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May 29, 2007 05:03 AM

Best coffee jello/jelly in Los Angeles

I'm on a mission to find the best coffee jello/jelly in the area.. Please post your "must try" recs as well as your "don't waste the calories" list. Anyone care to join me in this taste challenge?

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  1. If you consider Gardena as part of LA, go to Spoon House, they have 2 wonderfull coffee desserts. The make some really great pastas also, italian with a japanese flair.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      thank you burger boy- it's on the top of my list.

      1. re: cuppajoe

        It is a cool place, great french bread. They have a pasta made with a roe topping or sauce and the ppasta is cooked perfect. Oh Oh, get the dollar salad, it is GREAT and only $1. Try both the desserts, the coffee jelly comes with ice cream, I think and the other was a granita, I can't remember, but I loved it!

    2. IIRC, this used to be an excellent dessert at Sawtelle Kitchen. We haven't had a chance to go since they've reopened--is the coffee jello still good?

      1. I've seen it at the bakery attached to the Beard Papa's on Sawtelle, but I haven't tried it and thus cannot vouch for its flavor.

        1. This and the chocolate black cherry dessert were my two favorites at Tommy Harase's (Nouveau) Cafe Blanc...

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          1. re: jcwla

            JCWLA - thanks for reminding me of the name of the chef/owner. I used tobe a regular at the original Cafe Blanc on Beverly and Virgil. When he moved to Little Santa Monica, it became less convenient, but the food remained consistently excellent. The coffee jello knocked me out and i never moved on to any other dessert.
            Do you know if Harase has opened another restaurant in southern california?

            1. re: cuppajoe

              Was that the best, I ate there in the mid to late 80's lunch was $5 or $6, it was great.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                hi burger boy---did you eat at CB when it was Ishi's? I think Harase worked for Ishi and then took over the place. The food was similar, but Harase refined the dishes and introduced new items to the menu.
                I lived in the neighborhood and ate there several times a week. At those prices, who could afford to stay home!
                In that same area, and during the same years, was a fantastic country style sushi bar --Chubaya, later sold to Shige, one of the chef's. He renamed it Shige, after himself, and the prices doubled. I used to call him "mishige".
                Next door was everyone's favorite, Lyon, with counter service only. Between all three restaurants, i never needed to prepare food at home. Fantastic meals at cafeteria prices. All of those chefs went on to bigger and better. I am delighted for their success and feel fortunate to have met them early in their careers.

                Is Harase is still in socal? Is Sarno's daughter interested in opening a bakery using the family recipes? Inquiring minds are dying to know.

          2. I've only had coffee jello at one place (Curry House). I thought it was really good there.