This past Wednesday, I was invited to try out Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop restaurant and meet with Chef Kristi, the corporate chef for Greenleaf.
The decor is bright, clean and green. In other words, I loved it! We visited the new Century City location. And while it was a quick drive (by LA standards), the parking situation isn’t exactly easy (the majority of their patrons looked to be walk-ins from office buildings in the area).
Greenleaf is a healthy restaurant concept that uses eco-friendly products and creates gourmet food. They even have green bikes used to deliver the food! They have a number of salads, sandwiches, pizzas (made on tortillas, like me!) and take into consideration food intolerances, which is great.
Chef Kristi suggested a few of her favorites, and we stuck to those. I always figure that the people who work with and around the food probably know the best dishes – usually that works out very well for me.
Greenleaf was no exception.
It was tough to make the final decision, but, we went with a salad, sandwich and a side.
The Antioxidant Orchard Salad (suggested to add salmon) is one of their most popular salads and for good reason. It is bright, refreshing, flavorful and crunchy. Just what a salad should be. The salmon was perfectly cooked – it almost melted in my mouth and reminded me how much I love salmon. The salad contains scarborough farms baby mixed greens, grapes, celery, apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, apples, blue cheese, mint, red onion, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries with pomegranate whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Yup. As good as it sounds.
Now I’m the one who typically orders salads and just eats a little bit of the sandwich, but I was soooo into this sandwich. The grilled chicken panini with avocado pesto on whole grain bread sounded good and I wanted something a little more substantial than a salad after an intense workout. (Ok, I guess I wanted some carbs?!) Back to the sandwich. It was so very lovely. Most of the time, panini’s are super greasy from lots of butter and cheese but the bread was grilled sans butter and the only cheese used was a small amount in a dressing that goes onto the chicken. (I seriously had to ask because I didn’t think there was cheese but it was so creamy!) Gotta love that avocado! The chicken was chopped into little pieces, tossed in a dressing, slathered with avocado pesto and stacked with spinach. A little messy but so worth it.
A very impressive aspect of this restaurant is that they do not have a fryer. I’m all for truffle fries, duck-fat fries, tator-tots, etc. but obviously not on a daily basis. I just couldn’t pass up the BAKED sweet potato fries with avocado pesto. Can you blame me? They were….um how should I put it…I could live on them. They were crunchy and sweet (not sure how they do it without oil) and were delicious alongside the pesto guacamole.
Yeah, everything was pretty average.
I can’t wait to go back to Greenleaf – I’ve got a list of things to try!!
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
1888 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067