The Gorbals Gives Gold Good Pub Grub; La Cachette Bistro Blows It with Virbila

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Jonathan Gold recalls his favorite meals of 2009, recalling Kiyokawa as the kind of discovery every gastronaut hopes to make at least once in his life. [L.A. Weekly]

La Cachette Bistros large menu has more misses than hits, says S. Irene Virbila, adding if you're going to open a bistro, you have to do it with conviction. And that's one thing this kitchen lacks. [L.A. Times]

The rebirth of Café Pierre was not just a transformation into a French restaurant as it is a Culinary Phoenix, says Merrill Shindler on the addition of Remi Lauvand to the legend. [Daily Breeze]

Jonathan Gold wouldnt be shocked to discover The Gorbals is a Springtime for Hitler scam on investors given its weird hours and off-putting Sacrilicious recipes, but he thinks it has good pub food. [L.A. Weekly]

Mark Peels new dishes at The Tar Pit tempt S. Irene Virbila, while Audrey Saunders cocktails are elegant and sure to become classics. [L.A. Times]

Mantees Lebanese might not be the best in town, declares J. Gold, but the flavors have an edge quite unlike anything else in town. [L.A. Weekly]

Josef Centenos vigorous, imaginative and not-quite-polished cooking is the sort of thing you want to dive into at Lazy Ox Canteen, observes Jonathan Gold, who feels the supremely talented toque seems always to wash up at the wrong restaurant at the wrong time. [L.A. Weekly]

Hollywoods Spicy BBQ is your joint for khao soi, the Northern Thai coconut chicken noodle spicy curry specialty, offers Jonathan Gold, though he thinks a trip to Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas might be even better. [L.A. Weekly]

The Gorbals isnt just a gimmick states Patrick Kuh on Ilan Halls restaurant, where the waitstaff might be as confused as everyone else. [Los Angeles]

Merrill Shindler is blown away by the sheer Italian-ness of Long Beachs La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana where he even overhears a few moans of pleasure from other diners. [Daily Breeze]

Though they dont always float his particular boat, those wanting macaroons will be content with Paulette in Beverly Hills, suggests J. Gold while examining the citys offerings that don't resemble Juniors coconut hockey pucks. [L.A. Weekly]