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Came here for a work function the other night. Woohoo! I didn't have to pay except for the valet tip! Score! Thanks Boss! Let me start off with the one negative aspect of this restaurant. I http://YP.com'ed it - Mapquested it - I Yelped it and I STILL COULDN'T FIND THE BLOODY RESTAURANT! I ended up passing it (no well lit up sign), busted a U and almost passed it again if I hadn't seen the unlit address numbers "3626". The valet suggested I complain to the manager. I'm complaining on YP.com since we all know they read our reviews, right? Service: Waitress was friendly & informative. Water boy was all smiles & constantly refilling our water glasses. *thumbs up* Appetizers: - Cheese Plate (looked delicious but my coworkers all scarfed it down...I was sitting at one end of a long table for 10 so I didn't bother trying to nab a piece or two or the whole plate) - Fried calamari & mixed veggie tempura (pretty tasty - not too oily) to be dipped in a side of balsamic-tarragon mayo...I preferred using a Tabasco mix to create my own special concoction - yum! Entree: Was trying to choose between the scallop/shrimp risotto, grilled rib eye w/ peppercorn sauce (one of the chef's special of the day) or the sauteed rainbow trout. Waitress said the trout was her fave. Done! The trout skin was nicely crisped on the outside, de-boned (except I did chew on one small piece of bone that I promptly fished out & left on the side of my plate), 2 thin slivers of lemon slices in the middle to flavor the flesh, covered with crunchy almond slivers & parsley. It was slightly saltier than I like my food - but I am a bland eater. It was very savory & flavorful. I would definitely order it again...but might ask for "low sodium". Dessert(s): Mine: Chocolate Pot de Creme - very thick w/ a dollop of whipped cream on top & 2 strawberry slices. I prefer it to be made more with dark chocolate than milk chocolate but we all liked it (shared it w/ coworkers - so I could finagle a tasting of their desserts as well - hehe, my master plan!) My Coworkers: - Flourless Chocolate Cake w/ orange marmalade - very dark & rich & delicious! - Creme Brulee - nice crisp burnt top w/ a smooth custard underneath - also delicious! Ambience: Outdoor patio w/ super hot heating fans above - I didn't even need to start drinking my wine to feel like my forehead was being burnt to a crisp. They kindly shut that thing down asap & turned on the other standalone heating lamp behind us that actually had an adjustable temp. All in all a nice place to come for dinner. I think I'll bring my mom here - she always wants to "try something new" that isn't "Asian food".
Yamashiro Restaurant is a "CalAsian" restaurant up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, CA. Great views. Great Atmosphere, Incredible service - but just OK food even though the Mothers' Day buffet presentation was beautiful. When you are about to spend this much money ($400 with tip for 5 people) you expect substantially more in the overall food quality. The sushi section was beautifully presented but the ingredients were mediocre at best and pedestrian in quality and taste. I mean 3/4" diameter rolls of mostly rice. The inari sushi could have been stuffed with something more than basic white rice - whoever heard of inari without delectible sushi rice with all of the good stuff blended in? There was to be a table where shyumai and gyoza were presented - what was served was a really tough, thick doughy wonton that was deep fried - serious disappointment. And no Yuzu-based ponzu sauce was to be found. Very sad. Then there was the main buffet line. When I heard yakisoba, I was hoping for real yakisoba - common Japanese comfort food that is commonly found at street cart vendors all over Japan. It was more like stir fried spahetti. Yecch. The roast turkey and prime rib were delectible and nicely hand-carved. When asked for paper-thin, the server did a beatuful job. Well done. The fresh fruit presentation was awesome. The pineapple was very ripe. The strawberries and kiwi were not quite ripe - closer to green. Yikes. Our server, Risako was 100% on top of her game. Incredible service, incredibly accomodating and commanding her help with ease - she made our experience at the restaurant good. Overall opinion? I'd go back on a non-buffet day to try it. However, not for Mothers' day again. Chris
I found U Salon by searching the Internet when I moved to this area. It is supposed to be a more affordable version of the upscale Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills. I get that "affordable" in L.A. is definitely a switch from what that meant in the SF Valley where I used to live! My only gripe is that if you get a 2-process color job, they charge you double! Ouch! So a cut & style is around $40-60 depending on how long or short your hair is. And 1-color is $50-60 depending on length also. So for my long hair, it ends up being $60 for the cut & style, + $120 for 2 colors = $180. For the same, I used to pay $80 less in the Valley. But then, I was living in the Valley, and that's no bargain! :D BUT the salon is very spacious & airy and relaxed, the staff is friendly, and I am stuck on Helen like glue! She used to do hair in London at a high-end salon that catered to the Royals and local celebrities. I got her when I asked for a long-hair specialist, and sure enough, my hair looked even LONGER after she colored it, cut it, and styled it! And I look even better than ever!!!! So, the little extra is totally worth it, and it is WAY less than the $300 and up you could end up paying in Beverly Hills. I also love the nail salon - I did not think I could get a pedicure for $14 in a salon w/Umberto's name on it. And they do a very good job. I especially love Quincy's pink & white acrylics - I could stare at them forever! & the girls are very nice. I never get the feeling anyone is talking snarky about me behind my back in another language :). For another $15, which is no more than at any other carwash nearby, you can have your car washed while you get all dolled up. Great find!
Adrimar, is the one stop place for your hair needs! If you are looking for the perfect cut, style, color, or even extensions they have it all here! I have been going to Adriana for 8 years for my hair and I must say she is the best in LA! She has taken my hair through all of my walks of life, as it changes all the time our hair does and a good stylist knows what to do. And I must say i can thank Adriana for all she has done for me on that department as it has burst my confidence. I have had hair extensions now for a year because I had suffered a blood disorder with is known as Anemic, it had caused my hair to go from being extremly bouncy and long and pefect to very thin and not so perfect so with the extensions it helps me in the areas that I lack now for that luster hair! I hope one day that i can build up my body to not have to suffer from this disorder and hopefully get my hair back, but for now the extensions have been great! I love them as noone can tell I have them unless I tell them, Sometimes people are like I love your hair, I say really, well thank my stylist cause their hair extensions they say no way, those are really done good, i must say she is awesome! So look no further then Adrimar one stop place for all you hair needs! Its a family run business, with her sister at her side and her best friend which are all stylsits you can not go wrong!
I am mixed with black and white and it is extreamly hard to find a salon that can handel my hair. I die my hair often and I could never find a place that could do my hair the way I wanted. You know how you go to a place to get your hair done and your not satified so you leave with a fake smile. Well that was me A LOT. I have been to Beverly Hills, Beverly Center, Westwood, Long Beach and all over Los Angeles not one place I went to did my hair right until I went to Le Von's. My hair is Naturally blace and I get it died Blonde or light brown with highlights. One place in Westwood I brough a picture of Nicole Richie and asked that they do my hair EXACTLY like hers. They said ok 1/2 way thorugh it didnt look right so I asked her what she was doing she said she is doing it Like her hair but not exaclty. I was ANGRY. At the Beverly Center they asked that I sign a form just incase my hair fell out. OMG So when I went to Le Von's I asked the man if they have color specialist, I showed them a sample. They did it perfectly. As long as they exist I will go to Le Von's, and Le Von's only. I would recomend this place to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Because who ever is doing their hair has nothing on the guy who did my hair. Like I said I LOVE LOVE LOVE Le Von's and I will be back! Keep up the good work
I've been going to Pamela for about 8 months now. Before her I'd gone to tons of other spas and facial places, half of which told me that they didn't know what to do with my skin because it was that bad!! Pamela has changed my life. Not only do I have flawless skin that is soft and beautiful, but the experience of her care is like none else. If you visit Pamela -make sure you call weeks or months in advance she is BOOKED up!- you can expect to have an hour and a half, just you are her and she spends the entire time in the room with you. If there is a mask, she does -what I think may be Reflexology- massaging. She also uses products that you really feel that they work, they're different from anything I've experienced. Pamela makes her own products, she created a vast range of skin care cleansers that work great. I have used tons of commercial and other products with only a week or 2 of result. I saw results in 1 facial and continued to be perfected by the cleansers she recommended me and her facials. She knows skin, she is a skin Goddess. So, if you're looking for a place to freshen up, or to fix a disaster, Pamela's Exclusive Skin Spa (http://www.pamelasexclusiveskin.com) is for you!
I recently moved to the area and this place is just a few blocks away. Happy to say, it's become one of my neighborhood joints. I typically stick with the small plates since they're great to share with my significant other. Our favorites so far have been the fried oysters, the chicken and waffle croquettes, the spinach pierogi, the pumpkin ravioli and of course, the kaya toast. I'm all about the kaya toast and we've been known to get two orders on occasion. Also, and to pretend like we're being healthy, we'll order something green, such as the (crispy) brussels sprouts or the house salad. They have a terrific drink menu with cocktails that are too difficult or time consuming for me to make at home, (which is what I look for in a drink list). I can make my own, great old fashioned. I like trying a new drink every time I go. They also have a nice wine list when I'm in the mood for a glass. The service has always been great and the staff has always been friendly. I would recommend making a reservation before going since seating fills up pretty fast. Otherwise, get there once they open for dinner, like we usually do, and seating shouldn't be an issue.
I have been looking for a new place since I moved to Los Angeles couple of months ago, and I think I found it. To be honest I was a bit nervous to try out this shop despite the good reviews for I am still new to this neighborhood, but as soon as I got there everything felt perfect. Cindy was my stylist and she was THE stylist I have been looking for. She asked many questions to know how I wanted my hair cut and carefully examined my hair before start cutting unlike many of the previous stylists I visited. She worked on my hair like a true professional and the shampoo + conditioner was excellent as well. The results made me speechless and overjoyed - I honestly cannot describe the experience with mere words alone! The price was very nice at about $30, which gets even better with the 20% off coupon I found on their website. I wouldn't have known that there was a first timer coupon if I didn't read my fellow yelpers' reviews. Thank you x3 The whole experience took about 30-40 minutes, which is very reasonable for such a popular place. If you want some compliments on your hair, this is the place to go!
Elena has been cutting and styling my hair since the Spring of 2004. She is an amazing hairstylist and a wonderful person. She goes above and beyond what a typical hairstylist would do and makes you feel so comfortable when you're sitting in her chair. She's a true artist and cares about each and every one of her clients. It's her goal to give each client the best hairstyle they desire every time they visit. Between my haircut and styling appointments, I visit Elena often for her famous shampoo and styling. When life or LA is stressing me out, I don't get a massage. I get a shampoo and style from Elena. Her shampoo/scalp massage is out of this world! It takes all your worries away and makes you feel like a new person! Elena is so great at what she does, she's the only person that works on my hair. Honestly, words can't describe how magnificent she is. If you're looking for a hip style, a modern style or something classic, visit Elena. It'll be the best hairstyle you've ever had! And you'll go back time and time again because she's simply that awesome and caring. Elena, you're the best!!!
Amazing service, impeccable food, amazing atmosphere! Words cannot describe my experience here! The kabob so juicy it literally felt like I was in Tehran again. In my honest opinion, many generic persian kabob restaurants in los angeles dont even come close to the taste you can get here. Friendly and attentive staff is the icing on the cake here. They were constantly making sure our water was filled, and if we needed extra napkins or utensils. They even went out their way to make sure we enjoyed our lunch. Apparently they bake their bread daily! I had the koobideh (ground beef) and my coworker had the joojeh (chicken) kabob wrap. Both were extremely juicy and perfectly cooked with a blend of spices that blew my mind and my taste buds. Definitely will come back here! Oh and I just realized its kosher!?! How could that be? Last time I had kosher kabob, it tasted like cardboard grilled on a flame. Not here. This place never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for being so attentive and tasty, kababi mahala!