Kang Hodong Baekjeong
3465 W 6th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
April 16, 2013
Had a great time at Baekjeong tonight. It’s probably one of the best Korean BBQ places I’ve been to in Los Angeles. I know that most of my friends go for the all-you-can-eat KBBQ places but I am a strict believer in “In this world, you get what you pay for.” It’s got to be some of the best beef I ever had in LA KBBQ places!
I would definitely go back.
Short post tonight. I had to express my joy in finding this place before heading off to bed.
Joey Wong ♥
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
My sister came to Los Angeles and decided to treat ourselves to dinner. We decided on Melisse after looking through a couple of restaurants’ menus. One thing to note for Melisse is that when you make reservations, they will take your credit card for a deposit fee. This is just to ensure that you don’t make a few other reservations and take your pick on the night of the dinner.
We ended up changing our reservation to a different day and Melisse was really good with making adjustments for us.
The moment I stepped into the restaurant, I was greeted by the maitre d’. The waiters were all very courteous and I always appreciate it when they take the time to introduce every course when the food is served.
The food was really good in general. I compared Melisse with Providence, since both restaurants serve French food, and I have to say I preferred Melisse a lot more than Providence. Providence was a bit disappointing to me because the menu was too ordinary. Dinner at Providence did end up with a sweet dessert.
Melisse, on the other hand, was very much a culinary journey from the beginning to the end.
Oyster wrapped with avocado
1. Egg Caviar
2. Wild Japanese Mackerel
3. Spring Onion Veloute
4. Zuckerman Farms Green Asparagus
5. Santa Barbara Spot Prawn
6. Scottish Salmon
7. Liberty Duck Breast
8. Fourme d’Ambert
9. Molten Chocolate Tart
10. Coconut Meringue
- Egg Caviar: Really soft, definitely a must-try. Melisse offered two menus, the “Ten” and the regular menu, where the Egg Caviar was a $25 supplement. It’s definitely worth it to get the “Ten” menu.
- Scottish Salmon: I’m normally opposed to having fish on the menu. I grew up in the Chinese culture where most of the fish that we eat are steamed (to almost-always perfection) so the meat is tender. Despite my bad feelings about the salmon, Melisse surprised me by serving a piece of salmon that is slightly on the raw side, which retains the tenderness of the meat. I’d say the salmon was perfect.
- Little good-bye treat: I love it when fine dining restaurants give you a plate of what I call, “good-bye treats.” It really sweetens the whole culinary journey at the end.
- Liberty Duck Breast: The meat was not as tender as I hoped. Melisse’s service was really nice. When the waitress noticed my discomfort with trying to cut the meat with no success, she immediately asked if anything was wrong and switched my plate for a newly made plate of duck breast. The second plate was not much better. The meat was simply not as tender as I was hoping for.
- Fourme d’Ambert: I’m not much of a cheese person. The taste of the cheese was simply too strong for me, but hey, this is only coming from someone who only likes Mozarella.
I would definitely visit Melisse again, if given the opportunity. It was a great experience despite the duck.
(I finally found out how to work the slideshow!)
Joey Wong ♥
Saboten Japanese Cutlet | 勝博殿日式炸豬排
Lower Ground Floor, Henry House,
42 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
June 21, 2012
Passed by this restaurant every day after work and always wanted to try it. I finally went to try their food last night with my friend. I ordered the Katsudon Combo set and my friend ordered the Pork Katsu with Radish and Spring Onions set.
I was a little annoyed when the waitress told us that there is a time limit for dining there. We went at around 6 and had to leave by 7:45. It’s really more than enough time but we ended up staying there until they kicked us out.
We were served cabbage shreds with sesame sauce and Japanese pickles. I’m in love with sesame sauce so appetizer was good.
My katsudon combo came with two pieces of pork katsu, a shrimp katsu and a piece of crab croquette. The pork katsu was not as tender as I expected. The shrimp katsu was only mediocre. I was most pleased with the crab croquette, which had a creamy filling. The katsu was pretty good in general. The food was served hot and slightly crunchy so you could tell it was served right after it was cooked.
Another thing that pleased me about this meal was the option for barley and rice instead of plain rice. I love barley mixed with rice so it was a good touch to the meal.
My friend ordered the Pork Katsu with Radish and Spring Onions. I thought it was like a regular katsu set in the beginning but one bite and I fell in love with her meal. Instead of the traditional sweet katsu sauce, her meal was served with a piece of grapefruit and a sour-tasting sauce.
It was especially appetizing during the hot summer days. The pork tenderloin katsu topped with mashed raddish paste gave the katsu a smoother and softer texture. The sour sauce made it easier to take in because the traditional katsu sauce tends to get too sweet after a while.
Sorry about the low picture quality! These were taken from my old iPhone. I’m asking my friend to send over a picture she took of her set so check my blog again in a bit to see what her meal looked like!
Joey Wong ♥