Archive for February, 2012

K-ZO – DineLA 4th Stop

February 4, 2012 Leave a comment

The chef, Keizo Ishiba, is trained in both Japanese and French. thus i guess the food will be japanese and french fusion? I didn’t really get the feel of the french part though. I thought it looked rather japanese with all the decor and also the sushi bar seats.

K-Zo is hidden in a secluded corner of Culver City, right by Trader Joe’s, away from the restaurant strip. We got there pretty early so the restaurant was really empty and quiet when we got seated. Guests eventually starts to stream in and as when we were bloated, the restaurant got pretty packed and was bustling with noise and excitement. From what it seems like, the restaurant is filled with regulars that know the chef. He came out from the kitchen a couple times to greet his guests. Anyway, the restaurant had a nice contemporary design and by the side there was a corner with streamlines of beads hung from the ceiling that worked like a curtain that looked pretty cool for private dining.

K-ZO, Culver City

Oyster caviar, Ankimo-Monkfish liver, Octopus Carpaccio, Crab Cucumber Salad, Kobe style beef Tataki, Hamachi Verde

K-ZO, Culver City

Delux Assorted Sushi
Chef’s choice of 7 piece nigiri sushi and a handroll

There was a dinner prix fixe menu that had a bamboo course and a pine tree course that was really similar to the dineLA menu where they had a large variety of appetizers, sushi and dessert to choose from. Personally, I felt that it was rather expensive japanese fusion food.

K-ZO, Culver City

Chocolate Fondant
Warm chocolate cake with a scoop of Vanilla Ice cream.

K-ZO, Culver City

Raspberry Roll Cake
Raspberry creme fresh rolled with sponge cake.

The service was pretty good as the server keep coming back to check on us and make sure everything was fine. The appetizers were pretty good but the sushi was only alright, nothing like a Komasa experience. And according to L, the desserts were good too. Presentation was mostly really simple and nice. Usually a good japanese restaurant will be bustling with noise in japanese, with a couple of tables of Japs sipping their sake, eating and chatting away. Didn’t see much of that sight that night. Then again, maybe it’s just that day.

K-ZO, Culver City

Purple Parfe
A scoop of ice cream covered with our original purple sauce made with purple sweet potato. Topped with Moch balls, sweet redbean and roasted almond.

9240 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-8890
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 12 pm – 2:30 pm
Mon-Thu 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm – 11 pm
Sat 5:30 am – 11 pm
Sun 12 pm – 10 pm

Categories: Asian, Japanese, Los Angeles

Class 302, Rowland Heights

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A popular shaved snow in the hearts of Rowland Heights. Located about 40 miles away from school, not exactly the closest place to drive to for just desserts. Anyway its a popular spot among people that live in San Gabriel and of course us, L and L. I believe its a perfect dessert for summer? but we were here in winter. Go figure. Shaved snow is kind of different from the regular shaved ice. I heard alot about chemicals added to it so that the ice could attain the desired texture? Not too sure about it. But from what I read, its basically shaving a block of flavored frozen milk rather than ice into strips or sheets thats have like a rather fluffy and porous structure?

Service is alright, average, like any asian restaurant. The tables are kinda sticky from I guess all the deserts that they serve? They have a grade “B” rating pasted on the door tho. Maybe its time for spring cleaning? The menu is written on the chalk board on the wall resembles that of a classroom and the table and seats are also supposed as well. The place is usually so packed that you could normally grab the beeper and head to ranch 99 or something and come back when the beeper goes off. The place is kinda small and tables are normally readily available on the outside but if you wanted a table inside… you know how it goes.

Class 302, Rowland Heights

Mango Shaved Snow

As there was a minimum charge of 3 bucks per pax, we had like fluff ice and also a soup (四神汤). Weird combination I know.. and finally its also cash only. On a side note, if you live near Westwood, there’s another similar eatery that serves only shaved snow, Blockheads Shavery, on Sawtelle Blvd that might satisfy the shaved snow craving without the 40 miles drive.

Class 302, Rowland Heights

Red Bean Shaved Snow

Class 302
1015 S Nogales St
Ste 125
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Tel: (626) 965-5809
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun 11 am – 12 am

Categories: Asian, Chinese, Los Angeles