My husband and I are LA hounds and spent the weekend before last in your beautiful city. Besides *loving* the city, we ate exceptionally well, due entirely to Chowhound. I wanted to offer up a big thanks and also a brief recap for those who are also planning a weekend.
Our first meal was at Guu (with Garlic) late Friday night. We arrived at 11 and were *lucky* to get a seat. Had 6 or so plates, all excellent. Enjoyed the squash ball with an egg inside far more than expected! The fried, crispy mackerel was so good. Nothing bad.
Sat. Morning, headed to the Granville Island market where we shared some really excellent pierogies. Oh, and had a very good latte from Caffe Artisano (sp?) on the way.
Lunch was at the ShaoLin Noodle House. We snuck in just before they closed, so I asked the waitress to just order me something spicy, with pork and medium noodles. Whatever it was -- it was great. THOSE were serious noodles. Also had a green onion pancake (very nice, though a little heavier than I like) and one of the fancy teas (a lemon one, loved it).
Dinner - we tried the Liliget Feast House. Neat setting, interesting menu, well worth the experience. LOVED the smoked oysters (we had the feast for two), could ahve done without the herring roe starter (it reminded me, texture wise, of styrofoam, and that was a bit tough). Had the soapberry dessert and cocktail, and totally enjoyed ourselves.
Sunday morning we made it to Sun Sui Wah about 10:30 - and thank goodness! We were seated right away, but when we left it looked like the airport waiting area in there. Probably the best dim sum I've had, period. Loved the "to order" station, esp. the sweet water chestnut cake, something I'd never seen. We ate 11 plates, so we got a wide sampling, and if I wasn't so full I couldn't breathe, I would have ordered each one again.
Before leaving, we wanted sushi. Ended up at Kibune (@ Kits beach). Wonderful experience sitting at the bar, great service and perfect fish. Husband had his first Uni ever. I had the *best* Toro I've ever tasted. Not cheap, but so worth it.
We also stopped in a grocery store or three to buy popcorn seasonings, all-dressed crisps, ceaser drink rimmer and black currant tea.
All in all, great eating, and we can't wait to go back and do it again! Thanks!