made to order OMUSUBI... on Main St in Santa Monica?! Sunny Blue Cafe
So... driving down Main st today on the way to an appointment... hungry... did I just see a sign for omusubi? I pull a u-turn and sure enough, the sign says Sunny Blue- Omusubi and frozen yogurt.
The place is tiny, hole-in-the-wall, even, but cheery enough inside. There are two chalkboard menus- one for omusubi and the few savory sides and one for yogurt.
The omusubi run between $1.75 and $2.50 each- I tried both the miso beef and the spicy salmon. Miso beef was nicely meaty flavored and the salmon was shredded and mixed with a spicy mayo. The ratio of filling to rice to crunchy bite of nori is just about perfect for my tastes, and most importantly she makes each one from scratch right in front of you so the seaweed is still crisp when you get it.
I was asked if I was going to eat the omusubi immediately, otherwise the nori comes separately- a nice touch.
There is complimentary mugi (barley) iced tea to sip as you wait for your order.
I did not try the side dishes but I saw tsukemono, daikon salad, hijiki salad, and pickles, all for cheap prices.
The girl behind the counter seemed surprised at how familiar I was with the items she serves and told me she wanted to expand into serving hearty fall/winter soups, noodles, and oden (or did I imagine the oden part? man I wish someone on the westside would start making oden....)
Anyway, when you are in Santa Monica check out this cool little place- I want her to do well!
oh, maybe calling it a cafe is a bit over-ambitious. There is no inside seating, and a few stools outside to perch on while you munch your snacks.
I completely agree, Sunny Blue is wonderful. Everything tastes very fresh and is made to order. I've gotten some to go for the beach and the nori is wrapped in an extremely convenient plastic pouch that you open from the middle without disturbing the bundle of rice and filling. I like their frozen yogurt a lot too, right now they have natural and grapefruit flavors. A very inexpensive and satisfying lunch!
This place is awesome. Got a curry pork, scallion and onion. It was made fresh and very tasty.
I had been talking to a really nice "Yelper" the other day and she mentioned this place to me. So I went in and ran a search and up popped jdw's review. Someone had even already added the place link, so when I added it to the review it resurrected jdw's post. We might go tomorrow and if it works out I'll add my take on it here. My wife keeps saying "That's what my mom has been making for our son all these years" and I keep trying to tell her "Not the same thing from what I read" - But we will see.