When I visit the cities featured in my World Guides I am always looking for new restaurants, bars and shops that I can write about. Much time is also spent on verifying that the places I have recommended earlier still exist and keep the standard.
Since last time I was in Los Angeles, Ketchup on Sunset Blvd. has been closed down, which is such a shame since the concept was great and I would have recommended it anytime. Instead there is now a restaurant called Lemon Basket, which I have planned to visit, but skipped due to some rather lousy online reviews.
Fortunately Geisha House on Hollywood Blvd. had not moved, and a visit on a Monday evening assured me that this is still one of the best places to have your sushi in Los Angeles.
Another place still alive and kicking is Thien Huong in Chinatown. Thien Huong serves cheap and extremely good Vietnamese food. There is always crowded around lunchtime, when people arrive for a hot bowl of Pho inside the restaurant, or queue up outside to buy some of their delicious take-away dishes.
Their Pho is available in several sizes and tastes magnificent, but this time we were in a hurry, so we tried some of their take-away spring rolls, which were also really good.