Friday, October 17, 2014

Cardamom An Upscale Indian Restaurant in Mid City Opens Today.

Cardamom is an update on  India's Oven, a relatively well reviewed casual Indian restaurant in Mid City. With an updated more upscale space and a new menu Cardamom is looking for a more upscale market. The dishes are focused around grilled meat dishes. My suggestion? Try the grilled shrimp. 
7233 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038 

Grilled spice rubbed shrimp 

Lamb samosa 

onion bhajis and crab/lobster cakes 

Chickpea/potato dumpling with a tamarind shooter 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Luxe Sunset Launches Their Fall Menu

Luxe Sunset  just debuted its new Fall menu. Chef Olivier Rousselle has moved away from the lighter menu he had for Summer in favor of a heartier menu heavier on starches and meats. While that may seem funny due to it still being around 80 most days hey more meat is always a good thing in my eyes. The biggest standout for me in the Fall menu was the zucchini soup with smoked trout. Chef Rousselle actually told me this soup would be vegan without the trout. Its smooth and creamy and makes me want to try making a soup myself to see if I can get the creaminess he does out of zucchini. The trout adds a rich smoky flavor that just makes it a soup you will remember. Other than that the lamb chops here are perfectly cooked. I would have liked a little more spices or some kind of rub but I know the chef has to appeal to wide demographic range. Overall a nice date spot in Bel Air. 

                                           11461 Sunset Blvd Los AngelesCA 90049
Beef  carpaccio

Zucchini soup with smoked trout 

Spicy crab cake. 

Lamb chop with purple yam. 

Berry creme brulee 

Chef Olivier Rousselle

Monday, October 13, 2014

Eqeko Peruvian Tapas Opens in Downtown Santa Ana

You would not expect Eqeko to be in Santa Ana. While the dining scene in Santa Ana has improved considerably in the past few years (Playground, Little Sparrow) theres been a lack of fresh Latin restaurants that aren't Mexican. With its minimalist decor and its tight tapas style menu Eqeko is bringing some new flavor to the OC dining scene. With Peruvian style tapas theres a lot of citrus and seafood along with a perhaps surprisingly to some  mildly spiced dishes. Prices are very affordable. Theres nothing on the menu over 10 dollars. The beef and raisin empanadas and the mixed fried seafood with yucca (its kinda like a potato) were the favorite dishes of the night. Get some friends share some plates and keep this gem going . 

 309 W 3rd St Santa Ana, CA 92701
The chefs at Eqeko

Chicken slider 

Peruvian tamales 

beef empanadas 

Fried seafood and yucca 

Sweet potato and seafood ceviche 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Al's Beef Brings Chicago Beef Sandwiches to Alhambra

Al's Beef  is in LA county! We talked about Al's opening in Chino a while ago so having another location of this great sandwich place closer to Los Angeles is fantastic. Its located with its sister restaurant Nancy's Pizza  in downtown Alhambra. Like its Chino location the beef sandwiches and fries are great! Want to win a giftcard to Al's? Check us out on Facebook and comment with who you would take out for lunch/dinner on our wall!

410 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Beef sandwich 

Chili cheese fries 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coco Palm Express Closes in West Covina.

Coco Palm Express, a causal concept from its parent Coco Palm Restaurant in Pomona has closed. The mall food court outlet was only around for a little less than a year selling Portoisk Cuban food. With malls all over the country suffering we may see more mall food courts dying this year.

                                                 821 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790

821 Plaza Dr West Covina, CA 91790