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NYC Hound going to Taste 2nite--what to eat??

fat parish Jun 21, 2007 03:45 PM

Hi there. On my way to Taste on Melrose in a few hrs. Any suggestions? (or what not to order) Thanks for your help.

  1. Julefish Jun 21, 2007 05:04 PM

    yeah - don't go. sorry to be the big downer - but there are so many better restaurants on melrose. if you're interested post back.

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    1. re: Julefish
      fat parish Jun 21, 2007 10:22 PM

      do tell.

      1. re: fat parish
        Julefish Jun 22, 2007 04:53 PM

        ah - i couldn't get back online. how was it? that was a horrible thing to do.

        1. re: Julefish
          fat parish Jun 22, 2007 04:58 PM

          i strongly disliked the space and the small, streetfront patio but the food was really good. great veggie samosas and blackened salmon salad.would i go back? probably not, but mainly cause of the cramped, loud quarters. we were there for a business dinner and the house music was no beuno. do u have a rec for Santa Monica tonight, somewhere 2 of us may actually be able to get into around 8:30? casual, any kind of cuisine but am kinda in the mood for great sushi.

          1. re: fat parish
            goodhealthgourmet Jun 22, 2007 05:08 PM

            for sushi in santa monica try 'the hump'

            http://www.thehump.biz/

            or head over to venice to 'chaya venice'

            http://www.thechaya.com/vindex.htm

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              Julefish Jun 22, 2007 07:02 PM

              sushi roku, but call - could be a fun out of towners place. tengu on ocean ave could also be fun.

              1. re: Julefish
                Emme Jun 22, 2007 07:57 PM

                i hope you chose against sushi roku... so loud and awful.

                musha for japanese.

                second the hump. also like noma on wilshire and akwa is fun on 5th st. catch is good but pricey.

                1. re: Emme
                  fat parish Jun 22, 2007 10:54 PM

                  thanks so much. not a Roku fan but will eagerly try the others. when you come to NYC, try Yama on Carmine or Misu in Flatiron or Zutto in Tribeca. mmm...

                  1. re: fat parish
                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2007 01:12 PM

                    oh no! did you go to roku? i meant to warn you to stay away. their beverly center/weho location is fine, but the s.m. one is consistently awful.

                    i noticed that you specifically recommended 'yama' on carmine. when i lived in nyc i always liked the one on 17th(?) & irving. is it no longer there? or just not good anymore?

                    speaking of places that have disappeared, one of the best meals i've ever had was omakase at jewel bako, which used to be on 2nd ave. @ 6th street. that place was a true gem [no pun intended].

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      fat parish Jun 24, 2007 10:43 PM

                      no, i went to Roku SM a long time ago and hated it. we also walked into the weho one last year and it smelled like a bathroom so we ran out...fast. we went to Ajisai in weho instead the other night and it was fab. very tiny but cute with delicious food. Do you know about it? Have you been?

                      Yama on Irving is still there and still good (as far as I know) but I prefer the space on Carmine and love the outdoor garden. I always felt a little stifled by the cramped quarters and long waits at Irving and Carmine takes reservations.

                      Wait, did Jewel Bako close? It's been on my list for a long time but I haven't been there yet. It seems like you talked about it in past tense. Do tell.

                      1. re: fat parish
                        goodhealthgourmet Jul 14, 2007 05:46 PM

                        oops! my bad, sorry. i mis-read a post a while back...it was the spin-off, 'jewel bako makimono' that closed. the original is still open.

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