Monday, May 16, 2005

Bonjour, Backdoor Boba

In the continuing quest for edible food in the mid-Wilshire area, I decided to brave the lunch menu at Backdoor Boba, a quirky little cafe/gallery in the alley across from Kinko's. Open for about a year, their menu keeps expanding with new signs on the wall, offering Asianized Western dishes or vice versa. "Fried rice with habanero Cajun sausage!" proclaims one. "Penne paste with tofu and sun-dried tomatoes" says another.
I ordered the salmon cake salad and an iced green tea with soymilk. I liked the salad -- it was a breadcrumby salmon patty that tasted just like the ones my grandma in Illinois used to make out of canned salmon, on a large bed of fresh romaine, with a sweetish vinaigrette. Plain, but reasonably healthy tasting.
The counter guy, Frederick, was so happy to find someone to speak French with that while I ate, we ended up discussing the pros and cons of the American economic system and whether American film critics serve merely as publicists for movies.
So whether you're looking for wi-fi access, a tofu stack on French bread with spinach (?), blueberry pancakes or a heavy French political discussion with your boba, Frederick and the Asian owners will be glad to oblige.
Backdoor Boba
5484 Wilshire, only in the alley sorta
(323) 933-4020

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your mom may have used canned salmon, but I watched the making of the yummy salmon cakes (my favorite entre!), and that salmon is fresh! I highly recommend it, and have told all my friends.

A.C.

Anonymous said...

Back Door Boba has a great tasting Chinese Chicken Salad which you must try. I try stop in when ever I'm in the area.

B.K. said...

Gday all,

I love this cafe-good bang for your buck on the food, the wireless internet access is awesome, the everchanging artwork gives the place nice quaint touch, and did you try the iced chai tea latte with boba? (YUM!). Their Chinese Chicken Salad is simply the best in town.

A.C., I dont think it was canned salmon by the way.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this back alley cafe on a recent trip to Ace Gallery. Back Door Boba Cafe's art space deemed "Concrete Walls" is refreshing! They show some of the most exciting young artists in L.A. P.S. The soup is YUMMY!

DaOreo said...

At the advice of a friend, I found The Back Door Boba restaurant and art gallery. A very pleasant spot with good food and comfortable atmosphere. Worth a detour on a trip to LA ! I intend to return.

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