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Best coffee jello/jelly in Los Angeles

cuppajoe May 29, 2007 05:03 AM

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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    Burger Boy May 29, 2007 07:18 AM

    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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      cuppajoe May 29, 2007 12:19 PM

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

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        Burger Boy May 29, 2007 07:59 PM

        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!

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      PayOrPlay May 29, 2007 08:25 PM

      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. PseudoNerd May 29, 2007 11:50 PM

        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. jcwla May 30, 2007 12:40 AM

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

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            cuppajoe May 30, 2007 09:12 AM

            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?

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              Burger Boy May 30, 2007 09:57 AM

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

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                cuppajoe May 31, 2007 09:44 AM

                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.

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            kure May 30, 2007 12:57 AM

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

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              bite bite May 31, 2007 09:50 AM

              I don't know about "best" as I also have only had at one place -- but like what they serve at Mishima.

              1. Dommy Jun 1, 2007 12:32 PM

                Pheonix Food Boutique has some great Coffee Flavored goodies. :)


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                  cuppajoe Jun 1, 2007 04:57 PM

                  wow! i am delighted and overwhelmed by the number of coffee jello/jelly desserts to be found around town. i plan to try them all. The Phoenix Food Boutique sounds like a great place for chinese desserts in general and coffee jello, in particular.
                  thank you to everyone who has posted responses to my question.

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