If you’re at the Westfield Century City feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of restaurants and the long waits, there’s a place where you can escape the madness – Panini Kabob Grill. Somewhat hidden in a passageway with little natural lighting, this location of the popular chain serves healthy Mediterranean food, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the mall.
If you want a no-hassle brunch, this is the place to go. On a weekend during peak brunch time, it was pretty quiet, so seating was easy, and there certainly was no pressure to leave.
With their focus on healthy fare, Panini Kabob Grill uses organic eggs in their dishes. Breakfast entrees are served with your choice of roasted potatoes, fresh fruit or mixed greens. Their generous serving of French toast is made with Hawaiian sweet bread, which my daughter managed to devour.
The breakfast panini was quite big and could easily be split between two lighter eaters. The panini came with eggs, smoked mozzarella and pepper bacon. Even with my big appetite, I could not finish my entire panini nor the potatoes.
Once again, my pesto-vegetarian husband’s dish was the best thing on the table. The Spinach Poach was like the love child of an Eggs Benedict and avocado toast.
Two poached eggs sat on top of a bed of garlic sautéed spinach and avocado on toast, drizzled with balsamic and feta cheese. It was much healthier than Eggs Benedict, though more decadent than avocado toast.
For lunch and dinner, there are paninis, wraps, salads and their kabobs. Panini Kabob Grill uses grass-fed and hormone free meats, and the quality shows.
Wraps and sandwiches come with your choice of salad (Caesar, Mediterranean, romaine avocado, pasta) or soup (lentil or chicken). Their chicken wrap featured grilled chicken breast, hummus, tomato, cucumber, romaine, mint and basil, tightly wrapped in a flatbread. Paired with a salad, it was the perfect amount of food for lunch.
The strongest dishes are the kabobs – the charbroiled chicken and salmon are highly recommended. It’s no wonder that the chain had changed their name from Panini Cafe to Panini Kabob Grill last year. The kabobs are moist and flavorful, and are served with rice or bulgur, grilled vegetables and choice of salad.
Panini Kabob Grill brews Lavazza coffee, the same coffee used over at Eataly. While it may not be as glamorous as the other mall restaurants, Panini Kabob Grill makes up for it with its generous portions and quality of food.
Location – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90067. Additional locations in throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
Website – http://paninikabobgrill.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes