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Mar 20, 2013 06:14 PM

Lyfe Kitchen in Culver City -amateur review.

I've driven by this new restaurant around lunch time and noticed long lines so I thought I would try it out for an early dinner. Very pleasantly surprised about what I found. A very clean new spacious comfortable location. A health oriented operation with separate menus for vegan and glutten free. Lots of salads and grains and interesting combinations. You order at the counter and they promptly bring you your order. One immediately gets the feel that this place is a class act. I had the grilled barramundi served on soba noodles, shitake mushrooms, baby spinach in a nice broth. For $12.99. I thought the quality was quite excellent. Very fresh, nicely seasoned. I was very happy. My wife ordered the beet salad with farrow and greens. Very good. I really appreciated the couch like seating at some of the tables. Very professional and friendly staff. I'll be back.

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  1. Thanks for reporting, Baron. I'll likely try it soon, I like the sound of a few things on the menu.

    1. I'm not feeling the calorie and sodium counts on the menu.

      To me it's sort of anithetical to the whole notion of "Love Your Food Everyday" as they so proudly proclaim.

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        1. re: Servorg

          "Our Lyfe Kitchen nutrition information has not been entered into our database yet. Please fill out the form below if you want to help get Lyfe Kitchen added as soon as possible! 0 people have voted for this location."

          1. re: RicRios

            Yeah, I was baffled too.

            I just chalked it up to Servorg's idiosyncratic Sunday posting habits ...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              What. You don't want to vote for NIM (Nutritional Information of the Month)?

              1. re: Servorg

                I guess they actually do have (3rd party?) nutritional information up here (and if you click on the individual dish you can see sodium content as well):

                1. re: Servorg

                  I dunno. For the life of me I'm still not understanding your posts here.

                  Don't worry though, I'm sure it's a "me" problem and not a "you" issue.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Reviews on yelp were overwhelmingly positive. Every dish is under 600 calories ANd for a restaurant opened for about two weeks it ran very smoothly when I was there. It's a prefect place for groups that have assorted food needs with regular menus vegan and glutton free menus. They also have a good beer and wine selection.

          3. Hi, I live near the Palo Alto original location, and although I've visited a few times the place hasn't made it into regular rotation.

            After a while, the prices held me back, and the food quality has a nice freshness but is never anything special.

            I do like the actually informal feel, but the couches at the PA outpost got grungy quick.

            Hopefully it works for you....

            1. I went the other day and the service was bad enough that I thought they had just opened. I had what they call a "banana budino" that was just chia seeds and mashed banana with some granola on top. I'd bet good money it had been sitting under plastic for at least a few hours. The main I had was fine, but someone asked me if I'd go back, and my answer was, "no, not with Tender Greens right across the street."

              On another note, the guy who took my order said "God bless" to me to wrap up our transaction. Is that a one-off or has anyone else received such good tidings at Lyfe Kitchen?

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              1. re: Papuli

                On the company website is the following comment:

                Our hope is that LYFE Kitchen will be more than just another place to grab a bite. That it will be a place that reflects your values toward health, community and sustainability. And that maybe—just maybe—we’ll be a source of inspiration, too.

                Maybe your final comment is part of that "source of inspiration" they refer to.