If you're in West LA and you want shaved snow, Blockheads is really the only place to go!
I usually come here by default when I don't feel like discovering new dessert places and I always get the green tea flavor with red bean, mochi, a variable fruit topping, and condensed milk. However, there is one hiccup. There's usually a line and this line does NOT move quickly. You may have to wait a few minutes to get your cup of yummy shaved snow. On the plus side, if you come with friends you can take turns waiting in line and pop in to Seoul Sausage company next door :)
Parking is a pain to find, unless you park in the plaza (with Volcano Tea, etc.) across the street, but you'll usually have to pay a valet fee there.
S'more, chocolate peppermint, banana dark chocolate, pumpkin, mocha, triple cinnamon, key lime...I can't list them all, they're just all my kind of cupcake!
This is a review of the location since I already have a more thorough review of the original Beverly Hills Sprinkles location.
Located in the FigAt7th shopping complex, Sprinkles is nestled beside a new Mendocino Farms, Melt, Flying Pig Cafe, and Target, to name a few.
Entrances to parking are available on 7th and 8th street (in between Figueroa and the 110 freeway running above). With parking validation the first hour is $1, so don't forget to ask a Sprinkles employee for parking validation before you leave!
The store itself is about the size of the Beverly Hills one...tiny, but big enough to fit all those delicious cupcakes!
Treated my boyfriend for his birthday dinner here :) It's a great place to come on a date or for a nice night out. The restaurant is located inside the Hilton Netherlands hotel in DTCinci and there is available valet parking, street parking, or parking garages available around the block.
The restaurant itself is not very large, but the high ceilings give the appearance of a great hall. The walls and ceilings are also very beautifully decorated. Each table has a gorgeous orchid centerpiece as well. Lighting is dim so it's a nice place to come on a date (if you want to splurge a bit). Wait staff here, like in most other expensive establishments are very considerate and accommodating.
In general their food is tasty, but I found most of my dishes to be on the salty side. Not being a fan of salty foods, this placed a slight dent on my first impression of their dishes. Food was plated in an appetizing manner and looked beautiful as well.
Their bread is soft and delicious and is brought out with butter, a garlic olive oil dip, and an additional dip I can't quite recall. Amuse bouche that evening was foie gras with black Hawaiian sea salt.
We ordered the following, and all were delicious. However, I found their roasted chicken to be extremely salty and couldn't finish my portion. My favorite dish was the Maine Lobster salad, it had both a wonderful texture and flavor. My boyfriend was satisfied with all of his dishes and the few bites I tried were delicious.
Orchids House Salad - Baby Beets, Fuyu Persimmons, Rooftop Honey Vinaigrette and Petite Lettuce
Cauliflower Bisque - Bay Scallops, Lardo, Tobiko and Brown Butter
Maine Lobster Salad - Organic "Fried" Egg, Parsley, Creme Fraiche and Caviar Cream
Nantucket Bay Scallops - Fennel Puree, Clementine and Sesame-Miso Aioli
Roasted Chicken - Rosemary Gnocchi, Shiitake Mushrooms, Swiss Chard and Mustard Jus
Roasted Elysian Fields Lamb Loin en Crepinette - Parsnip Puree, Maitake Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Mustard Sauce
We didn't order any dessert, but my boyfriend was given a Happy Birthday plate with chocolates, jellies, and macaroons. Macaroons were a bit chewy and dry, but the chocolates and jellies were yummy!
Overall, I enjoyed my first fine dining experience in Cincinnati, but I wouldn't be devastated if I didn't have the opportunity to eat here again.
(Be sure to call a day in advance for afternoon tea!)
The cafe is so adorably decorated. Mismatched china, BonBonerie postcards, tons of cat figurines lining the walls and tea pots of varying shapes, sizes, and colors. From the moment you walk in, it's like you've been transported to some humble, quaint English countryside cottage...and I love it! Servers here are soo friendly as well. They don't rush you and they're ever so helpful. Coming here to sip "gracefully" on tea while nibbling on finger sandwiches, cookies, and scones is just so relaxing...
I've only come here for the afternoon tea experience, so I have yet to select food items offered on the menu. However, I have had the opportunity to choose from their extensive tea list. They have black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and various tisanes. You can get them in mini pots or if you don't know if you'll like a certain tea you can try different cups of tea! My boyfriend and I have tried the Cherry Blossom (black tea), Silver Needles (white tea), Chamomile (tisane), and the Cherry Rose (green tea). All were very fragrant, were accompanied by a lovely aroma, and all tasted wonderful.
Afternoon tea comes with an unpretentious and delicious combination of finger foods placed on a 3-tiered stand. Finger sandwiches (cucumber and borsin cheese, veggie cream cheese with sliced bell peppers) and mini biscuit sandwiches (egg salad) adorn the top-most plate. Mini butter cookies, macarons, and fudge brownies are placed on the middle tier (the sweetest layer sandwiched in the middle!). The lowest tier has mini scones, quiche, bread with fruit/nuts, sugared grapes (one time) or a mixed assortment of berries on a mini skewer (another time). Everything on the stand is delicious...the last time I was there our server came with to-go boxes and was quite surprised there was nothing to take back. What can I say, I'm a sweet tooth!
There's also a bakery in the back. I've tried mini cheesecake cups, lemon bars, butter cookies (for my flight back :D) and all were tasteful.
I don't know why I suddenly became a Mexican food lover after coming here...after all, I live in LA and am constantly surrounded by authentic and supposedly delicious Mexican food. Though I have a love for food, when it came to Mexican, those "fake taco" Taco Bell supreme crunchy tacos were pretty much my favorite in taco world (that's a lot of tacos in one sentence :D).
I ended up choosing to eat here while visiting my boyfriend in Cincinnati because it was one of the few places with over 200...even over 100 reviews and my boyfriend and I were both hungry after exploring DTCinci on a chilly winter day. The bf isn't a Mexican food fan as well, so this was a stretch from our usual culinary excursions.
Love the trendy and rather upscale atmosphere this place offers. Waiters are friendly and service is good. Came here for lunch so there were quite a few office workers inhabiting the tables. There are two levels and we were seated on the upper level (I don't know what it is about curvy stairs inside restaurants, but I find them to be so exciting...such a kid...). The restaurant seemed fairly spacious and was a bit dim, but light coming through the windows brightened the place up considerably.
Chips, salsa, guacamole. Nothing spectacular, but I loved that the guacamole had chunks of avocado in it. I ordered the baja fish taco because I wasn't a fan of more meaty tacos...until I had tried my boyfriend's delicious barbacoa tacos. Now those were SOOO SOOO delicious, I think I ended up making him switch :D Even now I sometimes joke around and ask him to FedEx me some...or fly some over when he visits LA, but alas, that never happens.
Anyways, I would love to come here more if I could and to say I miss it would be an understatement. I've even ventured to try popular Mexican places in LA...but it's not the same!!! Maybe I'm just weird...that's probably it.
My favorite traditional Korean restaurant in LA. A MUST TRY PLACE.
I've come her a few times with friends and family, Korean and non-Korean. All who have come here have loved it and have all continued to frequent this place.
Parking is valet ($2) in the plaza. Waits are usually ~30min, less if you're lucky, more if you come at peak hours.
Homey and cozy. Love the flowers they switch out every now and then. Decorations are very traditional Korean especially the tables/chairs. Service is great, but can be slow sometimes.
Side dishes all taste wonderful and different combinations come out whenever I come.
My boyfriend and I both love the spicy calamari dish here. There are also a few rice cakes, but you'll have to go digging around for them sometimes. The seafood pancake here is one of the best I've had in LA, it might even be better than some I've tried in Korea. I'm a huge fan of Korean pancakes so I've tried every single one on their menu. I don't have a particular favorite, they're all good. Potato pancake, plain pancake, kimchi pancake. Textures and ingredients vary, some pancakes being crispier/stickier than others, but I love them all! Acorn noodles here are a refreshing dish to have after a long, hot day, or really any day. Loaded with veggies and spicy sauce, yumm!
Most people come here initially to try the bossam (pork slices with napa cabbage leaves). Not particularly a pork lover, or bossam lover, I tried this dish for the first time here in LA and was pleasantly surprised by the combination. It's a very traditional dish, so anyone should try it just to say they have :)
My go to Korean restaurant, will continue to pop in as often as possible :)
THE BEST PLACE FOR SQUASH BLOSSOM PIZZA.
Maybe it's because the first time I tried squash blossom on pizza was at Gjelina, but since then I've never really been able to find a place that is remotely comparable.
Yes, the wait can get long (just take a stroll down Abbott Kinney! There are so many cute shops to browse), the price for some of their dishes may not sound worth it, but in all honesty their chef sure knows how to cook extremely mouthwatering and delectable dishes that I am absolutely hooked on. I dream about the next time I can eat their squash blossom pizza...the night I come back from having eaten that very dish.
Can most accurately be described as trendy, casual, and laid-back. They have both communal tables and normal tables. Good service, waiters are friendly and helpful. In fact the last time I went, the waiter told me they were out of squash blossoms and suggested a different, but very similar pizza (minus the all important squash blossoms though). Maybe it was my blatantly obvious expression of disappointment, but after taking our order (and after my hopes had been utterly crushed for the day), I guess he went back to the kitchen to have a little talk with the chef. Apparently they did have a very small quantity of squash blossoms...which soon ended up in my happy tummy! I don't think any other customers were as disappointed as I was...hence no other squash blossom pizzas lying out on other tables :D
LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING! Gjelina has not yet failed me and I don't expect it will anytime soon :)
Squash blossom pizza (Squash blossom, zucchini, cherry tomato, burrata, & garlic pizza). Their pizzas are generally very thin and not too large. It's a good size for an average person if you get nothing else.
Arugula salad (Arugula, shaved sweet corn, cherry tomato, pecorino, & lemon) isn't spectacular and I haven't gotten this since the first time I discovered Gjelina.
Miatake mushroom toast with creme fraiche & truffle oil is another must try. I'm not a fan of truffle oil, but it complements the mushroom toast so well in here! There's just too many scrumptious choices offered here, so I have yet to try this again.
PEI mussels with spicy chorizo, confit tomato, white wine & grilled bread. Absolutely delicious.
Beets & Avocado Salad. I think in general, you shouldn't come to Gjelina for salads. However, this beet and avocado salad was better than the arugula salad and it also looks much more appetizing.
Wood Oven Cauliflower. Tried this dish because my boyfriend loves cauliflower. Before trying this dish I liked cauliflower, but now I love it! I have yet to successfully replicate this dish for the boyfriend, but he's obsessed with cauliflower enough I doubt he minds...
Pickled Mackerel on Sprouted Rye with Avocado, Chilies, Fennel, & Citrus. Another delicious small plate/appetizer. The portion size for this and the miatake mushroom toast is painfully small, such a tease because they are both delicious.
Smashed English Peas on Toast w/ Burrata, Pea Tendrils, & Mint-Pistachio Pesto. After the squash blossom pizza this is one of my favorite dishes here!
Still so many dishes I need to try here! Will be trying my best to come as often as possible over the summer.
One short drive or slightly long walk from Westwood and you can get your fill of falafels, shawarma, hummus, pita, etc etc. I'm giving this place 4 stars, but it's really more of a 3.75
Cozy, homey looking place. Tables are a bit squished together though, especially along the walls.
Friendly and attentive staff. Very quick to fulfill your requests.
I always end up getting the falafel plate, although, there was that one time I got chicken shawarma. I ended up moving back to falafels though because the chicken varied too much from dry to moist pieces. Falafels are nicely seasoned and you can really taste the individual elements gone into their making. I still prefer Bella Pita's falafels though, even though it's probably not as authentic. The various people I have gone with have tried the beef shawarma, chicken shawarma, and a lamb special. All three were immensely enjoyed by those consuming the dish. Recently I've also tried their sanbousek (homemade dough stuffed with ground beef, onions, and pine nuts) and have found a new dish to come back to as it is one I have yet to come across elsewhere.
Overall, will continue to come here if I'm in the mood for this type of food, but probably not a place I would make the effort of driving to from DTLA.
The absolute BEST place for Korean BBQ in LA. This place closely resembles Korean BBQ restaurants in Korea...none of this AYCE riffraff with subpar quality meat. It's much more expensive than AYCE places, but still cheaper than getting KBBQ in Korea...so whatevs. So yes, it is on the pricier side, but I'd much rather spoil myself with really delicious, tender, juicy, well marinated, good quality beef than get an ehhh-so-so-meh-meat food baby that'll make me feel piggy and disgusting afterwards.
It's not a large restaurant and I've always had to wait ~15-30 min before being seated. They have valet parking...the plaza is so gosh darn tiny I don't know how those valets fit all those cars like puzzle pieces. Also, it can get quite noisy inside. What with sizzling meat left and right of you and groups chatting about this and that, this is NOT a place for a quiet sit down dinner. The lighting in here is also quite dim, but not dim enough that you can't see what you're eating...like some places I know.
The several times I've been here with my family, service has been good. The waitstaff are very attentive and come around to flip the meat and cut them into perfect bite size pieces so you really don't need to do any work. In fact...sometimes they'll come over and ask for the tongs and scissors so they can cook for you. However, like many Korean BBQ restaurants full of customers, this place is usually very busy. Meaning, you may have to ask at least twice for refills or whatnot...or just once if you're lucky.
This place is side dish heaven! They all come out in such perfect white mini bowls too, which they arrange like a pyramid on either side of the grill. Visually appealing and very delicious as well. Honeyed potatoes, kimchi, cilantro mix (NOT typical in Korean food, but the seasoning is the usual red pepper, sesame oil, etc), spicy cucumber, mashed kabocha pumpkin (FAV), soy bean sprouts, rice paper...I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a few. They also give a bowl of salad, which isn't very typical in Korea. ASK FOR LETTUCE to wrap your meat in...because that's the one and only authentic way of eating KBBQ!
Meat here is of both excellent quality and flavor...as I've already mentioned...repeatedly. Not quite sure what we order when we go, at least in English, but I don't think you can go wrong here.
Will definitely be going here again and again and again...just went the other day, but my mouth is already watering.
I hail all the way from NJ, LA, Korea, you know...just a few places where you can find a lot of Koreans. And for some strange reason, I was craving yukgaejang while visiting Cincinnati...why this craving here of all places??
Having eaten in real Korean restaurants in Korea and LA, I wasn't expecting too much from this place, but oh boy...if I ever decide to move to Cincinnati...I would come here ALL THE TIME...you know, since it's probably better than the Korean food I manage to cook anyways.
Fairly large restaurant, one half is for Japanese sushi/food and the other half is Korean. Tables/booths are clean, place settings neat. I did find it strange to see some people nicely dressed and drinking a glass of wine with their bibimbap though...strange indeed.
Thumbs up for their service! The waiter who served us was very attentive and friendly...he just looks like a nice guy :)
Like typical Korean restaurants, the myriad of side dishes are first brought out before your food arrives. One of the easiest ways to decide whether a Korean restaurant is good or not is by trying their side dishes. If their side dishes aren't well seasoned...or even if they don't look very appetizing, that place is a no no. At least in my book.
I loved their mini Korean pancakes, not too oily and slightly crispy, just the way they should be. They also give out boiled potatoes in honey, a personal childhood fave. Then the usual suspects, kimchi (if you like them fermented, you probably won't like their's, but I like mine tasting freshly made so it got my approval), also spicy pickled cucumbers (seasoning was just right!), pickled radish and also a Japanese pickle side dish came out.
Moving onto the main meal, their yukgaejang is awesomeee. I was surprised to find all of the key ingredients (fern bracken, soy bean sprouts, vermicelli, egg) that make this dish what it is...and in such abundance! They don't skimp with their ingredients. The soup was just the right level of spicy and not watered down spicy, but a good strong spicy :) All in all, it tasted very close to what my Grandma makes and better than some places I've been to in LA.
The boyfriend ordered kalbi, which also didn't disappoint. It was well-marinated and cooked just right (not too chewy and falls off the bone cleanly).
Overall, I would definitely recommend this place to any Korean food lovers and would urge those who have yet to try Korean food to come here! Good service, good food, what else is needed!
"On a mission to satisfy my black-hole-like tummy!"
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