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Luc Dỉnh Ký Restaurant June 14, 2009

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After 3 hours of spa, we decide to eat something “healthy”, and came here for their Salmon with Grilled Rice (Com Nuong Ca Salmon – $8.25). The recent new finding of grilled rice became my new favorite lately. This Vietnamese restaurant actually specializing in com tay cam (hot pot), but we never order them before. As usual, the restaurant has a wait, but we were lucky since there’s only one party in front of us. But as soon as we get seated, the line got longer and longer.

Luc Dinh Ky Store Front

Luc Dinh Ky Store Front

They have this refreshing drink (chrysanthemum tea) that is free with every order. It’s actually bottled and available at local Asian supermarket. I think the taste is a little bit light, probably water down but it’s free, so I can’t be really that picky.

Free drink

Free drink

Luc Dinh Ky Menu

Luc Dinh Ky Menu

Last time we ordered House special Chow Fun and French style beef steak with grilled rice..both weren’t good at all, and we noticed most of the table order Salmon with grilled rice and some soup bowl. Because of previous experiences, we both decide to order the grilled rice with salmon and I ordered another wonton soup to share b/c I feel like some hot soup to warm up my tummy. The salmon was very good, just the way I remembered from last time, soup base for the wonton was very plain but the wonton was pretty good.

Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Salmon wiht grilled rice

Salmon wiht grilled rice

grilled rice - it was a littl burned but still good

grilled rice - it was a littl burned but still good



Service here is not very great, well…don’t expect good service at most of the Asian own restaurant. It took us awhile to get someone’s attention to refill our water and drinks. But I really felt sad for the table next to us. There were 3 white guys sitting there but they didn’t know it was cash only restaurant so two of the guy left to look for ATM while the other guy was there as collateral. The waiter clean the table off and put a reserved sign on the table…I know they really want to kick him out but technically they can’t b/c they haven’t paid yet. =P On the way back home, I also saw another Lục Đỉnh Ký like 1 or 2 blocks away!! I guess if it get packed next time, I’ll try another location.


* Taste: 3 out of 5
* Decor: 2 out of 5
* Service: 2 out of 5
* Price: $
* Warning: Cash Only


Luc Dỉnh Ký Restaurant
9812 Bolsa Ave Ste 100
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 839-6813


Marché Moderne June 10, 2009

A nice place for a lazy Saturday dinning. I came here without much expectation since I got some warning earlier regarding to their slow service. But I had a great meal with two good friends, although service did slow down a bit in the end, that actually allow us to have some more conversation.

The restaurant is located @ third floor outside of Nostrum in South Coast Plaza on the right corner of the building, with patio, indoor and terrace seating. With a nice day like today, I pick the terrace dining, and I felt the indoor seating was a little bit tight to my liking. After look at the menu, we decided to try the Spontanee since it’s a good way to sample the foods here.


They serve warm bread w/ butter.. love them. =) I ate so much in the beginning and thought I couldn’t finish the meal later. Appetizer we had Parmesan Scones/ roasted pepper/tapenade.. it was simple but delicious,

4  a

for entree.. I got the skate wing..I like the taste of fish but not the chickpeas and the soup,

b  3

the flat iron steak was excellent, the center is pink and very juicy..

2  c

but dessert was a little bit of a disappointment.. it was palmier twist and vanilla panna cotta.


Everything else was well done except the dessert seems like a toss in bonus, if they put more thought into the dessert, it would be a solid 5 stars. It’s a great deal for what you get in the lunch menu, highly recommended. =)

ps. I forgot to mention the American Kobe Carpaccio Dungeness Crab Meat… it’s to die for!!!!!

1  e


* Taste: 4 out of 5
* Decor: 4 out of 5
* Service: 3 out of 5
* Price: $$$


Marché Moderne
3333 Bristol St
Ste 3001
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 434-7900


Providence, LA June 8, 2009

I have selected Providence as my first post on my food section since it has 2 Michelin Star @ 2009.  I went with a few food bloggers on 6.7.2009 for 9 courses tasting menu.  My initial impression was alright, it was located on a more isolated section of the Melrose Ave.  There’s only valet parking or street parking, since the left side of the street is residential, you can only park on the right side of the road.

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Service was not very attentive consider they are an upscale restaurant, it took them around 10 mins for our waiter to take our order for drinks, another 15 mins to bring us the menu.  Whole dinner took about 4 hours, and we were the last customer to leave the restaurant.  UGH..  -_-;;  I’m just glad that it wasn’t a date b/c I can’t escape in the middle unless I decide to give up my meal.

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For aperitif (I think that’s what it’s called):

we have some fancy small liquor filled appetizers.  First one on from the left need to squeeze lime on top, and it was very strong…since I don’t drink alcohol, I have no idea what I was tasting.. middle one was kindda interesting, it was liquid filled gel, maybe like a mimosa or something but I need to ask my other friends to confirm.  Last one on the right is creamy bisque.  Which completely wash away the alcohol taste in my mouth…hehehehehehe.. =)

First course:

Japanese Kanpachi sashimi with crispy rice crackers, flowering coriander, endive sous vide, soy creme fraiche. Taste is very light and bland, but the fish was very fresh.

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Second course:

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin served in a farm fresh egg, champagne beure blanc, fine herbes.  This dish is particularly interesting, I can taste a subtle hint of sea urchin, but the egg york was a little bit overpowering, but most of us agree the croutons on the top were tasty.

Third course:

Hokkaido Sea Scallops (Japan) with fava beans, chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, jurancon sec.  The scallop was very sweet, and the bacon actually bring out more flavor of the sweetness inside the scallop.  But I hate bean so it got another minus point..ho ho..j/k

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Fourth course:

Wild Day-Boat Pacific Habibut (talahoh, Wa.) with burdock, shiso, and lemon.  This is actually my favorite course of the night, the halibut was so soft, moist and juicy and shiso and lemon was a perfect compliment to bring out the flavor of the fish.  It was the strongest course of the night which I’m perfectly fine if they give me 5/9 courses with same dish..hehehehehhehee..

Fifth course:

Wild Troll Caught King Salmon (sitka. ak) with Japanese turnips, sweet peas, preserved meyer lemon, gingered carrot juice.  I know my picture turn out very orange…and funky…but maybe b/c it was dark and everything was orange.  o_O  I have to say that I usually love salmon but not this particular one, either it was the beans (I hate beans) or it was the sauce that just wasn’t calling my name.

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Sixth course:

Roasted Tenderloin of Veal with crushed king edward potatoes, spring onions, hazelnuts, new crop spring garlic confit.  None of us like the veal for some reason, the texture was just a little bit off…it was very tender but it remind me of eating the rabbit meat @ Stinky Rose roughly 10 years ago.  I actually got some goose bumps while eating the veal.

Seventh course:

Since I’m not a big fan of cheese, I substitute it out for another dessert…it was a fresh strawberry and basil ice cream with some hazelnut marshmallows, the basil ice cream was good but I was quit disappointed with my strawberry tho.  Just by looking at the picture doesn’t really  stimulate my sweet tooth.  Blah….

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Eighth course:

Cucumber, Kaffir Lime, Juniper Berry & Yogurt…this was interesting, I wouldn’t say it was was more like sorbet. W/ salty fermented cucumber on the bottom.  It was refreshing but in an odd way…no common about that one.

Final course:

Miso Cheesecake with regier farms peaches, black sesame, cassis sorbet.  Cheesecake was good, but I love the peaches more…

Score?  Hmmmmm…probably a 3 stars out of 5.  I am not trying to be mean but overall service was okay, but it went downhill toward end of the night.  I might give them another try in the near future to just give them a second chance.  Okay, now my question is….who’s going to take me???


* Taste: 3 out of 5
* Decor: 5 out of 5
* Service: 2 out of 5
* Price: $$$$



5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 460-4170