Best Eggplant dish?
There was a little kosher restaurant on Victory in Van Nuys named Golan who had the best eggplant pitas. I'd get it with hummous and it was to die for. They moved further east to a larger space and I moved out of the valley, so I don't know if they are still there, but if they are, you'd love this.
I am not quite the Eggplant afficionado you are, but I always (very frequently) order:
Eggplant Special or Eggplant with Miso - Matsuhisa - Beverly Hills
I acutally don't know which is which, but it's cooked, sweet-ish. and it's "THE" star. They also have Eggplant tempura.
Melintzanosalata - All/most Greek restaurants - L.A. Uber-opolous
Baked eggplant with garlic + _________, depending on where you go. A dip w/ pita.
Roasted red pepper & eggplant - Danube (Bulgarian) - Westwood
An App where the red pepper edges out the eggplant as the star along with olive oil, garlic, onion & parsley (In my fridge I have "Zergut Hot Ajvar" product of Bulgaria with a few different minor ingridents). Also, they have "Eggplant Rolls in tomato sauce" - never tried that.
FYI (*) - If I lusted to try Eggplant in various interpretations at one place, I'd might go here:
Coupa Cafe - Venezuelan - Beverly Hills (310) 385-0420
Eggplant capresa salad
Grilled Eggplant, mozzarella & tomato Panini
Vegetarian pizza - .... eggplant.....
Grilled Eggplant Crepe (savory)
Grilled Eggplant Arepa
An Empanada? No luck; however, I counted 8 different veggies, so maybe the'd substitute.
(*) Which means I've never tried any of them.
Question on Sandwiches - Is there an "Eggplant Burger" out there? . . . . . . All I found in a quick 5 minute search of my menu drawer was a "Goat Cheese and Eggplant Melt".
I do, I do!
Too bad arcadia is a bit far away.
Any good aubergine dishes in LA, Santa Monica, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice, Malibu, Redondo Beach (a bit far) Pasadena or the SFV?
I live in Sherman Oaks.
I had a marvelous eggplant stuffed with fontina and baked with parmesian and tomato sauce at Il Tiramisu!
I love baba ganouj and japanese eggplant dishes, Indian dishes, and more!
I'll try all types of cuisines!
Any other standouts?
Sanwiches, Salads, Sides, Mains, Appetizers, heck even desserts, if they exist.
I love eggplant so much, I have a jar of eggplant sweet preserves!
Kashk-e-bademjan and borani (bademjan) are two eggplant appetizers that can be found at most Persian restaurants in LA. Both are good. I think Shamshiri Grill in West LA serves good borani.
There is also a dish called gheymeh bademjan (yellow split peas, eggplant and meat in a tomato based sauce) that is delicious over Persian rice. I usually eat this at home, but it may be on the menu at some Persian restaurants.
I hope you had a chance to try the eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste when you had your sublime dim sum experience at 888. If you didn't, please head back to the SGV and give it a whirl. In fact, you could probably go to just about any respectable Chinese eatery that offers some kind of eggplant dish that most eggplant lovers would enjoy. Probably the most common ways to prepare eggplant is to braise, stew, or stir-fry it with garlic, black bean sauce, some sort of pork, and chile of some sort for a little heat.
The Japanese typically cook eggplant with miso paste. It's simple but the two marry well together. I've eaten it pickled as well, which goes well with the customary bowl of steamed short-grain rice.
What I like in particular about the Chinese and Japanese eggplant varieties is that they are wonderfully creamy in texture, on the sweet side, and the skins are very much edible - a plus for those lazy like me who hate peeling.