Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sweet, Spicy, Smoked Cubes of Joy: Newsroom Cafe

It's in Beverly Hills, It's right across the street from The Ivy. From the outside it looks like a cheesy, gimmick-y bland chain, but the full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu tells me otherwise. A Blueberry Blue Corn Waffle with Toasted Pinones?, Organic Coffee's and Breakfast Pupusas? 7 types of Ceasar Salads?, Cornbread Crusted Chicken Pot Pie? and a seasonal Vegan Fruit Tart? is it a Coffee Bar? Health Food? no it's just...a...restarant in Beverly Hills, 'tis all.

I actually did almost change my mind about this place since it looks so gimmicky-looking. Once i was inside though, the items on the menu kept on surprising me, Fire Grilled Artichokes, Vegan Oaxacan Tamales, 2 kinds of Wheatgrass Shots?, I could'nt get the feel for this place. It felt like a chain: the menu design, ambiance, music, but with that conscious seasonal california-only flare.

I decided to try out their House AppleWood Smoked Tofu Tandoori Salad with Cashmiri Cashews, Fresh Baked Papadums, Roma Tomatoes and Miso Passion Dressing on Greens. A wise choice, the smoked tofu was just what i expected-sweet, spicy tender cubes of joy and lots of it. The passion dressing went perfect with this, elevating the sweetness just a tad more. My brother's Indian Spiced-Yogurt Marinated Tandoori Chicken Sandwich on Rockenwagner's Health Bread was surprisingly good also. The Stupefaction didn't stop there though...

There's only one thing i love better than desserts...vegan desserts, brings just a little much needed ease to my mind, i guess. And their's didn't dissapoint, A Warm Cherry Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream redolent of spicy cinnamon or their Vegan Carrot Cake with Butter Pecan Ice Cream which I have yet to try. And if you must, they also have a deadly-decadent non-vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake that I took a few(ok, more than that) bites of also.

Newsroom Cafe
120 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 652-4444

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