Archive for April, 2011

Eatly in LA?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

small-logo-RDC10Culinary Tidbits . . . TV star Mario Batali and restaurateur & winemaker Joe Bastianich have plans to open a Los Angeles branch of Eatly, their huge Italian food mega-store, which opened in New York last year.  A location could possibly be around the fringes of the Fairfax district. With the exception of good neighborhood farmers markets LA still lacks interesting gourmet markets and has so far nothing to offer on this scale and scope.

Note:  I apologize for the low volume of posts. They have been and will be severely curtailed from April 10 –  mid to end of May due to my repair & remodel of my rental property in Los Angeles, where my time to write is limited and  internet connection in this location is very spotty at best.

R&D Kitchen, Santa Monica – Los Angeles

Friday, April 15th, 2011

R&D Kitchen
1323 Montana Ave. (14th St.)
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Tel. 310-395-3314
Great French Fries

R&D Bar

R&D Kitchen is a very popular cafe and bar, with a no reservations policy. the large bar is chock-a-block at night with an animated crowd waiting for tables. The reasons for this are:  it is the only establishment on Montana Avenue with a full liquor license, and has an abbreviated food menu with classic American comfort food which is always fresh and well executed, and a more than adequate wine/wine by glass list.

Back Bar at R&D Bar & Cafe

Rubin Sandwich“Rubenesque” sandwichChinese chicken saladChinese Chicken SaladcheeseburgerR&D HamburgerR&D Bar & CafeGreek Chicken

Comme Ça Restaurant is Just “Comme Ci, Comme Ça” – Los Angeles

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Exterior Comme Ça

8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel. 323-782-1104

David Myers restaurant Comme Ça in West Hollywood was both hit and miss on the food side and maybe, I will give him the benefit of the doubt, he was out of town or at least not present on two back to back visits I made to his restaurant. Looking at it positively, the wine end with its good selection of well chosen wines, both by the glass and bottle helped to mke up for it.

The red & yellow beetroot salad was very good, while a crispy skate suffered from too much dusting that masked the subtle flavors of the fish. Profiteroles were too crispy for my liking and an unneeded,  and unwanted in my case, mass of spun sugar did nothing for the dessert but interfere,  granted it was meant as decoration. A hamburger on another visit filled with a thick patty of  good-quality beef on a pleasant tasting bun was cooked as I requested (medium-rare). An accompanying cone of pomme frites appeared as if they might be good, although that observation was to be short lived when I bit into the first soggy and limp fry. The surrounding clientele seemed pleased with what was delivered to their table however, I had the impression that a great deal of them had not the faintest idea of what French cooking was all about;  in this case it served them well.

Comme Ça Bar




Dining Room Comme Ca

The Roger Room, La Cienega’s First Speakeasy? Maybe

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

small-logo-RDC10Tavern Tipples . . . Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson, the people responsible for Bar Lubitsch have opened, according to them, La Cienega’s first speakeasy.  However, one of the Lawry’s locations on the west side of the street had a basement that was possibly used as a speakeasy that predated The Roger Room. We are checking it out!

Hajime Robot Restaurant – Bangkok

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

By Emi Kagawa

Robot Restaurant Bangkok

Hajime Robot Restaurant
59/27 Industrial Ring Road
Chongnonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120

Hajime Robot Restaurant is amazingly fun, especially for children, who become ‘hooked’ on the concept immediately upon arrival. There is no doubt in my mind, that these same children most likely nag their parents for a return visit shortly thereafter. The parent(s) have probably had enough on the 1st round, and as amusing as the whole thing is, the food is not serious enough to warrant their attention a second time. It may be time for the Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents to take their turn!

Computer OrderOrdering on the touch-screen computerRobot Waiter 1a robot waiter

a robot waiter

Beef for BarbecueBeef for shabu shabu

French Chateau Wine Makers: War on Bogus Bottles – France

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Mouton_1982.jpgNew technology has supplied methods to deter criminals from selling fake wine bottles, especially through auctions and the internet. The following security measures are now, or will be in place soon, at many of the wineries that produce Grand Cru and expensive bottles of wine; this will help to stop or at least deter criminals from trying to pass off bogus bottles as genuine:

(1) a trace mineral hidden in capsule covering the cork that can be read by a testing device
(2) stamps & reference number laser etched into the glass bottles
(3) bubble tags in plastic film to seal bottle, to show that the bottle has never been opened before.
(4) testing age of old bottles by measuring radioactivity, especially with bottles predating atomic testing, without even opening them.