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Chef Eric Lechasseur knows that eating is about much more than survival these days, which means healthy meals also need to be approachable. At his simple order-at-the-counter restaurant Seed Kitchen in Venice, Lechasseur transforms humdrum vegan and macrobiotic plates into dishes that would make a carnivore salivate. The best is perhaps the BBQ “burger,” a faux-meaty tempeh patty that arrives with snappy fresh vegetables on a crispy seven-grain sourdough roll. It's the sort of sloppy, sordid dish that macrobiotic fanatics simply couldn't get before Lechasseur, served up in a bright Pacific Avenue space. The simple paninis are also a lunchtime hit, with vegan cupcakes for dessert. (Of course!) According to Lechasseur, all healthy food should taste this good; its time others started listening.
Eric Lechasseur will offer a prix-fixe vegetarian menu that includes a vegetarian sushi roll, salad, and beverage for one night only at Seed Kitche...
Seed Kitchen in Venice is a macrobiotic vegan restaurant, but chef-owner Eric Lechausseur may not emphasize it when he and wife Sanae Suzuki host a dinner party at home. "I don't even tell people. I... More »
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, and regardless of where you stand on the dietary spectrum, consider curbing your carbon footprint with a meal free of animal byproducts. Nonprofit organization Env... More »
True to its name, this restaurant is a capsule of life and health set the grit and dirt of Venice. Seed is macrobiotic, organic, and vegan -- no processed crap here, even the burgers and desserts are good for ya! Literally everything on the menu looks good, from salad, to rice bowls, to paninis, to curry...I want it all! The Saisai Donburi Macro Bowl is fantastic, like 5 dishes in one. And the Southwest bean & grain Burger is sure to put some swagger in your step.
In 1993, chef Eric Lechasseur's wife became ill. In an effort to help cure her, he began cooking and experimenting with macrobiotics. Well, the diet seemed to work, and Lechasseur has since become a private chef to health-conscious stars like Madonna, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Eventually, he opened Seed Kitchen in Venice, a low key, order-at-the-counter joint with a wide range of macrobiotic, vegan dishes. They serve many "burgers," but the best is probably the BBQ tempeh,... More »
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