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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