Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Art of Boiling Your Own Dinner

Cleverly named for the boiling point of water, Mizu 212 serves a traditional Shabu-Shabu meal. Basically, they bring you raw meat (beef is the preferred meat, though I went with the pork this time around), raw vegetables, and other things that you can boil in water (udon noodles, shumai, etc.)

I loved the scene in "Lost in Translation" where Bill Murray says, "What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?" when he refers to the Shabu-Shabu restaurant from earlier in the day.

Mizu 212
2000 Sawtelle Blvd.

Asian-Ya Soy Boy

I heard they recently revamped their menu, so I thought I'd check it out. Asian-Ya serves different Asian cuisines, but it's primarily Korean. They're known for their soontofu. I'm weary of restaurants with quirky names, but I have to say their food is pretty good. I looked at their revamped menu, and I was a bit overwhelmed.

I finally decided to go with their Jalapeno Curry. Next time, I will try one of their ramens and see how it stacks up to the other ramens on the westside.

Asian-Ya Soy Boy
11660 Gateway Blvd.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Needless to say I didn't buy this...

It's a really nice looking bottle of water, but unless it gives me super powers, I won't be purchasing it anytime soon. I elected for a simple bottle Aquafina for $1.49.

I looked up Aquadeco's website and I get the feeling that they're more excited to sell you on their nice looking glass bottles than the water itself. Even more ridiculous are the accessories for the water. They have decorative sacks (a la Crown Royal) and lighted display stands that make the bottles look pretty. The website says, "more romantic than candlelight!"

Monday, June 09, 2008

Miso Salad at CPK

Famous for their ecclectic California-style pizzas, California Pizza Kitchen (or CPK) serves some great salads as well. I tried the Miso Salad (with shrimp and blue crab, few bucks extra, but well worth it).

California Pizza Kitchen (many locations)
11677 San Vicente Blvd.

Blue Marlin

West LA is home to many Japanese inspired French restaurants. Sawtelle Kitchen is one. Some would consider Chaya to be in that category. I'm a big fan of Blue Marlin. Blue Marlin serves amazing pasta and seafood gratin dishes as well as some classic Japanese dishes like curry and Om-Rice (Omelet covered fried rice, usually served with ketchup or demi-glace).

Try their Spaghetti with Pollack Roe (I did a post on this a while back) or their sea urchin over rice.

Om-Rice with shrimp and chili sauce

Curry with crab creme croquettes

Hot pot lunch special (changes daily)

Blue Marlin
2121 Sawtelle Blvd.