Sometimes the best discoveries are made when we get completely lost. This is the case for how I came across a fantastic restaurant while vaycaying in Los Angeles recently. On my way back to another restaurant – it was so good, I was trying to go back again – I decided to turn up a different street and weave my way through an area I hadn’t seen before. This ended up being one of the best mistakes I could have made. I got completely lost and stumbled across Axe Restaurant, located at the foot of trendy Abbott Kinney Drive in Venice, LA.
Axe serves simple, healthy, modern food with a focus on locally sourced organic produce. With the advice of my waiter, I ordered the signature basic bowl with tofu and later indulged in a half serve of their signature 9-grain pancake. This was one of those meals where I felt like I was being kind to my body, feeding it with all the nutritious things I had been craving. Chef-owner Joanna Moore describes it best as soul food from California that nourishes both the body and the spirit, and I couldn’t agree more. The rice bowl was a rainbow of brown rice, carrot, red cabbage, cucumber, fresh herbs, peanuts and marinated tofu splashed with an Asian style sesame lime dressing. The pancake (minus the syrup and butter!) followed the same healthy kick feeling, having ingredients like quinoa, flaxseed and brown rice in the mixture. I left Axe Restaurant feeling full, nurtured and content.
So I never made it to the restaurant I originally tried to find again, and I’m not heartbroken at all. I found something I wouldn’t have discovered had I not been completely lost. Thank you, Axe, for feeding me with exactly what I needed. How about it, why not ditch the GPS and see what you find – all sorts of adventures could be just up the next street.