Rotisserie meats…or semi Taiwanese…however you want to see it…in Mar Vista.
The Westside tends to think of itself as the center of the damn universe when it comes to dining in Los Angeles.
To a degree they have a point. Most of the hot, hip, happening places tend to open there, and the Foodies and Hipsters come in droves as soon as the doors open. How long they stay is another matter, as there is always another hot, hip, happening place opening the next month.
Which brings me to the funny thing about Status Kuo, a new…and how should I put it, semi-Taiwanese joint that just opened up in Mar Vista.
Semi-Taiwanese? Is that right? I’m not sure that’s right.
I mean, I’m saying this in the light of Status Kuo is describing itself as a purveyor of fine rotisserie meats. I guess it’s the presence of Taiwanese Sunday Gravy and Chinese Broccoli on the menu that threw me. That’s a little specific in my regard. So maybe calling it a Taiwanese place, or a semi-Taiwanese place isn’t spot on, but I’m guessing for Chef David Kuo Taiwanese might just be home cooking.
Either way, between this place and Pine & Crane the tastes and treats of Taiwan are slowly leaking into the West Side and Los Angeles proper, and the people of Los Angeles are starting to act like they’ve made some kind of major food discovery. Taiwanese, it’s the next hot thing!
Yeah, they’ve been serving this great stuff for years in the San Gabriel Valley. You Angelenos should get out more.
But enough of my rant, how does Status Kuo rank as a restaurant?
Not bad. I don’t think it’s enough to move heaven and earth over…in other words, I’ll probably stick to going to the San Gabriel Valley for my Taiwanese food for the foreseeable future. But Status Kuo is not bad. It’s worth repeat visits if you’re on that side of town.
Truth be told, the place is so spartan, I thought I was walking into a new-age Deli went I first walked in. Tables and seating to the left. Open kitchen to the right. A lot of staff.
The place is new as I’m writing this, so I’m grading on a curve. The staff is friendly, and there is a nice causal vibe hanging over the place, the kind of causal I like. I expect this place to morph into a good neighborhood joint in the next couple of years.
I don’t know what to tell you about this place. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Part of the reason why gets covered in the Important Safety Tip, below, but right now the place is okay. But it’s getting started so, I’ll try to revisit it in a year or so.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I saw Taiwanese Sunday Gravy on the menu and I ordered it up. It’s a nice pasta dish, with braised pork. The flavors didn’t pop as much as I was hoping, but I liked it. I’d probably order it again.
I got the Chinese Broccoli as a side dish, and it was nice. Reminded me of the Cucumbers I normally order at Din Tai Fung. So the veggie itself with some chilies. Nice. Nothing to get too excited about. Basically, in both instances, I walked away satisfied, but not thrilled.
My dining companion highly recommended the Jackfruit Vegan BBQ Sandwich as an item to go back for, and the Poutine did catch my eye.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: I’m not sure if this is one of Bill Chait’s new places, but the 3% surcharge for Health Care (that I personally find onerous as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act) is applied at this restaurant.
I really think there should be some regulation about warning customers before they order about this surcharge. If nothing else, it’s not fair to stick someone with a 3% extra charge without warning them beforehand.
PARKING: Difficult. The best, and frankly only option is to park along Grand View Blvd. and use the meters.
While this should really fall under the purview of the Safety Tip, please remember to mind the meter, and make sure you’re paid up. The Meter Police do work the area, and your humble author got jammed with a $63 ticket. Ow.
3809 Grand View Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Tel: (310) 574-7610
Tuesday-Sunday: 11:30 am-2:30 pm / 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm