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Meals on Wheels Report

Jon Leventhal | Sep 15, 200311:51 AM

I was invited to this event at Universal Studios Backlot on Saturday night - lotsa famous chefs from around the country and a few average wineries.

It was crowded and fun. A few notes:

Blue Ginger - Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai is a really big guy- 6'4" or so. My wife was starstruck. The food, a spring roll with some asian slaw was average fusion cuisine.

Alan Wong: A highlight. A shrimp on top of a piece of soy braised beef. Superb. Will definitely visit if I'm ever in Honolulu

Olives: Todd English may be good looking, but the food tasted like overproduced and overpriced Middle Eastern chow - hummus, chickpeas, babaganush, cuke salad etc...Never been to an Olives, but based on this spread, no need to. Go to Marouch instead.

Hitching Post - great fries and meat as usual.

Matsuhisa - people were lined up for...spicy tuna rolls? not really indicative of what the restaurant does, they were no better than any good sushi joint.

Patina - nice seared scallop, excellent chocolate desert.

American Place - boring seared tuna on a bed of mixed greens. Fine, but dull

Craft - tasty waygu skirt steak on top of heirloom tomatoes. Simple and good. Like the kind of food you cook at home. Chef (Tom) seemed like a good guy.

Campinile - only tried desert, a churro covered in chocoate fudge, ice cream and walnuts. I never enjoyed Silverton's deserts, and still don't.

Wolfgang Pucks restaurants - As he was host, ALL of restaurants had booths. None were memorable.

There were more, but I can't remember off hand.


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