Friday, May 19, 2006

Small Bites: Notes from About Town

Nippon Tartare at Tiger Lily (spicy salmon and tuna on ricecakes)

Neighborhood Disappointment: New Asian-themed Tiger Lily on Vermont in Los Feliz village isn't worth your time. It's a huge, empty space and the food is overpriced. When I say empty, I mean empty--we were there on a Friday night and had about 4 other people for company in the cavernous bar. Maybe a spot for a drink.

New to me: Blair's on Rowena in Silver Lake falls into the "Why have we never eaten here?" category--it's yummy. The starters and entrees were solid upscale American fare, but the best part was dessert--vanilla bean cream-filled donuts with coffee ice cream. The still warm and bursting donuts were the Platonic donut ideal, and the best restaurant dessert I've had in ages.

Hey Cupcake: For a recent office birthday celebration, I stopped at Bluebird Bakery in Culver City for cupcakes. The carrots ones were good (more like muffins really) but the vanilla ones tasted like they were made from a box mix. The frosting was not buttercream however, more of an icing, which was refreshing.

Reconsidered: I know I called Buddha's Belly forgettable in the past, but this week I had a fantastic spinach noodle ramen there--packed with fresh veggies and a flavorful miso broth.

Tiger Lily
1739 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2903 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 660-1882

Bluebird Bakery
8572 National Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-0939

Buddha's Belly
7475 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-8588


Rorie said...

OK, I must have a vanilla bean cream-filled donut. Period.

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