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Eat This Cafe

October 21, 2013

Eat This Cafe
6547 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 999-2003

http://eatthiscafe.com

It’s hard to notice this restaurant if you’re just driving down Santa Monica Boulevard. Surrounded by pretty much nothing, this cafe is hard to spot but is one of the must-tries in Los Angeles. The only reason I found this cafe was when I spent one of my lazy weekend days on Yelp updating my bookmarks and adding restaurants to my “To Try” list.

Eat This Cafe serves every Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Although their pancakes look very appealing, I decided to go for one of the breakfast sandwiches today. To be completely honest, brunch food can start to get boring after one too many eggs benedicts or french toasts.

Happy Eating List

Truffle Cheese & Egg Panini: Heavenly. I asked to switch from the sourdough bread to the cranberry walnut bread. I loved the blend of everything in the sandwich that gave it a subtle truffle taste and although it is a savory sandwich, the balsamic glaze and the caramelized onions gave it a hint of sweetness that made the panini all the better.

Truffle Cheese & Egg Panini:
Heavenly. I asked to switch from the sourdough bread to the cranberry walnut bread. I loved the blend of everything in the sandwich. From the subtle truffle taste to the hint of sweetness from the balsamic glaze and caramelized onions, all the flavors came together and made the panini all the better.

Irish Turkey & Egg Panini: Layers and and even more unexpected layers of meat. This might be one of the paninis with the most layers of meat I've had in a while. The crunchy texture of the grilled cranberry walnut bread complemented with the soft layers of the turkey meat and cheese was a perfect blend of crunchiness and softness.

Irish Turkey & Egg Panini:
Layers and and even more unexpected layers of meat. This might be one of the paninis with the most layers of meat I’ve had in a while. The crunchy texture of the grilled cranberry walnut bread complemented the soft layers of the turkey meat and cheese. It was a perfect blend of crunchiness and softness all in one bite. The bacon, of course, also added some magic to this panini.

Not So Happy List

Corned Beef Hash: After reading all the Yelp recommendations and tips about how amazing the corned beef hash was, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it was more of a personal thing that my tastebuds just didn't find the beef hash too appealing.

Corned Beef Hash:
After reading all the Yelp recommendations and tips about how amazing the corned beef hash was, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Perhaps it was more of a personal thing that my tastebuds didn’t find the beef hash too appealing.

One thing that really caught my attention was that the home fries were served with a spicy ketchup. Instead of asking for ketchup and hot sauce, they already blended the sauce for you.

Eat This Cafe definitely deserves another visit. Besides from going back for more brunch food, I also look forward to trying some of the dishes from its regular menu. They offer some healthier options on their regular menu, including a wide range of salad options.

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 ♥

Asia de Cuba (Dine LA)

April 25, 2013

Asia de Cuba
8440 W. Sunset Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6000

http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/restaurants-and-bars/asia-de-cuba-mondrian-la

Sorry for the late post on a Dine LA experience.  I went to Asia de Cuba, after my friend recommended trying their Dine LA menu.  Asia de Cuba’s menu is designed to share.  Among the six of us, we shared the appetizers and dessert and had our own entree.  After living in Los Angeles, I was accustomed to the big American portions for every meal.  Asia de Cuba’s entree portions are nonetheless.  All of us finished our meal full and satisfied.

 

Highlights:

  • View: Asia de Cuba is located in one of the boutique hotels on the hills of Hollywood.  Make sure to book a table by the window or to check out the spectacular city view.
  • Environment: I loved the interior design of the restaurant.  It’s a very great brunch-designed place!
  • Miso Glazed Salmon: Definite must try. I left the restaurant wanting more, even though I was already full

Disappointments:

  • Chicken “Milanasia”: The chicken is supposed to be one of the dishes Asia de Cuba is known for.  I had such high expectations for the chicken but instead, I found it very dry.  I thought it wasn’t very special and tasted very normal.  It was almost like any other piece of fried chicken I had.

 

In general, I would revisit Asia de Cuba.  I would probably order the Miso Glazed Salmon again but try some of the other dishes.  I might try something from its brunch menu too.  It turns out that they have a Sunday Brunch Buffet, priced at $49 per guest.  The menu can be found here.

 

Happy eating,

Joey Wong ♥