Friday, April 21, 2006

Restaurant news...plus, something's fishy!

Restaurant updates: Silver Lake Wine's Sunday tasting (April 24) will feature a preview of June restaurant, soon to open on Hillhurst in the old Belle Epoque space in Los Feliz.

My faithful gal-around-town Kathy reports on a new cafe on Beverly Blvd. called Milk...the sign says it will serve milkies, whatever that is...

Remember Cinnabar on Brand in Glendale? Been wondering what happened to the bar from Yee Mee Lou they rescued? Apparently property owner Nancy Hathaway is trying to open her own restaurant called Acacia House in the space, and the bar is safely in storage...

If you have a spare $800,000, you can have the Yi space on Third Street...it's a lovely space...any takers?

Something's fishy...
Do you like escolar or butterfish? I haven't encountered it too much around town but it's served at Hawaiian places like Roy's and at some sushi bars, where it's also called Shiro Maguro, or white tuna. However, I had never heard that eating large servings of it causes a severe and unseemly digestive problem in many people who eat it. Here's a link to a USDA warning, and here is a web discussion that describes the problem in more colorful, or uh, specific terms. It seems that while one order of escolar sushi probably isn't enough to cause a problem, some restaurants are serving large 8 oz. portions that trigger quite a bit of distress. So, I guess I'll be careful in Hawaii.

3 comments:

Jonah said...

Sasabune and Echigo both serve butter fish too, I've had it at both places and it's tasty! No digestive problems (that I knew of)

Silverlake Bodhisattva said...

Except that "butterfish", in the US, when served as, e.g. "miso marinated butterfish" is generally black cod (which BTW isn't a cod, but a sablefish) Escolar is usually not sold as "butterfish" but as some kind of "sea bass". (There's another smaller fish, also served as sushi in Japan, called a butterfish. It's not an escolar, either...)

rfgs

Anonymous said...

I lived in Hawaii for five years, cooked at 5-diamond and other restaurants, AND aced the health dept food service exam....but this is total news to me.