divine.. .tho the lamb I got was a bit fatty. But perfect flavour. The sides were great, but the pickled egg experiment did not go over well with my brother. What can I say... the lines were long, but worth every bite. Loved it.

Sun dinner -
Library Ale House in Santa Monica
I had the jambalaya and my friend had the jerk chicken. The jerk chicken was great... very succulent. The jambalaya was okay. Not enough texture... too even. I like mine a little chunky. Good beer selection and cute little outside area to sit in. Good neighborhood place to grab a casual dinner, nothing more. Dinner for two with drinks and tip came to $60.

Okay, that's all. Had a great time eating. My friend and I are planning my next visit down to LA. Our theme next time will be Asian.

Bon apetit!

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