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Oct 9, 2007 03:28 PM

The Point -- Culver City

The Point has just opened at 8522 National Blvd. This is Kazuto Matsusaka's second place after Beacon. It is apparently quite near the Blue Bird Cafe and specializes in homey fare like meatloaf and mac 'n cheese. I look forward to trying it later this week and will post. All are welcome to beat me to the punch.

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  1. Here's their website. The website is a little annoying to look at, but more importantly the food looks promising!

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    1. re: writergirl

      Wow, that is quite possibly the most annoying online menu I've ever read! I agree with you, the food sounds very good. I can't wait till someone reports here about the mac n cheese.

      1. re: hrhboo

        It's like reading with a magnifying glass.

        I felt like Sherlock Holmes.

        "My dear Watson, I think the Ancho Chili Chicken Salad Wrap killed the man."

      2. re: writergirl

        "The website is a little annoying to look at"

        Are you kidding...the website just really pissed me off!!! It's f---king irritating!

        I also called to find out exactly where it is since I 'm burnt out on the happy hour slider at Beacon, and I'm broke for being so in love with K-Zo...the people who answered the phone were totally clueless!
        Ugg, from what I could quickly glimps on the menu, I would love to do the whole make your own salad...I'll let ya'll know tomorrow cuz I've gotta head to NIKE for class tonight.
        Wish me luck!

        1. re: tatertotsrock

          You made me laugh out loud! I guess I've seen worse least they included the prices. As for location, it's on National down the street from Bluebird, heading toward La Cienega/Jefferson. It's definitly a little hard to find. I wish I could remember what the nearest cross street is, I think it's two blocks down from Bluebird.

          I tried the chicken pannini today, it was good, the olive tepanade added a nice flavor, but I love olives. I also liked the bread. I looked at the prepared salads, the Cesar grabbed my attention because it had nice anchovy filets on it! I hardly ever see that on Cesars at carry-out places. I also had an overly sweet peanut butter cookie sandwich (two p-butter cookies with p-butter in between.)

      3. Thanks for the news! Will have to run over there soon. "Bento Box of Salads"--interesting.

        1. Boy! That menu IS a big pain!

          Food looks good!

          1. I ate there today. This place is hardly a destination; it's a high tech cafe catering to a small business park. Nonetheless, given its lineage, it's excellence was not surprising. I had a breakfast panini and coffee. Both were superb. They seem to be very focused on custom-made salads. There is a nice area in front for outside dining. In all, this is just a great place for a quick bite if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

            Street parking is a problem, but they validate in the lot on Haywood (sp?), just west of their location.

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            1. re: Bob Brooks

              I went to the site- but saw no menu....Am I missing something? I was all good and prepared to be annoyed. But it just says coming soon.

              1. re: kellydeez

                They must be watching, they took it down.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Menu is still there.

                  Check your browser configuration.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Hi ipsedixit,
                    It's down...I called to get directions just before posting and I mentioned what a pain the sight is...the girl wasn't thrilled...she also had no clue how to give directions...she kept saying things like: just go straight.
                    I asked: straight from which direction. She had no idea where I was coming from and that's not a good combo since I had no idea where I was going.
                    I then said: well, get me there from Beacon.
                    she said: turn and you will see it.
                    Ugg! She didn't even say right or left.
                    I'll cruise by before my class at NIKE and report back before tomorrow.
                    Wish me luck.
                    They need to fire their web designer.

                    1. re: tatertotsrock

                      There are more than a few web site designers who need to be taught some human factors by my Baseball Bat!

                      For your direction finding convenience, Google map inside:

                      Point Cafe
                      8522 National Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                      1. re: tatertotsrock

                        Yeah, you're right. Website no longer works for me.

                        Power to the Chowound, I guess, eh?

                        Do report back and good luck.

              2. Ok everyone...

                The Verdict:

                It was GREAT!

                As you can tell by my last post, I was pretty much ready to hate it...couldn't hate it if I tried.
                Such a cute, clean place with places to sit outside that kindly ask that you keep the area non-smoking. Just from that, I was already in love!
                It was bizarre walking through the door cuz there is on of thos really loud, over head fan things that sound like your gonna have a Silkwood moment and are being sent to the decontamination chamber.
                Anyway, take your time when you go...there are so many choices and they all look good. I tried not to get distracted because I had already planned on doing the "custom crafted salad" thing....really great chices to choose for your salad goodness...then, I was blinded by the butterschotch pudding smiling at me from behing the little glass door...then the bottles of beer and wine demanded that I take a peek at them...ugg, trying to focus, I then found all the "Prepared Meals to Take Home" they looked incredible!!! Fresh, Hearty, even Healthy without looking all granola-tree-huggin'.
                writergirl, I saw those anchovies and I'm gonna get a hold of 'em on Sat, for sure! Oh, and the cross street is Hayden.
                So many choices, I got my salad with a simple "Country Mix" of Red Oak and Green Leaf lettuces, Cheddar Cheese, Hard boiled egg, and dried cranberries. BEAUTIFUL!
                Then I grabbed this great little treat that I just finished...Three Grain Salad...AMAZINGLY refrshing and has quinoa, Faro, Basmati Rice, Lemon,Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sherry Vinegar, Raisins (golden), and dried cranberries.
                Golly, it is so good.
                and the Pudding...too much of a good thing...I ate the whole thing, really good...and I love the spoons. I got the food to go because I had to get to class, but couldn't resist eating some puddin' first..between the flufffy whipped topping, the super-rich butterscotch, its super-smooth texture, and the fabulous spoon (I have a thing for really great plastic spoons and this one rocks...I think you'll understand), I've fallen in love.
                I will go back on Sat after my class and try some other things and maybe grab the to-go meatloaf.
                The service was very friendly. The place is super organized and clean and they have great waters, beers, splits of red and white wine, Naked Juices and Naked Juice Protein drinks and all kins of other goodies.
                All the savories, salads, to go items and beverages were so great that I ignored all the other sweet treats (and there are tons of 'em) except for that pudding...I haven't had puddin' in years.
                DiveFan ,
                "There are more than a few web site designers who need to be taught some human factors by my Baseball Bat!"
                Now, I got a good laugh from that! Thanks!

                Hope y'all like it too!

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                1. re: tatertotsrock

                  Holy sh!t!!!

                  I just found something to make me love them even more!!!
                  I was just putting away the rest of my 3 grain salad and the rest of the huge salad (it's about 3-4 servings) when I found this little bag of crisps...I think they are parmesan or something...they were in the same type of envelope that my fork/spoon/napkin came in and I almost threw it out when I felt something in it.
                  What a tastey late night surprise!
                  So yumm, crispy and good! they really would have gone great on my salad had I noticed.
                  So, heads up, if you get a little brown envelope, check it out for these special little treats!

                  1. re: tatertotsrock

                    Great report - I guess you give this place a thumbs-up! I couldn't agree more about the spoons. It's usually not an issue with metal spoons. But when the portable stuff comes into play, you can end up with plastic spoons with razor-like edges or wooden spoons that alter the taste of what you're eating. I'm surprised that alot of places that offer these utensils don't give it alot more thought. The tactile sense one gets from a spoon while it glides along your tongue is almost as important as the otherwise silky smooth treat that it is delivering. Matsusaka-san is obviously paying attention to all of the little details in his new place - hopefully he'll do the same for his website. I had a couple of brews earlier and clicked onto their site - my eyes felt like they were on Mister Toad's Wild Ride. If one has a propensity to motion sickness, do not scroll over their menu...

                    Speaking of brews, do you recall what kind of beers they had there? They've disabled their previous site so no info is available... Thanks again for a great review.