The Corner Door Raises the Bar in Culver City with Fall Menu

Roasted Squash Salad & Burrata, Cured Egg Yolk

I can’t be sure what exactly I was expecting out of The Corner Door in Culver City, but I guess it should be known that one of the few things worth traveling to that quandrant for – in my opinion – was ramen, Rutt’s and Roy Choi (even then, I’d still point out that Roy grew up on the eastside of Los Angeles). There have been new restaurants springing up lately, but in a lot of ways, they were neighborhood stops. It seems The Corner Door has found a great balance between being that neighborhood place, and in a lot of ways is heading towards existing as a destination. When you have great food and inspiring cocktails, that’s just what tends to happen.

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Kenny Yamada Sushi Pop Art at Royal T Cafe

Ceviche Tower | tuna, laibut, salmon, yellowtail, gyoza skin, jalapeno, red & green onions

For the next couple Wednesdays and Thursdays until September 9, 2010, Kenny Yamada (Hell’s Kitchen, soon: Katsuya Encino) will be running his Sushi Pop Art Series. I had the privilege of tasting a few of the dishes on his 7- ($45) and 13-course ($90) menu. Wine and sake pairings are also available for an additional cost. Truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised with how good everything tasted, not just looked – right down to the miso soup.

Sushi Cake | cake formation with layers of crab, spicy tuna, rice, mashed potato with caviar

Favorites included the delicate yet delicious Ceviche Tower – with that jalapeno kick; the “sauce art” that decorated many of the dishes and were integral to many of the tastes; the Sashimi Garden Salad with its halibut & a very distinctive green tea sea salt seasoning; the simple yet perfectly executed Sushi Platter and especially the Sushi Cake – garnished with different flavored, caviar-laced potato salads.

Sushi can indeed taste just as good as it looks. Since this is just for the next couple weeks, be sure to make your reservation. Or, if you like you can lounge in the back area of Royal T (enter from Lindblade Street) and enjoy the entertainment and custom drinks while ordering from the menu a la carte.

Wednesdays, Thursdays

September 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2010

6 – 10 PM


Royal T
8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

4th Annual Great Walk of Los Angeles

H.C. and Siel at Shrine

I’ve a confession. It’s been awhile since this Angeleno and once-Marathoner has clocked even a mile on foot. So when I heard that Michael of Franklin Avenue‘s Great Walk of LA was coming up – I knew it was time to come through. To my relief, I found out Siel of Green LA Girl and H.C. of LA-OC-Foodie would also be there and I’d have my day-long walking partners.

Since Saturday’s walk, I think I’ve averaged about 10 hours of sleep per night. My average is usually 6-7. I am still sore.

We started off in Shrine Auditorium by USC and from estimation it looked like about 250 people were gathered there. Walkers were all ages and of all backgrounds – including USC students, families, couples, single people, bona fide and once-per-year walkers (like myself). Michael got on the blowhorn and handouts on the history of the nearby West Adams district were available.

St. Vincent de Paul Church

Our walk involved a few loops around the historic neighborhood, giving us a real appreciation for an area that would otherwise be easily dismissed. From Numb3rs to Six Feet Under, many shows were filmed in a lot of these huge houses. We also passed by Marvin Gaye’s house in which he was also tragically shot by his father.

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