I first learned about Sunny Blue from the C.I. videographer Steve. I’ve been hooked ever since. I have been slowly making my way through the menu, so when I heard from him that there was a new location, I had to check it out!
The original Santa Monica location is teeny. There are just a couple of short bar stools for seating. Generally you will see people up and down Main St eating food from Sunny Blue. Their newest location has a few more seats to park your……. while you enjoy your omusubi and sip on complimentary barley tea.
Each rice omusubi has it’s own filling & furikake pairing. The furikake, a dry Japenese rice seaoning, is what is sprinkled on top of the rice ball.
Thus far I have enjoyed every item I have tried, but the standout favorite for me is the Miso Beef. It’s the first item on the menu and coincidentally the best.
The second item I usually order is a spicy salmon. But, to switch things up, I decided to try the daily special ‘Salmon & Cream Cheese’. As I wrote in last week’s post ” a Lox Salad w. a Flag”, I love Lox platters! This was a cool hybrid between the classic NYC deli dish and a popular Japanese dish.
Finally, trying a vegetarian option (eggplant), per suggestion of Sunny Blue staff. They were right, eggplant was the way to go- its delicious! Not sure how or why, but eggplant is making a serious culinary comeback. With just enough spice to it, this is a dish that appeals to more than just vegetarians, and actually has become my second favorite menu item.