Santa Monica’s culinary scene features a diverse array of international influences and healthful eateries with cuisine inspired by the city’s active and outdoorsy lifestyle. Seemingly weekly, new restaurants are opening, serving up eclectic dishes made from an assortment of fresh, seasonal ingredients. See below for a round-up of some of the new and upcoming additions to Santa Monica’s foodie scene, located just a walk or bike ride away from AIRE Santa Monica.
Lunch Debuts At Cassia
Already a favorite of critics and locals alike, the famed Cassia is now open for lunch. The Southeast Asian brasserie services the lunchtime crowd Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. A few of the dinner favorites are on the menu as well as a host of new offerings, such as the Vietnamese French dip and the Koda Farms chickpea sandwich, both made with house-made naan-like bread. Bryant Ng has also resurrected his notorious burger from his Spice Table days with the Cassia Burger, featuring a short rib patty, shallot mayo, sambal, curry-pickled cucumbers and more.
Offering another healthful, fast and casual option in Santa Monica, Arizona brand Flower Child is set to debut in June on Second Street with a mix of healthy-eating favorites including kombucha, kale salads and grain bowls. Naturally raised proteins and local produce will be served in the farmer’s market-inspired, 5,000-square-foot space which will mark the brand’s first California branch.
Bringing a taste of Sydney’s healthy, beachy Australian cuisine to Santa Monica, Bondi Harvest serves locally-sourced, seasonal cuisine along with exceptional coffee offerings. The brainchild of two laidback Aussie outdoor enthusiasts, Bondi Harvest is their first U.S. location, serving up a diverse selection of cuisine. Menu items include the “rad bowl” with chimichurri-dressed cauliflower, kale, turmeric quinoa, fermented vegetables, poached egg, grilled halloumi cheese and dukkah. Other items include buttermilk pumpkin pancakes, bircher muesli with acaí, fried egg sandwiches, grass-fed burgers, salads and smoothies.
Coming to the heart of Third Street Promenade, Bobarrito is best known for its acclaimed food trucks in L.A. and Orange County specializing in sushi burritos, poke and boba tea. A sushi burrito is a giant hand-held sushi, available to customize or pre-fixed by the pros at Bobarrito. Pair your burrito with one of their boba teas, a flavored tea with tapioca pearls for added texture. Bobarrito’s first brick and mortar location will replace the former George’s Bistro and is set to open sometime this summer.