Go Get Em Tiger (Los Feliz)
I'm not a big Coffee connoisseur, but I've heard much about Go Get Em Tiger's new opening in Los Feliz (next door to McConnell's Ice Cream).
49th Parallel Ethiopia Kayon Mountain:
This was the heavier of the 2 types of Coffees we ordered. It was more bitter, but had some interesting aromatic notes.
49th Parallel Honduras La Benedicion:
The Honduras Coffee was much lighter, having an almost lightly "sweet" finish (even though there's no sugar added). Like some of the more hardcore Coffee specialists in town, there's No Cream and No Sugar anywhere to be found for self-serve.
Go Get Em Tiger
4630 Hollywood Blvd.
Loz Feliz, CA 90027
The generically-named Beijing Restaurant looks like a mess of a menu: There are Northern Chinese dishes, Szechuan, Cantonese dishes, and just an overwhelming amount of menu items overall.
Eggplant in Garlic Sauce:
Sweet, tart, salty. The Eggplant was soft, but the flavors tasted rather underwhelming.
Braised Pork Neck Bone with Rice Noodle:
Note that this is supposed to be a Noodle dish. The Noodles (as you can see) were completely saturated in oil (so you could see the translucency of the oil-soaked Noodles). It was also overcooked and dried out (in parts). This was really oily, and a pretty bad Noodle dish.
Doornail Meat Pie:
I have no idea why the English name is so wacky, LOL, but these were crispy Meat Pies of Marinated Ground Pork and Chinese Chives. They were pan-fried, so it had the texture of a Green Onion Pancake. The ones we had at Beijing Pie House were better, but these were decent.
Beijing Roast Duck:
I haven't had Peking Duck in years, so it was nice to see it on a menu. Not hearing about this place being a specialist in Peking Duck made me wary, but our friends wanted to try it as well.
The actual Peking Duck skin had a surprisingly decent crispness to it. I think Duck House in Monterey Park was better (and that wasn't that great), when we had it a few years ago on our last visit. The Duck meat was tender and moist still.
The weirdest part, however, was their serving style: They brought us what looked like only half of the Peking Duck. When we tried to ask if this was the whole Duck, the server (who seemed to barely speak English), nodded, and we shrugged and started eating.
45 minutes later, as we asked for the bill and had finished, they bring us the other half of the Duck! Someone else there spoke better English and claimed that "it was their way to prepare" the Duck. But in hindsight, we noticed a table next to ours getting half a Duck as well, within a few minutes of ours. I think they just screwed up and gave them half the Duck to make them happy or something?
Either way, this was so-so Peking Duck.
They also said we could have the Duck Bones (and remaining meat) cooked as a Soup or Sauteed. We chose the Duck Saute:
This was a heavy, salty Saute of Duck Bones with Cumin and Soy Sauce.
Sauteed Pork Kidney:
Completely overcooked and dry. It also tasted rather one-note: Just mainly Soy Sauce.
Stewed Pig's Trotters:
This was probably the best dish we had (which wasn't saying much), Stewed Pig's Trotters were soft and gelatinous, but it came out lukewarm(!) and it tasted just like the Pork Kidney dish we had (the exact same sauce, but with Chili Oil added).
Their service was also really bad. Two of our tea cups had food stains on them(!), and when we asked the waitress to get new ones, she just looked at them, picked them up and left (no apologies or even surprise). She never came back with replacements. The rest of the meal had them never check in on the table even once, and we just had to flag down help if we needed it.
In the end, we should've listened to @ipsedixit and skipped this place.
250 W Valley Blvd, # B2
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Tel: (626) 570-8598
Bestia is one of those restaurants that doesn't feel like it lives up to its ridiculous bookings and wait times. Trying to find a table for 4 at a normal dinner hour of 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. or so means, you need to book usually 2+ months in advance(!). Trying to walk in and get a seat for 2 - 4 people on the weekends is also crazy (for their first come, first serve section). The wait was 2.5 hours, so we ended up splitting up and waiting for seats of 1 or 2 and we all got seated separately, but it still took a while.
Emilia (Orange Aperitivo, Quinine Americano, Lambrusco, Lime, Seltzer, Served Long Over Ice):
Fizzy, citrusy, refreshing. This was pretty good, but nothing outstanding.
Roasted Marrow Bone (Spinach Gnocchetti, Crispy Breadcrumbs, Aged Balsamic):
We've had this before, but it had been a while since our last visit. It is still one of their better dishes, as you scoop out the Bone Marrow into the Spinach Gnocchetti, and then mix it all up. You get a luscious, bovine fattiness coating each bite of the Pasta.
Clam Pizza (Burrata, Mozzarella, Clams in Escabeche, Chili Flakes, Fresh Oregano, Paprika, Garlic):
Like Terroni, Bestia decided it was cooler / hipper / lamer(?) to serve the Pizza Uncut. As introduced by our server in the most pretentious, absurd way possible (to sell how upscale the restaurant was), "Our pizza is a fork and knife affair. Our kitchen feels this is the best way to enjoy pizza." Seriously?
So you cut the Pizza yourself, with a fork and knife (which is a mess).
Their Pizza is their own style of super doughy, soft crust. It's almost a very soft rubbery texture. There is no firm crust anywhere, and it's very wet in the middle. We've had Neapolitan Pizza before at Settebello many times, and think it's better.
Either way, the actual taste was OK. The Clams were completely lost (you couldn't taste them at all). What you mainly tasted was Chili Flakes, Garlic and Mozzarella. Which was spicy and fragrant, but we ordered a Clam Pizza for a reason (not for Chili or Garlic).
In the end, some people like this style, but as a Pizza and at their prices, I'd rather eat at DeSano, Settebello or Sotto easily.
Agnolotti alla Vaccinara (Cacao Pasta Parcel, Braised Oxtail, Burro Fuso, Grana Padano, Pine Nuts, Currants):
Their Housemade Agnolotti were OK. Cooked beyond al dente to a very soft pliable consistency, the Oxtail was completely overpowered by the Currants, the Cacao infusion and Pine Nuts. We've never been a fan of Bestia's pastas and this dish just reinforced it.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Kentucky Straight Whiskey:
Our friend treated us to a shot of the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21, which had a fiery, spicy bite on the initial sip, and then it finished up really smooth. I don't like hard liquor at all, but it was a good experience trying this out.
On this weekend visit, Bestia is just a loud, insane party: People were yelling (we could hear them across the dining room), 2+ hour waits for walk-ins, club goers in crazy outfits, hamsters, families, and there was a line for the bathroom 15 people deep.
We couldn't carry on a conversation without yelling at each other and our other friend sat alone to eat (to lessen the wait times). With absurd reservation times 2+ months in advance (for a normal dining hour) (or you could pay for the privilege of a reservation (since Bestia sells them via one of those reservation apps)), super loud dining, and hit-or-miss food, we're not going back to Bestia anytime soon.
2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles CA, 90021
Tel: (213) 514-5724