The chefs at Sushi Zen Bistro aim to whisk taste buds on a trans-Pacific trip, crafting Japanese cuisine using fresh fish and preparation techniques straight from Japan. Drawing from a vast menu, they accompany their cut rolls, hand rolls, and specialty sushi rolls with lunch and dinner entrees, including grilled Atlantic salmon and beef teriyaki. These kitchen gurus extend their culinary skills beyond the Asian variety, also preparing North American fare such as burgers, pizzas, tacos, and quesadillas.
Tapping into expertise accumulated during 20 years in business, cooks at Greenhouse Cafe craft made-from-scratch sauces for sandwiches, pastas, and salads. They pull turkey breast and slices of french bread from a grill, covering the whole thing with tomato, avocado, provolone, and a housemade italian dressing. Fettuccini, linguini, penne, or angel-hair noodles are covered in Cajun seasonings, alfredo sauce, and shrimp like a bad public speaker at a culinary school.
Even though the menu at Oceanview Restaurant showcases international accents, the cooks never stray too far from the familiar flavors of comforting home cooking. This soulful approach shines through in dishes such as the herb-crusted pork chops and flatbreads topped with shredded chicken, grilled red onion, and tangy barbecue sauce. The menu has room for plates with a bit more flair—a glaze of wasabi-ginger sauce tops the sesame-crusted tuna and coconut shrimp arrives with a sweet mango chutney.
Oceanview Restaurant's ambiance mirrors the cozy spirit of its cuisine. Framed pictures of landscapes and nature scenes adorn the custard-hued walls, although the restaurant also entertains diners by occasionally hosting performances by local bands, DJs, and standalone keyboards possessed by HAL-9000. Outdoors, a shaded patio area surrounded by blooming flowers offers al fresco seating options.
3 Drunken Goats Restaurant takes its name from cabra al vino, a Spanish cheese soaked in wine for two to three days. It's an apt fit for the eatery, where Spanish wine and sangria pair with a menu rife with Spanish tapas. Savor piquillo peppers filled with idiazabal cheese, scallops wrapped in Spanish ham, and a grilled octopus and chorizo plate praised by LA Weekly.
Other artfully plated items include entrees like grilled salmon with pocha beans and desserts such as churros with chocolate sauce. You might be able to smell your dish being prepared in the open kitchen from 3 Drunken Goats' high-ceilinged dining room, where dark woods surround wine racks and a flat-screen TV broadcasting the latest sports.
Just like the real Paradise, filled with edible angels and knowledge of good and evil trees, Paradis's flavors change with the seasons and the mood of its cows. No day is ever the same, but it will always have inventive flavors for even the most discerning: 2009 saw the introduction of silky ice cream concoctions such as strawberry buttermilk and peanut crunch chocolate chip as well as effusive sorbets such as mint lime and orange chili. One scoop goes for $3.50, milkshakes with two flavors go for $5, and ice cream by the pint ($10) and quart ($20) for parties and Arctic picnics.
Shanto's Bakery serves up traditional Lebanese cuisine with sweet, savory, and vegetarian-friendly dishes. Shanto's casual dining room boasts free WiFi, allowing flatbread-loving parties to live-stream soccer matches as they nosh on a vegetable side plate of green olives, fresh mint leaves, cucumbers, mediterranean pickles, and sliced tomatoes ($3.99). Diners meet their recommended daily allowance of unleavened dough with a variety of savory manaish, including the cheese manaish, raining a blend of premium mediterranean queso down on expansive plains of oven-fresh circular flatbread ($1.89). Autos wait patiently in the cafe's private lot while their masters pop in to get a sugar fix with the Nutella and banana wrap, a combination of fresh-baked pita bread, hazelnut-chocolate spread, banana slices, and sticky-sweet honey, a favorite of regulars and bipedal cartoon bears with a rumblee in their tumblees ($3.49).