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West LA - Which restaurants should I choose?

travisleroy Nov 23, 2006 10:39 PM

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:
The Nook
The Lobster

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

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    yogachik RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 03:10 AM

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

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      hrhboo RE: yogachik Nov 24, 2006 04:06 AM

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

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      MalibuAly RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 03:27 PM

      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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        Debbie W RE: MalibuAly Nov 24, 2006 03:29 PM

        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. Ciao Bob RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 04:07 PM

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

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          nosh RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 07:49 PM

          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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            kevin RE: nosh Nov 25, 2006 02:09 AM

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

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            compucook RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 08:13 PM

            I didn't care for Violet at all. I much prefer NOok!

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              Sandra W RE: travisleroy Nov 24, 2006 10:26 PM

              I love Orris -- much more than Violet. (Haven't been to Nook.) Definitely get to Orris if you can.

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                hrhboo RE: Sandra W Nov 25, 2006 12:28 AM

                I agree, Orris is fantastic! I seem to be the only person chronically disappointed by Nook.

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