M-Cafe Chaya, what does anyone have to report?
I've had pre-made salads and sushi from the deli case to go; all were very good (I especially love the shitake/avocado roll and garden roll w/ume, yum!)
When I get off from work early enough to eat at M Chaya Café I've had whatever the daily fish entrée is and it has always been delicious.
As for the prices, I think they are comparable to quality/quantity.
Love the tofu bento box, the bi bim bap, some things from the salad case the sunflower salad (like a caesar, great creamy dressing) but my fave fave fave is the M Chop Salad. I'm gluten intolerant, so unfortunately haven't had any of the sandwiches, but they look great...As far as prices, of course it's expensive, they use top notch ingredients, but it is just take out or casual sit down- doesnt get too pricey...and it's worth it!
I went there yesterday - quite tasty - I had the Big Macro (thier version of a veggy burger). It was very tasty and fresh. I chose the squash and brussel sprout salad which also was quite good. My only complaint was that there were hardly any brussel sprouts. I'd go back and try some other things.
I had a togo order there last Sunday.
The vegetarian muffaleta was pretty good. The seitan salami surprised me. It tasted like sliced cold pepperoni.
The bi bim bap was good. I'm sure it doesn't compare to the one's in Koreatown.
Overall, I'd say it is good but not great. This is a great place to eat when you want to eat healthy. I felt the macrobiotic food gave me energy instead of making me tired as some less healthy foods do.
With everything being around $10-12 for healthy macrobiotic food, I feel it is a good value.
I think there are actually some things there that are better than good. The ahi burger, the squash soup, some of the salads, the barbecue seitan sandwich -- all are excellent. Of course the prices are high, but everything is organic and carefully made, and they're in line with places like Alcove, Posh on Pico, Joan's, etc. It seems that $10 is the new standard price for sandwiches and breakfast dishes at most new places in town, except Surfas.