Daily Archives: December 1, 2013

Lala’s Argentine Grill

7229 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 934-6838





One of my friends has always raved about this place, especially the sangria,  So, for one of my birthday dinners, this is where we went!  🙂  Since Lala’s is located on Melrose, street parking is pretty difficult.  It was only after we got to the restaurant, that we found out valet was available.  So I’d definitely recommend the valet to save you street parking hassles (I believe it’s coins only and 2 hour limit in the immediate area).  The restaurant itself is pretty large, with inside and outside patio seating.  Since we had a large party, we went for the patio seating.  I think even without reservations, you’d be able to get seated fairly quickly.


The outside patio seating, perfect for large parties!


The bread was warm and chewy.


Chimichurri accompanied the bread and was the perfect dip.  Chimichurri is a typical Argentine sauce made of parsley, garlic, olive oil etc, so it is very flavorful.  It’s traditionally used with grilled meats, so try it on steak!


We got a pitcher of the white sangria, although it’s not exactly “white” in color.  There’s also the regular sangria.  The white sangria was not on the menu, but available upon request.  It was sweet and strong – delicious! I think 1 pitcher was $15.


Calamari came out in a very large platter, to our surprise.  It was very light and crispy, with marinara sauce on the side.  Yum!  $10.95


Large portions is the theme here, and the salad con salmon did not disappoint.  The salad arrived in a large platter, with a generous piece of perfectly cooked salmon.  The salmon is drizzled with dijon sauce, while the salad’s been tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.  It was a refreshing salad! $14.95


Bife encebollado – certified Angus Beef skirt steak topped with grilled onions, garlic & parsley.  Traditional Argentine steak.  Lots of great flavors, the steak was so tasty with the grilled onions, garlic and parsley.  Loved the mashed potatoes too!  $21.95


Entraña al ajo – certified Angus Beef skirt steak topped with sautéed garlic & parsley.  This is basically the one above, except without the grilled onions.  Don’t be fooled – the steak is a decent size — it’s just that Lala’s give out a very generous amount of mashed potatoes!  $19.95


Costilla – ribeye steak.  This one does not have any sauce, just a plain steak. But, it was very well cooked and you can really taste the meatiness!  Yum yum yum…. $18.95


We loved all of the dishes!  All of the steak was so good and satisfied all of the meat eaters in the group.  🙂  Service was prompt and friendly.  We’ll be back soon!  And next time we’ll valet.

Maruhide Uni Club 丸秀

2130 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504

(310) 323-2864



Maruhide Uni Club started as a store that sells uni (aka sea urchin)… many varieties of uni at that.  In order to introduce their uni to more customers, Maruhide Uni Club launched its restaurant business earlier this year, in May.  The restaurant is located in a small shopping plaza, across the way from Target.  Parking lot is a little small, so try your luck at street parking (shouldn’t be too hard to find) if the lot is full.  The restaurant itself is medium-sized, and we didn’t have much of a wait for a large party on a Saturday at noon.  However, it filled up pretty fast, and by the time we left, there were a few parties waiting.  So, best come earlier!


The store front


You can also buy the different uni choices to go!


From the store’s website — it’s the only factory-direct uni restaurant in the US! And now an omakase (chef’s choice) menu is offered, but must be reserved 7 days in advance.  Tempting…



The menu


The uni cream pasta —  one of my friends ordered this.  It tasted pretty good, there was a lot of uni and the pasta was relatively light.  However, if you like more uni flavor and stronger taste, go for the one at Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo.


The rest of us opted for the nigiyaka bowl – which is basically a chirashi bowl with lots of uni!  And it came with a small side salad…


And a bowl of broth, which had a sliver of uni…


And the nigiyaka bowl itself!  There’s scallops, salmon, salmon roe, albacore tuna, sea cucumber and 4 different types of uni (fresh uni, marinated uni with squid, salted uni, and uni omelette).  Everything was fresh and the portions were really generous.  I was pretty much uni-ed out by the end of the meal.  I think I definitely prefer fresh uni!  $19.80

I think the nigiyaka bowl is a really good chirashi bowl.  However, if I’m in the mood to just eat good uni, I’d opt for the uni bowl at Nozomi!