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Apr 11, 2014 10:22 PM

Changes at Flores

I tried a few wks ago to make a reservation at Flores for dinner. Person answering the phone told me that the kitchen being "renovated" and that they'd open in a few wks. My partner commented that this (the renovation) was odd since the restaurant is so new.

The website says that the restaurant is reopening w/ a new "story" as the "Ladies' Gunboat Society" w/ a menu focused on Southern cooking.

Does anyone have the inside scoop on what's going on? Rather sad, since I really liked the original menu....

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  1. Damn! I didn't get to try to original iteration, yet. Looks like I missed the . . .

    1. Some more info:

      Wonder what prompted the change? Seemed to me as if they were doing at least okay business (esp for a place that hasn't been open that long). ::sigh::

      1. I just heard about this. I think they wanted to go in a different direction with the food. I'm looking forward to trying it soon. Will report back.

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        1. re: perk

          Yeah. I also never got the chance to
          Try in its original iteration.

        2. Tried Flores a few times - Decent tagliatelle, and cobbler. Not much to wax poetic about...

          Interested to see Southern cooking come to Sawtelle, though...

          Will Bachi Burger next door EVER be up and running?!

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          1. re: J.L.

            Really? I liked the half chicken, the caesar salad, the pork croquettes. Found it vastly superior to the similarly-oriented Tapenade across the street.

            Haven't had much southern cooking, but I assume it'd be heavy. I think Plan Check is weighty enough for all of Sawtelle.

            Not sure about Bachi Burger. Even the construction boards haven't changed at all!

            Kushikatsu now open in the former Orris/Spaghetti House/whatever space. Might try it out. A Yelp review says another location of Tsujita is opening up along that same strip (???).

            Had the cacio e pepe last night at Clusi Batusi. Just lovely. =)

            1. re: ilysla

              Hmmm. Did someone say cacio e pepe?

              1. re: ilysla

                Been to kushikatsu? I'm intrigued

                1. re: jessejames

                  Cacio e pepe was indeed on the menu at Clusi Batusi. ;) It was delicious.

                  Not been to Kushikatsu. Saw a "coming soon" sign out front maybe 1-2 wks ago and then was surprised when it seemed to be open for business on Friday evening....

                  1. re: jessejames

                    Went to the other location when it first opened. It's definitely different w/all those layers. Hard to explain as it's juicy yet a different type of juicy since it's coming more from the layers than the meat itself. The meat is on the drier side but in a way that works as it's from being pounded thin, and with so many added layers and a light airy batter it's pretty delicious. Definitely worth trying once, and I'd go back a second or third time but in the end I still prefer a traditional 1-layer tonkatsu.

                    1. re: namstermonster

                      Nm I agree. It was good but i like wako Katsu better. Sauce not quite as good tho but I like the sesame mortor and pestle. Did u get a filing like the sour plum? I didn't but will nexttime. I just went to sawtelle.

                      1. re: jessejames

                        what is wako katsu? ...To "namstermonster": Does "kushikatsu" taste like "kimukatsu"?

                        1. re: csh123

                          Katsu joints in ktown. One on Olympic other on Wilshire. I think Wilshire one has beer

                2. re: J.L.

                  Bachi Burger will not be opening on Sawtelle after all.

                  1. re: Johnny L

                    Whaaaaaa happened ??????????????

                3. Anyone been to this new iteration and want to report back?

                  Menu finally posted on their site: (I know it's been posted elsewhere but I've had a hard time finding the full menu in high enough a resolution to read all the ingredients in all the dishes and with pricing information.


                  I'm really interested in the johnny cakes, the two crudos, and the chicken fried rabbit.

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                  1. re: TheOffalo

                    The salmon on the johnny cakes was quite good (silky with just enough bite from the salt and dill, nicely offset with the creme fraiche) but I found the cakes themselves slightly overcooked. The scallop crudo (as you noted I noted on the Shellfish post) was excellent--great combination of flavors and textures. The chicken fried rabbit had a wonderful coating but (as can happen with rabbit) some of the meat came out too dry...almost cottony (cotton-tailey?); the portion looks enormous but a lot of it is bone so best to eat by hand (they supply some lemon and moist towels). Be warned, the honey on the rabbit is good but quite sweet (though did little for the dry pieces). Service was friendly and the server was on top of things. I am eager to try the pork next as it looked very good at the next table. Prices were reasonable, in line with what they are charging at Hart and Hunter, if you have been there. I was told the menu was a work in progress so not sure what will stay on and what will come next.

                    1. re: New Trial

                      The barbecue blue crab that they had recently looked interesting too. Too late for shellfish month unless someone had it earlier in the week.

                      Thanks for the report!

                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        It was a whole crab and, per the server, uncracked; if so, definitely a full hands on experience (especially if they did not have the little mallets). The menu in your link now shows bbq blue prawns instead, a tad easier to dismember.

                    2. re: TheOffalo

                      Just went this (last?) night. My experiences mirror New Trial's, although there was no scallop crudo or salmon (IIRC).

                      My friends had the pork chop but ate it up so quickly I didn't have time to try it. Salad (named for the restaurant) was yummy but a tad over dressed. Rabbit is indeed gigantic but goes quickly b/c it's a lot of bone. Ours didn't seem overcooked.

                      2 salad, 1 hamachi, 2 rabbits, 1 porkchop, 4 beers, 2 wines = $201 (not including tip). Price seemed okay for the quality.

                      I liked the food, but I liked the old menu better. The new menu is very (unsurprisingly) meat-centric, and it's not a place I can see myself going to that often simply b/c it's rather heavy (and I don't see the point of going for the salads alone).