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West LA - Which restaurants should I choose?

I'm visiting.

On my last visit I enjoyed Chaya, Cafe Del Rey, and Joe's (on Abbott Kinney).

I have not tried these places:
Bijou
Violet
Orris
The Nook
Chinoix
The Lobster

My mom likes them. We may try one or more this weekend. Any comments or reviews?

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    1. Of your list - Chinois and The Nook should be visited.

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      1. re: yogachik

        IMO Violet's food is far superior to Nook's

      2. Chinois is FAMOUS for their Shanghai Lobster dish. Though I've only been there for lunch and never experienced it...I have heard RAVE reviews about this dish for years.

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        1. re: MalibuAly

          Friends were just at Chinois and mentioned that the lobster dish is $48. I had it once, years ago, it was good but not $48 worth of good.

        2. Josie and Melisse and Jiraffe ought to be considered as well...check with Mom:)

          1. 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.

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            1. re: nosh

              is chinois still open daily for lunch and is it still almost as interesting at lunchtime than at dinner?