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Nov 21, 2006 08:33 PM

Anything NEW in Studio City or Sherman Oaks Area???

I just want somethin new for Dinner. Price and Cuisine don't matter just something new.


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  1. While I have not tried it, El Katracho at 14838 Burbank Blvd. just east of the Chevron station on the SE corner of Kester, just recently opened - concept not known, yet the owner's last name is CaceresMunoz - read into that what you will.

    If you can wait a coupla weeks, ZenChi at 11334 Moorpark, just east of Tujunga, will be opening and you can become one of the first reviewers. Place looks great as they have spent forever remodeling it. Ex-Parkway Grill chef doing Asian-based dishes. No menu yet available when I walked in last week.

    Other than that, probably the two most recent additions have been Risotto and Tommy Ray's Cafe, both in Studio City, and both ho-hum at best, although the latter would be my first choice if they were the only choices.

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    1. re: carter

      El Katracho is Honduran food. A friend of mine picked up the menu the other day and it looked good. Entrees are about $10-12. Whenever I pass by in the evenings, there are a handful of people there (way more than when it was the Soul Food Place). When I try it, I'll report back.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Not yet, and it appears that it is still a ways off. The $$$$$ they are putting into that tacky decor is obscene. I pity the downstairs tenants who now have to identify their location by those garlic bulbs.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Is that the giant garlic bulbs above Albano's?

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Gotta believe Albano's is more than irritated with all the construction issues, much less that the building now looks like one giant garlic bulb, not a place to get a decent pizza, a pair of glasses, or maybe even some health and beauty products.
            Since Romanov is owned by the same guy that owns Republic on La Cienega where the wine bottles are brought to you via rope from the floor to ceiling wine rack, I can only imagine what the gimmick here will be.

            1. re: carter

              Good God, I hate being entertained while I eat. That goes for everything from waiters hoping to be discovered while singing "On My Own" (confidential to the guy at Miceli's, there's a special place reserved for you in Hell) to bellydancers at Moroccan places to gimmicky crap like what you're describing.


          1. re: kevin

            Watercress is new, yet not open for dinner, or at least not yet - just breakfast and lunch.

            1. re: carter

              their sandwiches are pretty good, i stil have to try that ahi tuna burger and the coffee brisket.

            1. What is the new ramen place opening up in the mini mall at the corner of Tyrone/Beverly Glen and Ventura? It shares a parking lot with El Torito... anybody?

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              1. re: MareZeeDotes

                The name is Koraku or something very close to that. I heard it's a chain - does anyone know? It's been quite awhile since the sign went up. Since that space was already a restaurant, I don't know what is causing the delay. Maybe Carter knows. Between Gyu-Kaku and Iwata, I guess that mall is the Little Tokyo of Sherman Oaks. The ramen will have to be very good to entice us away from Kyushu Ramen. Also I saw a sign in the window of the Chinese fast food joint in that same mall that indicated that the name is changing to something with the words "Thai grill" in it, but no change in ownership.

                1. re: Debbie W

                  Great thanks Debbie W. I haven't been for ramen out here in LA so I was thrilled to see one come up so close to where I live. Thanks for the rec on Kyushu Ramen - I'll give it a go.