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Oct 27, 2013 12:56 PM

Del Rey Kitchen - awesome new asian fusion in MDR/Culver City

Stumbled upon this new restaurant in a strip mall of Culver Blvd @ McConnell. I go to the Wine warehouse on McConnell and hadn't noticed this place. It's across from Ronnie's Diner.

A group of four of us arrived for dinner at 8:30 on Saturday night, not sure what to expect but hopeful. The restaurant is only 5 weeks old and doesn't have a liquor license, but does allow BYOB with no corkage fee. We had prepared for this and brought a couple bottles of wine with us.

There is a prix fixe menu available which includes an appetizer, a pasta or entree and a side salad for $19.

There were so many great sounding things on the menu that we decided to order a few appetizers - Albacore Tiradito and Devil's Tofu - plus the Mixed mushroom salad. Everything was amazing.

Next we ordered entrees - Hamburg Steak, Fish of the day, Crispy Ponzu Chicken and the Tofu Steak appetizer.

We loved everything that was served. The owner/manager?? came over to us when we first arrived and again through out the meal. The service was excellent.

Love love love this place and will be back very soon. It definitely has the vibe of a great neighborhood find that you don't really want to share, but you really want them to succeed, so you have to tell everyone. We are leaving LA for a year and I really want Del Rey Kitchen to be here when we return.

Going back tonight with another group of friends and a couple more bottles of wine :)
12740 Culver Blvd (McConnell, between Centinela and the 90
)Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  1. YAY! More Hamburg Steak!! Looking forward to giving them a shot! :D


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    1. re: Dommy

      You say "Hamburg Steak" ... I say Salisbury Steak.

      Yay to both!

      1. re: ipsedixit

        i love Salisbury steak too (Banquet Family Meals for the WIN!) to me Hamburg is slightly different what with the Demi Glace and fried egg on top...

        Hamurg is great with rice. Salisbury needs mashed potatoes. I don't think either side can swap and be quite the same (Salisbury with rice?)


        1. re: Dommy

          I will take Salisbury any which way. Rice, potatoes (mashed or otherwise), noodles, heck even quinoa.

          I almost long to go back to grade school just for Salisbury Steak they served in the cafeteria. (And, yeah, it came with mashed spuds.)

      2. re: Dommy

        try the breakfast ground beef thing at jar with green peppercorn sauce...really tasty. still reeling hearing about the kill floor, but i know it doesn't grow on trees.

        1. re: jessejames

          Sorry. It's ironical... I have so many food stories to tell... sadly most of them can't be told over a meal... ;)

          Anyway, I haven't been to brunch at Jar at Eons. I usually would get their roast beef hash... which I haven't had a hankering for ever since I tried the has a panns... which has spoiled me for no other...


      3. Refugees from the old Sawtelle Kitchen. Sounds promising. Thanks for the report.

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        1. re: Ogawak

          I thought the menu online looked similar to Blue Marlin, but Sawtelle Kitchen works for me too.

          1. re: Ogawak

            That's great news indeed. Though now it's quite a distance away.

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            1. Second this post. Dinner here was wonderful. Very friendly service. The tofu appetizer was very good with the sauce and little bit of spicyness. Loved the mushroom salad, it's now my second favorite mushroom salad after Metro Diner. To put this in context, my wife and I love our meat, for us to really like two vegetarian starters say a lot in our minds.

              Wife had the carbonara, well executed. I had the Hamburg steak, the demi glace sauce was done very well, with the sides of rice and roasted potatoes, this is a very rich and filling meal.

              The price to quality and quantity ratio is very good. Love having a nice mid tier restaurant in the neighborhood that is affordable.

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              1. re: Jase

                Yeah, sounds good.

                And despondent fans of Sawtelle Kitchen will be somewhat happy once again.

                Do they serve the coffee jello there ?

                1. re: kevin

                  They do not unfortunately, we liked that a lot too. Have you tried the coffee jelly at Gottsui? It semi-scratches the itch for us.

                  1. re: Jase

                    Thanks. Didn't know they had it there.