Stopped by Famima late last night (open til 2am) on Santa Monica/La Cienega. It's a clean, bright, upscale if you will, mini mart with some japanese touches here and there. It has some nice things you would find at whole foods: jams, crackers, teas, and some regular convenience store foods, chips, healthbars, drinks, instant noodles, etc. They offered a selection of premade foods - including pastas and sushi and some japanese style dishes. They also had a nice selection of individual desserts - pumpkin cheese cake, individual pumpkin pie, tiramisu, mousse, etc. They had the traditional magazine rack with a few Japanese additions.
Behind the counter, they serve soups and paninis. And they have hot fresh steamed buns. We tried the chicken and shiitake mushroom one and it was surprisingly good. For $1.50 it's a great snack, or 2 could be a meal. It was a little bit soggy, but I imagine being in the steamer all day, it could have been a lot soggier. They also had a curry flavored one and the char shiu pork bun.
Chatted a bit with the clerk and he said they were opening up one in Westwood near Wilshire and Ohio? and another one - sorry I forget.
All in all, a nice addition to the neighborhood for a minimart, and much nicer than your typical 7-11. I'll looking forward to seeing what they offer in the Westwood location. There were less Japanese items than I expected, as Famima is a new chain from Japan.
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