Does anyone know about a Chef Massimo who either worked or owned a fine-dining restaurant in Beverly Hills for 10-15 yrs? He’s apparently opened a new fast casual place on Santa Monica Blvd near Overland (where Bru’s Counter used to be).
I stopped by today for a first visit, and it was pretty good (pics coming later). Tuna salad sandwich was fine (grilled bread was a nice touch) and the small side of olives were delicious. All of the pastries on display are apparently made in-house. Had the cornetto and the banana bread. Both were VERY good (perhaps even excellent). Is a cornetto supposed to be a bit thicker and chewier than a croissant (which was the case here)? Wonderfully crispy crust on the cornetto and the subtle aroma and taste of orange. The banana bread was very moist, and the serving was quite large (thankfully, the bread wasn’t as “heavy” as it looked). Service is almost bizarrely polished for a fast-casual place.
None that I could discern (I still have a decent portion of it left and just ate some). BUT, if someone has a life-threatening allergy, you might want to check yourself since I’d feel horrible if I somehow missed one.
Bru’s Counter was horrible - good to know that there is a new place there and from your description it sounds pretty good. I’m frequently in that area and will have to check it out. Any non-carb choices on the menu?
@Omotesando: I don’t recall the whole menu, but it seemed to be sandwiches, salads, a few pasta dishes, a few soups, and the baked goods (you can see most of the chalkboard menu in one Instagram photo). Salads and soup would prob be your best bet for gluten free?
BTW, I actually thought Bru’s Counter was serviceable, so YMMV.
When I said that the tuna sandwich was “fine,” it really was “just” fine. This place isn’t an anything like a Uovo or a Gjusta. Or even a Metro Cafe (yet).
I wouldn’t mind having the sandwich again, though, or trying their other entrees. I thought the 2 baked items were very nice, though. Partner had the leftover banana bread and swears it’s zuccini bread (there are green flecks) and that he tasted and smelled no banana. I disagree w/ the no-banana part and swore the sign said “banana bread,” so…
Loved their brussel sprouts. Oily, savory goodness. The salads left me cold, but I thought their wraps could be decent. I thought it was a touch overpriced for what it was, but it’s also within walking distance of one of my offices, and that’s counts for a lot…
The menu in the link appears to be the same menu I saw yesterday.
Pastry case also had lemon bars, maybe some type of mousse tart, and some muffin-looking things.
Finally got around to trying Tuscan Son the other day and was very pleasantly surprised. My rigatoni fiorentina was very tasty – the meat sauce wan’t Pasta Sisters good but very respectable. Also their pastries look scrumptious and are all baked in house. The location itself has been redone and looks super cute. I’ll definitely be back.
Toscana Salad was great. Huge portion, fresh-tasting produce and well cooked meat. My favorite touch was little cubes of fresh pecorino. Yum. I’m not a dressing guy, so I skipped it here (balsamic) as I often do on salads. My test of a good salad is whether it still tastes good and moist without dressing—the answer here is a resounding yes.
Banana bread is delectable. As someone else mentioned, it looks quite large, but is less densely packed than you first expect.
I’ve tried this place for dinner a few times, but only to-go via UberEats, and found the pasta dishes to get very dry by the time they arrived. But that’s not really the restaurants fault, so I do want to dine in for dinner one of these days.
EDIT: Before the salad patrol comes out, I do enjoy my salad with dressing relatively often, especially at restaurants. I would never go to La Scala and order the chop sans dressing. I hold or go light on the dressing generally when I grab salads to go.
EDIT EDIT: Prime example of salad that tastes atrocious without dressing: anything from Tender Greens