I'm SO FRUSTRATED with Lido Bakery! This review is simply about their horrible service, I wouldn't know what their cakes taste like because they never answer the phone. I've called 5 times this morning and they never pick up, the one time someone answered I told them I wanted to put in a custom order for a cake and she put me on hold. Then after waiting for 7 minutes on hold, someone just picked up the phone and hung up on me!
I really wanted to try Lido Bakery as my baby is turning 1 in a month and wanted to order a custom birthday cake, I've decided to take my business elsewhere. This is seriously the worst service I've encountered to date. Ever. If I could give negative stars, I really would.
When I was looking for jumpers for my 6 year old's birthday party, I came across O&H and honestly didn't believe they could have 5 stars after 12 reviews. I figured these must be people who know the business owners or something, nope, I was wrong!
I called a few places and O&H were the best at getting back to me quickly and giving me all the info I needed up front. The booking process was done quickly over the phone and since I live in West LA, I needed their liability insurance info faxed over to the city so I could get a permit for the jumper at the park. They took care of all of that immediately (same day). I really appreciate their fast and quality service. The jumper arrived when they said it would and also the guy came to break it down on time too. They called the day before to remind me about the jumper and confirm service, honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Through my research, most jumper rentals run around the same price range, so I figured why not go with the people that know what they're doing and get the job done quickly and effectively? One phone call and I was good to go! Thanks O&H for being so awesome!
I'm one of those girls that like to bake, so I usually never order baked goods (seriously, I only ordered a wedding cake... everything else was always home made). But I was swamped with work recently while trying to plan my baby shower. I decided to throw in the towel and just look for a decent bakery with affordable prices. That is when I found ButterSweet Minis on here. I honestly can't say enough good things about Sheila and the red velvet cupcakes I ordered!
Being a little skeptical, I felt like it was impossible for this place to have 5 stars after 15 reviews. Is that possible? I mean, I chalked it up to all 15 people being her friend and just doing her a favor. But I can honestly say I've never met Sheila before (until she delivered the cupcakes) and I'm not her friend - but I REALLY want to be! Sheila was very responsive when I first contacted her through the website. From there we exchanged emails through out the day and she was very accommodating. I was only putting my order in 6 days before my baby shower (I really struggled to let go of the homemade cupcake notion) and she made everything happen. I also told her that although I love red velvet cupcakes, the theme of my baby shower was orange and blue (it's a boy) and asked if there was a way that she could cover up the red parts of the cupcake so it wouldn't stand out too much - she did that and more!
The cupcakes were delicious, Sheila made ordering and everything super easy, and again, she couldn't have been more accommodating. She even took measurements of her cupcakes for me because I had already ordered cute cupcake flags (toppers) that I really wanted to use for the shower. Sorry for the long rant, but like I said in the beginning of my review, I can't say enough great things about this business. I'm glad I found a bakery that makes great baked goods for a decent price! I will definitely use them again at my next event (my 5 year old's birthday in September comes to mind).
Since moving to West LA, I've missed having legit pho. Insert Phorage, like other reviewers have said, yes, our prayers have been answered! Since I live across the street, I'm also glad that they have been able to step up and replace Chego with yummy food and a nice atmosphere. It's probably the friendliest and coziest (in a welcoming homey kind of way) pho restaurant I've been to.
The food is great, and actually doesn't make me feel guilty or bad after eating it. They really do use quality, fresh ingredients so I don't mind paying a few dollars more. What I've tried and loved: natural beef pho, imperial rolls (warning: they're like deep fried crack) and the natural pork vermicelli.
Staff is friendly and overall it was an easy going and enjoyable experience. You walk in, order at the counter, get a number and the food comes out shortly after. Pretty simple and to the point, it all works well for me since I like getting yummy food in my belly ASAP. :) I'm glad Phorage is here in the neighborhood, I'm definitely coming back soon!
I went here on their "soft open day." Although there was a limited menu and a lack of servers, I have to say that the food was delicious! It's Chinese food but with a little hint of Asian Fusion. When you taste the food, it's obvious that the classic Chinese dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients, and without a lot of oil. What?! Chinese food without the grease?! Yes, it's possible, and it's done well at ROC Kitchen. My favorites so far are the spicy Szechuan dumplings, xiao long bao, cubed filet mignon, and the green onion pancake is to die for! I make green onion pancakes from scratch at home, so I'm very particular about them. The green onion pancakes here at seriously good!
Parking is tough, but it's tough for any restaurant that is on Sawtelle, so I'm not going to hold that against them. Decor is clean and casual, and overall, I would definitely go back. I think they officially open in November, but until then, you can stop by and see if you can grab a table!
I'm not sure why there is a line every time I pass by Chego. I live down the street so I decided to stop in for a "quick bite." Unfortunately, there isn't anything quick about Chego.
First, you have to stand and wait in line. After getting to the front, you can finally place your order. You then are forced to stand in a squeezed small space to wait for a seat to open up. There are tall bar-like counters that would suggest people could stand and eat a quick meal, but again, there was a wait to find some counter or table space. Once you find a place to eat, then you have to wait for your food. This also took awhile, and it's not like you can have a nice conversation while waiting for your food because the place is SO loud!
When the food finally arrived, it was just OK. Being a fan of the Kogi truck from way back in the day, I was disappointed that the meat was charred and way over sauced. There is definitely potential in this food, but it's just needs a little more TLC, I feel like the kitchen is overwhelmed and just throwing stuff together to keep up with the demand. This is when quality suffers.
I'm not opposed to going back, but I think it will be awhile, and would probably go on a slow night or during a slow time of the day to make my overall experience a little more enjoyable.
Being raised in LA and having lived around various parts of LA; the Valley, Los Feliz, Mid-City, Miracle Mile, and now West LA, means that I've encountered lots of Sushi restaurants to date. Hamasaku is probably by far my favorite. It's low-key, which allows you to have an actual conversation, and comes with great food and great service.
The menu isn't necessary a traditional Japanese sushi menu, but that is the beauty of this place. It offers quality, yummy food, with a creative and unique twist. This doesn't mean that they pour sauce over everything, but the chefs really do take care in creating the unique combinations of the flavors in their dishes. When I look at the menu, it looks like a combo between foodie/popular ingredients and a traditional Japanese menu, sprinkled with molecular gastronomy twists. Some of my faves are the baked crab hand roll, salmon carpaccio, yellowtail yuzu cloud, garlic soy edamame, and the very delicious steamed buns!
I'll finish my review with a reminder that although the food is better than what I've found in other foodie popular restaurants, the service in this quaint location is above and beyond. The staff is friendly and there are managers walking around checking in on the tables. My experience at Hamasaku is opposite of most other busy LA restaurants, where you are always wondering why they didn't put more staff on the schedule that day. If you can't tell, I really do love this place!
I went here for the grand opening a few weeks ago and had a really great time! I love the Gonpachi in Beverly Hills, so when I heard they were opening a restaurant in Torrance, I felt like I had to go and check it out.
Location: This Gonpachi is actually not a stand alone restaurant but is located inside the Mikyako Hybrid Hotel. Although one shouldn't discount the quality or experience just because it's in a hotel.
Food/drinks: Since it was an event, we didn't get to order off the menu, but I'm sure anything on the menu is yummy. There was sushi and sake being passed around at the event, and really, what else do you need?
Decor: The decor is a bit different from the one in BH, I actually like the decor in Torrance a lot more. It has a Japanese feel with a modern twist.
Service: The staff is nice and friendly and I really couldn't ask for a better night! Everyone was very attentive and helpful, especially the bar manager, Jesse. :)
Overall: If you're ever in the area, you should definitely stop by and check it out. It's something different from the traditional Japanese restaurants in the area but still offers the same excellent quality one would expect from any high end restaurant.
I'm a picky eater and my boyfriend is a picky beer drink (especially after he went on a belgium beer tour with his buddies a few years back). So after hearing all the buzz about FO, we decided to try it.
You can imagine the panic and shock I was in when they told me I had to take my burger and fries the way it was, with no substitutions. *gasp* What? REALLY? And there's NO KETCHUP? Oh, we're in trouble. But, to my surprise the burger and fries (both sweet potato and regular) are freaking awesome, just the way they are! And the beer selection is pretty good, any place that serves Tripel Karmeliet is legit in my book.
So, go to FO, I'm seriously just waiting for it to open today at noon so I can go eat some freaking delicious burger and fries, drink some ridiculously good belgium beer and watch my fantasy football team for 4-0 this week!
Note: Parking is plentiful and free (bonus points in my book) and the staff there is super sweet and helpful when it comes to picking beer or anything else. Decor looks just like the website, and I appreciate the branding consistency. And this FO is bigger than the one in Santa Monica, so it's great for groups! A++
"I have no filter. Consider yourself warned."
Los Angeles, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
April 2008Dinge, die ich mag
all types of Asian food, ramen, baked goods, anything with melted cheeseHier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
All over California, I split my time between LA and Nor CalHeimatort
Los Angeles, CAMeine Henkersmahlzeit
Chilli cheese fries from The Hat or Spicy Miso Ramen from Robata JinyaMeine neueste Entdeckung
Hamasaku's steamed buns with crispy pork... YUM!