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!
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
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.
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.