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Jul 19, 2010 05:29 PM

ALCAZAR- Whole Fish WOWZA: Araby extravaganza

Went for the mezze (various small plates) at Alcazar in Westwood and ended up with a whole Branzino that had been butterflied and broiled. It was the best fish I've tasted in Los Angeles in a long while. I had it for dinner and then the next day again for lunch. Mariscos does wonders with their snook, if you're lucky and it is fresh. This was even better than the best I had at Mariscos. Before it I had a glorious white bean soup, shared kibbe balls, smooth as butter hummus, a smoky baba ghannoush. The food was great and you can see the owner making sure everything is
primo quality. It isn't a place run for 200 people, like a factory.

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  1. 26 Beach does a whole striped bass that is excellent!

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        bb, you seriously must be one of the partner in 26 beach cafe, you are their one boy cheerleading squad.

        but in your defense, i have to say the ole burger i had a few weeks back was pretty darn good, that guac had a nice spicey kick to it, and the ground beef was great. i was sharing so i couldn't try the hot fudge sundae burger though next time, i'm suprised that their's hot fudge and vanilla sauce and a cherry on there, and sliced almonds, but it's missing the all important ingrendient of a hot fudge sundae: the ICE CREAM. but maybe that's because the burger takes the place of it? so burger boy, why is it? as the owner of 26 beach, of course?

        1. re: Burger Boy

          btw, i'm joking around that ur the owner.

        2. epop,
          how much did the fish set you back?
          how big was it? a kilo? 2 kilos?
          their online menu doesn't give prices.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              I believe it was 32 dollars, with a side. I'd say about a kilo. A typical branzino. A little pricey but really so well executed. I've spent more elsewhere and deeply regretted not making it at home. Alcazar does it masterfully.

            2. Love, love, love Alcazar. Had wonderful shrimp Boereg last time I went. Will keep my eyes out from the Branzino. This is as close as you can get to good home cooking Armenian Lebanese style. Wish they could just come to my home and feed me everyday!

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              1. re: omotosando

                And I will keep my eye out for the shrimp boreg. Never had that. My hope is that they get swamped. I worry that business isn't sufficient over there. That would be a shame, yes, as they're doing home cooking.