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Review: Larchmont Bungalow

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stuffycheaks Nov 18, 2009 05:04 PM

Full review + pics here: http://stuffycheaks.blogspot.com/2009...

The new restaurant/coffee house/cafe at Larchmont Village, wait scratch that, I meant takeout joint, has been in the news of late. If you haven't been keeping up on eaterLA, you would be out of the loop on the controversy. Apparently Larchmont Bungalow only has a takeout and not a restaurant license. A complaint had been filed by the city officials, demanding that the restaurant shut down or get rid of their chairs and tables. To circumvent the violation, Larchmont Bungalow is now "selling" its furniture and asserts that the chairs are on the premises if potential furniture buyers need a place to sit. Good thinking but I don't know if that is legitimate enough.

I decided to check it out before it is forced to shut down (hopefully not!). The restaurant is known to be eco-friendly and the menu focuses on organic, fresh ingredients.

Asian Calamari salad
It was fresh, simple and delicious. The salad was served with breaded calamari which was well seasoned, plantains, lots of julienned cucumber, pistachios on a bed of romaine with a light sesame-orange dressing.

Curried lobster and shrimp wrap (or crepe
)The wrap was absolutely delicious. The curry sauce was mild and there was a generous portion of seafood which was fresh and luscious. I even liked the addition of spinach and the rice soaked in curry sauce was delicious. This dish had so much flavor and the portion was huge.

Stuffed turkey burger
The homemade patty was surprisingly very juicy. It was stuffed with caramelized apples, sauteed onions, brie cheese on toasted bun and served with tomato and arugula.

Chocolate brownie cookie for $3 each. It was flaky and crunchy on the outside but soft, warm and oozing of chocolate in the inside. It was a very rich and large cookie and I couldn't even finish half of one.

Yes, the food is not super cheap but it's comparable to other places that serve fresh ingredients and organic food. My wrap was $15.95, the burger and the salad were $12.95 each. And some may complain about the plastic utensils but you have to see it for what it is: right now, it's a takeout joint. I really have little complaint and am itching to go back soon!

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