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HELP! Where can I find a decent lunch in WESTFIELD MALL (Century City) tomorrow??!

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Liquid Sky Jun 23, 2010 04:34 PM

Hello Chowhounders,

I'm going to be trapped in Westfield Mall for a few hours tomorrow and trying to figure out where to eat for lunch?

Does anyone have a Chowhoundish recommendation for the food court there, perhaps?

I don't want to pay five bucks for a mediocre taco at Pink Taco, for example.

Can I find a great gyro there? Indian or Thai that won't break the bank?

Many thanks!!!

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    Liquid Sky Jun 23, 2010 04:39 PM

    topping for lunch help!

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    1. re: Liquid Sky
      Servorg Jun 23, 2010 04:48 PM

      At one time there was a really good review of Ummba Grill (Brazilian food) here.

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      Ummba Grill
      10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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      carter Jun 23, 2010 04:47 PM

      Take a Bao is fairly good, very affordable, fastish food setup, with a wide variety of flavors to choose from. Probably the busiest place in the top floor food court.
      www.takeabao.com for details.

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      Take a Bao
      10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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      1. re: carter
        trojans Jun 23, 2010 08:52 PM

        second take a bao. salads are very nice.

      2. wilafur Jun 23, 2010 04:47 PM

        if you're in a pinch, get a burger at gulfstream

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          Liquid Sky Jun 23, 2010 05:02 PM

          Thank you, Servorg, carter and wilafur. I'll look into all these places. Cheers!

        2. wienermobile Jun 23, 2010 05:08 PM

          Ajisen Ramen in the food court, you can find better ramen in the area but it's not bad for mall food.
          http://www.ajisen-la.com/index.html

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            JE33 Jun 23, 2010 05:15 PM

            octopus w/potatoes at Toscanova

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            Toscanova
            10250 Santa Monica Blvd., #192, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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              maudies5 Jun 23, 2010 08:18 PM

              Rock Sugar is surprisingly good.

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              Rock Sugar
              10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 654, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                Ogawak Jun 24, 2010 10:55 AM

                What do you like at Rock Sugar? I love the atmosphere, and if the food is decent, bonus. I found the food just okay when I went.

                For food I usually go to Lawry's for the prime rib sandwiches.

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                Rock Sugar
                10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 654, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                  maudies5 Jun 24, 2010 11:24 AM

                  Shaking beef, pot stickers and ginger rice are all excellent.

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              mdpilam Jun 23, 2010 08:47 PM

              If you are able to sneak out, I suggest Clementine's. It's less than half a mile away on Ensley.

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                nachosaurus Jun 23, 2010 08:51 PM

                agreed. nothing in the mall is all that good. it used to be much better -- pre-remodel, but that was then. clementine is delicious / high quality / good prices for what you get. they have a 3 salad combo that is very generous and is easily two meals for about $10. that may not sound good -- until you see the salad case.

                you have to walk out of the mall at houstons/rock sugar and then cross the two santa monica blvds. and then walk to your right.

                totally worth it.

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                  maudies5 Jun 23, 2010 08:56 PM

                  I find that Clementine requires too much energy now.
                  Food is good. However, the parking, the lack of service, the tables which sit dirty and empty, while customers are waiting, have really turned me off. If you love Clementine, check out the online menu, call ahead and pick up your order in the parking lot. Even then, you will have to wait and chances are your order will be screwed up, so check your order carefully prior to driving away.

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                  AAQjr Jun 23, 2010 09:56 PM

                  Breadbar. Or Clementine.

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                    bad nono Jun 23, 2010 10:58 PM

                    Second Breadbar. Closer than Clementine and the best option in the mall.
                    Another option would be to pick up something at the deli counter at Gelson's, but given the choice Breadbar is much better.

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                      froggyhumi Jun 24, 2010 06:19 PM

                      I hate Breadbar. Love Clementine. I've never had anything I liked at Breadbar (though the food for some reason always looks nice). I like the shrimp salad at Pink Taco, the French Dip at Houston's, a surprising amount of stuff at Rock Sugar (given that I usually hate fake Asian). Take a Bao is pretty good, but I think it is way overpriced for what it is. People say they like the sushi in the food court but I've never done it because the idea sort of weirds me out.

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                      Take a Bao
                      10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                      Pink Taco
                      10250 Santa Monica Blvd #220, Los Angeles, CA

                      Rock Sugar
                      10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 654, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                    SeaCook Jun 24, 2010 11:46 AM

                    Korean place in the food court.

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                      parked Jun 24, 2010 12:39 PM

                      which is called Sorabol. Ask for the owner Rich and ask what he recommends.

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                        SeaCook Jun 24, 2010 12:55 PM

                        Thanks parked. I was drawing a blank on the name. I've eaten there a couple of times and it was good.

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                          Liquid Sky Jun 24, 2010 08:53 PM

                          Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! I stumbled across one of those outdoor markets on the way to Westfield Mall (I was walking). Paid $8 for a truly mediocre gyro... and the crazy thing is, this Greek food stall had the longest line of all the other food stalls around. (If you guys ever encounter the gyro place at the outdoor market near Westfield, run!) Amazing what people will shell out for bad grub. I saw Ajisen Ramen, but the Asian in me was a bit skeptical. Next time, if I'm trapped @ Westfield, I'll consider Lawry's. Boy, I'll take a decent taco truck any day of the week over all these "mall-slash-food-court-options"!!

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                      attran99 Nov 8, 2010 09:25 AM

                      My sister is taking me to a movie screening on Saturday. Screening starts at 7, but we need to get there around four or so. Any of these places still good for a late lunch? She wants to go to Pink Taco, but I'm not to down for a place so unaptly named. We need a cheap option (between $10 - $20) that will tide us over until after the screening...because I really want to hit up craftbar afterwards...too low on funds to do the tasting menu at craft.

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                      Pink Taco
                      10250 Santa Monica Blvd #220, Los Angeles, CA

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                        New Trial Nov 8, 2010 12:42 PM

                        Perhaps Breadbar or Obika (the new mozzarella place upstairs).

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                        Breadbar Century City
                        10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                        Obika
                        10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                          carter Nov 8, 2010 07:18 PM

                          I'd try Take a Bao, as you have both bao specialties as well as salads, and you don't have to eat too expensively or heavily, thus allowing for the post screening Craft experience to be more enjoyable.

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                          Take a Bao
                          10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                            attran99 Nov 20, 2010 10:54 PM

                            We got there too late to try either of your suggestions. We grabbed some sandwiches and salads at Gelsons before getting in line for the screening. We were too tired to hit up craftbar afterward...but we did end up at Magnolia Bakery for some scrumptious banana pudding.

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