I was never too successful trying to get our little art department to go to M Cafe for lunch–not only does the macrobiotic cafe offer very few meat options (and only seafood at that) but the place is a tad outside of our usual budget and the portions are smallish. During our last week, our crew members slowly started dropping off until the last two working members in the art department were me and my coordinator. We took the opportunity to eat at the places that everyone else always scoffed at. So we found ourselves ordering one last time from M Cafe.
I ordered the Gado Gado salad which is described as “organic mixed greens, napa cabbage, crisp vegetables, golden tempeh triangles marinated with ginger, lemongrass & lime, frizzled onions & spicy peanut dressing.” While that is basically an accurate description of the salad I got, I was still disappointed. The lamest thing about M Cafe is that over fifty percent of the items on the menu are prepackaged and sit in their display cases for who knows how long. This salad is no exception and it is just plain outrageous that M Cafe gets away with charging $12 for a teeny tiny salad that has been sitting out. If work hadn’t been picking up the tab, I would have felt like a total sucker. I just kinda overlooked this lameness before, but I can’t get over the fact that I would have been much better off grabbing a sesame tofu salad from Trader Joe’s for three bucks.
We also ordered a couple chocolate truffles which were good but, again, were they worth $1.50 a pop? Not really.
I think the idea of M Cafe has been fooling me into thinking it’s pretty good all this time. Maybe it’s because I’m on hiatus now and I have to –gasp!!!–pay for my own food, but I won’t be going back there anytime soon unless I have a hankering for being ripped off.
M Cafe de Chaya
9343 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232