With so many restaurants in the LA area, how do people know where to go? What’s good? What’s affordable? What’s healthy? What rocks and what sucks? I have no idea. I’m new in town. With cafés, coffee shops and restaurants packing every corner, I realized I should probably start writing reviews. So here it goes… My first restaurant review.
I discovered M Café thanks to my boss, who recently suggested we meet there for a work lunch. At the time of her suggestion she said “it’s healthy” and with bikini season approaching, that sounded good to me. If she’d said “macrobiotic” I might have passed. Ok, not really, but the word sounds so… Bland?
Lucky for me, M Café is anything but bland. They introduce contemporary macrobiotic cuisine, made from only the finest ingredients without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, red meat or poultry. M Café’s global cuisine is sure to delight any ethnicity or palate, while keeping you slim for swim season.
Today I ordered the M Chopped salad (second picture) that features hearts of romaine, mixed greens, avocado, cucumber, chickpeas, herb-baked tofu, scallions, umeboshi pickled radishes, carrots, beets, tamari-roasted almonds, crumbled tempeh and tofu-peppercorn ranch dressing. Sounds weird, but tossed together and I couldn’t get enough.
Lisa, my boss, ordered the Teriyaki Brown Rice Bowl with salmon. The dish includes heirloom-varietal organic brown rice, steamed seasonal veggies, hijiki seaweed, house made pickles and carrot-ginger dressing. It looked good and smelled delicious, so the next time we come back I might order this dish. We’ll see if I can get away from the M Chopped.
M Café has very reasonable prices, especially when you take into consideration portion size and food quality. They have two locations, on Melrose and in Beverly Hills (I cannot believe I’m actually typing this because I now live here), so no matter your location, there’s no excuse to not eat healthy. Both locations now have curbside pickup, for you skinny Minnie’s on the go!
Has anyone else eaten at the M Café? Should I try another dish? Once I find something I like, I usually just stick with it.