The fact that I last ate at Casa de Tree back in July goes to show you how behind I am on posting! Oops! Anywho…
At my work it’s up to my boss Canada and I to choose where we go to eat for lunch every day, but we have to keep everyone’s restaurant preferences in mind so the masses don’t revolt. Once in a blue moon, however, there are days when there are very few people in the office for lunch–just me, Canada, and one or two other stragglers. On these days, I go crazy with power and insist that we eat at either M Cafe or Casa de Tree, my newest favorite restaurant on the west side.
Casa de Tree has a cute sunny storefront on Motor Avenue where they have a pretty expansive buffet. Our office always orders to-go, but the array of dishes in the buffet is very enticing. Unfortunately, over half of Casa de Tree’s menu is not offered at lunch. Many restaurants offer a limited menu at lunch of course, but it always strikes me as odd that you can’t order the vegan tuna salad at lunch, even though it’s out on the lunch buffett. Why can’t they just scoop it up and put it in a box? For lunch to-go you are basically limited to the sandwiches and burgers portion of the menu (even though the menu indicates that the pastas are served all day, when I’ve tried to order them at lunch I was told they were dinner only.)
After hearing so many positive reviews of the restaurant’s curry donut, I always make sure to include some in our order. The outer crust really reminds me of the greasy dough on fried mozzarella sticks–you know the kind you get at sports bars. This is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how unhealthy you plan on being on any given day. The curry filling inside is very good, my only gripe is that the ratio of dough to curry is quite off–they could use a lot more of the filling inside.
The gyoza dumplings are straight forward but delicious. They are simply tasty little pockets of steamed veggies with the usual dipping sauce.
I usually end up ordering the club sandwich. Again, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Its just plain good! All the sandwiches come with a nice side salad with a really tangy miso dressing. The dressing may be my one favorite thing from the Casa kitchen.
Canada liked her “Casa de Tree Tacos.” The description straight from the menu: 2 pieces of corn taco shell, brown rice, kidney beans, cabbage, avocado, tomato salsa, potato croquette, seitan katsu, tartar sauce, vegan sour cream on the side. Hey, that’s a lot of good tasting food! I had a couple bites of these and will probably order them the next time I get to Casa as they were super scrumptious.
I had been eyeing the cream cheese cinnamon roll bread on the menu for some time, so I eventually caved and added it on to one of our orders. That turned out to be an excellent decision. The bread is neither overwhelmingly cinnamon-y or greasy from the cheese. I highly recommend spreading a little Earth Balance on lightly toasted slices from this little loaf for a perfect breakfast.
Casa de Tree is a great little spot in a pocket of town where the vegan options are not so plentiful. I’m gonna have to get back there for dinner one of these days to try out the full range of the menu!
3741 Motor Ave.
Culver City, CA 90034