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Le Jules Verne

July 16, 2013

Le Jules Verne
La Tour Eiffel
5 ave Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris
01 45 55 61 44

http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/

I’ll be completely honest. Le Jules Verne for lunch was not too great, besides from the view. Though I have never dined at any of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants previously, I heard great things about SPOON in Intercontinental Hong Kong. Walking into Le Jules Verne, I had my expectations sky-high. After all, I’m dining at the restaurant on Le Tour Eiffel.

After walking into Le Jules Verne’s private doorway, we had to pass through airport security before we were let inside the elevator towards the dining area. We ordered from the prix fixe lunch menu, thinking it would be another great meal.

Feeling like being the risk-taker that I’m normally not, I decided to order all the dishes that I normally would not order. This was mainly so our family could try all the different dishes offered on the menu.

I decided on the following:

  • Appetizer: Cold boned chicken and duck foie gras, purslane, toasted country bread
  • Entree: Saddle of farm rabbit, tender potato and Swiss chard
  • Dessert: Baba with Armagnac according to your choice, lightly whipped cream

Highlight:

Cold boned chicken and duck foie gras, purslane, toasted country bread: The cold boned chicken and duck foie gras was much better than what I expected. It was different in the sense that the chicken meat blended with foie gras created a more meaty texture, perfect for eating on its own. It was very different from the usual foie gras spread that we're used to devouring with crackers.

Cold boned chicken and duck foie gras, purslane, toasted country bread:
The cold boned chicken and duck foie gras was much better than what I expected. It was different in the sense that the chicken meat blended with foie gras created a more meaty texture, perfect for eating on its own. It was very different from the usual foie gras spread that we’re used to devouring with crackers.

Chocolate/raspberry palet: The Chocolate/raspberry palet. This is a definite must-try. Not only is it appealing to the taste, it's appealing to the sight as well. You're served what resembles a chocolate dessert topped with raspberries along with a side of raspberry sorbet. Perfect to end a meal with.

Chocolate/raspberry palet:
The Chocolate/raspberry palet. This is a definite must-try. Not only is it appealing to the taste, it’s appealing to the sight as well. You’re served what resembles a chocolate dessert topped with raspberries along with a side of raspberry sorbet. Perfect to end a meal with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disappointments:

The entrees. The fillet of John Dory was better than the rest of the entrees but still, it only passed the mark by the margins. The entrees were extremely disappointing. Starting with the chicken, it was dried and jerky. The rabbit was not too bad but since the waitress said the French ate a lot of rabbit, I was expecting a bit more surprise to it rather than something that tasted along the lines of chicken.

At €90 per person, it was much cheaper than expected but I would prefer to try their dinner as opposed to their lunch.

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Tsujita Annex

May 22, 2013

Tsujita Annex
2050 Sawtelle Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 231-0222

http://tsujita-la.com

After visiting Tsujita for their tsukemen (dip ramen), I fell in love with their ramen immediately.  I loved the chewy texture of their ramen as well as the thick, flavorful broth for the dip.  Their ramen is also served on the cold side, which is perfect for a hot summer day (almost year-round in LA).  When their sister ramen store, Annex, opened across from Tsujita, I had to try it.

The main differences between Tsujita and Annex are:

  • Tsujita offers tsukemen while Annex offers regular ramen
  • Tsujita offers tsukemen only during lunchtime while Annex offers ramen for the whole day
  • The line at Annex was slightly shorter than Tsujita’s when I went, which means go now before everyone finds out about Annex and the line gets really long

There weren’t many options for me to choose from when I went to Annex, mainly because it just opened.  Their miso ramen was not available at the time so I ordered the Ramen with Soft Boiled Egg.  The portion was HUGE, especially since the waitress thought I wanted the large ramen.

The broth at Annex was as thick as the the broth at Tsujita, which made it really filling.  I love ramen and I can sometimes finish an entire ramen at Daikokuya (yes, I’m a pretty big eater for a small person) but it was hard to manage even half a bowl of ramen at Annex.  Annex’s ramen was pretty much the same as Tsujita’s, except Annex served their ramen hot.  Tsujita’s was good because the thick broth was only used for dipping.  For those who are used to drinking the soup with their ramen, I would say Annex is not the place to go.

In short, I would definitely revisit Tsujita for their tsukemen despite the long lines, over going back to Annex.

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥

Animal

May 12, 2013

Animal
435 N. Fairfax Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225

http://animalrestaurant.com

Animal is amazing!  After a very long day, it was nice to settle down at a relaxing restaurant.  I tried getting table reservations at Animal previously but they were always full.  I came here half an hour before they closed at 10 pM, and got seated right away!  It’s a dimly-lit restaurant, definitely a place for dinner with wine.

 

Highlights:

  • Quail: I grew up in Hong Kong and I’m a big lover for char siu (BBQ pork).  The quail was served with char siu sauce and a fruit yoghurt on the side.  Definitely recommend it.
  • Veal Tongue: This is another must try.  If you’re not grossed out by tongue and order it at Korean BBQ places, you have to try this.  Instead of the smokey taste you get from the Korean BBQ places, the veal tongue is served with squid ink sauce on the side, a great touch to the dish.

Disappointments:

  • Pig ear: It was sour, crunchy.  I’m not too sure if Americans are used to eating pig ears with a sourish taste but (maybe because I’m Chinese), I much prefer the Chinese flavors.
  • Rabbit leg: Yup. I tried it. It wasn’t too much of a disappointment but since everything else were so good, the rabbit legs were disappointing in comparison.  Before you get too grossed out, it tasted pretty much like chicken.  The rabbit leg was served with peas on the side but my favorite part of the whole dish was the mashed potato.

Here’s another tip for dining at Animal.  I went with a group of four and we got to taste a little of many dishes.  The portions are pretty small but since there are so many different and exotic dishes at this restaurant, it’s better to go with a bigger group and try a little of everything!

 

All in all, I look forward to my next visit to Animal.

 

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥

Umami Burger at The Grove

May 9, 2013

Umami Burger
189 The Grove Dr.,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 954-8626

http://www.umami.com/

This wasn’t my first time to Umami Burger.  I’ve been to other Umami branches previously and decided to visit this one after it finally opened at The Grove.  I’ve always had pretty good experiences at Umami Burger, besides from the part when I want to leave the restaurant and have to curl up because I stuffed myself with their burger and truffle fries.

I ordered the original burger for myself again, along with the Caesar Salad with Tuna and Truffle Fries.  My friend ordered the Truffle Royale Burger.  After trying the Truffle Burger and the Truffle Royale in the past, I have to say I still prefer the original over the others.

I’m just going to keep this one short for now.  Enjoy the pictures!

 

 

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥

 

P.S. I’ll be back with new posts on a hip restaurant in Los Angeles–Animal!  Stay tuned for new posts coming up right after finals.

Melisse

April 12, 2013

Melisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881

March 2013

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.

“Ten” Menu

Grape appetizer
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

Price: $150

Highlights:

  • 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.

Disappointments:

  • 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!)

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥