252015Jul

Birthday Dinner at Simbal

Little Tokyo is brimming with new restaurants and attracting top talent from around Los Angeles. One such place was the new restaurant Simbal, a place that serves up playful Southeast Asian cuisine inside a nice and open floor plan. You can see the chef himself, Shawn Pham, managing the kitchen. We did happen to get a photo with him. Friendly guy even in the midst of the opening months of the place. Food was served dim sum style, brought out on carts. It’s pretty funny seeing fine dining dishes carted out. We went…

212015Feb

Cravings Aside, EMC

Funny thing was, I really wanted Korean food. We drove around looking for a place that served live octopus. My current craving though I never had it. Pretty daring. But I made a mistake, a really good mistake. We found EMC, a place my friend recommended when discussing the cuisine. She only mentioned it in the realm of seafood. In no way was the placeserving live moving octopus to its patrons. Something I should have realized after entering. The place was very nice, too nice. Modern. Clean. And to my dismay, it didn’t…

112014Oct

Late Night Shabu Shabu

Here’s one thing I’ve been noticing around Los Angeles, late night happy hour menus as Shabu houses. What a great way to spread crowds our through the night. They definitely got me. Tokyo Shabu Shabu was the second place I went to during my trip. On a gamble I stopped by this place for a late night stack. And wouldn’t you know, they have late night happy hour. Of course, this happy hour was more about the food than the drinks for me. And they delivered. There was no skimping…

252014May

What’s Hakata Ramen?

Another regional style of ramen you say? From the opposite end of Japan? Well sign me up for a bowl. Literally, it seems like half of LA waiting was outside of Shin-Sen-Gumi. The other half was waiting for Daikokuya, a place I’ve eaten many times. This place, however, was new for me. It opened in Little Tokyo after I moved away. And when did Little Tokyo get so hipster busy? Inside, it was an  open layout. Communal table on one side and and open kitchen on the other. There’s also…

242014May

Pine & Crane

I’ve read about this place when it popped up on Eater LA (doing some due diligence on places to eat this trip). It was a surprise to see a Taiwanese place pop up in Silverlake. Sure I’ll buy into the hype. We didn’t have any ideas for lunch. Everything good in Little Tokyo had a line. So why not. There’s this term called Americanized Chinese food, which isn’t something I’m going to knock. Some good stuff came out of that. Here though, it’s hard to say. My Taiwanese friends asked,…

152013Jun

Chinatown Summer Nights

These events were usually about opening up the traditional Chinatown facade to DJ’s, food trucks, and street vendors, a sorta night market, neon style. However, this night was not only in honor of Chinatown’s 75 anniversary, but it was about the unveiling of the first Bruce Lee statue to be raised in the U.S. And if you have read the news recently, there’s some complications in getting this to be permanent. Whatever happens, I guess I’m glad to see this in person. Though I have to say, the statue looks…

142013Jun

Once Again, LA BBQ

We started this day a little groggy from the drinking adventures we had around Koreatown. Gotta hand it to some of the expensive places. Some of them had really good pours and as you may know, some of them didn’t. Does it all even out? No. Because there was expensive and expensive’er. Only found one dive bar, but the hard liquor would still set you back $8. It was still in fact, Los Angeles. By the time we got our act together it was off to check out Joneric’s restaurant,…

212013Apr

Weddings and Korean BBQ

Weekend trips to LA always means at least one night out in Korea Town. This was actually a healthy improvement over all the other time my friends and I come to visit. We would do nothing but lunch at a Korean place, dinner at a Korean place, drinking at a Korean place, and top it off with BCD, a staple in Korea places here. This weekend though, was for a friend’s wedding out in Camarillo. So we split our time in West LA and Ventura County. Yeah, not quite Los…

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