Konbi represents the latest in a slew of sleek eateries to debut in Echo Park. It is a tiny but meticulously-run daytime restaurant serving sandwiches, seasonal vegetable dishes, pastries, tea and coffee. Proprietors Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery, both last seen at the late (and great) Osso in Little Tokyo, continue their collaboration at Konbi.
The exterior is cheerful, and features a take-out window.
Inside, the place reminds one of a typical Japanese kissaten (tearoom which serve light fare as well). Elegant lines, design-forward use of natural light, wood and stone create a friendly space. Counter seating only; be warned if you have a large party…
Houjicha latte… Subtle, yet well-pulled…
Lots of customer orders translates to an efficient use of space…
Pork katsu sandwich, with cabbage, bulldog sauce… DELICIOUS! The pork cutlet was just right in tenderness and juiciness.
Potato salad, with crispy okra & togarashi… Very nice.
Layered omelette sandwich, with dashi, mayo & dijon… Again, a superb sandwich! There was definitely love put into this creation. This fluffy, warm egg goes just perfectly with the brick toast - Instantly transports me back to Tokyo.
I am reminded of how great this team of Ssäm Bar veterans comes together to make sandwiches, just like their unforgettable patty melt at Osso back in the day…
Hazelnut financier… It seems the pastries at Konbi are delightful, too.
Canelé… Very French in its preparation. Dense yet airy; accompanies well with my latte.
Bathroom (yes, there’s a toilet in there too)…
Service was efficient and warm.
The take-out window provides rapid orders for those on the run. In addition, Konbi delivers to its surrounding neighborhood. Hours of operation run from 7AM-5PM currently, but the kitchen does tend to run out of certain menu items as the day wears on. And, following the trend being set my many other restaurants, Konbi is cash-free (cards only).
In summary, Konbi superbly fills a niche in the local breakfast / diner scene by providing well-portioned, tasty sandwiches, small plates, and pastries while offering well-poured teas and coffees.
1463 Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90026