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Apr 27, 2012 08:12 AM

Loteria Grill Now Open in the Westlake Village Promenade

Loteria Grill opened last week in the Bristol Farms/Promenade in Westlake Village.

Last night we had a chicken mole burrito, two small chicken mole tacos with a side of black beans -- no drinks...~$20. Eh...I was completely underwhelmed. The service was attentive, but the food and value left me questioning their cult following.

Since they are remodeling the movies in this center, I think Loteria's location is a winner. However, there are some other open spaces in this mall and I hope we will have some better choices for dining.

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  1. Yes, Liu, I'm with you. This with Umami Burger opening soon let's hope this an incentive for more unique dining options to move into our area.

    Have you been to Bollywood 3 lately? They expanded and have a nice dining area towards the rear left of the old area (even have booths!).

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    1. re: LesThePress

      Hi, LesThePress!
      Thanks for the information about Bollywood's expansion. We have experienced inconsistency at Bollywood, but overall we enjoy their food.

      1. re: liu


        I agree with you but at it's worst, it's still the best Indian food in the area!! When I need my chicken tikka marsala fix, whether it's just good or better, I'm going for it!

        1. re: LesThePress

          Les~ (Oh, we go: searching for interesting and exciting food in the Conejo Valley...a rather futile exercise!)

          What do you think of Karma? It is on Moorpark in Thousand Oaks in the Janss Mall near Toys R Us. It is where Rubio's used to be...I miss Rubio's!

          We have dined at Karma a couple of times. Each time I thought it was good.

          1. re: liu

            Now if we could get a decent Chinese restaurant in the Conejo Valley, wouldn't that be something!

            1. re: Pamplemoose

              We really like the food at Mandarin Bistro in Newbury Park:

              Mandarin Bistro
              501 South Reino Road
              Suite A
              Newbury Park

              They can get very crowded, and the service can be a little slow, but the food is quite good. The space is pretty and the service is with kindness.

              If you go, Pamplemoose, they have some wraps (so sorry, I don't know the name) that should be ordered as soon as you sit down. They take some time to prepare.
              These wraps are cut into serving sizes and can be shared with everyone at your table. They are delicious!

              Seriously, we have been here a number of times and have always enjoyed their food. It is not at all oily and they will accommodate your order to your tastes.

              1. re: liu

                Thank you! I will try both Mandarin Bistro and Sesame Inn!

                1. re: Pamplemoose

                  Please report back and let us know what your thoughts were on them!!

            2. re: liu


              We tried Karma, not too long after it opened and we were not impressed. I keep thinking we should go back and give it another try, but haven't done so yet. (Bollywood is about 2 miles from us so that is a factor in our going there).

              We actually (finally after 7 years) found a Chinese restaurant (somewhat close) that we really like:

              Sesame Inn

              3327 Kimber Dr

              Ste E

              Newbury Park, CA 91320

              (805) 499-2800

              It's very small (Like 6 booths and a few tables), familiy run (read: very friendly) and not only is everything we've had there been very good, the portions are huge and I usually have left overs for 2 or 3 lunches!!

              You have to go early as they get very busy (and as I said it is very small). We've recommended it to friends and they all rave about it too. We usually go there on Sunday evenings so I don't know about other times, but if you get there at 6:00 or later expect a wait. We got there once like 5:45 and had a short wait!

              I probably shouldn't report this as now they'll be even busier!! Try it and report back, I'm curious to see how you like (or don't) like it.

              I will make an effort (hard as it is) to try Mandarin Bistro, which is very close to Sesame Inn!!

              1. re: LesThePress


                A while ago, some of our family members had a distasteful experience at Sesame Inn, so we never tried it. I guess that's no, with your rave review, we will give it a try.

                When you try Mandarin Bistro, please do report back.

                1. re: liu

                  Okay, will do.

                  We've been to SI several times and never had a bad experience.

          2. re: liu

            Me thinks Bollywood is not very good at all. ....

        2. I've never understood the appeal of Loteria. I think the food is boring and flavorless. Their dozen taco sampler is just silly.

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          1. re: soniabegonia

            soniabegonia, I agree with your "boring" and "flavorless."

            We requested their hot sauce after tasting our food. It needed something! But even their hot sauce, although it had just a bit of a kick, was rather lifeless.

            1. re: soniabegonia

              Are you serious? I How can you say such a thing? Loteria is more on the gourmet side of Mexican cuisine, their food is amazing. Their dozen taco sampler, bite size, 12 different tacos is a wonderful sensation to the taste buds, half meat-half vegetarian. My favorite though are their mole enchiladas, plus their hominy soup is to die for!

              1. re: Hypnotic23

                Perhaps they dropped some flavor in transport from their 3rd Street Farmers' Market to the Conejo.

                1. re: Hypnotic23

                  I'm damn serious and i can say it because that is my opinion. The dozen tacos range from utterly flavorlorless to just ok and I find the whole thing rather gimmicky and ridiculous. I"ve been to the Hollywood location 3 times and FM location 3 times and i've been less impressed each time. I think there's a salsa or two that I thought were pretty good.

                  1. re: soniabegonia

                    They have one of the best versions of nachos in L.A. and (despite their incredible stinginess with it) they have that very addictive salsa that calls to me in my dreams sometimes..

              2. There are two new Chinese restaurants in the area. The best one is Szechuan Inn, on Kanan in the Vons shooping center. It is in the corner between CVS and Vons. Second is Green Onion just east of Lindero Cyn on Thousand Oaks Blvd (right next to Ameci). It is pretty good too but Szezuan is better.

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                1. re: jasonsha

                  According to Yelp and an internet search, the Szechuan Inn in Agours Hills is closed. A call to the number listed was a private residence, not the restaurant.

                2. My experience with Loteria has always been hit or miss. Their nachos and queso fundido are outstanding. I'm also a huge fan of their enfrijoladas. That said, I'm also somewhat underwhelmed when I get the wrong thing.

                  On the drink front, I recently ate at their Hollywood location and tried the jalapeno margarita with mezcal instead of tequila. It was one of the best drinks I've ever had.