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That was fast--LudoBites 007 full within a couple of minutes

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wpage Jul 14, 2011 04:49 PM

After having attended the previous handful of Ludo incarnations, it looks like I won't get to sample 007. Once I got through the ludicrous Opentable security checkpoint to ensure that I wasn't a bot, every reservation was gone. That was at 4.02pm or two minutes after booking opened. Too bad as I always love his brilliance.

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    loblaw Jul 14, 2011 09:30 PM

    I had 4 windows open and managed to get a first seating reservation on 8/4/11 for a 4 top.
    If anyone wants to trade for a later date Let me know.

    1. Windy Jul 14, 2011 09:41 PM

      OpenTable choked. It told me at 4:00 there were no reservations, then offered me some, then wouldn't let me have any of them. I reloaded a few times before giving up in frustration.

      1. J.L. Jul 14, 2011 10:01 PM

        I suspect the dining room for LudoBites 007 will be full of people who have access to T3 internet connections.

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        LudoBites
        Roving wildly, Los Angeles, CA

        1. Porthos Jul 14, 2011 10:10 PM

          Went to the first 3 incarnations before it became impossible to book reservations. I thought the first incarnation was the best. The food and prices haven't been the same since. The Foie Gras Black Croque Monsieur was so genius at Breadbar, and so disappointing (omitted the cherry amaretto compote and the ham I think) at G&P 4.0.

          For more refined, and dare I say more skilled cooking but no less genius, look for Chef Laurent Quenioux's next pop up in August.

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          1. re: Porthos
            J.L. Jul 14, 2011 10:21 PM

            Agree, agree, agree.

            1. re: Porthos
              Windy Jul 14, 2011 10:23 PM

              They're taking reservations for July 31 on now for LQ. Unfortunately not for the week I'll be in town.

              1. re: Windy
                Porthos Jul 14, 2011 11:48 PM

                Sorry to hear that LQ isn't available that week you're in town. At least you'll be at Mozza's Whole Hog dinner. Remember to pace yourself unless you can eat like Daveena.

                I didn't remember many izakayas in the bay area. If you're willing to drive, you can always do Torihei or Izakaya Bincho on Sunday. There are both adventerous and non adventerous options...

                See e-kiss' amazing review with photos:
                http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2009/03...

                Thanks for the heads up on LQ. Booked my LQ return for the last week of August.

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                Izakaya Bincho
                112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                Torihei
                1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                1. re: Porthos
                  Windy Jul 15, 2011 12:03 AM

                  I just had a very good dinner at NoJo, the newest zen izakaya in Hayes Valley (founding chef from Ame). But it's not traditional, or the range you have in LA.

                  Torihei looks amazing! I was planning on going to Musha, although this would be a great alternative if I could persuade anyone to leave the west side. My friends and family don't need the 405 to be shut down to hibernate.

                  Looking forward to reviews of both LudoBites and the next LQ menu.

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                  Musha
                  424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Torihei
                  1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

                  LudoBites
                  Roving wildly, Los Angeles, CA

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              attran99 Jul 15, 2011 08:14 AM

              I started stalking the site at 3:58PM, and it the confirm button at 4:00PM...and still no luck. How is that possible?

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              1. re: attran99
                J.L. Jul 15, 2011 10:47 AM

                It's like calling the radio station during a popular talk show or a promotional giveaway. No different.

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