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CITY OF INDUSTRY: Ramen Yukino Ya

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 18, 2011

18230 E. Gale Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748
626 581 8420

Price: Cheap
Rating: Ehhh
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: Organic Egg

This is the first time Yelp and its Yelpers have disappointed me. Ramen Yukino Ya received an average of 4 stars based off 100+ reviews, so I was excited. What the hell were these people thinking? The only thing this place has going for them is their organic egg. Their tonkotsu ramen is NOT good. At first bite/sip, it seems alright, but the more I ate it, the more I just couldn’t stand the taste. And it wasn’t just me, my friend Howard and his girlfriend also were not fans of this place. I bet the people on Yelp who think this place is amazing are just comparing Ramen Yukino Ya to the ramen packs you buy at grocery stores like 99 Ranch or M2M because, seriously, I have never been that disappointed by ramen.

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ARCADIA: Phoenix

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on January 17, 2011

Never coming back to this branch again. I asked for my usual– green milk tea, half sugar, less ice– because I have a long night ahead of me. I saw the woman making it, she added about ten seconds worth of condensed milk. So of course when I got it, it was sweet enough to give me at least five cavities upon my first sip. (There were CHUNKS of condensed milk in there!) I got Johnny to complain about it for me; the lady dumps out half an inch of the drink, adds some green tea, and hands it back to me. Still way too sweet. I mean I asked for half sugar; it’s not like I was being a bitch and just complaining for something in hindsight. Anyway, Johnny asks the lady to just make me a new one, but instead she dumps out half my drink, pours in tea, and hands it back to me in this “hurry and take it bitch” manner. I don’t like to be a pain, so I took it, but now all I have is plain green tea.

I’m sticking to the one in City of Industry from now on. The waitresses are nicer and there’s more of them, so they actually take time to make their drinks not like this lady and her haphazard method of putting mine together three times. I’m disappointed. I’ve been thinking about their green milk tea all day. Yes, their green milk tea is normally that good– well not this branch. And yes, I am an addict.

SANTA MONICA: Barney’s Beanery

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 17, 2011

www.barneysbeanery.com
1351 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 656 5777

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at 4th/5th Street on the 10
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: Drinks

This is not a real post because I was barely here. Myra and I came here for a quick bit to get us prepared for a depressing movie (Blue Valentine). We needed a drink before walking into the theater, so we headed over to Barney’s. I was so disappointed we weren’t there for their happy hour. They have great deals from 4-7PM Monday through Friday ($3 beers and half off selected appetizers!), so I highly suggest you swing by one of their 5 locations at some point during those times. We both got martinis. Mine was good, hers was strong. I wish I remembered their names right now, but my memory is pretty shit sometimes. Sorry folks. I believe mine had pomegranate in it and hers had the word Kiss in the title. (Myra, does this sound familiar?) Anyway, their calamari was good. Myra approved of them and apparently she’s quite picky when it comes to calamari. (There was more calamari on the plate before I took the picture by the way. We were just starving, so we had to eat some before I was able to bust out my phone.)

I will be back here next time for happy hour and their wings though. The table next to us got a plate of wings and they smelled so good I probably was drooling. I have a soft spot for fried chicken

p.s. This is a great spot to watch a game. There are TVs everywhere!

MONTCLAIR: Bombay Bistro

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 17, 2011

8851 Central Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
909 445 1455

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good/Great
Directions: Get off at Central Ave on the 10
Reservations: Not needed
Must Get: Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Naan

Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines.  I love the flavors from curries to naan to dosas.  My junior and senior year of college, I ate Indian food almost everyday with my roommate Amy.  How could we not when we lived so close to Curry Row (a street in the east village lined with Indian restaurants, 6th street between 1st and 2nd ave) and they had deals like $8 for three courses?  Yummm.  So you can imagine how excited I was when my friend Naomi mentioned that she knew of a good Indian spot near us.  I haven’t had Indian food since I left New York which is now TWO months ago.

Bombay Bistro did not disappoint. We went for lunch, so we did their buffet which I believe was around $9 per person not including tax and tip. Everything was great, but I loved their chicken tikka masala and garlic naan. The tikka masala had a smokey flavor to it which I haven’t had at other places. And the garlic naan was not too doughy; you’d be surprised by how many times I’ve had bad naan. Their basmati rice and daal were on the ehh side though.

Overall, it’s not the best Indian restaurant I’ve been to, but I think for the price and the food, it’s an amazing deal. I would definitely come back. Although next time, I need to restrain myself. I ate two full plates here and I wasn’t even that hungry!

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ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Hong Kong Palace

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 17, 2011

19101 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 854-9829

Price: Reasonable/Expensive
Rating: Okay
Directions: Get off at Nogales on the 60
Reservations: N/A for dim sum
Must Get: Almond tea with puff pastry, radish cake

For some unknown reason, my dad keeps coming back here despite the crap service and lack of amazing food. We come here often for dim sum and occasionally for dinner, but this post is for their dim sum; it’s been ages since I’ve been here for dinner. The food is not extraordinary; it’s standard dim sum fare, but there’s a couple of notable dishes. Their radish cake (luobogao 蘿蔔糕) is probably the best I’ve had. It’s really moist and just melts in your mouth. And their almond tea with the puff pastry is simply one of the best desserts offered during dim sum. It’s the first place I’ve ever had this dish, so maybe I’m a bit partial, but I think it’s not too sweet and the puff pastry has the right amount of butter so it’s perfectly flaky. Only problem is this almond tea is only offered after 11AM or when the chef arrives, whichever comes later.

But because of the service, if it was just me, I would probably never step foot in this restaurant again. I’ve been here a number of times where the service was just absolutely horrendous with the exception of one waitress that my parents know and like. Because of her, I know I’ll keep coming back here.

Oh well, I don’t think I’ve ever had mind-blowing dim sum. They all kind of taste standard to me. Any recommendations for places around here?

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Worst Beer Ever.

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on January 14, 2011

Stay away from this beer if you know what’s good for you. 6 out of 7 of us hated it. You have been warned.

(This picture was stolen off Google. I did not get it again. Do not worry, I am not that stupid.)

ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Newport Seafood 新港海鮮

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 14, 2011

www.newportseafood.com
18441 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 839-1239

Price: Very Expensive
Rating: Greatttt
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them
Must Get: House special lobster, boiled shrimp, fried tofu

This is probably hands down the best Chinese/Vietnamese seafood restaurant in the area. I’ve been here years ago, but I wasn’t nearly as impressed with it that time as I was this past trip. They remodeled since I was there last there and it was definitely for the best. This place is surprisingly beautiful. The decor is modern; it reminds me of the restaurants found on the top floors of department buildings in Asia. But the best part is, it’s clean! A huge rarity for Chinese restaurants in this area sadly. But anyway, on to the food…

Everything we ordered here was delicious with the exception of their clams. Stay away from them. They were sauteed well, but not cleaned well. They still had sand! And let me tell you, my parents are in the seafood business and that’s just not normal. (Soak clams in water for about 30 minutes before you decide to cook them and scrub the shells.) Their house specialty is their lobster, you’ll see it at practically every table and it’s worth it. It’s a little bit on the sweet side, but overall really tasty. You can’t really go wrong with boiled shrimp as long as it’s fresh and this particular type of shrimp (in Chinese it’s youshuixia 游水蝦). Their fried tofu was good too, crisp on the outside but the sauce needed some jalapenos with a bit more kick. We also got a plate of sauteed green pea sprouts (Don’t hold me to that English name, it’s what I found via Google. It’s called doumiao 豆苗 in Chinese) which were also good, but once again it’s hard to mess that up.

Anyway, this place is great and definitely worth going to, but early warning, if you want seafood here make sure to bring your parents or someone else who is willing to pay the bill. A small lobster here goes for about $60-70 and a pound of shrimp goes for $25-30… I could probably eat a pound or two alone and still be hungry. Ha! They do have meat dishes here that are cheaper like the bo luc lac (French style beef cubes in black pepper sauce), but this place is famous for their seafood, so how can you come here and not try it?

ROWLAND HEIGHTS: Jang Mo Jip

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants, Uncategorized by sue on January 13, 2011

18755 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
626 965 7288

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: They don’t take them, but you don’t need them anyway
Must Get: Suh lung tang

Hmm, I’m noticing I eat suh lung tang a lot here in LA. In New York, I ate a ton of burgers… At least suh lung tang is much healthier, right? Jang Mo Jip is nothing special. It’s decent and cheap, but by no means mind blowing. It’s not as good as Gung Jung Sul Rung Tang which is just a few minutes away, but it’s decent. Their kakdukgi, radish kimchi, is great though, probably some of the best I’ve had in a restaurant. I could eat that plain with a bowl of rice. Yum.

SAN GABRIEL: Half and Half Tea House 伴伴堂

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 13, 2011

120 N San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 309-9387

Price: Pricey
Rating: Still overrated
Directions: Get off at San Gabriel Blvd on the 10
Reservations: N/A, but there are seats/tables
Must Get: Nothing

I decided to give Half and Half another shot since I did not have their specialty drinks the first time, so at this trip I had their Taro Honey Boba Milk Tea, half sugar, less ice. Even at half sugar, the drink was still really sweet. The sugar masked all the tea flavor which still was not great tea and I could barely tell the difference between their honey boba and regular boba from other places. The only way I’d come back here again is if someone really wanted to try it, but I would probably stay away from their tea and order their Taiwanese snacks instead.

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CITY OF INDUSTRY: Half and Half Tea House 伴伴堂

Posted in food, los angeles, not recommended, restaurants by sue on January 13, 2011

17575 Colima Rd
Industry, CA 91748
(626) 810-8778

Price: Pricey
Rating: Eh… It’s overrated
Directions: Get off at Fullerton on the 60
Reservations: N/A, there are barely any seats
Must Get: Nothing

After two attempts at trying this place but leaving due to the long, long wait, I decided to give it a shot one day when I was early to meet a friend for dinner down in LA. I went before nightfall, so there was no line here at all. I got my drink and was out of there within 5 minutes, compared to the twenty minutes Debbie and I had attempted to wait one day only to give up because we were in a rush. Anyway, is the line and wait warranted? Heck no. Their green milk tea was horrible. It didn’t even taste like tea. It was worse than my own attempt of making green milk tea by just adding milk and sugar to the green tea I boiled at home. And the cup sizes?? What idiot designed that? If you are going to have to-go cups in LA, please make sure they fit in the cup holders in cars. It’s only the smart thing to do. Instead I had to tilt this cup to the side and worry about it spilling all over my car. Ugh, such stupidity.

Anyway, if you’ve been here before, you’re probably thinking well, she just got the wrong drink. Read my next post. I went to the one in San Gabriel the day after to try their “specialty” drinks with the honey boba too. (Spoiler alert: it still sucked.)

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