If we were in snowy Hokkaido instead of Los Angeles, we would be smack in the middle of hairy crab season, one of the happiest times of the year even on that seafood-rich island. Why should you care? Because while the crab may look like a Japanese movie monster on a bad hair day, it is sweet, with an elegant texture. More to the point, it is an excellent excuse to visit Asanebo, a Studio City sushi bar that prepares them about as well as they prepare any of the creatures of the sea. Which is to say: superlatively well.
This week, we also take a look at the boiled pork at the new Mr. Bossam in Koreatown, S. Irene Virbila tours the newly vibrant Atwater neighborhood and Jenn Harris surveys the many, many Mother’s Day specials at local restaurants — on the off-chance you can’t persuade Mom to go out for hairy crab.
And be on the lookout for Wednesday's In the Kitchen newsletter, with cooking tips and news, including new recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.
Omakase in the SFV
Jonathan considers Asanebo, the longtime omakase specialist in Studio City, where, for a not-inconsiderable amount of money and some well-spent time, chef Tetsuya Nakao will engineer things like raw octopus suckers cupping a single brined salmon egg each or shaved orange and purple carrots with a single Hokkaido scallop. There's pretty great sushi too.
A food guide to Atwater Village
Atwater Village is a great place to eat Italian, have a great weekend brunch at Canele, eat one of Na Young Ma's extraordinary croissants or buy wine and market produce, according to S. Irene Virbila, who recently spent a great deal of time in the neighborhood.
Where to take your mom, with cocktails
Jenn Harris catalogs the many restaurants offering specials for Mother's Day. Treat the important woman in your life to a croque madam at Craft, lobster with somen noodles at Hinoki & the Bird, a dinner celebrating April Bloomfield's latest book at Lucque — or maybe a stiff drink with dinner.
Mr. Bossam in Koreatown
In one of our latest scouting report, we check out Mr. Bossam, a bossam (boiled pork dish) specialist in Koreatown. Not only does this place — a recently opened outpost of a South Korean chain — have bossam, but they also have a dish of spicy ribs with cheesy corn. Enough said.
Time for fika
Kanel Bakery is a new cinnamon roll specialist, a small operation run by a Swedish baker and her husband out of their Santa Monica apartment, which last month started coming to the Sunday Pasadena farmers market. Osa Wallander's cinnamon rolls, reports Amy Scattergood, are a reminder of the coffee times, called fika in Swedish, that Wallander grew up with.
Notes from the food and drink underworld
Trois Mec is raising its prix-fixe dinner prices — but, perhaps to soften the blow some, Ludo Lefebvre's previously ticket-only restaurant is also adding open late-night bar seating.
And speaking of prix-fixe dinners, Jenn Harris finds a list of restaurants where you can get them for $25 or less — including Pizzeria Mozza.
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