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Trip Report: tiki Ti, Red Medicine, Bouchon, Bottega Louie

  • Dapuma Jul 17, 2013 01:52 PM
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Tiki Ti was a blast, that place has a lot of character, and the drinks were excellent. The Ray's Mistake was quite good as were all the drinks, they were a touch on the sweeter side compared to Smugglers Cove so I give the nod there, but that does not take anything away from tiki ti

Red Medicine was pretty disappointing, other than the pork belly lobe we got - which was crazy expensive and crazy delicious - everything else was forgetable (after tiki ti more than a few things were )

We tried to branch out for a new brunch spot, however we ended up at Bouchon and for once it was pretty disappointing. They had a Bastille day celebration and the food was off, I had the trout which was butter poached and oily and bland, the hash that the Mrs and our friend got had almost no meat in it, and our other friend got the hanger steak which was very good and you could cut with a butter knife - the pastry basket from the chef's choice was okay at best (the almost brioche was good the rest forgetable) but the do make a good coffee

We also got some macaroon's to do some comparison to Bottega Louie, and the macaroon's were disappointing as well, Louie's were pretty good but not Laudree good - Bottega Louie was pretty happening inside and they were trying to get the Laudree Paris vibe going on with their display case, their Tiramisu was ok for a kaluha cake but not good for a tiramisu (mine is better!) - got a comte cheese bread loaf which was pretty good but may have been better as sourdough, from Louie also

Did not have a chance to get Ramen or a special coffee from Miss Cutie (sorry sinosoul)

Fun trip, but traffic in LA is insane, may be awhile before I want to go back - San Fran is a bit easier to get around town and has more food / drink options

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  1. ah, san francisco, the city with no place to park.
    the 101 south leaving the city is as bad if not worse than l.a.

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    1. re: linus

      In San Fran we could stay in the city (Union Square) and walk most places or take "short" cab ride aka 10 minutes or less to get to where we needed to go verus a 40 minute cab ride / car drive

      A car was not needed versus in LA you must have a car

      1. re: Dapuma

        because it's bigger?

        if you stayed at certain hotels in l.a., there would be plenty of good food/drinks within walking distance.

        i have not found getting around san francisco any easier than getting around l.a.

        1. re: Dapuma

          Although having a car (if one hasn't brought a "designated driver") after a visit to the Tiki-Ti can be a mixed blessing...

          1. re: Dapuma

            The need for a car is part of LA culture, but as a tourist, it is possible to make do without one. Unfortunately, the places that you wanted to visit were a bit spread out.

            I hoped the many negative comments about Bottega Louie in your other thread would have lowered your expectations and spared you the disappointment.

            A lot of the places on your visit have similar types of places in SF. If you ever end up in LA with a car again, I would suggest experiencing the things that you aren't used to/that aren't available in SF.

            1. re: andytseng

              I am from Phx - so I tend to compare SD to LA to SF since it is california to me

              However I didn't want to derail the report with the driving aspect, it was more a comment of a) we can do the same stuff with better places to eat / drink in a closer proximity than LA

              I can fry from Phx or LGB or OAK for roughly the same price which is why I compared them

              We ended up having a driver afterwards as our friends showed up - would never drive to Tiki Ti :)

              I didn't think Bottega Louie was terrible, it wasn't mind blowing but I thought everyone perhaps gave it a rough ride - They are trying to be French style, and the space is very beautiful, high energy - seemed like it could be a cool place if the food is good or at least solid and they can make a proper cocktail - the desserts we liked better than Bouchon this time around

              1. re: Dapuma

                Complaining about having to have a car in LA is like complaining about the heat in August in Phoenix.

                Why bother? It's part of the charm of the locale.

                As to traffic, trust me, midtown Manhattan, DC, SF and Seattle are all worse.

                1. re: Dapuma

                  Quote: "...seemed like it could be a cool place if the food is good or at least solid..."

                  But that's such a big "if".... =(

              2. re: Dapuma

                Considering LA County is roughly 20 times larger than SF, this should come as no surprise.