Monthly Archives: April 2013

REVIEW: YAMAKASE

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Yamakase is the best meal The Monster has had in LA.  Better than Urasawa.  Providence.  Melisse.  The first time at ConiSeafood.  Exploring the nooks and crannies of Thaitown.  Glorious Korean bbq duck.  Defeats n/naka.  Angelini.  Hart and the Hunter.  Din Tai Fung.  Go’s Mart.  Those were and are fantastic places.  Yamakase as a holistic experience tops them all.

It is a wonderful synthesis of the food one gets at Urasawa/Shunji/n/naka/Zo with the uproariously fun time you might have at an intimate dinner party with great friends.

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LE GRAND FOODING BASH

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Le Grand Fooding Bash.  The first time event held on Friday and Saturday on the lawn at Moca curated a mix of Parisian chefs with some of our Southern California stalwarts like Roy Choi and Chateau Marmont’s Carolynn Spence.  You could sample drinkable pizza, get a taco from Roy himself, and devour some of Lemonade’s wonderful desserts.

It was a valiant first stab in some respects (great location, admittance to the museum, interesting music) and a fail in others (limited food selection and chefs, tickets to obtain the items meant anything you liked (or hated) you only got one serving of, limited Veuve (one glass per guest)).

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REVIEW: MONZO

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Monzo takes over from the failed Fat Spoon in Little Tokyo, a place The Monster never understood.  It looks exactly the same.  Like slap a new sign up front and rock and roll. Here’s hoping the food is better.

Because you are not here for friendly, engaging service. Or atmosphere.  It’s a small place.  It’s a simple place.  It plays some really tacky music.  Did The Monster mention don’t come here for the service?

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A LOOK AT: AREAL

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“A look at…” is a new series examining restaurants that are kind enough to invite The Monster to sample their cuisine.  Since these are hosted experiences and The Monster does not pay, the articles will not be reviews per se.  Instead, they will shine a light on places that you should check out.

So let’s take a peek at Areal on Main Street.

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REVIEW: EL DORADO PERUVIAN

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Word of caution.  When a Peruvian restaurant also sells pizza and chicken wings…

…it is no longer a Peruvian restaurant.

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A LOOK AT: 31TEN

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“A look at…” is a new series examining restaurants that are kind enough to invite The Monster to sample their cuisine.  Since these are hosted experiences and The Monster does not pay, the articles will not be reviews per se.  Instead, they will shine a light on places that you should check out.

The first in the series, a look at 31Ten in Santa Monica.

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WHY THE MONSTER EATS FLA-VOR-ICE…

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…and Otter Pops?  This one is pretty simple.

Nostalgia.

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HAIKU REVIEW: AGRA

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Want Indian food…

Samosas, Chicken Tikka…

And it’s just ok.

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REVIEW: MASA

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Echo Park is not close to Santa Monica.  But The Monster needs some pizza and Hollywood Pies is closed.  That makes coming to Masa for some Chicago style deep dish pizza a lengthy excursion. Here’s hoping it is worth it.

The interior is a mishmash that is part pizzeria, part weird aunt’s home.  It works and yet it doesn’t. The clientele is equally a mixed bag of hipsters and ancients, families and The Monster.

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REVIEW: LITTLEFORK

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Sitting outside on a cool Sunday at Littlefork and The Monster wonders who picked out this horrible music?  Luckily he is here for a lobster roll and some maple glazed onion rings and not for the music curation.

It’s Hollywood hip inside and pretty boring outside, what with uncomfortable chairs and the need for shaking up the dreary color palette.  But its come a long way from when this was Shin.

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