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M Cafe Puts Healthy Macro Food on Sale by Mary McGrath

MCafe- photo by Mary McGrath

Culver City is home to many types of restaurants, even a “macrobiotic” one. Don’t be scared. The concept stumped me too. “Macrobiotic” reminded me of hippie food, lettuce juices and brown rice…ugh! Anemic dining is not my style.

Sure, macrobiotic is a health-oriented concept, but it’s not that pale, lifeless food that I assumed it was. In fact, it’s quite good, as evidenced by the bounty I sampled at Culver City’s M Café on Culver Blvd.

This cute European-style café is part of the famous Chaya group of restaurants, but is slightly different. M Café emphasizes eating whole, natural foods that are in season, without the use of refined sugars, dairy, eggs, meat or poultry. Sound boring? Hardly. Each of the items I ate knocked me over in terms of presentation, flavor, and density of protein. How could something this healthy taste so good?

Let’s thank Corporate Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe and Consulting Chef Lee Gross with their kitchen team. Together, they infuse flavor and health into all their dishes. The WOW factor is very high.

Ok, let’s get on with it. You can’t go wrong with any of these selections; Wild Salmon Salad, M Chopped Salad, Dilled Organic Tofu Salad, Scarlet Quinoa Salad, or Sesame Soba Noodle Salad. If you are into salad, this is the place.

Now with summer coming, there’s some macrobiotic fun on the horizon. How about a Big Macro Burger (with a side) or Bento Box, paired with an organic beer for $14.95 every Sunday, starting May 30  from 4 p.m. until closing? Not into alcohol? There is plenty ot imbibe in a selection of non-alcoholic beverages as well.

The Big Macro Burger was one of the best veggie burgers I’ve sampled. None of this dry-blah-patty stuff. It’s dense with freshness.

Even better- they are having a sale! Just listed on is a 30% discount for the M Café. They are having some $5 specials starting in June, commemorating the 5-year anniversary of their Melrose location.

“Our goal is to use this five-year milestone as a way to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and enthusiasm for our unique concept,” explains M Café President Yuta Tsunoda. “And we hope our anniversary specials will lure in some first-timers who can experience great-tasting food that’s also good for you. Come June, they’ll have no excuse for not stopping by to check us out.” Hey, that’s tomorrow!
Each week throughout the month of June, two dishes will be featured for $5, continuing the celebration and allowing guests to indulge in their favorite breakfast, lunch, or dinner items at a reduced price. Rotating specials through the month will include:

-Week of June 1—Panini Margarita & Organic Salmon Rice Bowl
-Week of June 7—Falafel Wrap & M Chopped Salad (Grab & Go only)
-Week of June 14— 2 Salad Combo & Tofu Bento (Grab & Go only)
-Week of June 21— Breakfast Enchilada (breakfast hours only) and Double Chocolate Fudge Cake

Isn’t it nice to know you can be healthy and have fun at the same time?

9343 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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