Time for some reflection ... Top 5 things you ate in 2018 (in SoCal)

I got a cookie and a biscuit from them. The biscuit was ok. The cookie was actively bad.
The baguette though. It’s magic. I have to start buying two because I eat a good chunk of it on the walk home

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No particular order.

Triniti: Persimmon and pear salad with creme fraiche

Bestia: Bone Marrow gnochetti (ok, I’ve had this in previous years, but it will usually always be on the list)

Majordomo: most anything with butter and bing, including honey, caviar, foie gras

Happy Harbor: roast suckling pig (the whole pig is $250 and about 8 lbs)

Bistro LQ: uni chawanmushi

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Cosa Buona: Mozzarella sticks
Playground 2.0: A5 Wagyu over bincho
Majordomo: Bing with honey butter
A Cut Above: Cubano
n/naka: Uni and crab spaghetti

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Totally agree. Better than Republique and Clark Street, which had been my favorites.

I’m unclear. What’s the name of this place for a great baguette?

That’s been a thing for years. You just gotta ask.

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I haven’t been to new port probably in 2 years but good to know for next time

Fiona

The tendon in chile at Fey Restaurant in Menlo park.

The chicken cooked in a bladder at Paul Bocuse in Lyon. It is served with morel sauce. Heaven.

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Well January 2019 is almost over, and I’ve finally had time to reflect on the 5 Best Things I Ate in Los Angeles for 2018. Here they are (in no particular order):

Santa Barbara spot prawn, prawn roe, uni and truffle spaghettini, from n/naka

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Kohlrabi Puree, snap Peas, truffle jelly and mint, from Somni

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Roasted Heritage Gallus Bone-In Whole Chicken (smashed fingerling potatoes, broccolini, sliced truffle, albufera sauce, poulet au jus), from Wally’s Wine & Spirits

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Cappellini with 36-hour San Marzano tomato sauce, from Jame Enoteca

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Steamed Central Coast abalone with awabi kimo (abalone liver), from Hayato

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and a BONUS mention:

Layered omelette sandwich, with dashi, mayo & dijon, from Konbi

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What did you drink with that fucking chicken you lucky bastard?

Would you like some truffles with your order(s), sir?

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I occasionally do enjoy some food to go along with my truffles lol…

In reverse taxonomical order:

Majordomo
whole plate short rib, smoked bone-in apl-style ribs, beef fat rice, shiso, rice paper, ssamjang, kimchi, pickled daikon

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Hayato
wild aji bo-zushi
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Orsa & winston
satsuki rice porridge - lobster, abalone, scallop, smoked fish, geoduck, shiitake, chowder, pecorino
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Holbox
sopa de mariscos con erizo - uni seafood stew with crab, yellowtail, clam, shrimp, potato and grilled bread
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Republique
mafaldine, maine lobster
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first runner-up
Pizzeria mozza
roasted tomato, mozzarella di bufala, spicy anchovy, agrumato lemon
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Top toto
singlethread
upstairs neorest® 750h toto
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That Toto sports a faster profile than some racing motorcycles. #numbertwofasttwofurious

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Nice list

In alpha order and ended up with 6.

  1. Hayato’s kaiseki, especially the Yellowtail rice course
  2. LQ’s Cassoulet
  3. Lukshon’s Summer ’18 tasting menu dessert — pineapple sticky rice with compressed pineapple and Thai green curry sorbet.
  4. Majordomo - APL style beef rib and rice
  5. Pearl River Delta popup (by J. Lee) - Salted duck egg yolk fried shrimp
  6. Petit Trois Lobster Thermidor

Main criteria: Would go back in a heartbeat to have the dish(es) again.

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In no particular order

Triple threat quesadilla from All Flavor No Grease (Santa Ana)

Lucien (french roasted rotisserie chicken with natural au jus) from Mon Petit Poulet, (Venice)

Thomas breakfast burrito from Doubting Thomas (Los Angeles)

Triple Berry Cake from Sweet Lady Jane Bakery (Santa Monica)

Salt and Pepper Squid from Newport Seafood (San Gabriel)

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Was thinking of you Toto aficionados when I saw this bus whizzing by. Looks to be the same model too. :slight_smile:

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