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any more reviews of Hinoki and the Bird since February?

Lynndsey Rigberg May 3, 2013 04:47 PM

Hi Chowhounds, I went through all the Hinoki and the Bird reviews posted here but haven't seen any new ones since February (when it first opened). Hubby and I are about to go there in a few weeks to celebrate an anniversary. Any new thoughts on what to order/avoid?


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  1. perk RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 3, 2013 10:25 PM

    I'd be interested in that information as well. I live nearby and have been wanting to try it.

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      Lynndsey Rigberg RE: perk May 7, 2013 09:55 AM

      Sadly, no one has responded! I will just have to report back to you myself after I go! : )

    2. Ciao Bob RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 7, 2013 10:09 AM

      Went this past weekend
      Had an excellent meal in a lovely setting with lots of good cocktails and people watching.
      My favs of the night were definately the Skate with Sambal, Chili Crab toast, and Beef Tartare. Also good - Fried chicken, lobster roll and escarole. The snapper crudo was good but miniature. The skirt steak with miso - so-so. A mushroom dish - Braised shitake mushroom, yuzu kosho - was a mess.

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        kevin RE: Ciao Bob May 7, 2013 05:48 PM

        Just curious.

        Was there any difficulty in finding the location ?

        I had heard it was quite onerous.


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          Thor123 RE: kevin May 7, 2013 06:59 PM

          I have not been there, but if you are familiar with Century City it wont be a problem. If you are not, I am positive it will be a tad confusing.

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            Servorg RE: kevin May 7, 2013 08:23 PM

            It's next door (on the south side) to the Century Plaza Hotel in that 42 story condo building with Candy Spelling waving from the top 2 floors to you.

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              kevin RE: Servorg May 7, 2013 09:29 PM

              Oooh, candy spelling.

              I've always had a soft spot for her. :)

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                Ciao Bob RE: kevin May 9, 2013 09:45 AM

                There is an interesting Candy S. - Hinoki connection/rumour...something about her suing the property for many millions because a restaurant was not open when she moved in, as promised, and then they rush-opened Hinoki. Seems far fetched but possible.

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            chowseeker1999 RE: Ciao Bob May 9, 2013 09:44 PM

            thanks for the writeup! I've been curious about it for a while now.

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            andytseng RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 7, 2013 01:01 PM

            I did not enjoy the restaurant at all. The food was okay, but the prices were probably more reflective of the location and clientele than the quality of food.

            Unlike Bob, I really disliked the Southeast Asian dishes. To me, they lacked an understanding of what make the dishes great. For example, I thought the heat on the dishes was very superficial. I just got a touch of heat up front, but not really that warmth that I would associate with other versions of those dishes.

            I was also disappointed in the way the bok choy, mushrooms, and pork belly were cooked. Enjoyed the lobster roll and the cocktails.

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              manku RE: andytseng May 8, 2013 06:52 AM

              I haven't been, but a friend went the other day. He said it was packed, expensive and the food "weird".

              My guess, is that like most David Meyer's restaurants, this flames out within 6 months after the trendoids have left. He seems to have bad karma, based on what I've seen.

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                will47 RE: manku May 8, 2013 02:31 PM

                I thought Sona was great, but didn't love Hinoki. The space is nice, though

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                chowseeker1999 RE: andytseng May 9, 2013 09:46 PM

                @ andy & will:

                Ouch. On a side note, have you tried Lukshon? (since that's also more "gentrified Asian cuisine"? How does it compare with Hinoki?

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                  andytseng RE: chowseeker1999 May 10, 2013 06:11 PM

                  I've been to Lukshon. It's not one of my favorites, nor is it in my regular rotation, but I would say that I find the food at Lukshon more interesting than Hinoki and the Bird. A lot of the dishes at Hinoki, particularly their SE Asian dishes, were very straight-forward; which could be fine if everything was executed well.

                  I enjoyed the cocktails at Hinoki much more than Lukshon. I feel the Lukshon cocktails aren't as thoughtful... more along the lines of, let's take this exotic, Asian ingredient and throw it into whatever. The cocktails at Hinoki made more sense to me.

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                chrishei RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 9, 2013 09:55 AM

                Kind of an embarrassing question to ask, but is it possible to just walk up to the restaurant? I work a few blocks away, but I got the impression the condo was gated or secluded. Would rather walk there after work then drive my old beat-up car up to the overpriced valet and have all the bougies/elitists there look at me with their judging eyes...

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                  Ciao Bob RE: chrishei May 9, 2013 09:58 AM

                  The condo is gated...the restuarant is not...walk-up. Someone might stop you if you tried to skateboard down the diveway, though. Biking should be fine and I doubt you'd need to lock your bike in that environment!

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                    kevin RE: chrishei May 9, 2013 11:28 AM

                    My sentiments exactly. They would valet my jalopy to the fucking junkyard.

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                      Servorg RE: kevin May 9, 2013 11:40 AM

                      In that case, if you went to a drive-thru loose meat sandwich place, that would mean dining on a "sloppy jalopy Joe"

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                        kevin RE: Servorg May 9, 2013 12:16 PM


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                          Feed_me RE: kevin May 11, 2013 08:21 PM

                          My cousin has some unusual cars. I remember he told me he once left his Lotus 7 (old English sports car) with the valet (at another restaurant) and after a bit, one of the other customers told him. "Do you own the green thing? The valet can't figure out how to start it." He walked to the parking area and started up his car. The valet stood there acting like he expected a tip.

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                      will47 RE: chrishei May 11, 2013 12:39 PM

                      Personally, I'm a fan of valet-ing your car - the crappier, the better! Screw anyone who judges you on your car anyway.

                      The embarrassing part for me was that I had a really hard time figuring out where the door was and how to open it!

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                        Servorg RE: will47 May 11, 2013 01:08 PM

                        You just have to channel your inner Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop when you valet your heap...

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                          kevin RE: Servorg May 11, 2013 04:36 PM

                          Great scene.

                    3. perk RE: Lynndsey Rigberg May 10, 2013 06:28 PM

                      That's a good question. I'll bet you could e-mail them and tell them you work in Century City and wondered what the entrance would be if you walked. I'll bet there are other people who live and/or work in the area and walk there.

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