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Flores on Sawtelle

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.

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  1. 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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    1. re: kevin

      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.

      1. re: PeterCC

        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...

        1. re: Servorg

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

          1. re: PeterCC

            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?

            1. re: Servorg

              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.

              1. re: PeterCC

                Japanese mother and Korean father - born in the US

                1. re: Servorg

                  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.

              2. re: Servorg

                Never heard of that definition, only know 'bachi' as the
                wooden sticks used by drummers, i.e., the Koda Drum guys.
                If your wife wont go, try it solo as their fusion sounds incredible. According to a Yelp review, their Bahn Mi burger boasts eight types of meat, including pork, beef, pate, shrimp, etc., served with lettuce, picked dikon and radish with a dipping sauce, a juicy patty, great bun.
                It sounds like something to really enjoy.

                1. re: VenusCafe

                  thought I read that the Bachi Burger deal fell through?

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Thanks, thought I missed something!

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Driving down Sawtelle this morning, a Bachi Burger sign (of the more permanent variety; not the coming soon banner that was there before) was up on the building.

                        Deal back on?

                        1. re: AndrewF

                          I never thought the deal fell through.

                2. re: PeterCC

                  I thought it could be a nickname for bottulism.

                  1. re: cujo

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

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      No lines or wrinkles in their burgers.

                      1. re: cujo

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

          2. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: Ogawak

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

                  1. re: Ogawak

                    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....

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        I just walk over....

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

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Yes. We hate that you live within walking distance.

                          Tell us something we don't already know.

                            1. re: bulavinaka

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

                              Thanks a bunch.

                              1. re: kevin

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

                                1. re: cujo

                                  People on the Westside don't use public transit.

                                  Get with the program. :)

                                  1. re: kevin

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

                                    1. re: cujo

                                      You are the exception to the rule.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Not anymore, Keven.
                                        In 5 years or less, your option (or lack thereof) will be the exception. OOPS sorry I forgot that the use of parens invites your dismissal.

                                      2. re: cujo

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

                                        1. re: PeterCC

                                          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.

                                          1. re: cujo

                                            I don't have that darn kindle.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              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.

                                    2. re: kevin

                                      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...

                            2. re: ilysla

                              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).

                              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                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.

                                1. re: maudies5

                                  Please email me the office listing maudie.

                                  1. re: kevin

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

                                    1. re: cujo

                                      Yes.

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

                                      But I ain't proud of it.

                                  2. re: maudies5

                                    Definitely let me know about that now vacant space.

                                    Thanks Maudie.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        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.

                                        1. re: kevin

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

                                          1. re: Servorg

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

                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                              Thanks.

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

                                      2. re: kevin

                                        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.

                                        1. re: maudies5

                                          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.

                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

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

                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                Hmmm.

                                                Is it on its own thread yet ?

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

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                                    1. re: TonyC

                                      been thinking of trying soon for dinner

                                      1. re: Ciao Bob

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

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

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          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.

                                          1. re: J.L.

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

                                            1. re: J.L.

                                              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. just ate here for the first time and i'm a bit shocked it's not getting too much word of mouth.

                                          had a spectacular trout. it was a whole, deboned trout with a cornmeal crust. it may be the best dish i've had all year.

                                          didn't get a salad but saw some coming out and they looked pretty good too.

                                          well worth checking out.

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                                          1. re: cdub

                                            They've changed chefs and menu since this thread was last updated. Now it's more Southern focused with chef Brian Dunsmoor from Hart and Hunter working with them. Here's a more recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/972143

                                            I went recently for their fried chicken happy hour (they called it the early bird, I think). Really enjoyed it. Working on my report for that meal.

                                            1. re: cdub

                                              Ahem. I mention it fairly frequently when people asking about food in WLA.... Although I've been a little less pleased w/ them since they switched the menu. The food is still very well-prepared and high quality, but it's just... heavy.

                                              Offalo, looking forward to your pics + report.

                                              1. re: ilysla

                                                It is heavy but the salads look great