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ISO: GREAT BROWN RICE AND BROWN RICE DISHES

Trying to eat more brown rice and whole grains. Just finished a plate of brown rice and kale in spicy peanut sauce from M Cafe in Culver City -- which was (and always is) awesome. Love the brown rice sushi at Shima. Who else really cares about their brown rice?

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  1. Follow your Heart in Canoga park, Hugo's, some sushi palces serve sushi "gen mai" brown rice" Sweet brown rice cakes from Yum Cha Cafe are a fave (but loaded with sugar..but GOOD)

    Native cafe , maybe?

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    1. re: Diana

      Thanks. We live in Sherman Oaks and have been trying to get to Follow Your Heart for the last few weeks. Psyched for it. Any particular brown rice oriented dishes you like there?

      1. re: la tache burger

        Frankly, I enjoy the steamed or grilled vegetable plate with brown rice. Keep in mind, you're going into a health food store! I also like the Burrito, and the Indian dishes. The specials can be great, and breakfast is wonderful

    2. 26 Beach
      Warm Brown Rice Salad & Chicken Curry with Pasta (substitute brown rice) or the have Hawaiian Royals over brown rice.

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Wow, cool. I love 26 Beach but have always gotten the burgers.

        1. re: la tache burger

          26 Beach also does their jambalaya with brown rice, it is very very goooooodddddd!

      2. I never have been able to develop any enthusiasm for brown rice, but love quinoa. And quinoa makes an excellent fried rice of any variety; beef, chicken, pork or shrimp.

        1. not everyone here likes it, but for healthy chinese food (low/no oil, sugar, cornstarch), i love the baby eggplant w/ scallops at Uncle Chen's in Encino, and their brown rice is SO rich, nutty, and flavorful.
          http://www.unclechen.com/

          Xi'an in bev hills does brown rice; try their power rice.
          http://www.xian90210.com/xi'an.html

          A Votre Sante

          Porta Via has a great seasoned brown rice

          Nook Bistro - brown rice bowl

          Saketini - garlic brown rice

          Aroma on Tujunga

          Full of Life on Magnolia

          Kung Pao Bistro

          Vegan Plate

          Axe

          Inn of the Seventh Ray - some interesting variations here

          James Beach

          Bloom Cafe

          Kumo

          Jitlada Thai

          ...is that a start for exploration?

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          1. re: Emme

            Phenomenal list! Thank you so much. Yes, I will begin the explorations, probably today with brown rice bowl from Nook as I work so close to them.

          2. You can have ANY of the specialty rice dishes served at shamshiri grill made with their terrific brown rice. you must request brown rice, though.

            i brought their adas polo (rice dish made with currants, raisons, lentils, and dates) made with brown rice to a potluck dinner. it was a hit--EVERYONE raved about it.

             
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            1. re: westsidegal

              I just recently learned about the brown rice substitution at Shamshiri about two visits ago.

              It's worth mentioning with brown rice you only get about half the normal portion of basmati rice, but since their rice servings are obscenely large anyway, the half serving is about normal. Great taste but closer to a forbidden rice than regular brown rice.

              1. re: TracyS

                seems to me that i've gotten about 80% of the 'normal' basmati portion--much more than half.
                still, it's PLENTY (enough to take home an adequate amount to serve as the next day's lunch).

              2. re: westsidegal

                Sounds stunning, can't wait to try that adas polo, thank you!

                1. re: la tache burger

                  be sure to specify when ordering that you want them to use brown rice instead of the basmati.

              3. It's kind of basic, but the brown rice with veggies and chicken/tofu at Ammo (on La Brea) is always satisfying when I'm looking for a healthy lunch. Veggies are nicely sauteed and very fresh-tasting.

                http://www.ammocafe.com/