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Trois Mec

October 16, 2013

Trois Mec
716 N. Highland Ave,
Hollywood, CA 90038
No phone

www.troismec.com 

Hidden inside of a building that still hangs the pizza sign from the previous owner is Trois Mec. It took me a while to find it, not knowing that there wasn’t big Trois Mec sign on the door but this made the experience the more interesting. It felt like you had to be a real foodie to find the restaurant. Here’s another tip. If your reservation is for 8 pm, you won’t be seated until 8 pm. They time their meals so the people who made their reservations for 6 pm don’t finish until right before 8.

The entire dining experience was phenomenal so I’m just going to jump right into the highlights.

Happy Eating List:

Avocado on sushi rice with salt cod cream, lime and cilantro: This was the first course that started the meal and it was a mix of heaven and bliss all in the same bite. It was my first time tasting rice mixed with cod cream. Along with the soft texture of the avocado, it was a bite of all things smooth. The slight hint of lime juice gave it a subtle refreshing aftertaste.

Avocado on sushi rice with salt cod cream, lime and cilantro:
This was the first course that started the meal and it was a mix of heaven and bliss all in the same bite. It was my first time tasting rice mixed with cod cream. Along with the soft texture of the avocado, it was a bite of all things smooth. The slight hint of lime juice gave it a subtle refreshing aftertaste.

Beef Carpaccio with grilled yogurt, fermented black walnut and caramelized eggplant:  First off, what is grilled yogurt? I can tell you now that it did not have the burnt, charcoal taste that I expected. Instead, I thought it was a great addition to the dish. I'm always most impressed with chefs who create dishes using ingredients that I normally dislike to eat. The Beef Carpaccio dish is an example of that. I tend to avoid all things eggplants when I eat but this was a pleasant surprise. I actually enjoyed the eggplants in this dish. So there, enough said. I loved it.

Beef Carpaccio with grilled yogurt, fermented black walnut and caramelized eggplant:
First off, what is grilled yogurt? I can tell you now that it did not have the burnt, charcoal taste that I expected. Instead, I thought it was a great addition to the dish. I’m always most impressed with chefs who create dishes using ingredients that I normally dislike to eat. The Beef Carpaccio dish is an example of that. I tend to avoid all things eggplants when I eat but this was a pleasant surprise. I actually enjoyed the eggplants in this dish. So there, enough said. I loved it.

Potato pulp with brown butter, bonito, onion soubise and salers:  At first glance, you'd think it was macaroni. After the first bite, you'll realize it's actually potato. Very rich, creamy. The bonito added some really nice flavors to the potato. This is also one of Trois Mec's signature dishes. Only thing that I didn't like about this dish is that all the potato will fill you up fast. Remember that you have more courses coming up!

Potato pulp with brown butter, bonito, onion soubise and salers:
At first glance, you’d think it was macaroni. After the first bite, you’ll realize it’s actually potato. Very rich, creamy. The bonito added some really nice flavors to the potato. This is also one of Trois Mec’s signature dishes. Only thing that I didn’t like about this dish is that all the potato will fill you up fast. Remember that you have more courses coming up!

Barbecued Carrots with Orange Curry and Sour Cream: I had this option instead of the lamb that was originally on the menu since I'm not a big fan of lamb. After this dish, I will never look at carrots the same way again. Chef Ludo is really skilled at turning such simple ingredients into a fine, elegant dish that is rich in flavors and very, very visually pleasing.

Barbecued Carrots with Orange Curry and Sour Cream:
I had this option instead of the lamb that was originally on the menu since I’m not a big fan of lamb. After this dish, I will never look at carrots the same way again. Chef Ludo is really skilled at turning such simple ingredients into a fine, elegant dish that is rich in flavors and very, very visually pleasing.

Truffle grilled cheese sandwich with buttermilk sauce and campfire ice cream: Wow. This $9 supplement is worth your money. Again, Chef Ludo turned the ordinary grilled cheese sandwich into something unique. My ice cream actually melted a little by the time I took the picture, which explains why the dish looks the way it does in my picture.

Truffle grilled cheese sandwich with buttermilk sauce and campfire ice cream:
Wow. This $9 supplement is worth your money. Again, Chef Ludo turned the ordinary grilled cheese sandwich into something unique. My ice cream actually melted a little by the time I took the picture, which explains why the dish looks the way it does in my picture.

Well, that’s it from me. Unlike other fine dining experiences, I thought that a meal at Trois Mec was decently priced, especially for the quality of the food and service you receive as well as the truly unique tasting experience.

I do look forward to getting my golden ticket to Trois Mec again early Friday mornings and trying some of the dishes offered since the menu changes every day. Stay tuned for my post on chi SPACCA!

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Ice Cream Lab

September 11, 2013

Ice Cream Lab
9461 S. Santa Monica Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 795-6505

http://icecreamlab.com

Friends who know me well know that I eat ice cream almost every night. One of my friends actually asked me if I was okay and if I was going through a rough time when he saw me scooping ice cream out of a pint at home. It’s just something that I love–ice cream. I finally got to make a run to the Ice Cream Lab in Beverly Hills two nights ago and I have to say it was another one of those “love at first bite” moments for me.

We ordered the “Salt Lick Crunch” and “Rodeo Road.” Both were amazing. I’ve been to Lab Made Ice Cream in Hong Kong and while both places make their ice cream fresh with liquid nitrogen, I have to say the one here in Beverly Hills was better. Perhaps it was because Lab Made only offered really basic flavors when I went.

Salt Lick Crunch: Vanilla bean ice cream with crushed salted pretzels, caramel sauce and topped with sea salt.
Rodeo Road: Chocolate ice cream with candied almond, toffee, marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

Ice Cream Lab’s ice cream is really smooth and creamy. I also loved the toppings added to the ice cream, which gave every bite a little more texture and something to munch on.

I would recommend a visit to the Ice Cream Lab. I can’t wait until my next visit and to try some of their other and new flavors!

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

Genwa

August 21, 2013

Genwa
5115 Wilshire Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 549-0760

http://www.genwakoreanbbq.com

Finally got to try a new Korean BBQ place in Los Angeles. After stuffing myself with all-you-can-eat KBBQs during my sophomore year, I appreciate non-all-you-can-eat places a lot more now. Genwa proved my point by serving us top-quality meat. One of my favorite among the different types of meats that we ordered was the Prime Galbi. The marinated meat was really tender and already had a really great taste without having to dip the meat into any of the sauces. Want even more incentive to try Genwa? They give you tons of appetizers / small dishes.

After dinner, I was already raving about Genwa to several of my friends and telling them that we have to go back soon. I already miss that Galbi. Our Korean waiter was also really attentive. It was probably the first KBBQ meal I had in LA where the waiter consistently asked us if we needed anything, helped us barbecue our meat and asked what we thought of the food. Talk about good service!

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥

ROC

August 21, 2013

ROC
2049 Sawtelle Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 235-2089

Yesterday was pretty much what I missed about LA. Woke up to a half an hour swim, went for brunch with the girls, shopped and got a new top and chilled until dinnertime at ROC on Sawtelle. Most people go for Tsujita for tsukemen but since they don’t offer that for dinner, we walked next door to ROC (I bet you didn’t know it stood for Republic of China) for some Taiwanese food. After one of my friends raved about their soup dumplings (小籠包), it was kind of hard not to look forward to tasting some of the restaurant’s dishes and drooling over the menu.

If you’ve been to Din Tai Fung, it might be good news for you that ROC follows a pretty similar concept from their paper menus where you mark the items that you want to order to the soup dumplings to other dishes like the stir-fried rice cakes (炒年糕).

Happy Eating List:

Three-Cup Chicken (三杯雞): I loved the Three-Cup Chicken although it's been years since I've had my last Three-Cup Chicken in Asia so I cannot vouch for its authenticity. However, I loved the taste of it regardless. I do think that it might be slightly Americanized since I thought it leaned more towards the sweet side. I couldn't get enough of it regardless!

Three-Cup Chicken (三杯雞):
I loved the Three-Cup Chicken although it’s been years since I’ve had my last Three-Cup Chicken in Asia so I cannot vouch for its authenticity. However, I loved the taste of it regardless. I do think that it might be slightly Americanized since I thought it leaned more towards the sweet side. I couldn’t get enough of it regardless!

Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao (小籠包): I apologize for the blurry picture. The blurriness is from the steam of the freshly-made soup dumplings that disappeared from the table within minutes among us three girls. For those who live on the west side, you no longer have to drive 20+ miles to Din Tai Fung in Arcadia for some soup dumplings. ROC's dumplings were pretty good but Din Tai Fung is still my favorite soup dumpling restaurant.

Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao (小籠包):
I apologize for the blurry picture. The blurriness is from the steam of the freshly-made soup dumplings that disappeared from the table within minutes among us three girls. For those who live on the west side, you no longer have to drive 20+ miles to Din Tai Fung in Arcadia for some soup dumplings. ROC’s dumplings were pretty good but Din Tai Fung is still my favorite soup dumpling restaurant.

Stir-Fried Rice Cake (炒年糕): The stir-fried rice cake also landed a spot on my "Happy Eating List." I don't think my cravings for Chinese food had anything to do with all the dishes that made it onto the list for this post. It was simply just that good.

Stir-Fried Rice Cake (炒年糕):
The stir-fried rice cake also landed a spot on my “Happy Eating List.” I don’t think my cravings for Chinese food had anything to do with all the dishes that made it onto the list for this post. It was simply just that good.

Not So Happy List:

Beef Noodle Soup (紅燒牛肉麵): I felt that the Beef Noodle Soup was not as authentic and I can find better ones in Los Angeles. If you don't feel like driving and want to satisfy your cravings, go ahead. I wouldn't go back for the Beef Noodle Soup. Instead, I would go for some of the other items that were on my Happy Eating List!

Beef Noodle Soup (紅燒牛肉麵):
I felt that the Beef Noodle Soup was not as authentic and I can find better ones in Los Angeles. If you don’t feel like driving and want to satisfy your cravings, go ahead. I wouldn’t go back for the Beef Noodle Soup. Instead, I would go for some of the other items that were on my Happy Eating List!

 

Next time you’re in the area, give ROC a try! It’s a restaurant that I am quite certain I will return, even if it’s just for their Three-Cup Chicken. After my friend saw my check-in on Four Square, he asked for my opinion on this restaurant. Turns out his friend opened it! I can promise this fact did not affect my rating of the dishes. With a bit of Googling, I found out that owner Peter Cheung first started The Slanted Door in the Bay Area. I look forward to my next visit to San Francisco where (I hope) I can try some of the dishes at The Slanted Door and I also hope to meet such a talented restaurant owner in the future!

Happy eating,
Joey Wong ♥