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AKASHA last night

westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 10:02 AM

simply too bland for my tastes.
the specialty coctails were nothng special.
the food: not bad but not good either.

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    cacio e pepe RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    I've never understood the appeal that Akasha holds for some. I've tried them a few times for a light dinner at the bar and came to the same conclusions as you. I think I remember liking a few things okay, but that's about it.

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      TailbackU RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 10:19 AM

      You crossed the 405 for Akasha?? At least make it your worthwhile next time.

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        westsidegal RE: TailbackU Sep 27, 2012 10:38 AM

        it was an invite to a "break the fast" get together.
        wasn't my choice of venue.

      2. Will Owen RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 11:28 AM

        I've been to lunch there a couple of times, once with Mrs. O and once with an old friend from up north. We've all liked what we had very much: burger, mac'n'cheese, Salade Niçoise, pizza. All quite good, not spectacular, but for the money quite satisfactory. Dinner would probably be different, with a different set of expectations.

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          westsidegal RE: Will Owen Sep 27, 2012 11:38 AM

          the fish entrees were about $32 or so.
          at that price was hoping for something about which i could be enthusiastic.
          at that price level, the whole, deep-fried branzino that is served at lukshon, not far from akasha, is a far better dish than the smallish branzino filet that was served at akasha.
          the vegetarian entree was about $15 or so, but better vegetarian food could be found down the street at native food.
          as i said before.
          it wasn't good, but it wasn't bad either.
          nobody in my group is a "comfort food" devotee, so none of that was ordered.
          for salads, i'd go to 26 beach.
          for pizza, i'd go to stella rossa, milo and olive, 800 degrees, or cafe del rey.
          burgers are everywhere.
          just don't see any reason to go there if i'm in the position of selecting the restaurant.

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            Will Owen RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 01:33 PM

            You've given me several reasons to avoid that place for dinner! But since this Pasadena kid is seldom out that way after sundown, it'll be an easy choice anyway. Especially since he never buys any $30+ fish …

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              bad nono RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 06:26 PM

              I've been there a couple of times for dinner and like you I had a not so good experience. Not only it's expensive for what it is but the portions are small. I'm normally not a big eater but I left each time hungry.
              Also each time I was there it was during winter when it was raining and I was really cold, even though the restaurant was packed (and loud). The service was very sweet and competent, but I don't think the food lives up to its prices.

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                westsidegal RE: bad nono Sep 27, 2012 06:36 PM

                if i'm going to have small portions at high prices, i'll go to Cafe del Rey and have a superb view, attentive service, white tablecloth, tables far apart from each other as to be conducive to conversation, quiet enough to have a conversation, not being rushed, comfortable seating, wines by the glass that are not overpriced, and on and on and on--basically a much more civilized meal in every respect for the buck.

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            jdwdeville RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 11:51 AM

            for what it's worth there's a 50% off LA Weekly daily deal today for them...

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              Snoopy RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 03:27 PM

              Haven't been there since a terrible Thanksgiving dinner almost two years ago.

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                ilysla RE: westsidegal Sep 27, 2012 06:57 PM

                Went there once about four yrs ago. Sat the bar and had flatbread b/c the appetizers were already so expensive that I couldn't justify spending more $ for an entree. It was tasty but still felt quite overpriced. The food was fine, but I haven't had the urge to return....

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                  westsidegal RE: ilysla Sep 28, 2012 10:55 AM

                  for "flatbread at the bar" i'd recommend going AT HAPPY HOUR to sunny spot.

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                    ilysla RE: westsidegal Sep 28, 2012 07:13 PM

                    There's flatbread at Sunny Spot? Hmmm....

                    To Capybara: I've *passed* by Westside Tavern many times, but I take a look at the menu and feel like it might be a bit too spend-y for a day/night at the movies. But I've read so many positive reviews that I should probably just try it....

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                      westsidegal RE: ilysla Sep 28, 2012 09:28 PM

                      imho,
                      not only is it spendy, but it is also mediocre.
                      note, though, that i never order anything that would be considered to be in the "american comfort food" category, so YMMV

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                  Capybara RE: westsidegal Sep 28, 2012 12:10 PM

                  Mild dissent. The kreplach was wonderfully light and tasty, though admittedly not flashy favors. The special watermelon/ginger cocktail I thought was great; nothing difficult but refreshing in good proportions. And my service was plenty attentive and unrushed. Do I think it overpriced? Probably.

                  For flatbread at the bar I prefer Westside Tavern.

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                    CulverJack RE: westsidegal Sep 28, 2012 08:18 PM

                    I can see what you mean, though to me I'd call it better than average, more like "good" or "solid". I like the room a lot, and service has always been very good. I find it more consistent than Ford's next door, but preferred Fraiche way over both of these until maybe a few months after Travi left. then Akasha took that spot for me in the higher end CC restaurants. I'm hopeful, tho, both for PS310 coming in and also a new Italian/Venetian spot coming in where the Santa Maria BBQ place is now.

                    9 times out of 10 that I find myself at Akasha, it's for minimal food and maximal half price cocktails and wine by the glass. They have a good selection of each, and again, room and bar are great. But for me, CC has yet to find a spot as good as Fraiche when it was pumping.

                    Meanwhile, I have to drag my family and friends to Campanile until it goes dark or they tell me to leave them alone. Then it'll be really cool to see what Walter Manzke does there.

                    A small suggestion Westsidegal, next time you're there you should ask for some salt or vinaigrette on the side. Order the onion rings. And maybe drink more. You won't be nearly as disappointed :-)

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                      westsidegal RE: CulverJack Sep 28, 2012 09:34 PM

                      if i want onion rings, i don't need to drive to culver city and pay that much money to get them.
                      "fruity"watery drinks are, also, not a draw for me.
                      if i want a mixed drink in culver city, i'll go to kay 'n daves and get a margarita made with an upscale tequila (of which they have many) which will be better, cheaper, and stronger than anything served at akasha.
                      if i want food after that, i can cross the street to K-zo and get a seat at the sushi bar and get better food for about the same amount of money.

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                        CulverJack RE: westsidegal Sep 30, 2012 08:00 AM

                        It's true - the options are really limitless. Ok, not REALLY limitless, but there are many. Really limitless would be like outer space, not Culver City.

                        But CC used to be limited to Tito's for tacos of questionable origin ("is that beef?" "I'm not sure but it's pretty good") or Johnnies for not grat pastrami. On a good day, maybe down to Woody's smorgasburger for build your own sundae.

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