Studio City Restaurants

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  • 11938 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    24.4.2009 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Two words: Chorizo Fondue

    Try it.

    Okay, that was more like 4, but trust. It is that good.

    5.0 Sterne
    11.3.2009 Vorheriger Beitrag
    I'm sorry... steak fries with PORK FAT?!

    Why yes, yes I will be ordering that! Isn't it a delightful…
  • 4.0 Sterne
    Erster Beitrag

    Granted, the GG is about as corporate as corporate chains get, BUT I honestly think if you are going to go corporate there are far worse choices than GG, hence my yelp.

    This is a great standby for a filling and affordable and hearty meal. I can honestly say, I've never had a bad meal or experience here and believe me, i have come here on some real stinker dates, but the food and service made the 38 minutes less painful ;)

    If you go you have to just throw calorie caution to the wind and order the Provoleta. MY GOD is this thing good. It's a thick wedge of melted Provolone cheese, served hot in a iron skillet topped with sliced tomatoes, basil, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. It arrives at your plate smoking and sizzling sweet nothing into your ear and for $6, come on, how can you not!

    I also think the steaks are great, especially the Bife al Portobello and the Entraa a la Parrilla. It's your basic skirt steak, but I usually go with that at most places as it proves tasty and financially nice on the wallet.

    As for wines, I would say get a bottle. Their choices are far better that way and when you are having really rich foods like these you don't want to half ass it on the wine. Go for it or don't go at all I say!

    As for desserts, I say go with the Flan con Dulce de Leche. Why? Because no one can look cool saying Flan and a good belly laugh will help digest the huge meal you just scarfed down :)

    It's also in the same center as a Coffee Bean and the new DSW!! Woot woot. I'm sorry but shoes and steak? Who needs anything else!!

  • 12161 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    Two words...

    Eye Candy!

    I don't care if you're gay, straight, in between, undecided, a neutered leprechaun, vegetarian or an accountant, you will for sure find something pleasant to look at as you chomp on chips and suck down their tasty margs here! Yumm!

    As for food, hmmm, what oh what do I recommend? Their cheese swamp on a plate is muy bien, the crab enchiladas rock and if you are looking for really good authentic Mexican grub, go further North into the Valley or hit up a taco truck. However, if you are a burger lover... yeah, you read that right, then perk up your ears because the REAL surprise hit here is their stuffed cheese burger. And I know what you're thinking; a burger at a Mexican joint?! Yes, foolish skeptics, yes. It really is tasty. It is oozing with cheese and tomatoes and it will fall apart all over you, but I would be a liar if I said that I haven't entertained the notion of rolling up my sleeves and throwing all etiquette classes to the wine and lickin' it clean. Even in front of all the hot man meat :)

    As a bonus, there's plenty of parking in the back lot, so don't bother with valet.

  • 11680 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    18.2.2009 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    I have to admit, this place has gone kind of down hill for me. It's either that or my palate has evolved and been treated to some of the best sushi in the States and now this place just seems like amateur hour to me. The food is just kind of okay. With the exception of the albacore and the fried onions, there isn't anything that will knock you off your chair good. That and there is always a long wait. Even with a reservation you are waiting. My thoughts on this are that with so many amazing little hole in the wall sushi joints in LA, to be forced to stand there like a chumpola for over 30 minutes is kinda ridiculous.

    With that said, if you aren't a sushi adventurer (aka sushi whore) and are okay with paying a ton for a so so meal, then go for it, but there are a ton of other places near here and near the studios, which seems to make up most of the clientele that are so much better. Just sayin'

    5.0 Sterne
    22.5.2006 Vorheriger Beitrag
    This is going to sound pretty sad, but when contemplating whether to move back over to the valley… Weiterlesen
  • 11720 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne

    Love this place, especially during the week as the weekends get packed. But the plus side of the packed weekends is that it is usually packed with HOTTIES GALORE! So if you are single and on the prowl, this is for sure, one of Studio City's hot spots for hook-ups.

    As for what to order. Their martinis are deevine and they have these yummy fried green olives with an aioli dipping sauce that is ta die for! Well not literally worth death, but you know what I'm saying. I also just recently tried the mussels and wow! that is THE dish to order!!

    A great place to start the night at if you are doing the Studio City/Ventura Blvd trolling for babes circuit.

  • 11814 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    Well, I've driven by this place many many many many times and always wondered what was behind those twinkly lights and greenery on the building. It looked so cute and swanky and purdy and I thought it was one of these pricey places that were super dressy and niiiiiice. So on this past rainy Friday, my friend invited me to join her and her friend for lunch and I couldn't pass up the chance to finally give this place a go.

    I walked in and it was kinda cute, definitely not as adorable as I had hoped for but it was put together nicely and there was a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers which offered a nice whiff of awwhhh as I walked in. Once at the table we enjoyed our warm buttered flat bread with the balsamic and oil and fresh herb dip and looked over the menu. Nothing really jumped out at me as WOW, but everything looked okay.

    The waiter then came over and told us the specials and the homemade linguini with filet mignon, spinach, mushrooms and garlic sounded yummy so we ordered that, along with the calamari. It arrived in a nice and timely manner and the presentation was lovely. The taste however, hmmm, just okay really. I really was hoping for sensational, but maybe my expectations were too high. I did end up finishing the dish and was definitely satisfied, it just wasn't of the OH MY GOD variety, ya know.

    I would like to come back and try the tapas side of the restaurant at some point, but it won't be at the top of my list.

  • 10949 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    Definitely a fan of the City Wok as opposed to CIty Walk just up the hill at Universal. The food is tasty, the eye candy tastier, the service excellent and there is a baskin robbins along with a Stafucks for an easy after meal continue on.

    Definite highlights for me include the Won Ton Soup, Shanghai Potato Scramble, Lemon Shrimp Salad and the Chinese Pepper Steak. I've nibbled on a few others and everything is pretty outstanding.

    Also if upper deck parking is crowded just do yourself a favor and park on the lower level. Always lots of open spaces and an escalator to shoot you right up to wear you need the be! Enjoy :)

  • 4.0 Sterne

    There are only 2 things I've ever tried here and they are the very 2 things that sit there and chant their names repeatedly as I sit in bed at night wondering what the hell that noise is. Well I am on to you OTBBQ!

    And while your Seafood Combination Soup A La Thai B.B.Q. with
    Shrimp, scallops, crab claw, fish, squids, mussel, with mushrooms and tomato in creamy hot and sour soup with a touch of Thai spices and your Spicy Shrimp Coconut Soup are absolutely amazing, this needs to stop. I mean really, people are starting to talk and all of those to go containers are a dead giveaway.

    I just wish I knew how to quit you.

  • 12601 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne

    I don't know what I love more about this place, the fact that they pile chili upon chili upon meat and more meat or the fact that after you eat one of their burgers you can't get the smell of the pure evil you just consumed off your hands for hours. I think it's a tie and the fact that it looks like a train is pretty damn cool too.

    Note: Bring TUMS ;)

  • 4360 Tujunga Ave
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne

    Aroma has a great menu with yummy sammiches and salads galore, but it is also awesome because of its atmosphere and really has a little something for everyone.

    I've used it as a great first date or even the dreaded BLIND date place and you never feel like you are being rushed and you also feel like you are meeting at a "safe" place (I know you ladies know what I'm talking about here.)

    It's also a great if you feel like grabbing the paper on Sunday morning and sipping a Vanilla Soy Latte (which are incredible there). You'll never feel bad sitting alone because people are often very nice and actually smile (What? In LA? You're kidding me?)

    Oh and if you have a dog they are super dog friendly which is nice in LA, because alot of places seem to frown upon such coffee companionship. Once you are done there is an excellent Yoga place and a few great little clothing shops to stroll through on a nice day.

  • 11941 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    CHEAP....this place is not

    DEELISH...this place most certainly is

    WORTH GOING BACK...yes, but only with someone else's corporate card

    RECOMMEND...absolutely, but it really is more of a specialty dish and sashimi kind of place, so don't expect to order the dreaded California Roll here(thank God)

    THAT IS ALL...why yes, yes it is.

    PS: This is the place I spent $450 on dinner for 2 people once. And he didn't even put out! Hehe

  • 5.0 Sterne

    Two words, two lovely lovely words....

    Pastrami Sammich.


  • 4346 Tujunga Ave
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    Erster Beitrag

    I used to work at the old location nestled in Laurel Canyon where Pace now calls home, but I am still a fan. Which says alot after almost 3 years of seeing the same meals pass by.

    It's Italian but not of the sloppy marinara and too much cheese variety. Light and yummy is the name of the game here. Their pizzas are my fave. Namely the lamb sausage and mushroom pizza. The bbq chicken pizza is great (which as a fun little aside, the owner, Ed, was actually Wolgang Puck's partner and got screwed on the deal, but actually was part of the brains behind the original BBQ chicken pizza)

    Other things they are known for are the "the the salad." Preggers rumor has it that if you are close to or overdue on popping a little out, if you eat that salad, you go into labor within 48 hours. Always seemed odd to me while working there, but women swear by it. Ed would never tell us what was really in the dressing, but I guess it's worth trying :)

    They also have a terrific beet salad and the wedge salad is tasty with the bacon dressing. So enjoy as it's right on that booming little strip of Tujunga just below Moorpark. :)

  • 3.0 Sterne

    Bang bang.

    Okay, now let's move on to the restaurant and not the controversy from a few years ago.

    Vitello's has been a Studio City landmark for years. When I used to play in the Moorpark park as a wee little child in chords and mary janes, we'd pass this place and say, "No way, Barone's is SOOOO much better!" (You have to have grown up in the Valley to agree with that one.) Anyhoo, it wasn't until my older years, and let's face it, the years when I discovered the magic of the dirty martini that this place really clicked with me.

    In the back there is a little bar with mostly older folks. My kinda scene for good martinis. There is usually someone singing and while this can be loud at times while trying to have stimulating conversation and get down someone's pants, it does provide a neat little background to get your buzz on to.

    As for the food, I wouldn't say it is the most amazing Italian food ever. It's good, but not great. The pastas are usually what I go with. But again, you don't come here for the that. You come here for cool servers with tons of personality who always remember your name. You come here for the slightly cheesy decor and a comfy environment that won't rush you. You come here and you keep coming back because it's perfect for a mid-week meal out with your honey or a strong kick ass martini after work.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    24.4.2009 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Went back here again last night after dinner at Laurel Tavern and it is still as good as it was when I was here last. The wine was decent, the winestress was super friendly and the crowd here... well, that was the best part. (In the make fun of kind of way)

    For starters there were two girls yammering it up at the bar having one of the most inane conversations I've heard in awhile. I could recount the unnecessary details and tales they told, BUT I think the only thing you need to know to get it is knowing that one girl said to the other:

    "I can't wait to just chillax this weekend."


    Then there was the odd man who kept on inching up closer to them. Creepy Pete for sure. He might as well have had one of those cartoon mega phone ears extended into their wine glasses. Funny.

    And then there was us. Me and the Ed C. Sipping wine and talking of travels, beaches and fun. Good times. Always.

    4.0 Sterne
    6.1.2007 Vorheriger Beitrag
    This place is definitely adorable. It's rich warm red walls are complimented by dark woods, frosted… Weiterlesen
  • 1.0 Sterne

    I blame the iPhone.

    I own one you see and I haven't enjoyed it at all since I purchased it. I loved my Blackberry, but of course the Yelp App on the iPhone is AWESOME and you can't live without it, so I caved. Of course, for some reason I haven't been able to actually download it because iTunes doesn't like me either for some reason. Clearly, either the i's are out to get me or I really am a complete and utter technotard. I am assuming it's the latter. But anyway...

    I had an eye appointment today and was starving. My tummy was a grumblin' and I needed to eat STAT. As I walked by Chin Chin's I thought, nah. Then came Jamba Juice, nah, not substantial enough. And then I caught a whiff of something that smelled awesome. What is that? Where is that coming from? Oh, it's from this Pita Kabob place! Sweet, let's check it out, I thought. (Us being me and my hungry belly)

    Now had I not just been walking by and actually looking stuff up at home to try, obviously the low star rating would have deterred me and since the iPhone app was not mine, I chanced it and it failed. Big time.

    For starters, as soon as I walked in, I thought the prices seemed kinda high. I stared at the menu for awhile and the guy stood by the register waiting for my order. Inner dialogue: "Hmmm, $12 for a plate of beef shawarma? Hmmm, there was a place by my old office that sold it for $6.99. Maybe I should leave? But I'm friggin starving!! Why are you dressed like a man, stephy? Would it kill you to put on makeup? Oh, wait, my order..."

    I decided to go with the shawarma upon his suggestion. After paying, I grabbed a table in the empty restaurant and waited. There was some loud obnoxious program on the TV, so I tried to tune it out and started reading the menu. That is when I saw LUNCH SPECIALS way off to the side of the main menu. Hmm, beef shawarma with rice and humus: $8.99? What the?

    I then walked up to the counter and said, "Hi, I just noticed you had a lunch special for the exact thing I ordered?" He said, "Oh yeah." Assuming he would have taken the hint that, hello, why didn't you tell me the exact thing was available for a few bucks less, he continued to wrap up my meal and said, "Next time."

    Next time? Yeah, that is totally going to happen, sir.

    Now let's talk about the food. I have never had shawarma, but if it is supposed to taste like dry tire tread, then, ummm, I don't get the appeal. This was horrible. So dry. Yuck. The hummus was okay and the rice was good, but for a $15.00 lunch, c'mon.

    I wish I would have had the Yelp App to check first, but I didn't, so let this be a warning to all of you other iPhone users who haven't yet downloaded the Yelp App. Do it, save yourself the money and time wasted on a crappy meal like I had today!

    That is all.

  • 11288 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    2.0 Sterne

    For looks alone, I really like this place. It's kinda kooky, all over the place and decorated with interesting choices. It kind of reminds me of a few places I've been to in NY and in SF, so this was a good thing. However, the food just wasn't really a home run :(

    Since it was the middle of the afternoon and neither one of us had eaten lunch, we figured we'd just order some snacks as not to kill all hope for eating dinner later. We went with the cucumber and seaweed salad to start with and it was... warm? This seemed odd. You think cucumber and seaweed and expect to bite into something chilly, but not the case here. The flavor was good, but it just felt like biting into an apple, expecting an apple and having it be an onion. Weird. Or kinda like taking a girl out, getting her home and then realizing she's a guy. See, not so much.

    We then moved onto the pork ball, meatball things and they were super sweet. They were plopping in liquid with tofu and after a bite or two, I was over it. Just didn't resonate with my senses. We then tried the fried stuffed lotus root and yum! It was like a donut. Definitely on the sweet side and tempura battered and it was yummy, I think I liked this the best.

    Finally we ended the experience with a scallop and what we thought was a spicy tuna roll and these were so dry and bland and boring that they really almost weren't worth eating. Major bummer. I love scallops and order them wherever I go, but this one, newp,. Save your money and your appetite.

    Other than that, the can of green iced tea was decent and the lady working here was really sweet. I think I would try it again and maybe order the udon or something. It's so close to home that it seems a waste not to give them another go. We shall see. For now though, meh, I've unfortunately experienced better.

  • 11814 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    If ya didn't know any better, you may drive by this place a few hundred times and not know it's there. But I think that may be the point, because inside is a beautiful little secret discovery that serves up a mighty fine cucumber vodka martini that is... are ya ready for it... NOT TOO SWEET!!!!

    I was starting to lose faith in the bartenders of LA, because it seemed that no one was capable of making a martini (with something other than an olive), drinkable and not a painfully sweet disaster that could send you into a sugar coma! Thankfully, Next Door Tapas Lounge did it.

    Where they kinda failed, however, was in the grub department. We decided to order a few things and they were as follows:

    The Secret Mini Burgers - These are not on the menu, but everyone orders them. The bartender recommends them. So why not just put them on the menu? This may be a question right up there with 'what is the meaning of life?' so you may never get an answer, but just know that they were cute (yes, food can be cute!), tasty, well prepared and were the best of the bunch that we ordered.

    The Bikini De Mozzarella with Serrano ham, mozzarella & truffle butter - This was good, but not mind blowing. I am usually a fan of anything that dangles the word truffle in front of me, but this was just okay. And we even left one behind. I think the Serrano just overpowered the mozzarella and the truffle. So if you like that strong taste, then you will be set, if ya don't, order something else.

    The Patatas Bravas which were spicy potatoes with ali-oli. Again, meh, just okay, but not hop on the bar, do a little dance, make it a little love, shake a tail feather amazing.  

    All in all, I have enjoyed the many times I've been here and the drinks are solid. So, do what we did and have done in the past, have a drink or two and then walk down to Firefly or Laurel Tavern and order the mussels or that ridiculous chorizo fondue and go home happy. Win to the winnity win!

  • 11935 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne

    Fried Cheese.

    There is something so amazing about a sizzling skillet with fried cheese. That sound. That sizzlous (oh yeah, I made up a word) joy that makes your hunger senses do a happy dance. The taste of it paired with soft bread and that scoop of chimichurri sauce that completes the experience and leaves you yearning for more. It's almost erotic.

    (Hey, I consider the Food Network, food porn, so gimme a break!)

    Anyway, of all of the places I've enjoyed fried cheese, LaLa's is easily in the Top 5. It's got just enough crunch on the bottom, with just enough olive oil to make it perfect. Then order up a nice medium rare steak with it and a full bodied wine and you have lift off!

    I'm torn between which LaLa's I enjoy the best. The Hollywood one has the great patio but you run the risk of being surrounded by obnoxious people in Uggs and D&G sunglasses. This one however, is a nice, mellow, middle of the week din din spot and it's super close to home which makes a few glasses of the full boded ass kicker red wine a little more doable :)

  • 4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd
    Valley Village, CA 91607
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    28.10.2009 Aktualisierter Beitrag


    My hunch was correct and the second time I ordered from here was much better than the first. I went with my standard fave of pepperoni, sausage and mushyrooms and it was truly delightful! So flavorful, so salty, so yummy! I also tried the antipasto salad and it is huge and really good.

    Still expensive for what it is, but sometimes it is what it is and you have to pay for your cravings.

    3.0 Sterne
    30.8.2009 Vorheriger Beitrag

    I was craving pizza the other day and wanted to try something new. When I lived in Studio City…
  • 3.0 Sterne

    Oh how I would love to give this place a better star rating, but for now I will give it a very strong 3 based on the food, with a guaranteed second chance to make a better impression.

    We decided to come here on Saturday night after reading some of the awesome reviews. Once I spotted things like "reasonably priced," "romantic" and the most important "BYOB with no corkage," I was in!

    I called around 4:30 to reserve a table, hoping to get one on the much talked about patio, but to no avail. Instead, we reserved a table inside the restaurant, which was fine, but it's clear that the real deal is in the back on the patio. It's lively, festive and super cute, whereas the table we sat at by the door seemed more like the forgotten land and it was ice cold in the restaurant, so we pretty much sat there shivering for most of the time we were there.

    Upon being seated we were given no menus. We saw that it was fairly busy being 7:30 on a Saturday, but sitting there for 10 minutes without even as much as a hi, I'll be right with you, it wasn't the best way to start the experience. As we waited for our menus, a guy walked by with a corkscrew and asked if he could open our wine. Sure, we said and he set down the corkscrew and then never returned. Okay? We decided to at least start on our wine since we didn't know how long it would take, but then there was the matter of glasses. To get those took another few minutes and still no sign of a waiter.

    Luckily, the company was grand so we chatted, but as our stomachs were starting to grumble I was getting a little annoyed. After about 13 minutes, the waiter finally noticed us and was like, "Oh hey, how are you" I'm guessing no one told him we were there?

    He was a charming lad, so we decided to just forget about the long wait and try to turn our frowns upside down. He finally delivered our menus and then came back about 10 minutes later. We asked for some recommendations and ordered the following:

    The Mantee Traditional, since it was the house specialty. It was good and creamy and flavorful and it took us awhile to figure out what was actually under all of that sauce, but it was definitely tasty.

    The Fattoush Salad. Highly acidic and had a real bite to it. I liked it a lot and the addition of the fried pitas in the mix were delightful.

    The Mantee's King's Delight mini sliced filet sautéed with fresh garlic, fresh tomato and parsley. This was my least favorite of them all as the meat had kind of a liver taste to it. It was well seasoned, but I just couldn't get that earthy taste out of my mouth. Not one that I would order again.

    The Hot Feta was by far my fave! I have never had baked feta and with the spices on top and the little diced up tomatoes and jalapenos it was super deelish and tasted great scooped onto a piece of pita bread.

    What I really liked about the place was the very reasonable prices and the variety of tastes and flavor profiles you can get for the money. The portion sizes are nice and again, if it hadn't been for the super off service, it would have been a 4.5 all the way. I'm hoping it will be better the next time, because being so close to my house, i would love to call this one of my new neighborhood joints.

    To be continued...

  • 11801 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    1.1.2010 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    Well, as promised, I gave Spark another chance and I am very glad I did. Instead of opting for the steak this time, we went with the lasagna and the bolognese and both were absolute home runs. And can we talk about the portions! Wow, easily enough for two people to split one plate and still be full.

    3.0 Sterne
    3.11.2009 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Tonight was the kind of night where the idea of a nice steak and a champagne cocktail sounded like a… Weiterlesen
  • 11266 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    There's an interesting little section of Ventura Blvd in Studio City with an array of tiny stores, a few restaurants and a mini mall or 3 that all seem to blend together. Maybe it's because of the distracting curve of the road, but I never really pay much attention to this area of my neighborhood. There's the nail place, there's my new tailor, there's a Marshall's and what's this cute little place... egg plant? Hmmmm, I must investigate.

    And so I took a Japanese food loving friend there last weekend to see what the story was with this place. I made a reservation just in case, but when we walked in at 7:30 on a Friday night, the place was pretty empty. Hmm, kind of alarming, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt since it just opened and only 4 people have yelped it so far.

    The place is really cute and I liked the decor a lot. Simple, but homey. We grabbed a little two top by the window and our server came over right away with a bright smile and some menus. So far, so good. I ordered a Sapporo and some edimame for us to start on and then we perused the menu. .

    We decided to try a few things and took the advice of a very loud man with a prominent nose sitting across the restaurant from us. He yelled, "Try the Champagne Scallops! They're amazing!!!" Okay sir, we shall.

    What all did we order you may be wondering, well, here goes...

    The shishito peppers. Some were bland, others made my friend tear up. I thought overall they were pretty good.

    Spicy tuna and rice squares. I would have preferred the rice squares to be a tad crispier, but they were okay and the spicy tuna is really hard to mess up and it had the expected creamy consistency.

    The champagne scallops. Not really my thing and it's clear to me that the prominent nose man and I have no culinary future together.

    The spicy baked scallop roll. This one made me tear up like a little bitch. Spicy, whooo.

    The yellow tail carpaccio with jalapenos. Nice and light and deelish. I have had this at other sushi places, but this one had a delightful ratio of refreshing citrus to jalapeno love. I liked it.

    All in all, I may hit it again. I wasn't totally blown away, but we only sampled a fraction of the menu, which means, there is a lot to still be explored. The fact that they were friendly and welcoming and chef even came out to say hi and asked us how everything was made for a nice neighborhood touch. So yeah, i will probably give it another go one of these nights were I don't want to stray too far from home.

  • 12745 1/2 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    2.12.2009 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    I think an update is in order since I popped in here the other night and was reminded just what a deal this place can be.

    We ordered our usual ginormous spicy scallop handroll explosion and I ordered 2 orders of yellowtail that were just like butter. So light and practically melted on my tongue. It was sushi heaven. And while there is plenty of other sushi deelish to be found around this city, when you are on a budget, but still want some fresh fish to satisfy your sushi craving, Shiki is a great bet!

    That is all. Happy eating.

    3.0 Sterne
    18.5.2006 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Nestled in the back of a shopping mall just off Ventura Boulevard is a little sushi joint that is… Weiterlesen
  • 12616 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne

    Damn you DVR!!

    Because of my DVR, I was forced to order a pizza from here last night! I mean, clearly, I had no say in it, right? It was all the DVR's fault, but what do I expect when I stupidly program it to record Pizza Wars: Chicago vs. New York! The visual temptation was far too great NOT to order a pizza after watching that!!! :)

    And so I gave Big Mama's y Papa's a go. I remembered stealing a slice of it off one of my brother's pies a few months ago and it being good, so seeing as how they were pretty reasonably priced and I remembered it being good, I went for it.

    I ordered a pep, mush, saus, and cheddar cheese pizza (yes, I am clearly watching my figure... grow!) and it was good. Not mind blowing by any means, but tasty. I did eat almost all of it, so that must be a good sign. I also ordered one of their antipasto salads and that was very good. Very fresh and tasty and the combo of Ranch and Italian dressing forcing the salad elements to sink or swim was a delightful choice.

    Since I was a first time order, they threw in a free 2-liter soda which I thought was very cool and it is all easy peasy to do online. The less I have to talk to people the better, ya know :) A real live human does call you however within 15 minutes to confirm the order but the guy on the phone was very nice and friendly, so I guess I can make the people interaction exception, haha.

    Within 40ish minutes a hot pie, cold salad and soda arrived at my door and I was a happy camper watching my other DVD must have: Lock Up Raw. Cuz really, is there anything better than eating pizza and listening to prison lifers tell their tales of woe? I think not!

    PS: This place also does those ridiculously large pizzas, so if you are having a party or an apartment painting party and wanna trade pizza for friend labor, here ya go!

  • 11616 Ventura Blvd
    Studio City, CA 91604
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne

    Plate Licking Good.

    Yes, even a gal as "k"lassy as me has to come clean and admit that I did, in fact, want to lick my plate clean after a meal here. And after the many, many, and more many meals I have had and enjoyed in this world, that is definitely saying something!

    Truth be told, I'd had my eye on this place for awhile. As I would stroll past it on my way to Laurel Tavern down the way, I loved the grey wall with all of the pockets with herbs and plants growing out of them. I thought, "wow, really cute and super clever. I should go in there one day."

    Weeks would pass, more strolls would occur and I'd keep thinking, "Dammit, I need to go in here, it looks so cute and is that a wine bar I see in there?? Okay, Steph, note to self, note to self, note to self" and alas, space cadetville would hit and I would forget again.

    But then the evening finally came when my friend actually offered to drive out to the Valley (whoa!) and asked me to pick a new place for us to dine and Raphael was to be our reality!

    I arrived early and grabbed a seat at the wine bar and started chatting with the daughter of this family run business. She was an absolute delight and really knew her wines. It was also great to hear the story of the place and before I had even put one edible thing in my mouth, I was already rooting for their success.

    My friend finally arrived and we moved over to our table and began perusing the Worldly menu of edible options. I was immediately drawn to the Peking Duck choice. What can I say, they had me at Harissa!

    My friend decided to go with the Vegetable Tart and I have to be honest, I thought she was lame for ordering that. With so many delectable sounding options, why order vegetables? (Can you tell I'm not a vegetarian, haha) But oh was I wrong. This thing was not only gorgeous, but tasted like a dream. As did everything, each and every plate was almost too beautiful to eat, but we eventually got past the ooohs and ahhhhs and dove in to happy food town.

    oooh, I should add, we started with a suvee watermelon salad that was absolutely delightful and the wine, well, the wine was wonderful to boot!

    Having just graduated from my culinary program, this place is completely inspiring to me. It made me want to become a chef like Steven Barkulis. He's a master at what he does and Studio City is lucky to call this place one of its own.

    Seriously, if you haven't made a point of coming in here yet, get on it! Life is too short not to call this one of your regular haunts!

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