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The Culver City restaurant scene is well into its mannerist phase, an era of sleek surfaces, theatrical settings and food that coolly defies nature. But the standard-bearer at the moment has to be the eco-intensive Akasha, where the recycled wood is sealed with beeswax, the chairs are upholstered in hemp and the waiters wear organic cotton. Akasha Richmond, who is both chef and muse here, may be one of the best-known vegan cooks in the world, a television chef and former Vegetarian Times columnist who has been in the employ of both Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand. The kitchen's commitment to organic, sustainable, certified, cruelty-free ingredients goes without saying, in the bakery-cafe up front, as well as in the dark, multiveneered dining room. But although you can eat as low on the food chain as you like at Akasha, and Richmond knows from a mung bean - her bowl of curried mung beans, rice and flatbread is the kind of thing you always used to hope for when you visited a hippie restaurant - her cooking is surprisingly sybaritic: curry-dusted grilled shrimp; a decent roast chicken with spaetzle; and killer sweet-potato fries. The best dessert, a salty chocolate tart, comes with soymilk "whipped cream" scented with organic vanilla. Or you could just order a plate of Niman Ranch lamb sliders sliders and what are probably the best onion rings in town. See full review.
Tasty, conscious menu served on the bustling strip in Culver City. I saw Ben Ford (chef/owner of Ford's Filling Station from down the block) and Art Smith (best known for being Oprah's chef but more accomplished than just that) eating there together once - you know you're somewhere good if it's where chefs are eating on a night off. Don't want to recommend specific items since the menu is seasonal, but guaranteed everything you eat will be fresh and prepared to enhance the natural flavor of each of the ingredients. Substantial wine and cocktail selection available. Easy free parking provided by the city in lots nearby, as well as valet around the corner from the restaurant.
Wonderful Salmon! If you are prepared to eat loads of starch, the fries and mac and cheese are the best appetizers in town, either one is perfect to share with a couple pals! The food was amazing but the atmosphere was even better. There wine and beer selection is amazing, I didn't even try any of their signature drinks!
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