Saturday, October 15, 2016
What The Fish
2804 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
WTF? What the Fish Sushi is a fairly new sushi restaurant in Silver Lake! Silver Lake isn't known for their Asian restaurants, but I've heard good things about What the Fish!. It's a very small restaurant with a sushi bar that seats about 6 people and 2-3 tables that seat four, and 3 other tables that seat two. Surprisingly it wasn't crowded at all on a Friday night about 7:30pm. But, when we left, there were people waiting in line.
Tuna Sushi- $4.95
Griffith Park Roll $4.50- Salmon, shrimp, avocado and cucumber.
Vegetable Roll $3.95-Cucumber, avocado, asparagus, yamagobo.
Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna roll, $4.50
All the rolls and sushi was fresh and tasted fine. The prices were very reasonable. But, the portion is is very small. This is like diet sushi.
Service is annoying! WTF?? While our server was nice, she must have come by six times, SIX times in a space of 5-7 minutes to see if we were ready to order. Can you give us more than 15 seconds before you come by? The sushi came out quickly. While she kept asking if we were ready to order over and over, she never bothered to ask how everything was!
I wouldn't go back to What the Fish! There are plenty of other sushi restaurants that have the same quality and prices, and less annoying servers!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
9359 Central Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
David Allen recently reviewed Burgerim, and new burger chain based in Israel, that opened in Montclair about a month ago. Burgerim, is Hebrew for “many burgers” and thus, you get at least two burgers in each order. The burgers are slightly bigger than a slider, they say 2.8 ounces per burger. You can choose from a wide variety of patties; a few kinds of beef, chicken, turkey, veggie, and salmon. You also can choose the type of bun.
The duo is two burgers with fries and a drink for $9.95, while a trio is three burgers with fries and a drink $12.95.
I got the duo, $10.77, with a veggie patty-green onions, carrots, tofu and lentils and salmon patty both with a wheat bun. The burgers come with lettuce, tomato, onions, and house sauce which is a no relish thousand island.
The veggie patty was very good. Many restaurants should copy this recipe! But, the burger was very dry. They should put the house sauce on both buns and apply a bigger amount! The veggies were fresh, but the bun was a bit too well toasted.
The salmon burger was also very dry and the salmon had a weird smell. I wasn't impressed.
Service needs improvement. Management needs to train their employees much better. The young lady who helped me was very nice but she wasn't much help to a first time customer. Since Burgerim is a new concept, it's not like going to In N Out. They need to help first time customers!
She didn't tell me I had a choice of bun. I only found out when the guy next to me was asked by a different employee what kind of bun. She also got confused about the choose of fries. She said I had a choice between regular fries, sweet potato, onion rings for $1.50 more, or home fries. When I picked home fries, she ask her co-worker how to ring that in. The co-worker told me home fries aren't an option and can only be ordered on their own. Home fries are cubed potatoes in a sweet chili sauce topped with sesame seeds. Not a big deal, but it shows the lack of training management is providing their employees. But, I want to make sure people understand the employees are very nice and willing to help. They just need to be trained better to know the menu!
Burgerim is in the fast-casual price range and overall I think it is worth it. You only save $1 ordering al carte, so might as well get the fries and soda. If I do return I will make sure to order extra sauce on the burgers.
Monday, October 3, 2016
5 Star Pizza
951 N Haven Ave Ste C & D
Ontario, CA 91764
I'm trying pizza places nearby and Ontario was next up on my list. I did some search and found 5 Star Pizza. I think I told David Allen about 5 Star and he actually went there before I did! Here is David Allen's review of 5 Star Pizza. Located in a small shopping center next to a coffee house, 5 Star Pizza takes up two spaces. One space is the kitchen and counter a few tables, the other is a huge dining room, filled with sports items on the wall. The owner must have gone to Cal Poly Pomona, because there was a Cal Poly Pomona pennant and jersey on the wall, not something you see, even in Pomona!
Medium mushrooms and jalapenos, $12.65. The crust was on the thin side, much thicker than New York style but not as thick as some other pizza places. A good texture, slightly chewy but not tough. The sauce was pretty bland. The jalapenos were plentiful and huge!! While there could have been a bit more mushrooms, the mushrooms were fresh. This pizza is pretty much run of the mill pizza. But, Ontario isn't exactly filled with lots of pizza options.
Service is poor! I walked in and wasn't greeted and stood at the counter for about 2-3 minutes before they acknowledged I was there. Not much interaction other than the norm. Not friendly or welcoming. There were maybe 10 people, who filled 3-4 tables, so not busy with dine in customers and I didn't see one person come in to pick up an order the entire time I was there, maybe 25 minutes.
I wouldn't go back to 5 Star Pizza. If I had to give them stars it would be 2.5 stars. Other than a few places, Sal's Pizza in Alta Loma, Fratello’s Pizza and Pasta, and San Biagio's Pizza, it's a pizza wasteland once you get east of La Verne!
Wok Star Express
1787 Landess Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035
I'm in Milpitas, which is near San Jose, and I want some Chinese food. I know there is an area in Milpitas that has a ton of Chinese restaurants, including one Chinese restaurant where I had their take out and that was very good. But don't recall where the restaurant is located or the name of the restaurant. So instead I do a quick search and find Wok Star Express.
Wok Star Express is located in an area that has limited Chinese or Asian restaurants. But, I was already there and figured I should give them a try. It's a small restaurant and it was empty when I was there, about 5:30 on a Sat. But, they did get 2-3 people who came in to pick up their orders.
Shrimp Chow Mein, $8.95. The first thing you'll notice is the noodles is very thin, much thinner than the noodles most Chinese restaurants use for chow mein. But, the noodles were cooked perfectly. But, the dish lacked flavor! There wasn't much in terms of veggies, a few bean sprouts, maybe a few pieces of cabbage, but basically just about 8 shrimps and noodles. An acceptable dish, lots of food for the price but something I wouldn't order again.
Service is good.
I need to find the name of that that very good Chinese restaurant in Milpitas where I had some great food!
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Beola’s Southern Cuisine
1845 E Holt Blvd
Ontario, CA 91761
Beola’s Southern Cuisine opened about six weeks ago near Ontario Airport. It's a large spacious space, and on the Sunday I went they have live entertainment-a woman, who had a wonderful voice, singing songs. The volume was more background music, than having to SHOUT at your dining companion!
The owners of Beola’s Southern Cuisine used to be partners in the Maple House restaurant that replaced Sal's & Sons Pizza & Pasta. Beola's is the name of owner's grandmother.
Service was great! I walked in and while nobody was at the host stand, within a couple minutes I was greeted by one of the servers. She took my order and I waited for my food. All food is cooked to order and takes time! I sat in the lobby and every time somebody new came to the front, I was asked if I had already been helped! There have been restaurants that I reviewed where I wasn't greeted, not even a Hi, when I was right in front of the host! But at Beola's I was greeted EVERY TIME!!! A couple minor complaints- they should tell people that the red beans and rice contains meat, and when taking to go orders-that they do cook items as ordered so it takes time, up to 20 minutes if ordering fried chicken!
I really enjoyed my experience at Beola's and I will be back.
Monday, August 29, 2016
I reviewed Giovanni's on Williamson in Fullerton back in 2006. Now almost 10 years later I went back to review their pizza! Giovanni's on Harbor has long closed! Giovanni's has expanded into the next two spaces. The bigger Giovanni's now include a much larger dining area. The old area is now the game room for the restaurant.
The crust was medium thickness and firm, holding the toppings very well. The jalapenos were fresh and spicy. There weren't that many mushrooms, but the little amount on the pizza was fresh. This isn't the greatest pizza you'll ever have, but a good solid pizza from a local, family owned restaurant. Now, the big question- would this pizza be worth the regular price, about $19. I think yes, and I assume you would get a bit more toppings since the cost per topping is 30 cents more.
Despite only one person at the front, service was good. When I walked in there was a sign that said Help Wanted. I can see why. The lady taking the order was the only person working the front. She was responsible for taking orders and taking the food to the tables. There was a party of about 15 people and they kept coming back to order drinks or food. They really needed somebody else to help the lady. They could also help themselves by placing the printer for credit cards right next to the register! The way it is set up now, the customer gives the lady the credit card, she walks about a few feet to the printer then slides the credit card. I could see two people in the kitchen working on the orders, but they need front of the house help! Despite being very busy, the lady was very nice and helpful.
I would go back to Giovanni's for their pizza.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
710 S Indian Hill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
I visited the very popular Sanamluang Cafe in Pomona back in 2009. In December of 2014 they opened a second, bigger location about half a mile north on Indian Hill, into the snotty city of Claremont. The Pomona location stayed open for awhile, then closed.
Now located in a building that once housed a Baker's Square, Sanamluang Cafe is now a huge location with modern decor. Gone are the old, worn out peeling decor that highlighted the Pomona location. It was very busy on a Friday night and the hostess told me it would be about a 20 minute wait for a table. Not a problem because my friend had not arrived yet. About ten minutes later my table is ready and I told the hostess my friend hadn't arrived yet. She said no problem and allowed me to take the table for two. While waiting for my friend there was a steady stream of people coming in. But, all parties of two were seated quickly. So, I didn't feel bad that I was taking a table while waiting for my friend.
Shrimp fried rice- $7.95. Slightly bigger shrimp, but these were well cooked. People ask what is the difference between Chinese fried rice and Thai fried rice. I think Chinese fried rice has more soy sauce, thus a more salty taste. While Thai fried rice has a slight sweet taste.
Service was very good, from the hostess to the servers.
Sometimes when restaurants move something suffers and it's not the same experience. But, gladly Sanamluang hasn't changed and is still very good.