Tonkotsu ramen with firm, thin noodles, from Ramen Nagi (Century City)… The Daily Special gyoza were strangely microscopic in size. They must have gnomes in the back kitchen making them. Tasty overall. Good tare, solid ajitama. Buta no kakuni was too tough - Stick with their chashu. Though full of umami, the consistency of the broth slurry was a bit too thick.
Classic meatball plate (with an extra side of meatballs), at Ikea (Burbank)… I know it’s just a ploy to keep shoppers shopping, but the food at Ikea has improved quite a bit since my last visit. I was pleasantly surprised. I have always been partial to the köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) there, but on this last visit, the salmon, garlic bread and strawberry shortcake were actually really delicious… #smaskigt
Meatballs were like the other time I tried them when Ikea first opened here, tasty but rubbery, similar texture to Chinese fish balls. Potato pancakes would have been better crisped up in a pan rather than in the oven. Tunnbröd was like thin lavash, surprisingly good given that you just take it out of the freezer and leave it at room temperature for an hour.
The Burbank location has a new kitchen, and the texture of the kottbullars at this particular Ikea were more like homemade meatballs, less “industrial”-tasting; very similar to kottbullars I’ve enjoyed in the food halls of Stockholm.
Ok, Pizzeria Sei has my second fav pizza in LA now (Mozza will always be my no 1). Really great crust! Loved the prosciutto app and even the tiramisu was so good. We got there at a good time on Friday evening, around 5pm, without a reservation and were seated pretty quick.
Prosciutto (mozzarella di bufalo, arugula, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, toasted bread):