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LRG Mar 16, 2006 01:59 AM

I have had their to-go bento boxes which were delicious! Anybody have main courses there and what do you think of the prices?

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    Eiji Mar 16, 2006 03:41 AM

    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.

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      Chowpatty Mar 16, 2006 11:05 AM

      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.

      Link: http://eatingla.blogspot.com

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        tissue Mar 17, 2006 02:53 AM

        I really like their curry lavash wrap...

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      Tom Hiel Feb 23, 2007 09:44 AM

      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.

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        Quesera Feb 23, 2007 10:58 AM

        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!

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          Ginger Baker Mar 28, 2007 04:58 PM

          for sides: i love the french lentils and the kale. some of the best flavors out there. the madras tempeh wrap is incredible for a cold sandwich. the BBQ seiten is amazing for a hot one. and the bo bim bop is great too. avoid the salads. their too expensive for what you get.

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          snooze button Mar 28, 2007 11:12 PM

          I shared the ahi tuna burger and the M chopped salad on Sunday... the salad was okay but the burger was quite tasty.

          1. yinyangdi Mar 29, 2007 01:36 PM

            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.

            http://www.mcafedechaya.com/index.html

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