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You must try the (star anise) Asian style braised short ribs at Akasha (Culver City)

Cinnamon | May 24, 200807:11 PM

OK, you only must try them if you really want to. If you don't, more for me. :)

This is a newish industrial-looking comfy place that opened in Culver City recently. DH had tried it before at lunch and said it was decent but small portions for large dollars. I got him to try it again the other night for dinner, and here's what we found...

Short ribs: Recommended by the waiter as his favorite thing on the menu, the gorgeous broth on this reminds me of a denser version of my favorite soup of all time, a sort of autumn-spiced pho based on browned spices/bones/meat (including cinnamon and star anise as well as other things). The short ribs were tender too in a fall-off-the-bone way, not a huge portion but just fine, atop an interestingly (in a good way) smoky parsnip-potato puree, with a bit of baby roasted carrots on the side. I already want to go back and get it again.

star anise, ginger & pink peppercorns, parsnip-potato puree
heirloom carrots, scallions 29

That was the highlight. I also really liked this appetizer, especially however they managed to pack a huge amount of Thai flavor (I think it was chili-lime-thaibasil-something else) into the spiced cashews... those were phenomenal and really made the lettuce wraps.

daikon, carrots, avocado, radish sprouts, coconut cashews
spicy-sweet chile sauce 12

DH had the scallops on a black rice risotto. The scallops were just OK, the black rice risotto nice and salty in a tasty way, but neither was phenomenal to me. DH also got the rhubarb tart, which was kind of a big, good flakey cookie with a little bit of rhubarby inside, paired with some dollop of cream and some tart grapefruit sorbet. Nothing to write home about. I'd rather have tried the salty chocolate-caramel tart. Latte was tasty and they have a variety (I got decaf lowfat).

Next time I'd be tempted to try the South Indian salmon although I think I'm now locked into the shortribs for posterity, will have to persuade someone else in dining party to get the salmon and share.

Oh, and DH got the blood orange margarita, which was nothing I'd order again.


9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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