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favorite lentil dish?

PseudoNerd Jul 22, 2006 09:32 AM

I think the last time I had lentil was at the Patinette Cafe in soup form a couple of months ago. I figured that even Patina-run restaurants normally can't *ruin* soups and gave it a shot. Since it was Patina-esque food, I can't really say it was particularly memorable; I think the soup was lukewarm (a pet peeve of mine, but let's not get into that).

Come to think of it, the last time I had lentil was about a week and half ago. The soup at the 101 Cafe was even worse than the one at Patinette. I must've added every condiment at the table, and even those didn't help. Not one whit. Don't ever get soup there!

In any case, like the spinach/artichoke dip thing, lentils may not necessarily be something I would normally seek out in an area with such vibrant produce, but I sometimes miss the things I ate in that awful New England cold...

So, what's your favorite dish featuring lentils in the city? Is it available all-year round (and thus something I'm able to have now) or is it seasonal? I've noticed that the curried (and yet rather bland) lentil soup isn't in rotation as heavily at Clementine's as it had been in previous cooler months.

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    OliveBelle RE: PseudoNerd Jul 22, 2006 06:12 PM

    Hands down the lentils at Cobras and Matadors. I love that dish.

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      ciaobella RE: OliveBelle Jul 24, 2006 08:46 PM

      Absolutley! The lentils are cripsy and delicious- how do they do that?

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        malasay RE: OliveBelle Dec 3, 2007 06:35 PM

        AMEN! Forget that it's the best lentil dish, it's one of the best meals period. Even if you don't like lentils, it's AMAZING. Like nothing you've ever had.

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          soccerandlost RE: OliveBelle Dec 3, 2007 09:12 PM

          So funny this was the first response. It was EXACTLY what I thought of as soon as I saw the topic.

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          PayOrPlay RE: PseudoNerd Jul 22, 2006 06:27 PM

          The rice and lentils side dish at Magic Carpet. I like it mixed with peas but either way it's addictive, a must order no matter what the main dish.

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            ayana RE: PayOrPlay Jul 24, 2006 10:40 PM

            this dish is called "mejadara"! They also make a great version at Carnival in Sherman Oaks.

          2. Chowpatty RE: PseudoNerd Jul 22, 2006 07:41 PM

            Lentil salad with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds at Ammo, and second the lentils at Cobras and Matadors.

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              jkate RE: PseudoNerd Jul 23, 2006 01:44 AM

              I've gotta agree. I also like the green lentil salad at Joan's on Third.

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                h2obemo RE: PseudoNerd Jul 23, 2006 09:03 PM

                I love the red lentil dish at Messob Ethiopian restaurant. It's called Yemiser Wot. More like a spicy stew than a soup, but so good. http://www.messob.com

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                  CulverJack RE: PseudoNerd Jul 23, 2006 10:05 PM

                  Lentil soup at the Nook bistro. It's good - by the cup or trough. They have lots of other good things, too, of course.

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                    gearoy RE: PseudoNerd Jul 23, 2006 10:25 PM

                    Absolutely agree on the crunchy lentils at Cobras & Matadors. Last time we went the dish got ordered three times as people couldn't get enough!

                    1. ipsedixit RE: PseudoNerd Jul 24, 2006 03:54 AM

                      Seared ahi tuna encrusted (smothered?) with a cucumber lentil puree at BISTRO 561.

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                        OliveBelle RE: PseudoNerd Jul 24, 2006 04:52 PM

                        And I've got to agree about that lentil salad at AMMO. Especially with a glass of Gruner Veltliner.

                        1. chica RE: PseudoNerd Jul 24, 2006 06:41 PM

                          I had a great lentil and beet salad at Granita, which is now closed.

                          Lentil salad at Mimosa was very traditionally French-made; unfortunately, it had onions, which I don't like.

                          1. mr mouther RE: PseudoNerd Jul 24, 2006 08:29 PM

                            best lentil dish i've had is at the himalayan/ tibetan place in pasadena. the lentils are all ground up into a soup that has flavors of caraway and bay leaf and pepper.
                            i love lentils and i love this soup.
                            (available year round)

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                              countdeville RE: PseudoNerd Dec 4, 2007 09:51 AM

                              Ford's Filling Station has a tasty curried lentil salad.

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                                JE33 RE: PseudoNerd Dec 4, 2007 09:58 AM

                                They used to serve a great pasta with lentils at Locanda Veneta, although I have not been there in quite a while...

                                1. westsidegal RE: PseudoNerd Dec 4, 2007 07:34 PM

                                  the fantastic green lentil salad served at ibex ethiopian restaurant in inglewood.
                                  they only make it sporadically, so i generally will call to confirm that they have it before making the drive.

                                  normally, any good ethiopian restaurant will have an array of good lentil dishes.

                                  1. luswei RE: PseudoNerd Dec 4, 2007 07:44 PM

                                    OMG, hadn't realized how many people love the crispy lentils with serrano ham at Cobras & Matadors. sometimes that's the only reason i'm there. i had no idea i liked lentils until i went there. either did some friends from santa barbara. they weren't too keen on the dish but after one bite, they said let's get another. i would love to know how they make that dish. sometimes it has too much balsamic or too crispy, sometimes just right.

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                                      xdrixn RE: luswei Dec 4, 2007 08:11 PM

                                      lentil donuts at some vegeterian indian place in chicago and I'm not even a vegeterian.

                                    2. SauceSupreme RE: PseudoNerd Dec 5, 2007 12:00 AM

                                      My favorite lentil dish is the curried lentil salad at Ford's Filling Station.

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