Droolworthy dinner, crappy hotel - Nothing to See Here
Apr. 8th, 2006
12:16 am - Droolworthy dinner, crappy hotel
We're camped out in a crappy hotel room ($4.99 for Internet access ["For the day?" "No, for your entire stay, no matter how long] and cheapness really being the only redeeming features). ExtendedStayAmerica, Gardena, CA: Just say no. Hotwire 2-star hotels in the LA area: Shell out more and go for a 3-star or better. This is really just advice to myself. Hopefully I'll remember.
That said, it is a room, with a bed. It doesn't smell too bad (though I'm not convinced it's a non-smoking room... hmm). There's a kitchenette we won't use. It is a place to sleep. *shrug*
Dinner at Shin-Sen-Gumi Yakitori (Gardena) was, as we knew it would be, pretty damned great.
Alas, they were out of liver (chicken liver -- I'm not a big fan, but urox is), and a whole slew of other things. I suppose this is one of the risks one runs of showing up at 9:30-ish.
That said, we did have some of our traditional favourites: meatballs (chicken), potato (frakkin' awesome from the grill with something analogous to bernaise sauce -- who knew that potato would be found in a Japanese restaurant, and that they would do such a bloody excellent job on it; it sounds weird, but it's great), onion, quail eggs (plain; not wrapped in bacon since they were out of those), enoki mushrooms wrapped in pork belly, sausages (remarkably like Irish [cocktail (due to the size)] sausages, but somewhat different flavour -- not at all like American link sausages), and onigiri (this time with bonito flakes, shiso, etc.). All of these were from the grill. In addition, we had edamame (steamed, as usual) and buta kakuni (in heavenly sauce/broth, with some spring onion slices and stuff), also favourites of ours. We also had shrimp ("shrimp" is of course a massive misnomer; 1 single frigging enormous prawn), which I think we had once before.
We did not have chicken thigh either with plum sauce of with wasabi, as they were all out of those. D'oh! But, well, we will be going back again -- ur, twice -- before we head back to the SFBA, so we'll have our chance!
In addition to those usuals, we had chicken wing (just one wing, crisped beautifully and, like everything else, flavourful as heck, but since it's a wing, not a huge amount of meat) and ... feeling adventurous tonight, we also had chicken skin(!!!1!!1one!cos(0)!one ... it was pretty good; mostly crispy, and yummy flavour, but not my favourite) and pork intestine (mmm, intestine ... ok, so I kid; I really don't like tripe/intestine -- this was the most acceptable tripe I've ever had; while I was not big on the texture, crunchy is better than rubbery, and it was certainly a very tasty flavour, but I think really that was all the marinade and the grilling -- I ate half of one of the 3 pieces; could have eaten more, but wasn't really into it).
Tomorrow, Shin-Sen-Gumi Ramen (Gardena) for lunch? Brunch? Breakfast? ... then hanging out with SoCalBrowncoats types, then Kinky Boots (what looks to be a hillarious British movie starring Serenity's own Chiwetel Ejiofor) at Arclight Cinemas (supposedly where 'Hollywood' go to see movies. Supposedly Best. Sound. EVAR.), then Yakitori again (mmm) tomorrow!