Thanksgiving in LA
It might be kind of last minute, but Patina
always does a good job with Thanksgiving, as
do Splichal's satellite restaurants (the
various Pinots, etc.). Old-fashioned, but
not short of New American accoutrements.
Or try the hotel restaurants--I particularly
like the provencal-themed Lavande, in Loewe's Santa
Monica, these days.
re: jonathan gold
Thank you for your recommendations. Unfortunately,
Thanksgiving did not go according to my wishes this
year, & I was not able to try any of the places you so
kindly posted. I plan on visiting them soon.
I'm fairly new to the LA area and haven't found a
really good, moderately-priced sushi place yet. You
know, the kind of place I can visit on a weekly basis.
I've been to a string of fair places with sloppy sushi
(just large slabs of fish) and I'm really hankering for
some excellent sushi/sashimi. If you have any
suggestions, it would be a lifesaver.
I don't know what neighborhood you're in,
but my favorite sushi places in L.A. include:
Shibucho, in Little Tokyo Square, for absolutely
impeccable traditional sushi (the Shibucho on
Beverly Blvd. near Virgil is more of a late-
night scene, open til 3); Bu San, on Western
and 2d, for Korean sushi; Tsukiji, down in
Gardena, for new-style Tokyo sushi; Hakone
in Torrance (best imaginable Spanish mackerel);
Sushi Gen in Honda Plaza (good businessman's
Ginza Sushi-Ko, above the Versace boutique
on Rodeo Drive, is of course in a league of
its own--I am still reeling from a fugu lunch
I had there last year--but also costs about
$350 a head at dinner, perhaps $150 at lunch.
re: jonathan gold
Thank you for the suggestions. I live in LA, so
Torrance seems like a bit of a trek for me (unless you
say it's not-to-be-missed, then I'm willing to travel
anywhere). I went to Shibucho over the weekend, which
was very pleasant & promising. I sampled a limited
selection of fish (all excellent), so I'm definitely
planning on a return visit. Does Bu San have Korean-
style sashimi (w/red pepper sauce, etc.) or is it
Japanese-style? I would love some hwe dup bap.