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LA New Years trip food, part II

Posted on | January 4, 2009 | No Comments

During our trip to LA, we hit some of our favorite spots, as well as some new ones. Here are a few:

  • On our way out we stopped at The Mad Greek in Baker, CA. I went for my usual, a chicken gyro. The rice was a bit salty this time, but that Tzatziki sauce is to die for!

gyro-madgreek2

  • On New Years Eve, we went to ShinSenGumi Hakata Ramen in Gardena with my BFF to get our evening off to a proper start. Their specialty is Tonkatsu Ramen. The noodles are thinner than your typical ramen. You can order the noodles either soft, medium, or firm; and order the broth according to your oil and flavor preferences. The noodles are awesome, and the broth is one of the best I’ve ever had! You can also add a variety of toppings (at an extra cost) and if one bowl of noodles isn’t enough, you can get another batch thrown in your broth for an additional dollar!

ramen-hakata

Cost: $

2015 W Redondo Beach Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90247
Phone: 310 329-1335
www.shinsengumiusa.com

Hakata Ramen Shinsengumi on Urbanspoon

New Year’s day was spent at my parents house, eating the ridiculous amount of food that I documented in the prior post. The next day, though, we were off again…

  • For our one upscale meal of the trip we decided on Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood. We looooovvvvveeee Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and had fun measuring up his restaurant to see if he followed his own ‘rules’. The food, atmosphere, and service were impeccable. The restaurant is chic and elegant, but not stuffy. Adam and I both opted for the 3 course prix fixe lunch. Here’s what we had:

Complimentary starter, crispy croutons drizzled in olive oil with citrus hummus:

croutonsandhummus-lwh

For my starter I chose the Carpaccio of Wild Mushroom with balsamic reduction, pine nuts and aged parmesan. A beautiful, perfect, simple starter. One of my favorite dishes here!

mushroom-appetizer-lwh

Adam chose the Pork Belly with ginger, garlic, fresh oregano and orange marmalade. He enjoyed it, but I’m not much of a pork fan, so I’m glad I chose the carpaccio!

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For my entree I had the Broiled Black Cod with pig’s tails and Kumamoto oysters, and a celeriac purée. I was a bit nervous about black cod being seasoned with pigs tails and oysters, but the flavors worked quite well together and I really liked the crispy texture of the pig’s tails with the buttery fish. I would put this dish on par (but very different) with Nobu’s signature Miso Cod:

blackcod-lwh

Adam chose the Braised Short Rib Cannelloni with sautéed shitake mushrooms and potatoes. The short ribs had a wonderful flavor, and those potatoes reminded me of Joel Robuchon’s Pommes Puree.. buttery, smooth, and to die for!

shortribs-lwh

For dessert I chose the Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with brown butter caramel and vanilla ice cream. The fondant was delicious, and almost too chocolately… but paired with the ice cream it didn’t go over that edge:

lavacake-lwh

Adam chose the Persimmon Soufflé with cinnamon ice cream which was light, airy, and delicious, although I had a hard time tasting anything remotely like persimmon or cinnamon in either. Then again, I only had one small bite!

souffle-lwh

As a finisher we were given what I could swear the waiter said were Petit Fours, although I thought that Petit Fours had cake in them? Anyway, ours consisted of a fruit jelly, and marshmallow:

petifors-lwh

Cost: $$$$

1020 N San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 310 358-7788
www.gordonramsay.com/gratthelondonwh/

Gordon Ramsay at the London on Urbanspoon

  • That evening we managed to get Bob (my oldest brother) to take us out to Little Saigon to get Pho at Pho Thang Long. He’s pretty familiar with the area and the restaurants, and he picked a good one for us to try!  Sadly, I have to admit that their Pho is better than our favorite here in Vegas, Pho Kim Long… and it’s also $2 cheaper! They have one (which I tried) that has sliced filet mignon, which is served to you on a separate plate. The broth was steaming hot and flavorful, and the noodles were perfect. Soooo good!

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  • The morning before we left my mom cooked up a wonderful breakfast, including this dill fritatta:

frittatta

I can’t believe we ate all of this food in 3 short days!!!


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