Bulbul's Favourite Restaurants

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Basix Café

8333 Santa Mónica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
Phone: 323 848-2460

Yummy entrées, even if the portions are a bit small. Good thin-crust wood-oven pizzas. A favourite dish is the pasta with gorgonzola and chicken. If you go before 6 p.m. you'll miss the delicious fresh rosemary bread.

Coley's Kitchen

Jamaican restaurant on Crenshaw in Laemert Park. Try the curry goat and the bread pudding.

Corn Maiden

Not a restaurant, but a gourmet tamal company. You can order them in bulk and have them shipped. The Corn Maiden also runs stalls at many of L.A.'s farmers' markets. My fave is the goat cheese and green chile tamal.

Farfalla

1978 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323 661-7365

Wonderful, if pricey Italian restaurant in Los Feliz.

French Quarter Market

in the French Market Place
7985 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 654-0898
Home Page: http://www.FrenchQuarterWest.com

Our default café. Wide range of nouveau cuisine and American dishes at reasonable prices. Fun atmosphere and very popular. Good salads, soups, hamburgers. Another favourite is the stir fry chicken.

Guelaguetza

Popular Oaxacan restaurant in West Los Angeles. The most wonderful Mexican food i've had in all of Los Angeles. My faves are the barbacoa de chivo and the taco de barbacoa de chivo (?). ¿Where else can you get fresh chapulines (grasshoppers)? (If you ask for this, you will be asked if you know what you're ordering. This particular item is not translated into English on the menu.)

Hamburger Hamlet

Wide range of American dishes (much more than just hamgurgers). Favourites include the hamburgers, the penne with sausage and peppers (but very greasy), the lobster bisque, the ribs. One of the few places where you can get oven-fresh cornbread with your meal.

India's Oven

Excellent, moderately priced Indian restaurant on the north side of Beverly just west of La Brea.

Le Mandarette Café

My favourite Chinese restaurant ever. Lots of interesting dishes. Never greasy. Somewhat expensive. On the south side of Beverly (methinks) just east of La Ciénaga.

Lolita

Nouveau-cuisined Mexican restaurant on the west side of Main Street just south of south of Hill Street in Santa Mónica.

Off Vine

Pricey but good European cuisine in a home-like setting. Restaurant is in a big house near Sunset and Vine.

Pink Pepper

Excellent, moderately priced Thai cuisine in an elegant and relaxing setting (usually with soft jazz background music). On the east side of La Brea almost at the corner of La Brea and Hollywood. Favourite dishes include pad thai, prik king, green curry, spicy noodles, angel wings, eggplant with basil, and chile and mint leaves.

Rosalynd's (spelling?)

On the east side of Fairfax in the middle of the Ethiopian district (Fairfax just south of Olympic). Moderately priced but spicy Ethiopian restaurant. Each booth has a grass hut roof over it. We almost always order the same thing (à la carte): shefinfin and the vegetarian combo. You can also pick up a bag of injira (sponge bread) to go.

Uzbekistan

Russian (and maybe even Uzbeki) restaurant on the northwest corner of Sunset and La Brea. The service is always a little wierd, but the food's good. Interesting atmosphere, with hand painted walls in the booths. They seem to have live entertainment, but we've never caught it. Largely Russian clientele.

Last updated October 25, 2003.