Cash only, cheap eats. All pictured below was $21. I can do without the meatballs next time.
I read about it and I wanted to be about it.
This place has turned over so many time. I remember when it was Opus and I randomly ran into an old friend who was the bartender. That evening she introduced me to Effen Black Cherry Vodka. I usually remember the year by the boy I was dating but I can’t seem to remember for the life of me… it was a while ago. Because after Opus, it was Novel Cafe or maybe something in between, then KONY was there with or with Novel, IDK and now Terra Cotta.
I must say, the style of decor they went with really livens up the place and makes it more welcoming than the previous establishments. I love the chandeliers, bright open lit bar and booth seating. I especially love the three large booths for larger parties in the back wall next to the bathroom entryway.
It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and my husband, friend and I decided to check it out. Well, I did, they didn’t have much of a say.
We found parking on the street on Wilshire and entered the restaurant. An old lady was ahead of us and speaking to the hostess. Literally two minutes went by and the hostess didn’t bother to excuse herself for a second to check in with us. We were just standing there while the old lady was asking questions (def. not dining that night). I get the whole courtesy thing and the hostess could have continued her convo thereafter, but she was oblivious and never bothered to kindly ask us to wait a moment or call someone over to assist us or the old lady. A gentleman came over but he also ignored to check in with us or ask the hostess if she needed assistance. A bit obtuse of them, if you tell me…
I decided I didn’t want to stand any longer so I went to the bar until the hostess was done with her convo. The bartender came over and handed us the menus. I asked which vodka they had and she shared that they only had Chopin and Grey Goose. I don’t know what it is with Korean establishments but they love their Grey Goose. Which btw, they have 4 other vodkas that she didn’t share with me.
I didn’t want either and for my blog’s sake, asked her to make me the prettiest cocktail. Photo purposes of course. The first photo below is what she made me. If that’s their prettiest cocktail, they need to hire another mixologist.
When we finally got seated at our booth I was pleased with the lighting in the place. My Canon G7X was capturing great photos! (You can find photos of me on my personal blog.)
I was a little apprehensive about how the meal would taste so I let my friend pick the dishes. Usually I’d be the first to jump at the chance to order but I had no recommendations nor interest since my first 15 minutes of the experience was shitty.
We ordered Toro Tataki, Steak Tartare, Crispy Potatoes, Hamachi and Uni Rice.
None of us were really hungry, and even thought I REALLY wanted to order the beautifully presented 30-day Dry Aged Prime Beef, their market price was $5/oz. The ounces varied from 32-40. That’s $160 for a 32oz. steak, which is more than CUT or Mastro’s or whatever steak restaurant in Beverly Hills. I thought the price was ridiculous so I opted out.
The shellfish pasta was out that night, they literally ran out, when the occupancy at the restaurant at that time was maybe about 45%. So were they out or did the chef forget to put in the order prior to Thanksgiving weekend? 😛
As each dish was served, I was reluctant to dig in… but I must say, each dish was tasty and well presented. I’m not a fancy food eater, I don’t like flowers in my food and the presentation to be super artsy. I appreciate the effort but I just want it to taste fucking delicious. Fortunately, this was both, pretty and appetizing. I enjoyed every dish a lot, maybe because I had -zero expectations or because it was actually good. It may be the latter since the chef did come from Nobu.
Our server was sweet and attentive, the manager came by one time because I didn’t want my drink anymore because I thought it looked like freshly squeezed pineapple-orange juice, but I said it wasn’t anyone’s fault. I asked for a pretty cocktail for a photo and it turned out the be ugly and not tasty. On the other hand, I’m not a cocktail drinker. Give me a glass of vodka (anything but Grey Goose and other apparently lower quality ones, except Burrnetts) on ice with a straw and a splash of lime juice, I’m good. I don’t even need a fucking garnish.
That was my drink actually. They had 4 other vodkas that were names I couldn’t recognize. I asked for whichever one was not the well with the splash of lime juice. I was happy.
Onto the dessert. We ordered the K-Pop & Matcha Mille Fenile. Very beautiful to look at. I mean, there were gold leaves on the pop. I really loved the Matcha Mille Fenile. Probably on the top 10 desserts I’ve had in a restaurant.
Kudos to the pastry Chef Jason Licker. What a great last name…
3760 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Don’t mind their About Us page and their social media menu which was NOT ready to go live)
Chef Danny Ye
If you haven’t seem my video already, you can find it here. Now for the food porn. This place is just as it sounds. A Korean American fusion with Korean toppings on an American inspired sweet/savory combo. Not so much sweet though, the waffle makes a great base for pizza toppings, it’s light and soft and crunchy on the edges without it being too doughy. Not as heavy as normal pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut, def. less greasy too.
I’ve directed some non Korean folks here and they all seemed to love it. Koreans are funny with their pizzas, they put toppings like potatoes and corn and though it may sound weird, it’s oddly palatable. Go try!
Seoul Waffle Pizza
3525 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone number (213) 232-0104
When you find a gem by mistake, it is the best reward ever. I came here one day to pick up a togo order for a friend who is not my friend anymore… It was the only place open and I needed to save the day. I really liked their egg rolls, it was the really really crispy kind. I can’t explain it but it’s called a Cha Gio not egg roll.
The broth is especially authentic but not too authentic that it’s greasy and dirty. It’s run by a Korean family so it’s clean unlike an establishment run by Vietnamese people. I’m not being racist, I’m just being a Korean pho connoisseur, Koreans are particular when it comes to pho. 😛
The three dishes of onions that you see is my favorite part about having pho. Think of it as kimchi. I am all about textures when I eat so I need a crunch component to the meal. The onions do that for me, plus I drench it in sriracha and it’s also the spicy element.
I think this is a Korean thing. Growing up, partying in KTOWN, I had my first pho experience here. After a night of drinking Crown Royal at Flamingo, we’d drive over to the now gone pho place in the Cafe Bleu plaza and wake up with swollen faces. I didn’t like cilantro back then, now I can’t have enough. The onions were first introduced to me by… I want to say this girl named Angela, but I could be wrong. Obviously someone that’s not in my life anymore. Well, sort of, through social media. She or whomever started to mix the onions, sriracha and hoison sauce and I fell in love. It was the perfect add to the somewhat bland dish.
Over the years, I used less and less of the hoison sauce, but sometimes, I’ll use it, most of the time not. Depending on who I’m eating with. Some people can’t handle the raw onion + sriracha alone. I call them #pussies.
I love cookies. I had been seeing a lot of posts about this place, Milk Jar Cookies, on social media and I was hoping to try it one day when it was convenient for me to pick it up. The time never came until last Sunday. I had a tour in Westwood and Bear had to pick up something near Milk Jar Cookies, so I asked him to stop by! It happened to be next door of where he had to go so it worked out perfectly.
When I go somewhere, I usually get more than necessary because I like variety. To my surprise, he picked up six cookies! Two were the same, but the rest was different. It was a proud moment for me. 🙂 He has been learning my ways! 😛
The cookies reminded me of my MIL and my SIL’s freshly home-baked cookies, but BIGGER! We got two birthday sprinkles something, banana split, white chocolate raspberry, chocolate chip and milk and cereal cookies. I tried it all but the milk & cereal.
It was probably the best cookies I’ve ever had and I would not eat cookies anywhere else from this moment on. I’m dead serious. Even days after, the cookies were still fresh and soft and very tasty.
I’m a suck for ham and swiss croissants with jalapenos.
I found one on the way to work and was pleasantly surprised by how yummy it was.
My issue with a lot of places is that the ham to cheese to jalapeno ratio is never right.
This place offered to put jalapenos inside for me and I was so happy to see that they filled it up!
Thank you and I shall be back!
The donuts looks pretty amazing too!