• Restaurant Review: Edendale

    Good Morning Food Lovers!

     If you’ve started planning your weekend already and you’re looking for a place to have dinner with co-workers, a great place for a date or somewhere to bring your friends who are visiting from out of town, we’ve got the perfect spot for you!

    This weeks’ restaurant review is of Edendale in Silverlake, CA.  We recently discovered this restaurant and fell in love instantly! Before Edendale became Edendale it was the Los Angeles Fire Department Station 57. They’ve even kept their logo that of the fire departments badge for station 57. In 2002 the station was converted to the restaurant.  (Little known fact: Echo Park was originally called Edendale.)

    We can almost guarantee that you will fall in love with this restaurant too!

     2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    (323) 666-2000

    http://theedendale.com

    First Impression:  Love at first sight! Very cute and romantic! They have a great atmosphere there! Outdoor seating in the front, a beautiful long bar, and lots of other nooks and crannies for mingling.

    Taste: Amazing! We had the Grilled Cheese Sandy, the Ahi Tartare appetizer, along with a side of Sautéed Kale. What makes the grilled cheese sandwich so unique and yummy is the option to have either gouda, fontina, gorgonzola or cheddar cheese.  They serve this classic with a tomato and chutney dip giving a delicious spin on a childhood favorite! The Ahi Tartare is on a whole other level! Definitely recommend trying this if you’re a fish/Ahi lover! They serve this beautiful dish with guacamole, red peppers, daikon sprouts and crispy wonton noodles. They top this dish off with a house-made citrus soy dressing, which really adds to the overall flavor of this dish. The side of Sautéed Kale is also amazing! Very flavorful but not super greasy. The portions of the sides are pretty generous. We have dined here since our review and have ordered a meal entirely of just sides. (They are all delicious!) What we’ve also noticed is that the food is consistently good here! Another major plus for this place!

    Décor: The décor is vintage and mainly dark woods. The lighting is dim creating a romantic atmosphere. Keeping the original floor plan of the firehouse, they use the main entrances to combine the outdoor patio and bar area. Indoors, connected to the bar is an enclosed dining room with plenty of seating for large or small parties. In the back, we fell in love with the outdoor patio and old school photo booth.

    Price: A little pricey but it’s worth it for the quality of food you get! The Ahi Tartare is $14, Grilled Cheese Sandy is $12 and a side of Sautéed Kale is $5.

    Service: Really good! Our waitress checked on us constantly but not to the point where we felt rushed or annoyed, just really great service! Speaking of feeling rushed, another nice thing is even after you have finished dinner you can sit and talk and they don’t kick you out. You can totally take your time and mingle with your friends.

    Ambiance: Warm and intimate. In the front they have seating for the bar and restaurant outside. At night the bar scene takes over and floods throughout all the areas of the bar. They have a lot of different options of where to sit which is really nice!

    Overall: Awesome! A really great place to go out to eat! Great food and great atmosphere!

    Rating: 5/5!

  • Restaurant Review: Shojin

    Welcome to our first restaurant review! We love dinning out, so this was a super hard choice to make as to which restaurant we would review first. We decided to go somewhere we both had never been but have heard great things about!  We will be reviewing each restaurant we go to in these categories: First Impression, Taste, Décor, Price, Service, Ambiance, Overall Experience and Overall Rating (out of 5 Stars).

    SHOJIN

    333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (Little Tokyo Center, 3rd Floor)

    *Vegan sushi

    First Impression: We weren’t quite sure if we were in the right place after Siri ended our route somewhere downtown in Little Tokyo next to a giant building. We walked around for a while not knowing where we were going and guessing where the restaurant might be. You really wouldn’t know where it was if you weren’t looking for it or unless have been there before.

    Taste:  We ordered the Quinoa Arugula Salad to start with. It was good but very wimpy for the price. We split two rolls for our meal, the monthly special Green Dynamite Roll and the Pirates of the Crunchy Roll. We ordered the special with the sauce on the side. (The waiter warned us that it was very, very spicy.) I tried a little teeny tiny bit and my mouth was on fire! The roll is probably very different when you eat it with the sauce but with knowing how hot the sauce is I think it might over power the entire roll.  It definitely wasn’t anything that blew us away nor would we order it again. The other roll we ordered was the Pirates of the Crunchy. This roll was super tasty! We definitely would go back and order this again! It was very flavorful! This was a good amount of food to split between the two of us!

    Décor: Traditional Japanese strip mall décor but nice and clean. When you walk in you can tell it is a little nicer of a place. They have baskets under the chairs for you to put your belongings. (We women can definitely appreciate not putting our purses on the floor.) The bathroom is clean, cute and “spa’ like. 

    Price:  Really over priced! The salad was $12 for a small portion. The rolls both were around $12-13. They were filling but very expensive for just veggies and rice and no fish.

    Service: Great service! The host made sure we knew it was a vegan restaurant before he seated us and greeted us immediately.  Our server also let us know the roll was super spicy which was nice. (We would have not been able to eat it at all with how hot it was!)

    Ambiance: Great spot for a date! It’s intimate, quiet and darkly lit. It would also be a nice place to go for lunch or dinner with family and friends. It is a very small restaurant so it would not be suitable for a big group.  This is not a place to bring a baby or toddlers. (Sorry kiddies!)

    Overall Experience: The food was really good but overall it was quite expensive for what you’re getting. Between the two of us our bill came out to $50 with tip. If you don’t mind the price it’s worth giving it a try. We would go back again to try different rolls (they have a good selection of rolls) and for the yummy Pirate roll!

    Rating: 3/5