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Do restaurant reviews leave out too many details for you to get a feel for a place? For the last year, a chowhound with the handle perceptor has been sharing beautiful pictorial restaurants reviews (mainly in L.A.), to the delight of many. Here they are: (* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *) [MI]
posted by 김치 (41 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I couldn't find a propoer index of perceptor's work, so I've indexed them by name.
  1. 2117 Restaurant
  2. AOC (#1)
  3. AOC (#2)
  4. Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel
  5. Alto Palato
  6. Amuse Cafe
  7. Beach House of Laguna Beach
  8. Blue Marlin
  9. Boule Pre-Opening Party
  10. Cafe Del Rey Sunday Brunch
  11. Chadaka Thai
  12. Cheebo
  13. Chicago: Avec
  14. Chicago: HotChocolate
  15. Chloe
  16. Chosun Galbi
  17. Cobras & Matadors
  18. Cynthia's
  19. Dumpling 10053
  20. El Cholo
  21. Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant
  22. Father's Office
  23. Gaja Okonomiyaki
  24. Grace
  25. Grilled Cheese Thursdays @ Campanile
  26. Gyu-Kaku
  27. Jin Patisserie
  28. Kappo Ishito
  29. Kiyosuzu
  30. L'Orangerie
  31. La Terza
  32. Luna Park
  33. Manhattan: Norma's at Le Parker Meridien Hotel
  34. Mario's Peruvian
  35. Maurya
  36. Max
  37. Morel's Steakhouse
  38. Musha of Santa Monica
  39. Nyala
  40. Orris
  41. Patina
  42. Porterhouse Bistro
  43. Project by Project Food and Wine Benefit
  44. San Francisco: French Laundry (#1)
  45. San Francisco: French Laundry (#2)
  46. San Francisco: Gary Danko
  47. Sea Harbour
  48. Shik Do Rak of Garden Grove
  49. Sona
  50. SooWon Korean BBQ
  51. Spago Chef Tasting Menu
  52. Spain
  53. Sushi Kokyo (#1)
  54. Sushi Kokyo (#2)
  55. Tama Sushi
  56. The Hungry Cat
  57. The Ivy
  58. Torafuku
  59. Uncle Bill's Pancake House
  60. Urasawa
  61. Wat Thai Temple Weekend Food Fest
posted by 김치 at 11:20 AM on August 3, 2005


Please don’t do that again. The thing with the *s, I mean.
Thank you.
posted by signal at 11:26 AM on August 3, 2005


good jesus god christ
posted by Satapher at 11:33 AM on August 3, 2005


So, the stars are just the same links as the More Inside list, right?
posted by odinsdream at 11:35 AM on August 3, 2005


Nice post, 김치! I will definitely make use of this....
posted by mr_roboto at 11:37 AM on August 3, 2005


time for some good ol' fashioned hazing
posted by Satapher at 11:37 AM on August 3, 2005


This type of review is fantastic... I like it far more than the average chowhound or zagat review.
posted by mosch at 11:37 AM on August 3, 2005


my god, it's full of stars moderately upscale food boutiques.
posted by moonbird at 11:40 AM on August 3, 2005


I was going to bitch about the stars but then I saw you posted an actual index.

Thanks.
posted by selfnoise at 11:40 AM on August 3, 2005


What the ****!?
posted by Robot Johnny at 11:41 AM on August 3, 2005


just discovered chowhound myself - and this guy is gold! thanks 김치 !
posted by killy willy at 11:45 AM on August 3, 2005


This is awesome. The pics from the French Laundry make me glad I was too afraid to eat there. (tiny tiny tiny food)
posted by ColdChef at 11:47 AM on August 3, 2005


Comprehensive is one word to describe this post.
posted by heavy metal ümlaut at 11:48 AM on August 3, 2005


Good initiative, piss-poor judgement.

But thanks for the index.
posted by jsavimbi at 11:51 AM on August 3, 2005


The afternoon tea at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel (#4) - what an absolutely gorgeous thing. I feel like I should go put on a dress just to look at the photographs. Such precious, beautiful food in these photographs. And thanks for indexing these, although clicking on the stars is fun too, as I like surprises.
posted by iconomy at 11:53 AM on August 3, 2005


My advice is not to use st*rs, either in a post or a comment.
posted by Rothko at 11:56 AM on August 3, 2005


moonbird writes "it's full of stars moderately upscale food boutiques."

Huh. I was actually impressed by the variety: from very high end, to neighborhood ethnic places, to styrofoam-encased street food.
posted by mr_roboto at 12:05 PM on August 3, 2005


B*t R*thk*, st*rs *re s*perc**l!
posted by fenriq at 12:06 PM on August 3, 2005


This is a great post. I wish we had a chowhound like this working Chicago.
posted by Mid at 12:17 PM on August 3, 2005


[this is good]
Now stop it.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:22 PM on August 3, 2005


Thanks for the compliments; mea culpa on the stars. I had a difficult time trying to organize the post since none of the reviews had ever been collected in one place that I could link to. In retrospect, I probably should have constructed the post as follows:

Do restaurant reviews leave out too many details for you to get a feel for a place? For the last year, a chowhound with the handle perceptor has been sharing beautiful pictorial restaurants reviews (mainly in L.A.), to the delight of many. His reviews cover a variety of places from very high end, to neighborhood ethnic places, to styrofoam-encased street food. [MI]

posted by 김치 at 12:25 PM on August 3, 2005


I'm officially intimidated by this food. I live in Boston and the best we can come up with is clam chowder and a boiled lobster.
posted by jsavimbi at 12:30 PM on August 3, 2005


CafeSpot is also a nice place to find good local restaurants. It doesn't have descriptive reviews, but allows you to search by location, rating, tags, etc. Of course you can contribute too.
posted by arete at 12:31 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by fire&wings at 12:43 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by Smart Dalek at 12:51 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:03 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by 김치 at 1:08 PM on August 3, 2005


Please stop filling the post with crap.
posted by Mid at 1:26 PM on August 3, 2005


I apologize for further derailing the thread but I've found Lush's post on Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities to be a very elegant way of providing multiple links in various categories.
posted by junesix at 1:27 PM on August 3, 2005


You fuckers can't make me translate that.
posted by graventy at 1:37 PM on August 3, 2005


Yay! I never knew that there were grill-your-own okonomiyaki and Korean BBQ places in this country. They were always my favorites in Japan, but I figured America was too sue happy to let people cook their own food in a restaurant (undercooked meat, burns, etc). If only I could find something like this on the east coast...
posted by Alison at 1:56 PM on August 3, 2005


So why put all of the stars in the FPP when you went ahead and listed the same information (in a much, much, much more informative way) within the thread?

I mean you went ahead and made a pretty good post into something we could bitch about. If there is anything Mefites love to do is snipe at each other, we really don't need the extra ammunition.

Admission of guilt noted, much better form.

Oh and those of you wasting even more bandwidth and time. Just stop it, it's childish and lame.
posted by oddman at 2:20 PM on August 3, 2005


Maybe I'm thick, but I haven't seen anything that actually constitutes a review. Are people really getting this excited over average quality pictures and a few uninteresting comments underneath?

To me, this would be like going to a website which purported to feature film reviews, only to discover amateurish screenshots with indifferent summaries of the plot.

In other words, why the excitement?
posted by Chasuk at 2:20 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by monju_bosatsu at 3:46 PM on August 3, 2005


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posted by Kwantsar at 3:52 PM on August 3, 2005


Interesting, if you only want to look at the food. How does it taste? I could stand to read a little more text with the review.

I have some NYC restaurant reviews with photos on my site (click on "restaurants" on the right side), and the list is ever growing. When I can, I take pictures. I will try to add more pictures to future reviews as soon as my camera makes it back from the shop!
posted by nyc stories at 4:02 PM on August 3, 2005


Anyone have any good resturaunt review blogs out there?
posted by redbeard at 4:39 PM on August 3, 2005


redbeard you might find something of interest among this lot.
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posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:55 AM on August 4, 2005


One of the restaurants he reviewed, Gaja Okonomiyaki, looked very interesting to me. Hmmmm, Okonomiyaki.... I've never heard of the stuff. I googled to see if I could find it in NYC. It's available here. Has anyone tried it?
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posted by mosch at 10:47 AM on August 6, 2005


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