I got out of work today around noon and wanted to pick up lunch for Dommy! and I so we could have lunch together. I had heard about this place through the board and LA Times and thought it was worth the trip since it was sort of in the neighborhood. I got lost getting there since Beatrice St. is turned into a cul-de-sac when entering from Centinela. I went around found parking and headed up on to the patio deck and order window where there was a line of 5 people ahead of me. There was a huge chalkboard with the menu and quite a few things crossed out, a specials board near the order window and a take out menu which looked a lot like what was on the chalkboard.
I made my choices and waited for my turn. I tried to order the spicy peanut noodle and green bean salad they were out along with the brie and greens salad I ended up with the Chicken Caesar. then I tried for the Eel Sushi, it was out ended up with spicy tuna. Got the Grilled Veggie and Feta on Focaccia, the potato and Bacon Chowder and to drink a sparkling cider along with a pomegranate and blood orange juice. Total Damage $28 tip Then I headed off to Dommy's work for lunch.
The Tuna Roll was first and the filling was fresh, creamy, spicy and damn near perfect I made the mistake of dipping my first piece into a little soy. it was a mistake since it hid the flavor of the tuna. The problem was the Rice it had dehydrated and was almost crunchy ewww! I have had better pre-made sushi rice a Pavilions.
Next was the Chowder which came in a large Paper Coffee Cup. It was really good. It reminded me of a Cooks Illustrated Clam Chowder Dommy! made once [without the clams] Very smokey very creamy. It came with a cracker which reminded me of a combination of matzo and crown pilot crackers. Dommy! ate most of it. she was hungry and it was that good. Maybe next time I'll get 2 and not try and share ;-)
The Chicken Caesar was nothing special, decent dressing. Grilled Veggie Sandwich was also decent but the Focaccia was dry.
The other highlight was the Pomegranate and Blood Orange juice. I cannot describe it. It was unlike anything I'd had before. It was not sweet but it was very flavorful and a cool dark purple color. if I see it again I will have to try it on my own since this was another "shared" thing.
If you are expect lots of people on hand to make your order as you wait, it is not that way. Everything is pre-made and prepackaged. Its a few steps in quality above the lady who comes around my work and sells stuff from Rainbow Pacific Gourmet out of a cooler but it is a similar concept. It made it easy for Dommy to take her share of the sandwich and salad and save it for dinner before school. It is a decent place for lunch especially in a neighborhood which has next to nothing. There was a line of people behind me when I was done and with the exception of having to mind read what they had left for lunch at 12:30 things went smoothly.
12531 Beatrice St.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 821-5879 (fax)