Being a food blogger is tough. No, really. You eat big, delicious meals day after day, sometimes multiple times a day. It gets to you - or rather, it gets to your waistline. When you're feeling particularly weighed down, an invitation to a healthy meal is very welcomed.
I admit, the first time I heard about Fresheast and what they were doing, I wasn't too enticed. They serve healthy, organic, Asian dishes and use no salt, butter, or nuts in their dishes (they still use miso, soy, and other sauces, though, so I don't think it's entirely sodium-free).
With all that said, a lot of their dishes turned out to be quite boldly flavored. One of my favorites were the Goa Shrimp ($11.95)
Another dish I liked was the Bulgogi (Harris Ranch Natural Beef bulgogi, fresh wok’d vegetables), $10.95
If the Avocado Rolls ($7.50) are on the Specials menu when you go there, get them to share with your table.
Grilled Miso Chicken (Miso grilled Jidori Chicken, fresh wok’d vegetables, miso glaze), $9.95
The Indian curries didn't fare as well for me. We tried both the Palak Paneer (Spinach, fenugreek leaves, paneer cheese or tofu, yogurt, red lentil dal) and Indian Vegetable Curry (Fresh seasonal vegetables, onion, tomato, red lentil dal) - both $8.95.
They also have juices, mango lassi, and whole coconut. I tried the Melonade (seasonal melon, lemon, palm sugar, raw sugar), $1.95
They have seasonal fruit sorbets for dessert, and while they still have it, be sure to get the Strawberry!
On another night, since my dinner companion had been told he has high blood pressure and need to eat less salt, I suggested we go to Fresheast.
This time I got the bulgogi again and a Vegan Red Lentil Soup ($3.95)
My friend got the 5-Spice Glazed Salmon (organic salmon, brown rice, asparagus, 5 spice glaze), $13.95
The salmon was cooked well, moist, with a lightly sweet glaze.
Came with a side of salad:
For drinks, I tried the Mango Lassi this time made with fresh mango, yogurt, palm sugar ($2.95). It seems like they like to use palm sugar in their drinks. It works better with the mango lassi than the melonade.
The next time you need a healthy meal, considering trying out Fresheast. A lot of places try to do "healthy but tasty" recently, and Fresheast is one of the ones that succeed. For the most part, you won't miss the less healthy additives, the prices are fairly cheap and the portions generous, the ingredients are fresh, oh and did I mention they have free parking?
PS. They also have 1/2 price beer and wine from 4-7pm. LA-OC-Foodie really likes their red wine paired with the spicier dishes.
8951 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Disclosure: The first meal was hosted. For the second meal, we were regular, paying customers.