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perk Jun 12, 2013 11:47 AM

Went to a soft opening here last week. It's in the old Sawtelle Kitchen. I was very impressed. Great space. Very nice staff. The food is mostly a small plates concept. Everything was very good--chicken liver bruschetta, texas caviar with an egg, deviled eggs, and a terrific hanger steak with decadent potatoes that were worth every sinful bite. Nice wine selection, especially the small production pinot noir. (barhan-mendleson, i think) The staff said the menu and wine selection is expanding. Now open for dinner....lunch coming in a month or so. I think this is a great addition to the neighborhood. Can't wait to go back.

  1. TonyC Aug 16, 2013 09:27 AM

    brunch here, has anyone been? I see the lunch menu, and it looks far less inspired than dinner.

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      Ciao Bob Aug 16, 2013 09:28 AM

      been thinking of trying soon for dinner

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        J.L. Aug 16, 2013 10:26 AM

        I was unimpressed. But go try it and report back!

        I'll see you at Shunji's afterwards. :-)

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          liu Aug 16, 2013 11:16 AM

          I think I am unimpressed before I go because I never liked Sawtelle Kitchen. How can I shake that?

          We walked in last Saturday for dinner and nothing on the menu was inspiring...of course, compared to what! It's Sawtelle with lots of great choices! We went elsewhere.

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            kevin Aug 16, 2013 01:35 PM

            did you try the soft shell crabs here ????

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              ilysla Aug 17, 2013 05:05 PM

              My partner and I just went today from brunch. I've never been before.

              We thought it was terrific. Had the squid and potato salad, the "coco" catalan bread, and the brisket and potato hash.

              Squid was wonderfully cooked, the cherry tomatoes lovely, and chopped olives weren't too salty. A touch of squid ink made for a nice presentation. The catalan bread had roasted red peppers and egglant on top. It was my favorite dish; the peppers in particularly were really flavorful.

              Brisket + has was good, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The beef was cubed (although delicious), as were the potatoes. Very tasty, but texturally different than your usual brisket + hash, I think. The fried egg on top was nicely done.

              Service was attentive and polite. Side patio was lovely, esp since it was covered! =)

              We'd definitely return (incl for dinner).

        2. PeterCC Jul 8, 2013 09:48 AM

          Flores gets the KevinEats treatment: http://www.kevineats.com/2013/07/flor...

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            Ogawak Jun 12, 2013 04:24 PM

            Acc to Eater LA, Rob Lawson is from Robuchon New York, so I'm expecting something really special. Thanks for the report, Perk. Sawtelle Blvd has really become a destination spot. The Ramen wars are really heating up with Daikokuya and Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen moving in.

            Still waiting for Bachi Burger to open. Doesn't look like anything happening there.

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              J.L. Jun 12, 2013 05:59 PM

              I don't expect much real chow competition from Daikokuya. But - I will keep an open mind and try it when it opens.

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                chrishei Jun 14, 2013 10:18 AM

                http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/06/...

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                  ilysla Jun 14, 2013 11:49 AM

                  Now all Sawtelle needs is better parking! Figuring time to find a spot + the wait at the cafe itself = a rather long night sometimes.

                  Food at this new place sounds delicious....

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                    PeterCC Jun 14, 2013 11:54 AM

                    +1 on needing more parking.

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                      J.L. Jun 14, 2013 04:34 PM

                      I just walk over....

                      (Ducks as rotten veggies are hurled in my general direction...)

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                        kevin Jun 14, 2013 04:35 PM

                        Yes. We hate that you live within walking distance.

                        Tell us something we don't already know.

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                          bulavinaka Jun 14, 2013 05:10 PM

                          Ask to use his driveway...

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                            kevin Jun 14, 2013 05:13 PM

                            JL, what's your addy so I may park in your driveway ?

                            Thanks a bunch.

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                              cujo Jun 14, 2013 05:16 PM

                              kevin- consider using the bus instead of your car. It's so much easier, especially if you live on the westside.

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                                kevin Jun 14, 2013 05:31 PM

                                People on the Westside don't use public transit.

                                Get with the program. :)

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                                  cujo Jun 14, 2013 05:34 PM

                                  I live in Santa Monica and use Big Blue all of the time when I go to Sawtelle. No muss. No fuss.

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                                    kevin Jun 14, 2013 05:35 PM

                                    You are the exception to the rule.

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                                      PeterCC Jun 14, 2013 05:38 PM

                                      BBB is awfully convenient. I should take it more often to get around the Westside.

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                                        cujo Jun 14, 2013 05:52 PM

                                        BBB has a freeway flyer to downtown L.A. It takes 30-45 minutes and I read my Kindle. I don't drive downtown anymore.

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                                          kevin Jun 14, 2013 06:13 PM

                                          I don't have that darn kindle.

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                                            cujo Jun 14, 2013 06:16 PM

                                            Bring a book or magazine. Bus and subway travel is the wave of the future for going to/from congested areas where parking is difficult. Try it.

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                                      Dirtywextraolives Jun 15, 2013 10:51 AM

                                      Lmao..... It's true.

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                                    Servorg Jun 14, 2013 05:16 PM

                                    Undoubtedly okay if you treat him for take away dinner from wherever you end up and drop it off at his door before retrieving your auto...

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                            foodiemahoodie Jun 14, 2013 11:58 AM

                            Yes, parking is a big issue. For lunch alone you may have to drive around searching for a spot. And you might not find one. (always good to have a back up spot in another area).

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                              maudies5 Jun 14, 2013 06:06 PM

                              The easy answer to parking on Sawtelle is to rent an office:) Seriously, my husband recently vacated the office he had in the 1800 block for about 25 years. It was great having 2 designated parking spaces and walking everywhere in Little Osaka.

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                                kevin Jun 14, 2013 06:13 PM

                                Please email me the office listing maudie.

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                                  cujo Jun 14, 2013 06:18 PM

                                  You would rather rent an office space than use a bus?

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                                    kevin Jun 14, 2013 06:20 PM

                                    Yes.

                                    Sadly. That is how we roll on the west la tip.

                                    But I ain't proud of it.

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                                  kevin Jun 14, 2013 06:21 PM

                                  Definitely let me know about that now vacant space.

                                  Thanks Maudie.

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                                    Servorg Jun 14, 2013 06:31 PM

                                    Have you looked into parking in the Olympic Collection? I also see a whole lot of people parking in the underground parking area at the Nijiya mall parking lot and then crossing the street to eat.

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                                      kevin Jun 14, 2013 06:53 PM

                                      I don't know about that one

                                      They won't be sticklers about the whole situation

                                      Btw, servorg, did you mention Tapenade in the French connection at Olympic for decent quasi-French-Cali-Fusion cuisine ?????

                                      Thanks.

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                                        Servorg Jun 14, 2013 07:04 PM

                                        Tapenade was a recommendation by carter. Still haven't made it there yet.

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                                          PeterCC Jun 14, 2013 07:27 PM

                                          And prawn recommended it too, and bulavinaka wrote it up: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899011

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                                            kevin Jun 14, 2013 07:36 PM

                                            Thanks.

                                            Should I just stick to the other joints or grab a breath of fresh air ????

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                                      maudies5 Jun 14, 2013 09:59 PM

                                      1850 Sawtelle.
                                      Plan Check has an office in there and I know there are vacant offices. It is on the block with Granada Market. Starving Students (yuck) has its headquarters on the 2nd floor. Always seems to be space available on the 3rd floor.

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                                        nosh Jun 16, 2013 05:43 PM

                                        If there are two spaces, then 60 'hounds can split the cost and each could have on space 3x per month -- one lunch, one early dinner, one late dinner.

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                                          Dirtywextraolives Jun 16, 2013 06:10 PM

                                          I'm in.

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                                            J.L. Jun 16, 2013 06:44 PM

                                            Only in L.A. - The Sawtelle Chowhound Co-op/Timeshare Parking Space.

                                            We should spin this parking space concept to its own thread!

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                                              kevin Jun 16, 2013 09:42 PM

                                              Hmmm.

                                              Is it on its own thread yet ?

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                                  Dirtywextraolives Jun 15, 2013 10:50 AM

                                  Oh. God. Yes.

                              2. perk Jun 12, 2013 12:31 PM

                                I don't think their website is up and running yet, or it wasn't last week when I checked. But I believe their "official" opening was last night. They also have an outside patio in the back, but I was inside.

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                                  kevin Jun 12, 2013 12:02 PM

                                  I noticed something in the old Sawtlle Ktchn space. But though it was Bocchi Burger.

                                  Is there a website link up yet ?

                                  Thanks for the blurb.

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                                    PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 01:11 PM

                                    Bachi Burger is going into the old Safe & Save market space, kevin.

                                    Nice report, perk. I noticed that place papered over over the last few months and wondered what kind of place was going in there.

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                                      Servorg Jun 12, 2013 01:18 PM

                                      I seriously doubt my ability to talk my wife into eating at a place called "Bachi" anything. I think she would see that as tempting fate in a way that just wouldn't sit well with her. Me it wouldn't bother...

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                                        PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 01:44 PM

                                        I'm assuming it's short for hibachi. Is there a more ominous meaning?

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                                          Servorg Jun 12, 2013 02:21 PM

                                          A jinx of the sort that comes back to bite you in the butt because you did something shady or mean to someone. Karma, neh?

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                                            PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 03:11 PM

                                            Ah, yes, I did come across that meaning when I did a quick search on what your wife might be afraid of. Is she Japanese or Hawaiian? I wasn't aware of that meaning until today.

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                                              Servorg Jun 12, 2013 03:19 PM

                                              Japanese mother and Korean father - born in the US

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                                                PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                Ah! It's interesting they chose that. Looking on their site (http://www.bachiburger.com/#menu-item...), they're definitely aware of the meaning, though as I suspected above, they also referenced it as being short for hibachi.

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                                            cujo Jun 12, 2013 03:03 PM

                                            I thought it could be a nickname for bottulism.

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                                              PeterCC Jun 12, 2013 03:09 PM

                                              That's botox, and I would definitely NOT eat at a place called Botox Burger. :-)

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                                                cujo Jun 12, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                No lines or wrinkles in their burgers.

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                                                  J.L. Jun 12, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                  But every customer comes out with the same forced smiley expression on their face!

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