Konbi, Silver Lake

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LOS ANGELES | Konbi is a place that’s jumped onto the oh so 2019 trend of the katsu sando, and this is no bad thing. The humble katsu sando is something that I’ve been a big fan of, ever since first trying what I consider to be the best in the world, at Tonkatsu Maisen in Tokyo.

In 2019, the katsu sando has gone global. Some do it well, others not so well. Konbi, thankfully, falls into the former category. The tiny 10-seat café is owned by chefs Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery (ex Momofuku Ssäm Bar), and their pedigree shines through in all aspects of the venue.

A long counter extends from the front to the back of the narrow space, giving all diners full view of the kitchen’s going ons. It’s all bright sleek lines, and very Japanese. For those who can’t, or don’t want to, nab a seat, there’s a takeaway counter at the front.

The tonkatsu, or pork katsu, is the purest example of the katsu sando, and a must order. The version at konbi features a juicy cutlet covered in a panko crust, combined with cabbage and bulldog sauce. Simple and on point. Also well worth trying is the egg salad sando. Almost scrambled hard boiled eggs mixed with scallions, Kewpie mayonnaise, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard and rice wine vinegar. It’s like a devilled egg sandwich and it’s fantastic.

To satiate your sweet tooth, try one of Konbi’s canales. A small custard cake with a fluted, caramelised crust that hits all the right spots. There’s also tasty croissants, and an assortment of coffee and tea beverages. Try the houjicha latte for a delicious roasted tea drink.

Konbi

1463 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles
California 90026
United States

Telephone: 213 278 0007
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 3:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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