@TheNoMadHotel Lobby 1st Visit


These photos and videos were from my first visit to The NoMad Lobby the day after it opened. My friends and I were visiting venues in DTLA for a birthday party and decided to dine here last-minute after reading about its opening on EaterLA just few days before.

My first visit to The NoMad in NY was several years ago with my gf JL. She had dined there and had their roast chicken and black truffle pasta and wanted to share it with me. After that first visit in NY, we made it a point to visit the establishment every time I visited New York. (It was 11 times in 2016)

During our visits, we met Jhonel and got to experience The Library Room. Our favorite was the NoMad Bar. I don’t usually drink cocktails but I got suckered into ordering one while we sat at the bar. Guillermo was are bartender and he made the best drinks. We probably had five cocktails each. My experience in NY left me desiring to go back as often as I could so when I heard about the DTLA opening I was ecstatic.

The first evening in DTLA was just as wonderful as my memories of NoMad in New York.

My favorite dishes in NY were the crudite and steak tartare. Though DTLA doesn’t have the steak tartare, their carrot tartare is just as divine.

(I’m sorry my posts are not sequential but I have them as drafts and ended up not going in order)

I’ve now been to NoMad about 10 or more times. I try to make a standing reservation on Thursdays which has been pretty consistent and easy to get through the Resy app. However, finding someone to go with was the challenging part. I ran out of friends to go with. I’m the type of person (with OCD) where if I like something I’m going to go (or eat) as often as I can. But with NoMad being NoMad, I’m not able to go every day. I almost wish I lived at the hotel or had the means to go there every day to have the crudite and the 375ml bottle of the sancerre sauv blanc. This would be the ideal diet for me.

My joke to all my friends who ask what I’m doing on Thursday is that I’m trying to get NoMad to become my Cheers, where everyone knows my name. All my friends laugh when I tell them I’m going to NoMad or post it on my social media because the shriek in shock, “AGAIN????”

Yes, again. I love it so much. The ambiance is just my stitch and most importantly the service is flawless. I haven’t had a bad experience in all the visits.

If you have a chance to go, dine in the lobby first, then the next visit go to the Mezzanine. In the lobby you must order the fried chicken, crudite and carrot tartare. In the upstairs dining area, you must order the whole roasted chicken. As for dessert, milk & honey is ace on both levels.

My cocktail choice is the Sherry Painkiller or Cocktail No. 3.

Cocktail No. 3 is literally a cock, copper cock at that. Serves 2 but I’m greedy so I drink it all. Next time I want to order the crystal dispenser and ask for a long straw.

I promise you’ll love and if you want to find me, come on a Thursday.

I’ve also had their breakfast (yummm) and now need to go for lunch!

 

 

 

 

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@SunNongDan @IloveKoreatown


Bear wasn’t feeling well so he insisted that we eat Korean + something soupy. My colleague has been telling me about this place in Koreatown that her husband and her frequent since their move to KTOWN.

I asked if they wanted to join and told my husband to meet us there at 7pm. I of course arrived 30 minutes earlier so I went to Cafe Bleu and sat at the bar while I waited.

The food was very traditional and flavorful. The first dish we ordered was some type of beef stew with lots of veggies which I liked. There were braised short ribs, tendon, brisket and ox tail. Tendon was my favorite. We also got the spicy galbi jjim (my husband’s favorite). It tasted better than any other spicy galbi jjim I’ve ever had.

I was more than impressed. What really makes a Korean restaurant stand out is their banchan (side dishes) and this place did NOT disappoint.

Everything was fresh and accompanied the dishes well. I finished my bowl of white rice. oink oink.

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@PekingDuckHous #NewYork


I love Peking Duck and IDK why I just discovered this heaven on Earth! I was looking for restaurants to eat at few trips ago, but never made it out. The second time I visited NY after discovering this place I had to visit (since I didn’t the trip before.) I have no idea when this place was established but I assume a while ago and I’m still mad at myself for barely getting to it NOW!

We met my friend and his gf for dinner and I had no idea they didn’t serve buns until about an hour before dinner. I was a bit disappointed but I got over it. The beautiful duck arrived in a posing position (which I didn’t take a photo of because they started shaving the meat off before I realized it arrived) with all the accompaniments. Thick cut cucumbers and green onions, tortilla looking thing, hoison sauce and the other dishes. I can’t remember the price but it was a per person price with two entrees and such. We got the broccoli beef and garlic shrimp. Everything was very flavorful and not MSG infused. 😛

I gobbled up two of the wraps and ate as much as I could with the rest of the items.

I was really bummed about not getting an Instagram worthy photo of the duck but a soon as I took a bite of the wrap, I forgot about it. I did get upset when they took the duck away after they made all the wraps. Oh and the cucumbers and green onions.

I love onions, so I of course asked for it back.

Now that I’ve tried this place, this has been added to my #MUSTGO list when I visit NY. My next trip is planned for #MDW, so I cannot wait!!!