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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 ♥

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 ♥