I get very excited about restaurants that get as excited about food as I do. Not in the fussy way, that has its place and definitely its aesthetic appeal. But when meals are prepared in a way where you know the chef is as pumped for you to enjoy it as much as they enjoyed preparing it, that’s the hook. That’s the restaurant I can’t resist.
Amara Kitchen was born from the intent to lionize our legacy of food not just as function, but as a fundamental ingredient in life as it was meant to be relished. Health is collective, but dietary interpretations of such, not so. And so, Amara Kitchen, with a celebratory spin on nutritive reinvention, has lusciously reinterpreted the classics to match our contemporary needs. Paleo, Gluten free, vegan… it’s all back on the table for you.
Here, breakfast, brunch, and lunch are an all-day affair. No rushing so you don’t miss a menu item, no more wishing you could order lunch at breakfast, breakfast for lunch. The menu is a free for all and with that I do mean all. There’s a legend and everything.
Ordering, or selecting rather, may provide a challenge. Seems they’ve incorporated the kaleidoscopic into practically every meal, with so much taste and texture integrated, you may just want to stay the day. Pumpkin buckwheat pancakes. Bossy egg sandwich. Heirloom beans and rice bowl. Each with a handy little insignia beside indicating which dietary reinterpretations are possible.
There was so much I wanted to try. The Amara burrito was a must, and it was excellent. The salsa verde and cilantro add that extra tang, and the purple potatoes were a fun addition. The New Grains brown rice, flax, psyllium husk tortilla wraps it all up in something earthy and complimentary. We tried both the Paleo Pancakes and the Buckwheat Pancakes (because pancakes), both delicious, dotted in decadent berries, and completely kid friendly. We couldn’t eat anymore at one sitting… but if we could. They make their own almond cashew milk, so next time, next latte. If you’re partial to bounties of rainbows in your bowl, be prepared to leave happy.
It’s order at the counter casual, take your number and get excited about what’s coming next. With a name that sources from “amaranth,” translation, unfading, I hope the same is true of this Highland Park star. In a time where a spectrum of need has never been more apparent, as well as a broader respect for the diversity of such, what we put in our bodies is certainly as worthwhile a place to begin as any.
Amara Kitchen, 519 North Avenue 64, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA.
Tel: +1(323) 255-2220
Located in Highland Park, take the 110N towards Pasadena (if coming from LA) and get off at Marmion Way / Ave. 64. Make a left and you’ll find Amara on Avg. 64 at the corner of Repton Street. Parking is tricky, so be prepared that you may have to drive around a bit before you find a space. The restaurant is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Type of Restaurant: Organic, health focussed restaurant offering breakfast, brunch and all-day lunch
Price Band: Medium and very reasonably priced
Insider Tip: Take note! Amara Kitchen is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm only. Gluten Free, Vegans, Paleo… all will leave sated. Catering options available as well.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Jolie Loeb