Cayenne Cafe’s executive chef and co-owner, Noura Elnasser, crafts the restaurant’s tasty Mediterranean-American cuisine, and she does it with a little help from mom. Not only did Elnasser’s mother teach her much of her cooking methods, but her mother also bakes the desserts and cakes that perfectly wrap up Cayenne’s brunches, lunches, and dinners.
In its review of Cayenne Cafe, the Los Angeles Times said, “[L]ike a quirky friend who’s got a different take on things, Cayenne’s full of pleasant surprises.” Strings of glass globes dangle from the ceiling, and simple vases showcase single green stems. Inside or under the patio’s sprawling white parasols, patrons dine on spanakopita, salmon, and kebabs. The restaurant also whips up Angus-beef burgers, but often with a Mediterranean twist—the Zorba burger comes topped with feta cheese, cucumbers, and yogurt sauce in a pita.