L.A. Times Goes Crazy For The Tasting Kitchen; Gold Gets Stoked About JTYH's Knife-Cut Noodles

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• Ownership shifts and future name changes aside, Virbila finds "the food is lusty and delicious," at Abbot-Kinney's The Tasting Kitchen, though ignoring the maxim "if it's too loud, you're too old," she complains about excessive noise levels and only semi-successful desserts. [L.A. Times]

• At Rosemead's JTYH, "you’re here for the knife-cut noodles, slithery and plump in lamb broth, or chewier pan-fried with seafood," declares Jonathan Gold, while recounting the legacy of hand-cut Heavy Noodling around the neighborhood. [L.A. Weekly]

• "For the price of two cocktails at some new bar, you can get… the ineffable pleasure of caviar’s iodic rush," says L.A. Magazine, while enjoying nearly everything, except the smoked salmon mille-feuille, at Petrossian. [L.A. Magazine]

• "If Cube hopes to one day trump the Mozzas, pizza will have to be its trump card," says Angeleno's Brad Johnson, while noting vast improvements at The LaBrea eatery that don't extend to the pizza. [ Angeleno]

• "It really is the burger that defines the food" at The Side Door, while Quattro Stagioni makes a good introduction to Brunello's pizza, muses Merril Shindler on his recent discoveries in Manhattan Beach and Culver City. [DailyBreeze]