DineLA Meals Reported -- July 2014
Please report and review your July 2014 DineLA experiences here.
I'll start: On a whim (and with a lucky parking space in front) I went to Emporium Thai on Westwood today for the $15 lunch. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. Restaurant was about 70% full when I got there at 1. Ordered the morning glory salad to start. (This is $10.95 on their regular menu, I think, and it appeared to be full-size.) If you like crispy, as I do, this is a great dish. Many clumps of morning glory in a tempura-like batter that shattered apart when forked. Some chopped shrimp, slivered carrot, red onion, and red pepper, in a barely noticeable clear sweetish dressing. Ordered the chicken with chili paste and thai basil. Asked for heat level 7 of 10, server persuaded me to go with 5 -- wish I had stayed with 7. Good standard thai stir fry with white rice. (Normally $9.95 on their lunch menu with a salad.) Was too full for the coconut ice cream. Good solid lunch -- that morning glory salad is a great dish.
update on paiche:
went there for lunch again today.
ordered the exact same things.
the appetizer size was HALVED.
the fish size seemed marginally smaller too.
my daughter's entree came much later than mine (i was over half way done with mine by the time hers arrived)
when i wanted a lemon wedge to squeeze over the fish, it took a very long time to find someone who would even look over at our side of the room.
what a difference a day makes. .. . .
Reserved a table for 2 for lunch at AOC today in the patio. We (2 women), fully intended to go with the Dine LA Menu. Problem is it was just too much food. We ordered from the regular a la carte menu. 1 order of bacon wrapped dates, we each had the amazing turkey foccacia sandwich (which is on the DLA menu). One of us got the fries, the other the salad. That turkey focaccia is fantastic; what a great combination of flavors. We shared the butterscotch dessert (so sad that blood orange season is over, so no Vacherin). All of the above plus one Diet coke and 1 iced tea and the
check was about $60.00, which is probably what it would likely have totaled if we had gone with the DLA menu. It was obvious that most of the diners were ordering from the DLA menu. Also obvious that most were ordering the Spanish Fried Chicken app and they were very happy. That Spanish Fried chicken app appeared to be a large portion.
re: Bob Brooks
I agree that chicken is great. We often order it along with the bacon wrapped dates as apps when we are a party of 4.
Two of the great appetizers in town. Tavern now also offers those same two appetizers. That Farmer's Lunch was very appealing, but I just can't resist that turkey foccacia with the avocado, mozzarella and olives. Next time, the Farmer's Lunch.
The vintner's lunch is what we had and we thoroughly enjoyed it, along with those bacon wrapped dates, the little gems salad with the cara cara oranges and a fish special that was tasty, but unfortunately, overcooked. But it was a nice lunch overall. But I still want to try that sandwich, I will have to make a special trip, it looks like.
Settebello for dinner--$25 for an appetizer (good meatballs with a tangy tomato sauce and plenty of melted cheese), salad (arugala, marinated artichokes, pine nuts, goat cheese, shaved parmesan, speck, lemon vin. and balsamic), and a pizza (the Diavola in my case). You could add a bombolini for dessert for $4 more. Really enjoyable and a nice price.
went to gyu-kayu and had a fantastic lunch.service couldnt have been better3 choices of protein-salad-soup
what a deal
Went to Scarpetta. Originally, they were on the roster for DineLA, but had to take their name off the roster b/c of a private event booking during the 2nd week of DineLA from 7/21. Since they anticipated folks like me with rezzies this week expecting their DineLA menu, Scarpetta decided to offer a $45 3-course Tasting Menu, with a $12 spaghetti additional course option from Mon 7/14 thru Sun 7/20.
I just went tonite for a solo seat at the chef's counter like in Jan '14 and loved it!
Complimentary bread basket with an assortment of breads including the meat and cheese filled Stromboli, accompanied by marscapone butter, eggplant caponata and citrus olive oil. A mini meal in itself.
*Seared Scallops, morel mushrooms and stinging nettle spaetzle ($7 supplement charge)
1/2 portion of Spaghetti as Additional course for $12
*Grilled Striped Sea Bass, summer vegetable fricassee, rock shrimp & guazzetto
Dessert was Bomboloni with plum-berry marmalatta and lemon-sage anglaise. The Italian donuts were hot and fluffy right out of the fryer and dusted with vanilla sugar.
Personally, I wouldn't change the salt levels, but for those extremely sensitive to sodium, the kitchen can accommodate. Gluten free pasta also available upon request.
Scarpetta Los Angeles (in The Montage hotel)
)225 N Canon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90210