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foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 02:31 AM

Haven't been to West LA in a good while. Can someone clue me in--what restaurants have opened there in the last six months or so?

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  1. Servorg RE: foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 05:44 AM

    One that comes immediately to mind is Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood in the old Hamburger Hamlet space.

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    1. burumun RE: foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 08:38 AM

      Also Westside Tavern in the Westfield Mall.

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        ZoeZ RE: foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 12:58 PM

        Riva in Santa Monica - great food, atmosphere, service and late night (after 10pm) fun.
        Sea Breeze in Brentwood - a worthy conversion from a sandwich shop to a seafood stop.

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          toonoble RE: foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 07:08 PM

          Annisette, Bazaar, Animal

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            travelingmansoul RE: foodieuniverse Jul 7, 2009 09:38 PM

            In last 6 mos:

            Anisette is really good - Santa Monica

            Westside Tavern on Pico - westside pavillion - great cocktails and good food.

            Tavern is new in brentwood - got mixed reviews. Haven't been yet but nice drink menu

            I don't recall but been to Bar Hayama but that may be 1 year...I can't recall when it opened..maybe longer than year but it's good too..

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              Servorg RE: travelingmansoul Jul 8, 2009 09:33 AM

              I know my sense of the passage of time is off (ala Albert Enstein and it appearing to be speeding up as I get older) but Anisette must have opened more than 6 months ago?

              We did have dinner at Westside Tavern the other night. Really reminds me of Houston's in terms of look. We both had the roasted chicken cobb salad. I loved mine but my wife complained that she didn't like the "deconstructed" construction (she is an order and don't change a damn thing lover if ever there was one however).

              We split the sticky toffee cake after. Man, that is one "huge" dessert. And that's coming from someone who never met a dessert he couldn't lick (g). Also the after dinner coffee is strong and they have huge cups. The size of the cup does bring the "cooling off" problem to the fore.

              Finally my wife thinks the "dish towel" napkins are way too declasse for her taste. I didn't mind them at all since larger, more absorbent napkins are usually a necessity for me.when we dine out. ;-D>

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                kevin RE: Servorg Jul 8, 2009 09:46 PM

                m7 problem is that i couldn't step foot in the place because it literally smelled to be like a pet store. the menu sounds great though.

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                  Servorg RE: kevin Jul 8, 2009 11:18 PM

                  I did recall that you had written that, Kevin. And I was looking (sniffing) to see if I could detect anything like that. On the way in I caught a smell of buttered popcorn from the theaters and the bleu cheese that the restaurant uses on the Cobb Salad is damn pungent. But inside, while walking to be seated and waiting for our food I really didn't notice anything that could be construed as an odor like you're describing.

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              altstarr RE: foodieuniverse Jul 8, 2009 11:20 AM

              Cache Restaurant at the old Schatzi(then Hidden) site at 3131 Main St. No reviews online yet.

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                sumo3175 RE: foodieuniverse Jul 8, 2009 12:30 PM

                Fig in the Fairmont Hotel and also as mentioned before Bar Hayama is nice and has a firepit patio.

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                  fdb RE: sumo3175 Aug 16, 2009 01:22 AM

                  Fig has great farmer's market fresh salads.

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                  adrizone RE: foodieuniverse Jul 8, 2009 11:29 PM

                  Huckleberry on Wilshire, haven't tried yet on south side of street EAst of LINCOLN.

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                    kandykane RE: adrizone Aug 14, 2009 04:33 PM

                    Huckleberry-WAY OVERPRICED
                    LOUD
                    RUDE
                    Perfect for the Montana Crowd-
                    Yeah We cool we rich
                    BARF

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                      Dommy RE: kandykane Aug 14, 2009 10:11 PM

                      Having been to Huckleberry for the first this week because I was afraid of all the above things, I found my visit to be really... really pleasant. What amazed me was the amount of staff they had on hand... They had two peope taking orders, which keep a line without no end moving. They had two cashiers and three people packing up orders... and then in the kitchen a small army of cooking including two pastry chefs (no just assistants assembling, but two people actually making baked goods). And then they had several servers helping people at the tables... and they all were WORKING keeping things moving... in fact, when the to-go girl had a lull in orders, she started stamping up huckleberry bags....

                      I found everyone who I dealt with in this assembly line to be very polite and professional... They even apologized for me several times for the wait and explained that since they are closed Mondays, Tuesdays people just STREAM in for their fix... Having sat overlooking the kitchen at Riva recently... they had WAY more people working at Huckleberry which is about half the size!

                      Yes, the items I got was expensive, over $20 for a sandwich with salad, a small side and lemon bar... which in the end wasn't a bad deal because the sandwich was GIGANTIC and half of it was the following day's lunch... Further, the quality was SUPERB. I liked both the sandwich, side and lemon bar better than anything I've had at Joans or Clementine....

                      No, Huckleberry won't be in my regular rotation of lunch places because it would seriously cut into my shoe money.. but I can see it become a great spot for when I need a no fail treat... :)

                      --Dommy!

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                        odub RE: Dommy Aug 16, 2009 08:45 AM

                        My experience is somewhere between KK and Dommy's. I doth think KK protest too much with the "we rich we cool" slam. Huckleberry's clientele is pretty much the norm for the Westside as a whole; didn't strike me as remotely more obnoxious than any other place that people with overpriced strollers like to eat.

                        But my experience with the service was that despite all those bustling bodies Dommy mentioned, none of them seemed interested in doing something really simple - like take my drink order even though I stood at the front of the mis-named "Express Line" for several minutes, just trying to order a coffee and tea. Note: the restaurant wasn't even that busy yet - it just seemed like their staff couldn't be bothered. Maybe it just happened to be that morning but it didn't enamor me to the bakery.

                        That plus it's a remarkably expensive breakfast - and we only had pastries.

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                          Phurstluv RE: odub Aug 18, 2009 03:30 PM

                          I've only been once, was impressed with the bread & sandwich I ordered to go, but I think the reason they have a big staff is that they do a lot of "coffee service" to nearby offices that are willing to pay their prices.

                          Doesn't excuse them for ignoring a waiting, paying customer, imo.

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                    yogachik RE: foodieuniverse Jul 9, 2009 08:42 AM

                    I was at Anisette for their one year anniversary in June. And, I happened to be at Bar Hayama on their two year anniversary two nights ago (July 7).

                    Cache - I've eaten there twice now. It's good, very good (I wrote something here last week with details).

                    Ado is brand new on Abbot Kinney. Tiny, but amazing. Tavern is my favorite of the new restaurants (have yet to try Westside Tavern). Cynthia's on the Corner on Montana Avenue has my all time favorite salad at the moment (chopped salad w tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella, with fried chicken), been open only a few months.

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                      odub RE: yogachik Aug 16, 2009 08:53 AM

                      Bar Hayama isn't bad if you're looking to try the new(er) kid on the block but it's no Sushi Sasabune or Kiriko in terms of the overall quality of the food. It's a decent choice for people who want a more "accessible" sushi meal (i.e. they have popcorn shrimp on the menu).

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                      carter RE: foodieuniverse Aug 16, 2009 10:41 AM

                      Lemonade just opened on Abbot Kinney & Venice these past few days.
                      Le Saint Amour in Culver City(whether you consider it west LA or not is up to you) would be another suggestion.

                      1. bigtuna27 RE: foodieuniverse Aug 18, 2009 12:11 PM

                        Try Hamakae. It's a fine sushi bar/Izakaya. Most of the menu is $ 6~7 range. A lots of interesting vegetable dishes. Very good taste fine decore. I think a lot better than bar hayama over all. Only thing missing is stuck up attitude. Very friendly. Dinner only Sunday closed

                        HAMAKAZE Sushi Izakaya
                        13327 W washington blvd
                        Ph; 310 822 9900

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