Shibumi is a kappo-style restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. After seeing it on an infinite number of best of and must try lists, I was very much looking forward to this meal. My brother was in town for the holidays and I took him here for dinner. We ordered:
- Lotus, Sweet Potato, Young Burdock Chips
- Japanese Sea-Bream Sashimi, Ginger Bud, Pickled Plum-Irizake
- Iwagaki Oyster, Fresh Yuzu, Shiso Flower & Mountain Caviar
- Broiled Sanma Skinny Mackerel, Black Vinegar
- Grilled Heritage Pork In Koji, Pickled Daikon, Leek
- Steamed Rice (with accompaniments)
- Koji (R)ice Cream, Apple & Fermented Apple
The chips were interesting, I’ve never had young burdock (nor did I know what it was til I googled it). The sashimi and oyster was pretty standard, but the seafood seemed like good quality. I wish more flavors came through. The mackerel was bit overcooked. My favorite was the Koji (R)ice cream, because it was different and not too sweet. I also had a good drink – French Cider En Flute, Calvados Back so I appreciated that as well.
All in all, I was disappointed. The service was decent, but one of the servers was so soft spoken I just said no thank you to everything he said. If only I had the same experience as Jonathan Gold. I probably won’t be back, if anything for maybe a cocktail while on my way to another dining experience.
I had a lovely brunch at the beautiful Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for my mother’s birthday.
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous from the striped ceiling to the champagne glasses. The service was top notch as well. While the food didn’t wow me as much as dinner usually does at the Polo Lounge, I still think the tortilla soup and lobster rolls really shined.
They have a jazz band on the patio for brunch, but I think the best room to sit in is the large room with booths.
From top to bottom: tortilla soup, scallops, smoked salmon hash, and summer sorbet dessert.
The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
One of my favorite new watering holes downtown is Westbound, located in the monstrosity that which is One Santa Fe. They have a limited, yet delicious food menu. My faves include the Foieffle and Oysters. They also have an amazing late night happy hour that begins at midnight.
Oysters with Grilled Watermelon Ice, Lemon Oil + Mignonette, Basil
Gravlax Cone with Roe, Charcoal Cone, Goat Cheese, Dill
Foie N Waffle – Brioche, Coffee, Maple, Naval Orange Compote
One of my favorite road trips is to Joshua Tree. It’s about 2.5 hours outside of Los Angeles and feels like it’s a world away. I rented a gorgeous AirBNB with huge outdoor area including a BBQ, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and a firepit.
We watched the Perseid Meteor Shower which was completely visible from the backyard. The most beautiful meteors and stars were visible by the naked eye!
A trip to Pioneertown was a given (meal at Pappy & Harriet’s pictured below!) – which included Baby Back Ribs and Cheese Fries. It’s nice to walk around Pioneertown while it’s still light out and to check out the little shops they have in town. I can’t wait to go back, especially when it’s not 100 degrees out!
One of my favorite dishes growing up was Chicken Adobo. It’s incredibly simple with a garlic, soy sauce and vinegar marinade. It always comes out delicious and flavorful. Recipe here.
I had a long layover in London and HAD to go to Bob Bob Ricard. Any restaurant with a Champagne Button is a restaurant for me. The button actually works, as soon as a pressed it a man, who I will call The Champagne Man promptly arrived to get our champagne orders. Within 3 minutes we had two beautiful glasses of champagne at our table. Definitely needed after an 11 hour flight.
Highlights of the meal included Baked Oysters Brezhnev with Parmesan and Black Truffle and Steak Tartare with Foie Gras, Capers, and Rye Crispbread. The decor is gorgeous but not stuffy. The service is lovely and helpful.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James St. London W1F 9DF
LA Weekly called Osso the best restaurant you aren’t eating at, and I couldn’t agree more. I stopped by yesterday for the second time, and it did not disappoint.
Located in the Arts District where the One Eyed Gypsy is located, it’s a nice hang for dinner or drinks. When you walk in there’s no host, or there hasn’t been the last two times I’ve been by which is a bit weird, so you seat yourself. The cocktails are delicious (I had a whiskey sour) .
MUST ORDERS: Sugar Snap Pea Salad. Couldn’t believe how good this was. Creamy thanks to a yogurt and dill dressing. We inhaled this dish. Live Diver Scallop. Served in the shell in kolhrabi, mandarinquat, and lemon basil. Absolutely divine. I have never had a scallop this fresh ever. Skilled Fried Chicken (not pictured), allow 45 minutes to order this deliciousness. Tagliatelle (not pictured) – house made pasta with meyer lemon and pistachios. So fresh and clean tasting.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kusshi Oysters. Rye Brownie.