SAWTELLE, as good as it gets?
Craving creative food and fine wines by the glass tonight on the westside.....
tried ORRIS for the first time, no reservation, just walked in and have five incredible
Asian/French tapas.....cuc noodles w/ fresh picked crab.....melt in your mouth sliced duck breast....szechuan snapper carpaccio....heirloom pork w/ green peppercorn sauce....
and to drink, all by the glass......Paso Robles Viogner.....Japanese select sake....
ande Aussie Shiraz....dessert, oh-no not here.....nice walk on a warm winter night,
past the Giant Robot stores....past the crowd lined up at KOREAN BBQ TOFU HOUSE...
.....down Sawtelle to the latest PINKBERRY......got a swril w/ their seasonal fresh pomegarante seeds sprinkled all about which I ate as I walked back to my car wayyyyyyy up Sawtelle,
reminded me of eating/walking in NYC, the greatest City of 'em all......
Went to Orris for the 1st time this w/end. Had a great time. Before we even ordered, we were brought a complimentary bruschetta -- I can't remember the topping (seafood) that was nice. Can't remember it all, but had manilla clams (nice broth and french bread to accompany), tuna tartare, smoked salmon croquettes (ultimate comfort food), asparagus salad (delicious), scallops with mushrooms in a mustard sauce, black cod... some other things I can't remember. Only disappointment were the red peppers with goat cheese -- kind of typical and bland. I had sake, others had beer. We had a cheese plate and chocolate cake for dessert. The cheeses were nice (I liked 2 out of the 4 in particular) and the chocolate cake with coffee ice cream was really, really good (I only got to have 1 bite before it all disappeared). We had 5 in our party. The the most part, the waiter was kind enough to bring us 5 bites of everything (whether or not that was the usual quantity). Looking forward to going again, but interested in trying Musha (not on Sawtelle) soon.
re: fat kitty
I have been to Orris a bunch of times and Musha as well, but they are not really similar. Orris is much more like French food with a Japanese influence (i.e., fusion). Musha is an izakaya--Japanese pub food. Much more casual (and cheaper). It's a very lively place and I really recommend Musha, but don't expect the food to be as good as Orris or even close. That said, some of the dishes are very good and it's a fun place to go. Have the grilled saba (my favorite dish--cooked at your table by the waiter with a little blowtorch) and/or the spicy tuna with rice cakes. Many other tasty little dishes as well. You can reserve at Musha, by the way (unlike Orris), which I recommend. They get very crowded.
DAHLING....a further heavenly experience involved dining at Hide, then skipping over to Beard Papa for fresh from the oven chocolate cream puffs to go...THEN saunter over to Pinkberry for a medium original with pomegranate, blueberries and mangoes. Utter heaven.