At Home, Restaurants

Burger @ Father’s Office

Several people recommend Father’s Office for a best burger. We finally did try it.

I imagined it was be a casual burger shop, but is actually a gastropub that offers 36 tap beer, small producer wines and classic cocktails.

It’s sort of disappointing to see there is only one burger and small food selections.

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office burger with fries $14 + $2.50

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Let’s get it straight. Both he and I had a bite and thought “???” that means “is it that good???” The sauce (could be caramelized onion) is too salty and other elements are tasteless, we think. Surprised so many people like it. He instantly concludes, “This is enough. Let’s go to Bachi Burger next time.” I agree.

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mine: white ale, his: dark beer

We randomly picked, but mine tastes ok and his tastes terrible (too sour). Unfortunately.

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brussel sprouts $9
Just ok. No umami to enjoy. Fresh Corn Grill serves much much much tastier vegetables. Again, seasoning is too strong. Maybe because they want us to order more drinks?

Owner Chef Sang Yoon was on Top Chef Masters. Oh, really?

Overall, we were so disappointed. Our expectation was too high? Nope. It’s just not our type of food and place.

Father’s Office
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224
http://fathersoffice.com
$$

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breakfast: nutella bread + coffee

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lunch: pork, napa cabbage & egg bowl

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At Home, At Work

Korean Lunch & Dinner

I picked up food for lunch at S-Mart.

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Gimbap & salted seaweed

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beef soup noodle

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green tea frappuccino
My boss brought me back.

I had leftover for dinner after yoga practice. Not much fun to eat on Friday night.

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breakfast: strawberry, banana, nutella sandwich + coffee

Family & Friends, Restaurants

Omakase Gold @ Kiyokawa

Gorgeous sushi dinner with two girl friends from Orange County.

This tiny sushi place with Bistro atmosphere has several different omakase, sushi only, sashimi only and three mixed. We ordered “Gold” $180, which is second most expensive.

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first course: tai cabbage ball yuzu flavored tomato, crab meat wrapped cucumber

Accompanied by Asahi beer. Most unique presentation ever. Three appetizers are on the little plant pots filled with sesame seeds and sealed with shiso leaves. So cute and tasty.

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second course: hokkaido scallop, live botan shrimp, abalone

I am not big fan of scallop, but this one is so fresh and delicious. Shrimp was still alive. Of course, my favorite is abalone.

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Moving on to sake. They offer sampling. Out of three choices, we selected “Kirinzan” from Niigata.

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third course: seven appetizers with orchids

Again, I’ve never seen this kind of presentation. It’s just “wow.”

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third course (close-up): oyster ponzu, hotaru ika (firefly squid), bamboo shoot, kegani (hokkaido crab), shrimp, marinated nishin, ankimo

Everything tastes so wonderful and sake is best to go with.

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Selecting next sake. We tried koshu, aged sake. It was easier to drink than it sounds.

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fourth course: aji sahimi, buri sashimi with yuzu kosho, aji namerou (miso tartar) with myoga

Namerou is so authentic and difficult to have a good one. Aji is one of my favorite fish. So happy.

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fifth course: mmmm I don’t remember what these are

Best thing here is freshly graded real wasabi. For scallop or abalone, the chef serves sweet part of wasabi. As course goes richer, wasabi goes spicier. So we can taste best fish of it.

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sixth course: hirame with karasumi & nodoguro nigiri

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seventh course: Noresore (baby an ago)

Delicacy that is barely seen in the market. Interesting but ok to taste.

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eighth course: three kinds of tuna nigiri

I love the tuna sampler.

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ninth course: mini ikura bowl, salmon nigiri, sakura chip smoked masu salmon

Salmon sampler is so delicious too.

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tenth course: uni nigiri with wasabi & truffle

Uni truffle is one of my favorite of the night.

After this course, Chef Kiyokawa asked us if we still had room in stomach or would like dessert next. Our answer was “a little more savory dish.”

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eleventh course: sauteed awabi with kimo

Abalone liver gives rich taste to it.

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twelves course: oyster with caviar

I was so happy to have a full taste of shell fish, which I love most among all kinds of food.

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thirteenth course: botan shrimp head miso soup

Very rich and perfect to close the meal.

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fourteenth course: yuzu sorbet

Palate cleanser.

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fifteenth course: dessert sampler, strawberry mousse, kinako cake, green tea ice cream

We love the presentation. Servers open the bento box in front of us, that was an exciting moment.

Taste wise, it was just ok beside green tea ice cream which is more like snow.

Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience. Total bill ended up with close to $300 per person, but I would like to go back for a special occasion.

Kiyokawa
265 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 358-1900
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★★★★

At Home, At Work, Restaurants

The Donuttery in Huntington Beach

We had a meeting with CPA for tax filing 2014 this morning. Before the meeting we had breakfast near his office.

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Lox on Bagel $8.85 @ The Donuttery
A lot of yelpers write this place has wonderful doughnuts. However, I couldn’t get it in front of him who is anti-doughnut.

The Donuttery
17420 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 847-7000
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Morning snack: red velvet white chocolate brownie + coffee
While waking up early, I already got hungry when going back to work.

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lunch: chicken katsu, spinach, rice

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afternoon snack: cookies + garlic twist

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light dinner: sparkling wine, cheese, bell peppers

At Home, At Work

Chicken Katsu

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breakfast: banana, strawberry, cheese danish + coffee

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huge and red strawberry

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lunch: steak with green sauce, bell pepper, walnut pasta
Steak is still good on the second day.

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afternoon: Argentinian chocolate
Last piece.

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dinner: chicken katsu, sauteed spinach, rice
Chicken Katsu came out so tender and yummy.

At Home

Organic Grass Fed Beef Steak

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breakfast: Trader Joe’s Raspberry Blossom

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lunch: egg & pickles over rice + soon tofu

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later afternoon: guacamole & chips + beer

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dinner: rib eye steak, piemontese bell peppers, walnut pasta

I love this organic grass fed beef from Sprouts. It’s so tender.