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Ben7643 Apr 16, 2008 09:10 PM

Hey everyone. Other then my occasional ice cream splurge i'm a health nut and try to stay away from oil/sugar/butter/fat. Votre Sante seems to cater to all of these needs and still make really yummy stuff. I went tonight and had rosemary pasta which was really good, and me and my friend had the raspberry chocolate mousse cake for desert which was also very good.

Anyway my parents are in town this weekend and want to eat out, and I generally eat in with the occasional trip to Votre. Can anyone recommend a few other places that cater to over-picky eaters like myself or have an Oil/Butter-Free option to many of their dishes? Votre Sante's deserts are all sweetened with natural fruit juice too no refined sugar.

I find myself cooking in most nights and since they want to eat out i'm at a bit of a loss..........

Oh also my dad will not set foot in a sushi place he has a fear of raw fish so sushi is out.

Thanks
Ben

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    poggibonzzi Apr 21, 2008 12:21 AM

    There is a macrobiotic restaurant on Melrose near Poinsettia. I can't remember the name but it is in the same strip mall as a Pinkberry. If you like A Votre Sante, you'll likely love this place. Bon Appetit.

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      will47 Apr 21, 2008 05:24 PM

      You're thinking M Café de Chaya.

      You could try Inaka on La Brea(?) too; my personal take from the last time I went there is that it was a little bland and overpriced.

      Definitely seconding (thirding?) Real Food Daily.

      Most of these places probably use some oil in most of their food, but you should have at least some options. The Real Food Meal at RFD should be Ok; not sure about all the dressings.. if nuts are Ok, you might be good.

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        yinyangdi Apr 22, 2008 08:34 PM

        Inaka is also macrobiotic. Compared to portions/prices at M Cafe de Chaya, I found the pre-fixe dinner at my last visit to Inaka was reasonably priced and too much food (but, it's been a while since I've eaten there so maybe the portions have been scaled down.)

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          will47 Apr 23, 2008 10:37 AM

          The last time I was there was probably longer than the last time you were there... maybe a few years at least. I didn't think that the portions were small, necessarily, just that the prices are high for what you get. If I'm paying $14 or whatever for a plate of tofu with some noodles and vegetables, those had better be perfect - the freshest, most amazing vegetables, chewy hand-made noodles, perfectly seasoned. Even "bland" macrobiotic food can taste great if it's made well; I understand what I'm getting into when I go to a place like that, and I still didn't think it was worth the money they were charging for it. I felt like I could go to Vons, buy some vegetables and packaged noodles, and come out with a better-tasting dish.

          I do want to try it again, and I'm sure I will at some point. However, I have a feeling my girlfriend (who likes that type of food even less than me, and is less tolerant of frou-frou places) will hate it.

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            Ben7643 Apr 24, 2008 10:28 PM

            Thanks everyone for all the rec's we actually ended up just winging it and I cooked allot. But i plan on trying some of the recs. As far as M Cafe i'm not a fan I think they put way too much oil in all their food with the exception of a few things. Their quinoa with beets in it is great. I heard Inaka was way overpriced, but i've been meaning to try it.

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      bellabar Apr 20, 2008 10:20 AM

      Real Food Daily near the Beverly Center is nice.. they also serve wine there...
      Also I hear the Fraiche in Culver City is good....

      1. Emme Apr 17, 2008 10:44 PM

        Firehouse in Venice caters to the body builder's from Gold's and has some great brekkie and lunch fare.

        Eat Well has some great healthy stuff; they accommodate no oil requests - try Buddha Bowl w/ egg whites dry instead of tofu (that's my preference), and the omelettes and salads are great too.

        Mao's Chinese Kitchen accommodates no oil, no cornstarch, no added sugar requests.

        Ed's Coffee Shop is really clean in their breakfast/brunch cooking fare if you request it.

        Newsroom Cafe has some good healthy options.

        If you're in the valley, try The Dressing Room for a casual lunch of salads.

        Korean BBQ can be done if you personally order the fish or chicken or whatever unmarinated, and get the veggies un-pre-marinated.

        Ruth's Chris is one of my faves; that or The Palm, as I can order a steamed lobster and a head of steamed broccoli, and others can indulge in steak or baked potatoes (dry or loaded) or heavier sides...

        Mani's Bakery has non-refined sweetened baked goods.

        Jack Spratt's Grille has healthy options.

        I know it's a chain, but at Sisley, I love the grilled vegetable appetizer (no oil but charred in balsamic) and the chopped chicken salad w/ grilled eggplant, no cheese, balsamic for dressing.

        Fritto Misto in Santa Monica will sub out veggies for pastas in any of those dishes.

        Kate Mantilini also has a wide array, and will accommodate dietary modifications.

        Hope some of that helps!

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          Ben7643 Apr 19, 2008 08:03 AM

          wow awesome thanks :) great recs everyone we'll be drying out some of these places.

          Ben

        2. Frommtron Apr 17, 2008 02:01 PM

          Although you don't specify vegetarian cuisine, I think non-ethnic, primarily vegetarian food would fit the bill.

          The 2 places that come to mind that I think are good are:

          1. Real Food Daily just off the promenade.

          2. Native Foods on Gayley in Westwood.

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          Native Foods Restaurant
          1110 1/2 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

          Real Food Daily
          514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            Bria Silbert Apr 17, 2008 02:13 PM

            A new place in Culver City might be what you're looking for:

            www.akasharestaurant.com

          2. Servorg Apr 17, 2008 09:25 AM

            I'm having deja vu all over again: (and it's good to see that you have become such a fan of V' Sante since the rec / thread)

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489176

            And if you are willing to drive into WeHo: http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/

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              Diana Apr 17, 2008 09:51 AM

              Hugo's is good! There is also a Hugo's in Studio City.

              Mani's bakery can meet your baked needs, and they also do lunhes and dinners, sandwiches, salads, and such.

              You may want to try the new Akasha in Culver City. They may work!

            2. westsidegal Apr 16, 2008 09:34 PM

              a few ideas:
              1)far from you, but they will have your kind of food: THE SPOT in hermosa beach.
              i like most of their 'mexican-themed' dishes, but i stay away from the 'asian-themed' dishes.
              2) there are a lot of viable options for you at 26 beach--they will serve all of their fantastic salads with dressing on the side and you can use lemon wedges to squeeze juice on them. i don't know if you eat tofu, but 26 beach will happily provide grilled tofu for you to use as a protein source on their salads.
              3) ayara thai cusine will reduce the oil they use in any of their wok dishes if you ask them to and also they serve brown rice.

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                Ben7643 Apr 17, 2008 09:04 AM

                Thanks ay others anyone can think of? I think the spot might work if I can talk them into going that far. But the other 2 I don't find fit the bill.

                Ben

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                  westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 09:15 AM

                  in addition to low fat/butter/oil, what are your restrictions?

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                    Ben7643 Apr 17, 2008 01:52 PM

                    Thats it but anything wok cooked is going to be high even if they add only a small amount of oil. As far as 26 beach i've found all their dishes are SUPER yummy however they are all also high in the things I said I don't like to eat much of.

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                      westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 03:22 PM

                      ok
                      what i'm asking is what, exactly, are the things that you don't like to eat much of?
                      ayara will use NO oil in their wok dishes if you ask them not to use it.
                      you already stated that you are trying to avoid oil/fat in any form.
                      what else are you trying to avoid?
                      how can we help you if you don't divulge what you want?
                      (btw, native foods dishes are not necessarily low-fat)

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                        Ben7643 Apr 17, 2008 04:32 PM

                        That's it no oil, no butter, I limit bread and pasta as well. But i'm not absolute about that. Not sure what you don't get.

                        26 beach uses oil or butter in almost everything.

                        Thanks for the suggestion of araya if they can use no oil i'll definitely check it out.

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                          westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 04:42 PM

                          re: the salads at 26 beach
                          if you get the salads undressed with either vinegar or lemon wedges on the side, and tell them to omit the poultry/meat/cheese, there are SEVERAL that will be fat free.
                          if you want substitute tofu as your protein source, of course the tofu would contain soy oil.

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