true food – true-ly good
On a recent night out, my better half and I decided to venture over to Santa Monica to try Dr. Andrew Weil’s new restaurant “True Food Kitchen.” If you’re looking for a hip, healthy and local LA hot spot True Food is the place to try.
Globally inspired, with a menu prepared by Chef Michael Stebner, True Food Kitchen is located in the new Santa Monica Place and is part of Dr Weil’s and Sam Fox’s new healthy mini-chain of eateries. The cuisine selection is diverse and their mission is to serve sustainable, healthy food without sacrificing flavor. The menu is centered around Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Food Pyramid.” It’s a little bit Asian melds with Italian mingles with Mediterranean harmoniously.
As soon as you step inside you’re instantly transported to a healthy and stylish oasis with happy yellow and wood accents mixing with fresh salads, pizza, sandwiches, and entrees like miso glazed black cod and all natural steak tacos. And the best part – the menu has many selections that are vegan and gluten free!
Since it was a beautiful summer evening we decided to sit outside and dine under the stars. Along with the fresh ocean air and cool music, we enjoyed our delicious drinks and entrees. Husband started off with “the natural” a refreshing brew of ginger, agave and soda water. For our main meals we ordered Panaang Curry with Shrimp and Grilled Steelhead Salmon. The curry was both light AND delicious and had just the right combination of sweetness and spice. My salmon was moist, fresh and came nestled on bed of black quinoa with a side farmers market salad topped with Marcona almonds. YUM! The service was great and the prices reasonable.
True Food has locations throughout California and Arizona. Each location features catering, take out, breakfast, a selection of coffee drinks, natural juice blends, hot and cold tea, sparkling wine cocktails, organic and low-calorie beer and sake. All wines are selected based on wineries’ commitment to organic, biodynamic and/or sustainable farming practices. (For all those that live out of town – I hope you come visit us in California soon and give True Kitchen a try.)
The vibe here was FUN, spa like, relaxing and healthy! Thanks True Food for giving us a new place to hang in good health!