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Pls help! Best gourmet uncrowded restaurants near Barrington & Olympic...tomorrow! Any cuisine!

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tsomoyog Jun 8, 2012 10:43 PM

Can anyone pls recommend an uncrowded restaurant around Barrington & Olympic for tomorrow (Saturday lunch)?

Japanese would be great. Most sushi places I checked aren't open for lunch xcept Hidei. Would love to go to Hidei if folks think it won't be packed.

Many thanks!

  1. PeterCC Jun 8, 2012 10:59 PM

    How close to Barrington does it need to be? Would Sawtelle and Olympic be too far, only because you mentioned Japanese? If it were a weekday, I'd say Morinoya, but unfortunately it's not open for lunch on weekends.

    There's a cluster of restaurants at Barrington and Gateway south of Olympic, (Asianya, Tlapazola Grill), but I'm not sure how quiet they are for lunches.

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      tsomoyog Jun 8, 2012 11:20 PM

      Thanks much! for ur insights!

      Yea, issue is sound...but I will keep those other places in mind on Olympic. Was just referred to Le Saigon.

      Sawtelle is close. My friend warned that Sawtelle is chaos on the weekends & yea, most good sushi places aren't open!

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        PeterCC Jun 8, 2012 11:32 PM

        Le Saigon's never been quiet to me, but then I think I've only been there on the weekends in the evenings.

        Hide Sushi is decent on-a-budget sushi, on Sawtelle, is open for lunch. When I've been there in the late afternoon/early evenings it's been fairly quiet. Cash only though.

        Oops, I didn't register you mentioning Hide already.

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        BrewNChow Jun 9, 2012 12:39 AM

        I really like Asian ya. It's been very quiet every time I've gone. They play music at a very reasonable, quiet volume and it's usually bossa nova (odd at an Asian place, but a very relaxing, non-abrasive style of music).

        Their tan tan men style ramen is great! Much better than Chin-ma-ya's.

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          PeterCC Jun 9, 2012 12:40 AM

          I haven't actually been to Asianya, but I've been to Tokyo Kalbi, which I loved. Too bad Tokyo Kalbi isn't open for lunch, because it was very quiet when I went, but Asianya might be a good choice for the OP.

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            tsomoyog Jun 9, 2012 07:15 AM

            Thanks much again...Asian ya is apparently not open for lunch. Would like the bossa nova...too bad. Seems like there'd be a lot more choices if some of the places were open on Sat for lunch...

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              PeterCC Jun 9, 2012 08:18 AM

              Ah shoot, I swore it showed up on the search results at Yelp when I set the filter for open at noon on Saturdays. Sorry.

      3. J.L. Jun 9, 2012 12:45 AM

        Blue Marlin and Restaurant 2117 are both good bets. Both are in the mini-mall on the southwest corner of Mississippi & Sawtelle.

        Ramen-wise, try Miyata Menji, next to the hardware store 2 doors down from Giant Robot 2 on Sawtelle.

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          tsomoyog Jun 9, 2012 07:18 AM

          Many thanks! Restaurant 2117 looks sweet...& maybe the right ambience. Will keep all in mind...kicker is we need to be in & out of the place reasonably fast, but also need gourmet! Kind of a tall order...

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            westsidegal Jun 9, 2012 11:20 AM

            sorry to say this,
            but imho, the food at 2117 has declined substantially in the last couple of years.
            heartbreaking.

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              maudies5 Jun 9, 2012 12:38 PM

              I agree about the decline in food and service at 2117

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                kevin Jun 12, 2012 06:37 PM

                darn, i haven't been in ages. i'll skip based on this.

                and double damn, i wish that cafe blanc were still open for that type of food.

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            bulavinaka Jun 9, 2012 08:21 AM

            +1 on Blue Marlin and 2117. They're relatively small but low-key. Food is excellent as well. These two places have been around for quite a while, telling that they must be doing something right.

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            p3rm3n Jun 9, 2012 09:01 AM

            Food is good. But I am never going back there. Had the worst experience. The worst and the rudest server!!!!!

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              PeterCC Jun 9, 2012 09:13 AM

              Which place?

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                Servorg Jun 9, 2012 09:43 AM

                I'm assuming Hide since that was the only one which the OP called out by name.

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                  p3rm3n Jun 9, 2012 02:06 PM

                  asianya

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                archer Jun 9, 2012 04:06 PM

                I believe Sawtelle Kitchen is open for lunch. Felt quiet the last time I was there; tasty Japanese influenced pastas, curries, fish, etc. Check out the menu and see if it appeals. http://www.sawtellekitchen.com/Menu.html

                Edit: Just realize that you've probably already had this lunch, but maybe for next time...

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                  tsomoyog Jun 9, 2012 11:15 PM

                  Aloha! Many thanks. Will keep it in mind for future...We ended up at Le Saigon because it was closest.

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                  Thor123 Jun 9, 2012 06:07 PM

                  Too late, but I really like the patio at Il Moro.

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                    tsomoyog Jun 9, 2012 11:16 PM

                    Great, thx for this. Will check it out for future. Patio would've been great...

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                    tsomoyog Jun 9, 2012 11:17 PM

                    Chowhounders u made my day! I was in such a crunch and am thrilled at how many folks came through in the clutch! w/referrals. Happy chowing...:D

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