Sunday, April 15, 2012

Where to eat in Los Angeles

1. The Bazaar by Chef Jose Andres : What to order --- Sauteed cauliflower "couscous" (cauliflower puree, harissa, lemon, crispy quinoa, raisins, pine nuts, granada); Chipirones en su tinta (baby squid with own ink); Papas Canarias (salty wrinkled, with mojo verde); Boneless chicken wings, green olive puree. Try the desserts at the Patisserie. Hot chocolate mousse, hazelnut prailine, pears, pear sorbet was the best ever!

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Papas Canarias (salty wrinkled potatoes with mojo verde)

2. Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batali : What to order --- Birra Moretti Draft; Insalata mista (olive oil, lemon juice, salt); Pizza Funghi Misti (fontina, taleggio, thyme); Sweet ricotta cannoli filled with cherries and chocolate chips, drizzled with candied zest and Sicilian pistachios! The pizza had a crunchy crust, the cheeses melted beautifully. Excellent!

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Sweet ricotta cannoli filled with cherries and chocolate chips

3. Gjellina (Venice Beach) : What to order --- Tecate Beer; Salad: Bloomsdale Spinach with Olive, feta, pinenuts and crouton; Pizza: Mushroom, goat cheese, truffle oil; Homemade Gelato: mint and chocolate; espresso. Very relaxing ambience, great location (Abbot Kinney Blvd), and tasty fresh food.

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Bloomsdale Spinach Salad (olive, feta, pine nuts, croutons)


4. Surf and Sand Resort, Splashes Restaurant (Laguna Beach) : What to order --- Benton Farms Ham, cornichon, gruyere, dijon butter sandwich; Poached Shrimp, tender greens, avocado, enoki, Champagne salad.
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Poached Shrimp Salad

5. Lucques by Chef Suzanne Goin : What to order --- The bread and the marcona almonds are delicious!; aFarro salad, spring vegetables (fennel, asparagus, radicchio, sweet pea shoots, feta cheese); Grilled cheese sandwich with lomo and chorizo, served with arugula & apple salad. Modern, sustainable! One of the best restaurants in the country!!!
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Crusty bread, marcona almonds, etc


Farro salad, spring vegetables (fennel, asparagus, radicchio, sweet peas shoots), feta


Grilled cheese sandwich with lomo and chorizo, arugula & apple salad

6. BLD (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) by Chef Diana Stavaridis : What to order --- Lamb burger with feta cheese, tzatziki sauce & french fries; Seared Albacore Tuna with couscous vinaigrette and cilantro lime cream; Swirled Lemon Cheesecake, ginger graham crust, blueberry sauce, and whole pistachios. The burger was super juicy, the dessert was refreshing and lemony!
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Seared Albacore Tuna with couscous


7. Tusca Restaurant (Hyatt Regency Hotel, Anaheim) : What to order --- Quartino of Red Wine; Beet Salad with Endives and Goat Cheese; Try the focaccia with trio of spreads: olive oil, white bean spread, and garlic butter; THE PIZZA: delicious crust, mixed funghi, and taleggio cheese; for dessert: warm lemon curd tart with blueberries and vanilla gelato. Very modern restaurant and delicious tuscan food!

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Focaccia with trio of spreads


Pizza Funghi with taleggio cheese and quartino of wine

8. Anaheim White House by Bruno Serato : What to order --- The health conscious menu: beef carpaccio; balsamic salad in a rice paper shell; oven roasted beef tenderloin (with Dijon mustard); fresh fruits (blueberries and strawberries). Or Pasta Bolognese :)
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The creative napkin

Balsamic salad in a rice paper shell

Oven roasted beef tenderloin with Dijon mustard

Pasta Bolognese

Fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries)

9.  Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar (Disneyland, Anaheim, CA) : What to order --- Irish salmon with serrano ham chip, Brussels sprouts, romesco sauce, Marcona almonds, and micro parsley; Roasted half chicken with savoy cabbage, butternut squash, pearl onions, Dijon mustard, and chicken au jus; Deconstructed s'more: chocolate flourless cake, marshmallow brule, graham cracker ice cream, honey tuile; French press coffee. Really, the best restaurant in Disneyland!!!
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Irish salmon with serrano ham chip


Roasted half chicken with savoy cabbage



Deconstructed s'more
 
10. Mr. Stox Restaurant (Anaheim) : What to order --- Ahi Tuna Nicoise with fingerling purple potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and egg; Grilled Swordfish with curry-basmati rice; Alaska with chocolate ice-cream, merengue, and raspberry coulis.
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Homemade bread

Ahi Tuna Nicoise with Purple fingerlings, egg, heirloom tomatoes


Grilled Swordfish with curry-basmati rice


Alaska with chocolate ice-cream, merengue, raspberry coulis

11. K'YA Bistro and Bar (Laguna Beach) : What to order --- Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Reduction Salad; Grilled Salmon Fillet with Arugula, Tomato Salsa, and Caper Vinaigrette; Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with fresh berries!
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Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, and Balsamic Reduction Salad

Grilled Salmon Fillet with Arugula, Tomato Salsa, and Caper Vinaigrette


Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries


12. Mix Restaurant (Hilton Hotel Anaheim) : What to order --- Grilled salmon with pineapple-avocado salsa, served over basmati rice; Salisbury steak, served on top of mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy and steamed broccolini. This restaurant is not very extraordinary, but it is good if you happen to have a conference or a day in the Hilton Hotel. It has modern decor and plenty of tables.


Salisbury Steak on top of mashed potatoes over mushroom sauce


Grilled Salmon with pineapple-avocado salsa on top of basmati rice


 


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