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AMAZING restaurants in West LA?

My bf and I want to try some new restaurants in the West LA area. We're not so interested in looking for romantic super expensive places...but rather places that have EXCELLENT food. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!! Thanks!

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  1. Angeli Caffe
    are my regulars over there.

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    1. re: Diana

      unfortunately none of those restaurants are in west la. they are more along the lines of mid city/miracle mile.

      as for resto's in west la:
      1. sushi zo - great sushi
      2. orris - good japanese/fusion tapas
      3. nook - good comfort food
      4. sasaya - tasty izakaya
      5. vincenti - great italian
      6. la cachette - french

      brain freeze.

      1. re: wilafur

        I agree with all of the above recommendations and simply want to recommend that you check out many of the restaurants on Sawtelle Blvd, north of Olympic, and you will find yourself happily occupied for a while: Kiriko (excellent sushi, though Zo is my favorite); 2117 (french/japanese); Blue Marlin (just try it!!); and Orris, which is often forgotten as one of the early great examples of Franco-Japanese cooking and still going strong. They don't take reservations but two of you can easily get seated at the bar.

        Also some ramen places on that block -- Chabuya, and Asahi.

        There's also a Beard Papa and Baby Blonde waffle place on that stretch.

        1. re: wilafur

          Nook. All the way. I felt like I had "insider information" just knowing about it. Great mid-level wines!

      2. Sushi Zo

        Sushi Zo
        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        1. orris
          both on sawtelle

          1. My ideas of AMAZING are restrictive and would only include Kiriko in West LA. They manage to be a balanced place--not 'only fish that were native to the waters off the southwest coast Osaka circa the year 376' sushi purist, nor 'Flaming Spicy Californiadelphia Roll with a Twist TM' wacky. They do a good job with sushi, sashimi and cooked foods, and that is not as simple a task as it sounds. They also have great house smoked salmon and homemade ice creams.

            That's it for AMAZING in my book.

            A notch below that is The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, but not being a beef/pork eater, I am not sure I can give that a fair shake. Even so, I eat there (or takeout from there - with a 15% discount) almost weekly.

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            1. re: igj

              I love Kiriko too, but really, there are other amazing places in w.l.a., you just haven't been to them.

              1. re: budlit

                Or I have and I don't think they are amazing? :)

                Seriously though, since I don't eat meat, I can't really fairly judge many of the places that people say are amazing. And price/value comes into the equation for me as well (so I have never eaten at Valentino, for example)...

                1. re: igj

                  Have you had omakase at Sushi Zo?

                  1. re: Servorg

                    depends upon if igj considers fish to be meat, and is a strict vegetarian.

                    For a non-fish vegetarian, omakase would be futile, except fot at that vegetable sushi place in burbank.

                    1. re: Diana

                      See their first post in this thread above

                      1. re: Diana

                        Diana, his post says he eats sushi, sashimi and house smoked salmon at Kiriko. No beef or pork

                        1. re: budlit

                          Oh! Sorry!
                          Go for it then. I've always wanted to try Zo. But I wanna do Sushi Gen first, and Asanebo again. And House of Taka....

                          All out of the OP area..sorry

              2. I agree with the Orris recs. I would add Musha and Nanabankan.

                1. for italian,
                  via veneto

                  for mexican
                  tacos por favor
                  or travel for guelaguetza

                  for teatime and custard tarts,
                  the tudor house

                  for grandiose breakfasts,
                  griddle cafe

                  for mediterranean,

                  for thai,
                  thai boom

                  for burgers or sandwiches,
                  bay cities
                  the counter
                  father's office

                  in venice, have you been to...
                  26 beach
                  james' beach
                  the firehouse
                  rose cafe
                  lilly's french cafe

                  for french,
                  chez mimi

                  not west LA, but must tries in hollywood...
                  Jitalada Thai
                  Sanam Luang
                  Los Balcones de Peru
                  Rahel or Meals by Genet

                  1. concur with all the sushi zo recommendations.

                    1. Monte Alban, on Santa Monica Blvd. between Bundy and Barrington. Excellent Oaxacan food, inexpensive, good service. Don't miss it.

                        1. What about
                          Chez Mimi
                          Lobster House
                          3 Square
                          sabor A Mexico
                          3rd Stop
                          Little Next Door
                          The Hump
                          Surfas eating area

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                          1. re: Diana

                            good suggestions, but not w.l.a.

                          2. Mori Sushi on Pico is very good.

                            Nanbankan on Santa Monica Blvd near the Nuart is good.

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                            1. re: HPLsauce

                              Can you tell me more about what specific things you like at Mori? Do you get omakase and get the whatever-is-fresh sushi, or are there specific items you really like?

                              1. re: igj

                                Have only had omakase at Mori, and only two or three times. Specifically, I like the rice, the fresh wasibi, and the fish, which they cut and let warm up a bit before they serve the ngiri. I guess that isn't very specific. They don't give you soy sauce or wasibi to add, and I don't miss them.

                            2. In addition to Sushi Zo, my votes go to Orris and Monte Alban.

                              Monte Alban
                              11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                              2006 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                              1. Violet is technically Santa Monica, but it's excellent and very close to wla.

                                1. Torafuku- Olympic/Westwod area next to the new movie theater

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                                  1. re: miffy

                                    torafuku is on pico and a block west of westwood.

                                  2. Clementine (www.clementineonline.com) breakfast/lunch place with fantastic baked goods, sandwiches and salads, and great "take home & bake" food like mac n' cheese, spaghetti pie, mashed potatoes.

                                    Josie -- both romantic and expensive, but they have a farmer's market prix fixe on Wednesdays that is very affordable. Menu changes every week based on what is available at the market. They also have no-corkage Mondays. www.josierestaurant.com

                                    Violet, recommended by others, is always good, and they have a $35 prix fixe on Sundays that includes a bottomless glass of wine.

                                    All of my other fairly affordable favorites are further east -- M Cafe de Chaya (Melrose & La Brea), Tasca (3rd street & Crescent Heights), Lou (Melrose & Vine) & Cube (BYOB, really affordable, must try on La Brea just south of Melrose www.divinepastaco.com).

                                    If you're willing to pay more, Angelini Osteria & La Cachette are fantastic