The minichain has locations in Culver City, on Melrose, and in Beverly Hills, and is pretty stealth about the fact that it’s a health food joint. From the outside, it looks like any other café, without any real allusion to the macrobiotic food inside. Das Ubergeek put it well in a recommendation: “When the reaction is, ‘Wow, I had no idea it was special diet food,’ you know they’ve done well.”
We ate at the Beverly Hills location and got some kale salad with peanut dressing (it could have used more seasoning and spiciness) and a zucchini “noodle” salad with a lemony pesto that lightly coated the strands of squash. The curried-tempeh salad wrap had a lot of flavor packed in, with masala-spiced tempeh chunks, brown rice, toasted almonds, raisins, and crunchy bell pepper, carrot strips, and lettuce. The curried “mayo” on it was made of soy yogurt and was surprisingly creamy. It was a good wrap, macrobiotic or not. The smoked bagel sandwich came on a sprouted-grain bagel, with a very light layer of soy cream cheese, which some people might find too skimpy but Lessley said made her realize you didn’t need a ton of cream cheese on a good bagel with smoked salmon and cucumber.
Next: back to the cholesterol grind with crispy pig’s ears at Animal.