West LA - Which restaurants should I choose?
On my last visit I enjoyed Chaya, Cafe Del Rey, and Joe's (on Abbott Kinney).
I have not tried these places:
My mom likes them. We may try one or more this weekend. Any comments or reviews?
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Chinois serves everything to be shared. The big/entree plates are much more expensive than the smaller/starter plates and not that much bigger. I really like Chinois, they have bold flavors and use quality ingredients. I've been happiest ordering a starter per person -- fried rock shrimp, lamb in lettuce cups -- and then one large dish to share -- thin-sliced filet in szechwan sauce. Don't waste dollars or calories on the fried rices, most dishes come with lots of greens. (small dishes mid-low $teens, entrees $30+.) This leaves some room in the appetite and wallet for their fine desserts.
Nook is wonderful. Progressive comfort food, excellent value, friendly vibe, good service. Tables along the long wall close together and accomodate interaction rather than privacy.