Cassia is a restaurant I’ve been trying to go to for ages. The good reservations are all taken weeks in advance, so my dinner started around 6:30/6:45ish.
The actual space is indoor and outdoor, with beautiful high ceilings and tables that are filled by time, not by space. Something I truly appreciate.
The must orders include Kaya toast (Coconut Jam, Butter, Slow Cooked Egg), Green Papaya Salad (with a kick!), Kon Loh Mee (Egg Noodles, Chinese Broccoli, Ground Pork, Pork Belly), and Spicy Wontons.
I highly highly recommend eating at Cassia. It’s all over all the best new restaurant lists, and well deserved. The service is top notch as well.
1314 7th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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
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.
With locations in New York, Portland and now Los Angeles, Pok Pok seems to have taken the foodie marketplace by storm. Their infamous wings are finger-licking good. Manners go out the door when eating these.
I am a bit sensitive to overly spicy foods, so I tried the non-spicy wings. Absolutely delicious. There’s definitely some sort of fish sauce and soy sauce mix in the marinade and it blows all other wings out of the park. I’m dying to know the recipe.
Their LA location is located in Chinatown. I recommend their version of a whiskey sour and mind the spiciness when you see any peppers!
Pok Pok LA 978 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stir Market is a new little Joan’s on Third-esque eatery. It’s partially a food shop(pe) and also a restaurant/wine bar.
I had the Moroccan Baked Eggs (merguez sausage, organic eggs, tomatoes, chickpeas, peppers, with grilled bread) and a soy latte (Intelligentsia Coffee). The dish was delicious and hearty – perfect for a cold day. As someone who doesn’t eat a ton of meat I could’ve done without the sausage since I only took two bites. Perhaps I’ll request it without next time. The space has high ceilings and is very inviting. It wasn’t too crowded on the Friday morning I stopped by but I imagine it being quite popular on the weekends. An outdoor patio is located out front and they are dog friendly.
Finally tried Sushi Gen after years and years of fawning after Yelp reviews and Foursquare recommendations. It was about a 45 minute wait on a Monday night so I put my name in and went to grab drinks at Wolf & Crane. Upon our return it was about a 5 minute wait before being seated. The inside feels very Japanese which lots of wooden booths. The staff are attentive and helpful.
I ordered the Sashimi Dinner (Chef’s Choice) and Fatty Tuna Sashimi. The Fatty Tuna was melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. Luckily enough a few more slices came along with the Sashimi Dinner Combination. The fish is fresh, delicious and really gives you a taste of a plethora of different kinds of fish. My favorites were tuna and spicy tuna. It turned out to be WAY too much food but absolutely worth the price. Definitely my new favorite spot in Little Tokyo (Hama Sushi comes a close second).
I had brunch at Commissary last week. Well, not brunch because they don’t serve brunch. Breakfast ends at 11 AM, so when I arrived around 10:55 AM they informed me I had 4 minutes to order bfast! Sigh. Little do they know how much more $ they’d make if they actually had a proper brunch.
Either way, I ate here on a Sunday during which I’d normally have brunch – and it was delicious. They have a few brunch-esque dishes available during lunch so we had hash browns and 2 orders of eggs. We then proceeded to put the egg on top of the hash brown (they wouldn’t do it for us) and it was incredible. The eggs are served poached on top of a delicious tomato sauce. Oysters were delicious and fresh. The eggplant was in a curry soup/sauce and it was phenomenal. It was creamy, warm and nice little spicy addition to the rest of the meal. The fruit & cheese plate was forgettable, but the drinks were divine. I believe I had the blackberry drink – whichever has bourbon in it. Shrimp Po Boy really hit the spot – though I thought it was overpriced for what it was ($16?!).
I’ll definitely be back, just probably not in time for breakfast.