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X'Otik Kitchen - Culver City


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X'Otik Kitchen - Culver City

WBGuy | Jul 29, 2005 06:51 PM

A really tiny restaurant on the eastern end of Culver City that advertises natural, organic chicken and Nebraska beef. Curious after having driven by the place many times, I finally went there for lunch recently.

The menu consists of western dishes with asian-inspired spices. Their half-chicken dishes sounded pretty interesting. Sumatran Coconut Chicken, East Asia Citrus Chicken, and Indian Spiced Chicken, with some pita bread and choice of two sides from the following: Sauteed veggies, steamed veggies, Indonesian rice, rosemary roasted potatoes, and shredded carrot/cabbage salad.

I opted for the Sumatran chicken with Indonesian rice and sauteed vegetables. It came out 15 minutes later in a paper tray, along with plastic utensils. I'm not sure what makes this dish "Sumatran" besides the name, but whatever. It was good. The chicken was roasted perfectly. Nice and tender, with a sauce paste of turmeric, garlic, kaffir lime and coconut milk. I normally don't like breast meat, but this bird was not bland at all, and was still moist. My plastic knife didn't have any difficulty at all cutting through.

The rice doesn't taste like anything I've had in Indonesia, so again I dunno what makes it Indonesian. It's stir-fried chinese-style less salty, and using different ingredients such as tomatoes and others I forgot. It's ok, but it won't be a threat to real nasi goreng. A bit too bland to be called Indonesian. :)

$9.95 for a tasty, organic half-chicken. I'd say this place is another nice addition to Culver City.

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