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Anyone gave Sunny Spot ("a cookshop"??) a try?

Michelly Mar 18, 2013 09:37 AM

A "cookshop"? and how's the food?

  1. Servorg Mar 18, 2013 09:56 AM

    There was this opening night review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818619 and there have been various mentions of it in longer threads. One nice thing about SS is their never ending happy hour.

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      ilysla Mar 18, 2013 01:17 PM

      You're referring to the place in Culver City, right?

      I went there once several months ago. I'm not a particular fan of Roy Choi (thought Cheego was pretty bad, A-Frame was tasty but a bit overpriced). I actually liked the food at Sunny Spot (which I vaguely recall might have had a Caribbean bent to it; the only dish I distinctly remember is a shrimp dish), but the presentation seemed a bit sloppier than it was at, say, A-Frame. I wouldn't mind going again but am not in a particularly hurry....

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        Michelly Mar 19, 2013 08:11 PM

        I was going to try it, but I was curious about the "cookshop" on their front; is there an actual shop?

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          ilysla Mar 19, 2013 10:38 PM

          I don't think "cookshop" (I don't even really know what that is) was meant to be taken literally. Unless something has substantially changed about the place, it's very clearly only a restaurant.

      2. Xericx Mar 19, 2013 11:14 PM

        I've been 3 times, not really a fan. I like Aframe and Chego a lot better...just a little wider array of flavors wheras Sunny Spot seemed kind of boring for what it was. For some reason, Carribean style food doesn't seem to taste that good in the mildish LA weather....I did like the drink selection. And for the food.

        I did like the cubano pork sandwhich though. Everything else was average or a miss for me. Just thought it couldn't decide if it wanted to be trendy or homey as far as the food was concerned.

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          john gonzales Mar 20, 2013 06:22 PM

          I went last weekend for the first time. The food was good but not great. I feel the same about A-frame. It certainly isn't real polished which all leads one to feel that with Roy's skill it could be better. The bar is pretty active the cocktails are very good and creative. So maybe they just aren't concentrating on being a serious restaurant.
          The flavors were actually pretty good and they are certainly bold. One issue is that they are not too complex and it seems like some of the spices might be repetitively used. But what really bothered me was that they used the same three accompaniements of rice, beans, and slaw on all four of the entree/large plates that we ordered. That falls short when four people are sharing plates. All in all I would go back but I wasn't wowed. I'd rather pay a little more and see what he/they can turn out if they did their best.

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