There is nothing like getting off a plane and going to a new restaurant to try their menu before opening day!  I was tired from traveling, yes, but I kept my promise and showed up to Status Kuo in Mar Vista last Thursday to sample their goods.  Here are my thoughts...

The space was clean, modern, and simplistic.  I believe this was an intentional plan to keep us, the diners, interested in the food, not the decor.  The white walls were lined with blonde wooden tables in the intimate dining hall.  It was the ultimate, fast-casual-cool setting.

The Order

  • Rotisserie Chicken with Salad:
    Mixed greens, persimmon, pomegranate and pepitas
  • Taiwanese Sunday Gravy:
    Braised pork, pickled mustard greens
  • Whole Branzino
  • Apple Hand Pie & Frozen Vanilla Custard

My favorite was the chicken, without a doubt.  I slipped the skin into my mouth first.  Rotisserie chicken has to be judged on its skin and meat!  It was salty and crisp to my liking.  I gnawed some dark meat off of the bone next.  Then I sliced into the breast.  Every bite was tender.  I exclaimed that this had to have been the happiest chicken on earth because it tasted so good!  You can taste a happy chicken.  This dish was also accompanied by a creamy cilantro sauce that I could have eaten with a spoon, but didn't because I was in public.

The Taiwanese Sunday Gravy was one of the most unique dishes I have ever been served. The bowl was filled with house-made wheat pasta, then topped with braised pork, broth and other Asian flavors such as the pickled mustard greens.  The presentation was beautiful and everything tasted very good, however, I would have preferred a lighter noodle to accompany the richness of the pork. 

There was an incredible deep red paste that decorated the precious Branzino.  It was a combination of garlic, sesame seeds and spices.  It was one of the best things I have tasted this year at a restaurant!  The branzino itself was prepared with care and melted apart with each fork grab. I loved that the meat itself remained pure and unaltered. Oh!  I almost forgot, segments of lemon also topped the dish which added a memorable splash of tart when bitten into with the garlic paste and fish. 

I wasn't counting on dessert, so I was pleased when an apple hand pie and frozen vanilla custard kept me from leaving the table.  Pink lady apples from a farm up north filled the crispy dough. I wouldn't have minded a pinch more cinnamon.  Simple, but effective as desserts go.

If you are looking for fresh, happy-tasting meat in a no-fuss atmosphere, Status Kuo will make your heart skip a beat. It is the perfect place for tasting white-table-cloth quality meals as you comfortably sit in your favorite sweatshirt and converse sneakers.

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