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set0312 Dec 25, 2013 02:54 PM

For me I think it would be Trois Mec with close seconds coming to Night + Market and maybe Bestia.

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    pauliface Mar 9, 2014 05:55 PM

    I just want to write a thank you note from up north here in San Francisco.

    I was in Los Angeles this weekend (James Turrell! The Wooster Group!) and referred to your wisdom on these pages to make plans for our Friday night meal.

    Japanese is my favorite, and thanks to you all I chose Shunji, and I could not be happier. It was absolutely stellar.

    Oh, and sorry but I kidnapped Shunji and Miki and brought them to SF. They are tied up in the basement as we speak...

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      happybaker Jan 11, 2014 09:13 PM

      A home meal. December.

      Two, two and a half pound dungeness crabs, live then boiled for my hubby, my cousin and me, and a choice rib eye to split as well. Sourdough rolls, surprisingly good fresh tomatoes, sliced, and nice wine.

      What made it even tastier was that my cousin had never even had dungeness, let alone fresh, so he was a VERY happy boy.

      And we were not suffering either : )

      1. katydid13 Jan 9, 2014 10:17 PM

        Chai cake w/ orange mascarpone at Sycamore Kitchen.

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          kevin Jan 9, 2014 10:49 PM

          Currently serving the chai cake w orange mascarpone or is it a seasonal thing that has already passed ?

          Thanks.

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            katydid13 Jan 10, 2014 09:28 PM

            I stumbled upon it about a month ago on a Sunday. They seem to do a different layer cake each weekend, so it's not on the regular menu. I wish I could count on seeing it again!

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          Ernie Jan 9, 2014 07:53 PM

          My best meal last year was tuna prepared sushi style, freshly caught off our boat in Guanacaste, Costa Rica by the ship's captain. It went from sea to belly in about 10 minutes

          Locally, the best meal last year was at Mélisse. Excellent French cuisine with highly refined service

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            linus Jan 9, 2014 09:41 PM

            im curious: ive heard the texture of fish right after theyre caught can be a little...mushy.
            did you find this to be true?
            thanks.

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              JAB Jan 10, 2014 06:48 AM

              I'd be concerned about worms etc...

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                Ernie Jan 10, 2014 08:06 AM

                No worms and texture was velvety, not mushy and of course very fresh

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                  JAB Jan 10, 2014 09:17 AM

                  Microscopic but, you're still here to tell the story...

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              J.L. Jan 10, 2014 10:11 AM

              Flash freezing the tuna kills the parasites & eggs. I don't mind waiting to eat the fresh-caught tuna until after this process is done.

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                JAB Jan 10, 2014 10:20 AM

                Yes, this is what I had heard and was referring to.

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                  Ernie Jan 10, 2014 10:57 AM

                  Tuna has such low incidence of parasites, it is one of the few fish that the FDA does not require to be flash frozen

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                kyee87 Jan 7, 2014 09:03 PM

                all California this year

                1. Saison (by far...)
                2. Manresa
                3. Shunji's
                4. Aubergine
                5. Q
                6. Zo Downtown (37 pieces of nigiri)
                7. Providence
                8. Yamakase
                9. Nozawa Bar
                10. Kiriko

                i'm in SF but LA has some amazing food, especially (but not limited to) its incredible sushi. in terms of Japanese food and especially sushi, nothing from SF comes remotely close to what's available in LA...envious of you all!

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                  kevin Jan 8, 2014 11:20 AM

                  Wow.,

                  How much did those 37 pieces run you ??????????????

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                    djquinnc Jan 11, 2014 07:33 PM

                    So, Saison was really worth it? I'm very interested, but it is a signficant investment of time and money which leaves me a bit conflicted.

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                      kyee87 Jan 16, 2014 09:46 PM

                      sorry for the late response!

                      kevin - if i remember correctly, the meal was about $250p/p.

                      djquincc - yes, in my opinion, Saison is absolutely worth it for me personally. i will definitely be putting my money towards Saison again, even if that means I go out less and on fewer occasions. the food there is really incredible - i had several dishes which each could have been the best thing i ate all year. i think you'll have a great time if you go!

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                        kevin Jan 16, 2014 11:28 PM

                        Shit. I better head down there on the double.

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                      Asperges Jan 3, 2014 12:28 PM

                      Bestia. Was with a group of people and among us we shared a variety of different pastas and every dessert on the menu, and nothing was less than excellent.

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                        Eater15 Jan 1, 2014 04:26 PM

                        Probably Vientiane or Zam Zam market. I'm a cheap date.

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                          set0312 Jan 1, 2014 09:25 PM

                          Vientiane that good? I've been meaning to try it.

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                            Eater15 Jan 3, 2014 06:44 PM

                            Yes it is. They have the best nam khao todd and the best raw shrimp IMO. I also like the fried fish with mango, the wild pork stir fry, and too many other things on that menu to name off the top of my head.

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                            kevin Jan 2, 2014 09:23 AM

                            I've never heard of Vientiane.

                            And what do you get at Zam Zam ??????????????

                            Thanks.

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                              Eater15 Jan 3, 2014 06:39 PM

                              lamb biryani or pulao and chicken tikka.

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                                chrishei Jan 3, 2014 06:55 PM

                                Or just get a mix plate - one of everything + naan.

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                              Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 03:46 PM

                              High End : n/naka

                              Low Brow : tie between Freddy Smalls & Connie & Ted's

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                                linus Jan 1, 2014 04:11 PM

                                wow. our bill at connie & ted's makes your definition of "low brow" kinda...broad.

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                                  Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 04:49 PM

                                  Hahaha, well, when comparing it to places like n/naka.....

                                  Sure it's pricey, it's fresh seafood flown across the country.... But it's casual atmosphere and homey food (for me, since I grew up on New England seafood shack type food)......

                              2. wienermobile Dec 30, 2013 03:40 PM

                                Langer's Deli

                                1. Searching4Dunny Dec 30, 2013 02:12 PM

                                  Urasawa - two nights ago. Hokkaido hairy crab in season, plenty of white truffles from Alba, beef from Miyagi and Hyogo Prefectures, foie gras shabu shabu, shirako shabu shabu, and many other delicious bites of sushi, seafood and cooked items washed down with Eikun Junmai Daiginjo Ichigin sake, as well as other champagnes and wines. A very special meal!

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                                    jessejames Dec 30, 2013 02:15 PM

                                    so flauting the foie gras ban?

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                                      Searching4Dunny Dec 30, 2013 02:20 PM

                                      Yes. I believe there is also a ban on importing the Miyagi beef to the US. This may have accounted for his no-photo policy on the food. The photo policy did not appear to apply to the regulars seated next to us who also were served some different dishes from us that included horse meat, sea cucumber and even more white truffles.

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                                        J.L. Dec 31, 2013 02:11 AM

                                        Was the basashi served cooked or nigiri / sashimi?

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                                          Searching4Dunny Dec 31, 2013 08:14 AM

                                          We were not served any but it looked as if it were lightly seared over charcoals.

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                                            kevin Dec 31, 2013 10:36 AM

                                            Please describe the white truffles further.

                                            How many desserts did you have ??????

                                            Thanks a bunch.

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                                              Searching4Dunny Dec 31, 2013 02:28 PM

                                              The white truffles were large white truffles from Alba (so I was told). Shaved over various dishes but most notably a dish with a slow cooked wagyu that was cooked for two days and served with a generous dollop of Oscietra caviar. Very aromatic. Probably the strongest truffles I have had outside the Piedmont/Langhe region. That is as best as I can describe them.

                                              Desserts consisted of a persimmon, a black sesame ice cream dish and a cup of green tea matcha. Overall, the desserts were not the highlight of the meal.

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                                        Porthos Dec 30, 2013 02:40 PM

                                        Foie course was obviously comped therefor not sold and thus perfectly legal.

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                                          jessejames Dec 30, 2013 02:41 PM

                                          Good one

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                                            Searching4Dunny Dec 30, 2013 03:07 PM

                                            Yes, indeed.

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                                        kevin Dec 30, 2013 05:55 PM

                                        Was there an additional charge for the copious amounts of white truffle ????

                                        How much was the tab ? And the sake price ?????

                                        Thanks.

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                                          Searching4Dunny Dec 30, 2013 08:29 PM

                                          No extra charge for the truffles but I think offering Hiro-San some sake and a glass of whatever we were drinking helped in that department. Sake was $350. Price for food only was $375 per head pre-tip/tax. Total tab for 3 pre-tip was $2400. Not a common tab for us by any means but a once a year splurge that we enjoyed.

                                      4. aching Dec 29, 2013 10:06 PM

                                        Atelier Joel Robuchon in Paris.

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                                          jessejames Dec 29, 2013 10:10 PM

                                          What was the meal there

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                                            aching Feb 15, 2014 09:23 AM

                                            This is way late, but I came across our bill this morning, so I thought I'd share in case anyone was still interested:

                                            La langoustine en ravioli truffe a chou
                                            L'Os a Moelle releve d'une Pointe de Moutarde
                                            L'Oeuf Cocotte a la Creme legere de Morilles
                                            L'agneau de lait des pyrenees, en cotelettes
                                            Le black angus, coeur onglet, aux echalottes
                                            Les Spaghettis a la Truffe Noire
                                            Les Asperges Vertes Mousseline ou Vinaigrette
                                            Le Carpaccio de Dorade

                                            Roughly translated:

                                            Lobster and truffle ravioli
                                            Bone Marrow was with a hint of mustard
                                            Egg Creme with Morels
                                            Lamb of the Pyrenees, in chops
                                            Black angus with shallots
                                            Spaghetti with Black Truffle
                                            Green Asparagus with Vinaigrette Mousse
                                            Carpaccio of sea bream

                                            I know we had dessert too, which isn't listed on the bill for some reason. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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                                              set0312 Feb 15, 2014 02:10 PM

                                              My goodness that looks incredible.

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                                            brandygirl Dec 30, 2013 01:00 AM

                                            I had the best meal of my life at Robuchon's restaurant in Las Vegas about 3 years ago.

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                                              ns1 Dec 30, 2013 09:48 AM

                                              For that price I would hope so!

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                                                jessejames Dec 30, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                what did you have there

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                                                  brandygirl Dec 30, 2013 01:20 PM

                                                  We ordered the four-course menu and added a cheese course. For my appetizer, I had the egg with smoked salmon and caviar--sublime. Next was a chestnut soup, which I loved--however, my sister's soup was even better, with the best broth I've ever tasted, although I don't remember exactly what she had ordered. My entree was sea bass, cooked to perfection. We had great cheeses, but other than Epoisses, I could not tell you which cheeses we ate. I wanted to have their Sphere for dessert, but it wasn't offered on the menu we chose, so I had an apple dish with cinnamon. Their bread cart was amazing, and I had an olive oil bread and a Gruyere cheese bread. They brought a candy cart with a huge assortment of truffles. Because we were celebrating my birthday, the wheeled out on a cart a small birthday cake--not a slice of cake, but a whole small cake! We each received a pistachio-raspberry pound cake as a parting gift to take home.

                                                  As ridiculously expensive as it was, I would go again in a heartbeat. Worth every penny for a once-in-a-great-while splurge.

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                                                    carter Dec 30, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                    Sure does not read as being overly adventurous, or for that matter, even interesting. But I realize it was expensive.

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                                                      brandygirl Dec 30, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                      It actually was much more interesting than I am communicating--I'm sorry I'm not the best writer! I left out all the juicy details.

                                                      So, to do justice to the meal, I just pulled from my files a copy of the menu that I saved.

                                                      The amuse was a lemon and basil gelee with anise fennel cream.

                                                      The appetizer I already described, and you are right, it's not overly adventurous, but it was incredibly tasty. I loved it.

                                                      The soup was a light chestnut cream with foie gras and smoked lardons foam.

                                                      My entrée was pan fried sea bass and octopus with lemongrass, baby leek, and artichoke.

                                                      And for dessert, Fuji apple confit, cinnamon sable, and Manzana milkshake.

                                                      And everything I ordered tasted far better than I could have imagined!

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                                                      jessejames Dec 30, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                      thanks for that description. sounds awesome. not as expensive as me playing craps I bet. for that reason i never have a problem spending bucks on food/wine in LV. was it a hard reservation to get, or did you just call way ahead?

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                                                        brandygirl Dec 30, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                        I did call ahead--I think maybe 3 or 4 weeks before my trip. Told them what time we wanted--it was on the early side--and there was no problem.

                                                        If you go and are not staying at the MGM hotel, make sure to request their limo service when you make your reservation. There is no charge for it.

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 03:47 PM

                                                  Are we not talking about Los Angeles?? Shit, we could all go on & on about memorable meals in other places....but then this should be moved to another board, no?

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                                                    aching Jan 1, 2014 07:16 PM

                                                    I don't know - there were a bunch of other non-LA meals mentioned, so I thought we were going global on this one.

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Jan 1, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                      No worries ;)

                                                3. J.L. Dec 28, 2013 01:22 AM

                                                  Since apparently there are no geographic limitations on this post, I'll put in my 2 farthings...

                                                  1. Akelarre, San Sebastian
                                                  2. Private host dinner, Juan-les-Pins
                                                  3. Providence, Los Angeles
                                                  4. Crab feast, Shunji, West L.A.
                                                  5. Old Jesse, Shanghai
                                                  6. Sergi Arola, Madrid
                                                  7. Pintxos crawl, San Sebastian
                                                  8. Yamakase, West L.A.

                                                  And I just made dinner out of 9 scoops of gelato at Bulgarini earlier this evening (damn your power of suggestion, ipse!)

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                                                    kevin Dec 28, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                    I made dinner put of 12 scoops though they are tiny.

                                                  2. mkleinbart64 Dec 27, 2013 11:45 PM

                                                    La Petite Grocery in NOLA

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                                                      kevin Dec 27, 2013 06:37 PM

                                                      I'm surprised no one has mentioned Urasawa.

                                                      Btw has anyone been to Jiro's pupil's sush bar called nakazawa (sp???) in NYC ?

                                                      Thanks.

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                                                        jessejames Dec 27, 2013 06:40 PM

                                                        Ask the busboy re urasawa.

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                                                        kevin Dec 27, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                        shunji's.

                                                        The Mart.

                                                        Tacos punta cabras on the 3rd try.

                                                        Chengdu Taste, the very first time. (I'm hugely OD'ed out on it now).

                                                        Pina's Bistro.

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                                                          carter Dec 27, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                          Agree Kevin - one time and I had no need to return.
                                                          Good, yes, but nothing worthy of on-going repeat visits, especially when not in the area.

                                                        2. Porthos Dec 27, 2013 05:28 PM

                                                          Many wonderful meals at Shunji and Bestia.

                                                          Providence- best wine tasting ever.

                                                          Best BBQ with a view: take out from Candi's BBQ in St. John USVI

                                                          Best ceviche, arroz con mariscos, and chupe camarone and basically best Peruvian Food Experience: La Mar in Lima.

                                                          Best suckling pig and baby goat: Panchita in Lima

                                                          Best steak: La Chacra Del Puerto in Montevideo

                                                          Best home cooked meal: roast guinea hen and truffle rice bicolore Christmas Eve with family

                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            JAB Dec 27, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                            Was the wine tasting at Providence the standard or was it premium or was it something even more special?

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                                                              Porthos Dec 27, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                              Just dumb luck and my lucky night:

                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927764

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                                                              jessejames Dec 27, 2013 06:30 PM

                                                              Love St. John's. Nice work. Great pix.

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                                                                jessejames Dec 27, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                                And how were those whole roasted truffles

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                                                                  Porthos Dec 27, 2013 06:49 PM

                                                                  Lost my nerve. Didn't roast them. Shaved them over pasta instead.

                                                                   
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                                                                    jessejames Dec 27, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                    You win

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                                                                      kevin Dec 27, 2013 07:57 PM

                                                                      those white truffles look beyond orgasmic.

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                                                                  Searching4Dunny Dec 31, 2013 02:55 PM

                                                                  I really like this list (and photos). Didi you visit any Francis Mallmann restaurants while you were in Uruguay?

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                                                                    Porthos Dec 31, 2013 04:01 PM

                                                                    We only did Montevideo and Buenos Aires that trip and didn't venture out to the country side.

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                                                                      Searching4Dunny Dec 31, 2013 04:06 PM

                                                                      Still sounds like a great trip. I hope to do something similar next year.

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                                                                        TruJavaLvr Jan 11, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                                        I had a wonderful meal at FM 1884 in Mendoza a couple of years back, the parilla and pastas were great, the wines great, and highly recommend going if you have the opportunity.

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                                                                          Searching4Dunny Jan 15, 2014 11:10 PM

                                                                          Very nice. Thanks for the feedback on that.

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                                                                  Thor123 Dec 27, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                  I am going to go with Yamakase

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                                                                    jessejames Dec 27, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                    what do u like best there? just great sushi?

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                                                                      chrishei Dec 27, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                      Sushi is fairly minimal at Yamakase actually. More of just small appetizers both raw and cooked, a la Shunji sans nigiri.

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                                                                        jessejames Dec 27, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                        never been -- have to add this to my list for 2014.
                                                                        Lots of great tips from the hounds in 2013: Shunjis for starters.

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                                                                    foodieX2 Dec 26, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                                    Mine was at home on our new screen porch. Good friends, lots of small plates, fun cocktails and great wine. It was a perfect evening.

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                                                                      carter Dec 26, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                      Would have to agree with you in the concept of eating at home with quality company, quality food & wine, at a fraction of the price.
                                                                      So many new, or newer places, are just in it for the hype, money, and 15 minutes of fame.
                                                                      Places open for one year wanting to open units 2, 3, or 4 thereafter, when they really have not even perfected #1 - Huh?

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                                                                        honkman Dec 27, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                        Which newer places are in for the "15 minutes of fame" ?

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                                                                          ipsedixit Dec 27, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                          1 out of every 2 in DTLA.

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                                                                            Ciao Bob Dec 27, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                            My best over all meal in 2013 was either Assunta Madre or Roscioli, both in Rome.
                                                                            My Best American Meal was Paiche in NOLA
                                                                            My best meals in LA were:

                                                                            Shunji's
                                                                            Chengdu Taste
                                                                            Factory Kitchen
                                                                            Tsujita
                                                                            Alex's Lemonade Stand
                                                                            Giorgio Baldi (Braised Rabbit, off menu)
                                                                            Chi Spacca

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                                                                              ipsedixit Dec 27, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                              Let's hope Factory Kitchen is the "other" 1 of the 2.

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                                                                                set0312 Dec 27, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                                                Out of curiosity what did you get at Peche? I went as well and thought it fantastic (loved the space and location) but it definitely was not in contention for my meal of the year.

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                                                                                  chrishei Dec 27, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                  If it was in NOLA, maybe CB meant Peche.

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                                                                                    Ciao Bob Dec 27, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                                    Sorry about the confusion.
                                                                                    I did mean Peche in New Orleans
                                                                                    http://www.pecherestaurant.com/

                                                                                    I went to Paiche twice here and enjoyed it, but it was not a contender for my MOY, either.

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                                                                                      hppzz Dec 30, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                      the whole roasted red fish was favorite at Peche http://statigr.am/p/529802163307503429_5402902

                                                                                      apparantly Food and Wine agrees http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows...

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                                                                                      steve h. Dec 27, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                      Glad you enjoyed Roscioli. Assunta Madre is now on the stack for October.

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                                                                                        Ciao Bob Dec 27, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                        I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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                                                                                          steve h. Dec 27, 2013 03:45 PM

                                                                                          Looking forward to it. It's in my neighborhood (Via Giulia) but I never pulled the trigger. I'll report back.

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                                                                              djquinnc Dec 26, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                              Tie between n/naka and Wolvesmouth. An enormously, heartfelt honorable mention goes to Papilles for providing consistently delicious food at a price that I can afford during my almost monthly visits.

                                                                              Other notables listed below, due to my strong desire to return:

                                                                              • Angelini Osteria
                                                                              • Bestia
                                                                              • Chi Spacca
                                                                              • Din Tai Fung
                                                                              • Gjelina
                                                                              • Go’s Mart
                                                                              • Hatfield’s
                                                                              • Kang Hodong Baekjong
                                                                              • Providence
                                                                              • Republique

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                                                                                chrishei Dec 27, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                Ah you reminded me of Papilles!

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                                                                                  jessejames Dec 27, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                                  what is good at Kang Hodong Baekjong?

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                                                                                    chrishei Dec 27, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                    meat

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                                                                                      jessejames Dec 27, 2013 10:56 AM

                                                                                      got it
                                                                                      sounds good
                                                                                      never heard of it
                                                                                      better than parks or chosun?

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                                                                                        chrishei Dec 27, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                        Cheaper than those 2 for sure. Park's (and maybe Chosun Galbee) has better quality meats, but you'll have the best overall experience and time at Kang Hodong Baekjeong IMO.

                                                                                        I like both the beef and the pork. Actually prefer the pork myself, particularly the pork neck. But agree w/ djquinnc, ribeye >>> short rib as the 3rd choice in beef combo.

                                                                                        Here's what I said earlier this year: http://oheithere.wordpress.com/2013/0...

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                                                                                          jdwdeville Dec 28, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                                                          Yet, beware the wait! Can be long enough that we put our names in, grab a bite somewhere else, then are having a drink in a bar and hungry again but the time they call. Bring friends, get the combos.

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                                                                                        djquinnc Dec 27, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                        I've had the beef combo three times and the pork combo twice and the beef wins every time in my opinion, especially when we've chosen the rib eye option over the short rib. I also prefer the soybean paste soup over the kimchi stew that they offer with the combo, but that's just a matter of preference as the latter is delish as well. No joke - I am salivating right now as I type this out.

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                                                                                          jessejames Dec 27, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                                          almost lunch time! or maybe as the hobbits say, first, late morningsies.

                                                                                    2. ipsedixit Dec 25, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                      1. Chi SPACCA
                                                                                      2. Hinoki & The Bird
                                                                                      3. Providence
                                                                                      4. Bulgarini
                                                                                      5. Sea Harbour

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                                                                                        J.L. Dec 25, 2013 11:54 PM

                                                                                        You made an entire meal out of Bulgarini gelato?

                                                                                        Me too. Thrice.

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                                                                                          ipsedixit Dec 26, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                          Doesn't everyone?

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                                                                                            set0312 Dec 27, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                                            It costs more than most of my meals so I too go all out!

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                                                                                          chrishei Dec 25, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                          1. (insert Shunj dinner here)
                                                                                          2. Trois Mec
                                                                                          3. Animal
                                                                                          4. Mori Sushi
                                                                                          5. Yamakase
                                                                                          6. Red Medicine
                                                                                          7. Son of a Gun
                                                                                          8. Gorge
                                                                                          9. Kang Hodong Baekjeong
                                                                                          10. (insert Night+Market dinner here)

                                                                                          1. steve h. Dec 25, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                            Omakase at Shunji.

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                                                                                              jessejames Dec 25, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                              Yes. Meals.

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                                                                                                sarahbeths Dec 31, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                how much does that run?

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                                                                                                  steve h. Dec 31, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                  Ah, without looking at notes, receipts I would guess maybe $120. I ate well in excess of 22 pieces.

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                                                                                                    jessejames Dec 31, 2013 04:39 PM

                                                                                                    That's right.

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