If you’re looking for a big bang for your buck, then Konbi is not the place for you. However, if you’re looking for food that’s made with quality ingredients and don’t mind paying a bit extra so that staff can be paid better, then look no further. I’ve been wanting to try Konbi for years but was reluctant to drive out to Echo Park just to get a sandwich. When they opened their new location in Culver City, I had no excuse. Having heard of long lines during their opening weeks, I placed my order online. However when I got there around 11:15am. it was no problem, as the opening buzz had died down.
I finally got to try one of their beautifully composed egg salad sandwiches. Yes, they are pricey at $11, but it’s a better sandwich than the ones sold at the Japanese markets (and than what I make at home). You can definitely taste mustard – a warning for those who don’t like it. Since they only make 50 a day, you almost feel like you’ve won by getting one of them.
Since it was a hot day, I also got a scoop of their corn ice cream, which had plum jam and streusel bits. It was a tad on the sweet side, but good. Between the sandwich and the ice cream, I was full (which is a good thing because I had spent $22.49).
Konbi is a little on the expensive side for me, so I’d probably return for to try their croissants, as opposed to their sandwiches, which aren’t a great bang for my buck. That said, it’s a Michelin Bib Gourmand, as a reasonably priced restaurant in Los Angeles. At $5 for a canele or $6 for a croissant, you can sample Konbi, one of the Los Angeles Times’ 101 Best Restaurants in LA.
Location – 10000 Washington Blvd Unit 104, Culver City, CA 90232
Website – https://www.konbi.co
Kid’s Menu – n/a
Vegetarian Friendly – Yes
Vegan/Gluten-Free Options – They have salads.