Café Gratitude – Beverly Hills, CA
My brother-in-law, who’s a vegan now, has been raving about this place for a while now. While I’m not vegan myself, I do have an appreciation for plant-based food so I decided to check it out the last time I was in LA. First impression was that the space is beautiful! Open and airy, white and minimalistic…it’s a very peaceful environment.
My friend and I decided to share two things – the Mucho/Mexican Bowl and the Lucky/Torta Española Chopped Salad. Our server recommended adding braised oyster mushrooms to the Mucho bowl to give it that carnitas taste and texture. GREAT rec!!! Had I not eaten breakfast already, I probably would have gone for the Festive/Chilaquiles…I’m a sucker for those. Next time!
Sugarfish – Beverly Hills, CA
BEST. SUSHI. EVER.
My mouth is salivating as I think about my meal at Sugarfish. Honestly, it was the best sushi I’ve ever had. I may not know everything about sushi but I will tell you that I’ve eaten it around the world. From The Tsukiji Market in Tokyo to Seattle, I’ve sampled a lot of “the best” and this by far is THE BEST out there!
There are three menus to choose from: Trust Me/Lite, Trust Me and The Nozawa. Think of it as small, medium and large. You can order a la carte but price-wise, you get more for your money with the prefix menus and you will most definitely want to add more to it once you’re done. I chose the Trust Me and my husband got The Nozawa. Each included edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, yellowtail sushi, halibut sushi, a toro hand roll and a blue crab hand roll. The Nozawa also included a “Daily Special” as well as a few more pieces of the sushi. My favorite was the tuna sashimi and the albacore sushi. The sushi is served nigiri style (fish on top of the rice) and the rice was warm (I’ve never experienced that and it was such a great surprise). The fish couldn’t have been better quality. It seriously melted in my mouth. I remember 1) being speechless as I ate it, 2) telling my husband that you wouldn’t even need teeth to eat this sushi and 3) that if I had to choose my last meal on Earth this would be it! They don’t take reservations so go put your name in and have a drink or walk around. Worth the wait for sure!