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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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This Week's Restaurant Review: Acabar in Hollywood

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Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM
The interior of Acabar - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • The interior of Acabar

This week's restaurant review examines Acabar, the new Hollywood restaurant in the old Dar Maghreb space. Take a minute to read the full review, or check out the cheat sheet version, below.

Looks: We don't usually tout looks as the most important aspect of a restaurant, but at Acabar it's all about the ambiance. The place is stunning, having retained much of Dar Maghreb's over-the-top "Moroccan palace" design, but also making it sleeker and sexier. The walls are covered in mosaic tile, the ceiling in painted designs; the wood and plasterwork is intricate, florid, and kind of breathtaking. Of course, it's all a little silly, but it's a very fun kind of silly.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Four Stars and 13 Courses at n/naka

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Fresh octopus at n/naka.  - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Fresh octopus at n/naka. 

The subject of this week's restaurant review is n/naka, the Palms restaurant dedicated to kaiseki, the formal Japanese multi-course meal. You can read the full review over in the main food section, or see a condensed version (with a couple of extra tidbits), below.

Chef: Chef and owner Niki Nakayama began her cooking career at Takao in Brentwood. Seeking to further her understanding of Japanese cooking and technique, she then spent three years traveling around Japan working in different kitchens, including a Japanese country inn, or ryokan, owned by some relatives. There, she trained specifically in kaiseki. Upon her return to L.A., Nakayama first opened a sushi restaurant in West Hollywood, Azami Sushi Cafe, which was known for its all-female staff. But later at n/naka, which opened on an unremarkable stretch of Overland Avenue in the spring of 2011, she committed herself to delivering the full kaiseki experience.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Petty Cash Taqueria: This Week's Restaurant Review

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Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM
Thebomb.com: guacamole, sea urchin, chicharrones at Petty Cash. - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Thebomb.com: guacamole, sea urchin, chicharrones at Petty Cash.

This week, our main review considers Petty Cash Taqueria. Read the full review over in the food section, or see below for a quick rundown.

Backstory: Petty Cash is in the space formerly occupied by Playa, John Sedlar's Latin restaurant which closed in March. Restaurateur Bill Chait brought in chef Walter Manzke (with whom Chait was already working on the forthcoming Republique in the old Campanile location), and the two of them transformed the spot into a taqueria. Tijuana chef Guillermo Oso Campos was brought in to consult on the menu, and food writer Bill Esparza curated the restaurant's mezcal program and lent advice and expertise in other areas as well.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Bucato: This Week's Restaurant Review

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Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Gnocchetti with pesto genovese at Bucato. - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Gnocchetti with pesto genovese at Bucato.

Bucato, Evan Funke's new Culver City Italian restaurant, is the subject of this week's restaurant review. The full review is over in the food department -- we hope you'll consider reading the whole thing. Or you can peruse the condensed version, below.

Chef(s): Funke is best known for his work at Rustic Canyon, where he served as chef for four years between 2008 and 2012. His love of pasta and Italian food was cemented in 2007 when he spent three months in Bologna learning under master pasta-maker Alessandra Spisni. For Bucato, he's enlisted the help of Kosaku Kawamura, a Japanese chef he met in Italy, who serves as Bucato's chief pasta-maker. Bread and desserts are by Zairah Molina, who previously worked under Sherry Yard at Spago.  

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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This Week's Review: Water Grill in Santa Monica

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Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM
"The Grand" seafood platter at Water Grill Santa Monica - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • "The Grand" seafood platter at Water Grill Santa Monica

This week, the new Water Grill in Santa Monica is the subject of our restaurant review. Head over to the food section to read the full review, or check out the list of spoilers and extras below.

History: The Water Grill downtown has been in operation since 1989, and last year underwent a facelift to make it more appealing to younger diners. Ocean Avenue Seafood on Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica was owned by the same folks, and had been around even longer -- 27 years. But in recent years it had seemed out of date, and business wasn't great. So owner Sam King decided to bring his more successful business to the water, and replace Ocean Avenue Seafood with a second location of Water Grill.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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This Week's Restaurant Review: Girasol in Studio City

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Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Hamachi with citrus at Girasol. - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Hamachi with citrus at Girasol.

This week, our review considers Girasol, the new restaurant from CJ Jacobson in Studio City. You can read the full review over in the food section, or get an abbreviated taste below.

Chef: CJ Jacobson is best known as a Top Chef contestant, having appeared in both seasons three and ten. In between, he was chef at the (now closed) Santa Monica gastropub The Yard. He also landed a coveted internship at Noma, René Redzepi's modernist Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen, often cited as the best restaurant in the world.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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This Week's Restaurant Review: Flores in Little Osaka

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Kanpachi ceviche at Flores - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Kanpachi ceviche at Flores

This week we turn our reviewing eye to Flores, the New American restaurant that opened on Sawtelle in Little Osaka recently. You can hop on over to the food section and read the full review, or get a summary version below.

Chefs: The husband and wife team, Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson, each have very strong resumes: both worked at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York before moving to L.A., after which she cooked at Bazaar and he at the Hotel Bel-Air.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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This Week's Restaurant Review: Connie and Ted's

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Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Lobster roll at Connie and Ted's - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Lobster roll at Connie and Ted's

For this week's restaurant review, we take a look at Connie and Ted's, one of quite a few New England-style seafood joints to open recently in L.A. If you have some time and attention to spare, we urge you to read the full review. For those lacking in time and attention, you can see the vital stats below:

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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This Week's Review: Little Beast in Eagle Rock

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Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Corn risotto at Little Beast - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Corn risotto at Little Beast

After a few weeks without a review (Dessert Issue! Mezcal!), this week we return with a look at Little Beast in Eagle Rock. We urge you to hop on over the the food section and read the full review, but for those of you with less time and attention to spare, here's the condensed version:

The 'hood: Little Beast is interesting not so much because of what it is (that is, another market-driven restaurant serving simple New American food) but where it is. You'd think Eagle Rock would already have a few spots along these lines, but really, until now, it hasn't. And seeing as the neighborhood is home to lots of young families and older artist types, Little Beast is somewhat of a godsend.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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This Week's Restaurant Review: Goldie's in Mid-City

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Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM
The dining room at Goldie's - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • The dining room at Goldie's

This week, we turn our reviewing efforts towards Goldie's, the new Mid-City restaurant from the same folks who own the Eveliegh. Head over to the food section to read the full review, or take a peek below for the condensed version.

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