May 11, 2009 3

Seed (Venice)

By in 15: Venice

I found this small macrobiotic vegan cafe called Seed nearby where I worked. Its clean, minimal and natural decor  is a breath of fresh air among that grungy part of Venice.


The menu is surprisingly well rounded: salad, rice bowl, curry bowls, panini, burgers and dessert.

Saisai Donburi Macro Bowl $12 contains: Kabocha, kale, shiitake, arame, bean sprouts, sauerkraut, daily bean, brown rice with balsamic-miso sauce. Very full and healthy tasting (I could do without the beans). The sauce is a bit too sour for my preference.


Blackened Tempeh Burger with Sauerkraut with house mango salsa and mustard-vegenaise spread. Very yummy! The very puffy buns are very nicely toasted.


Italian Soysage Panini $10.50 with roasted red pepper, arugula, vegan soy cheese and pesto. The ‘soysage’ is surprisingly tasty…actually the whole combination is delicious. The vegan soy cheese taste more like cooked egg white.


Awesome Sweet Potato Fries! $4.5  The condiments are Japanese style.

Too bad their price is a bit too high for an everyday work lunch, but I like the space and pleasantly surprise by how yummy the food are. If I would ever commit to a Vegan diet, eating like this wouldn’t be so bad at all.

1604 Pacific Ave Venice, CA 90291

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3 Responses to “Seed (Venice)”

  1. seat says:

    I think “macrobiotic vegan” is a Japanese concept? Have you read this article? But the sandwiches do look very yummy and oh I love sweet potato fries(and sweet potato chips!).

  2. Freda says:

    Yeah I saw this book in Japanese bookstore called something like “Beauty diet (Macrobiotic)” and found its theories similar to the Chinese medicine way– meaning food that’re based on ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ and it’s all about the balance (it’s a useful breakdown haha). Ginger based cooking for winter…these things makes sense to me. That article was naysay on this concept but I think it’s true. ^^;;

  3. tomoko says:

    oh wow, so is Macrobiotic famous in LA? (or not??) ^0^
    (but yeah, it’s basically a hip revamp of
    chinese medicine concepts, I think…)

    I’m totally into healty eating so I wish I could say
    I practice it, (it’s quite hip in Japan)
    but I can never
    remember wich foods are hot/ cold/ medium 中庸 ^^;

    I figured the best way for me is to just stick to 中庸foods
    like rice, since it requires knowledge to “balance” all the food ^^;;

    I envy you guys cuz you grew up with the concept so
    you know which foods are which, naturally!