The space is nice and airy with a breezy patio at the back that gets just the right amount of sunlight during the lunch hours. The service is friendly and always happy to give recommendations from their modest, but hard-to-choose-from menu.
The menu itself features an incredible selection of wines, beers, and cocktails; not to mention fresh and seasonal dishes inspired by Middle Eastern tastes. Think items like Ghee-toasted Buckwheat Bread with sheep's milk yogurt and macerated fruit, extravagant salads with seasonal fruits, nuts, and Dukkah. The portions aren't huge, but what you lack for in heft they make up for with taste and overall health value.
For starters, you have to try their coffee. Yes, there is a popular coffee shop right next door, but trust me, these guys know their stuff, and they're offering some unique signature drinks of their own. I loved the Cacao + Date Mocha which my waitress suggested I get with Cashew Nut Milk for an extra bit of creaminess. It isn't as sweet as it sounds, but rounds out the bite of the coffee quite nicely.
The Ghee-toasted Buckwheat Banana Bread with compote and yoghurt- that's how they spell it- was deliciously-decadent, creamy, fruity, toasty… It was everything I could have hoped for. And at $11, I should hope so.
The Morning Breeze ($16)- is a plate with roasted squash hummus, market vegetable salad with Dukkah (nuts, seeds, and spices), a 6-minute egg with salsa verde, marinated olives, and what they call “Bub & Grandma's bread.” I don't know about you, but I would eat anything made by someone named Bub & Grandma. It is certainly an extravagant dish that forces you to wonder what to start with, but that bread is perfectly-toasted, the vegetables are fresh, the Dukkah is crunchy and wholesome, and the hummus is among the best I've had.
This cozy little spot is definitely something you want to bring someone to if you want to impress them with how well you know your LA neighborhood gems; especially if they're into the “healthy lifestyle” kick. But do bring your big boy/ big girl wallet, as you won't be paying less than $40 per person if you do it right. And do watch the time. They close at 2PM every day that they're open.