Yellow Fever Venice – Not your mama’s rice bowl!

If you’re like our family, the question of the day is “What’s for dinner?” ALWAYS. And again, if you have a family like ours, it’s a constant dilemma… Hello Fresh? Gobble? Left Overs? Take Out? Actually cook something from scratch?!  Thankfully, we live in an area full of evolving choices. We have litany of markets and eateries within a few miles that could satisfy every genre of food you crave.

So when Yellow Fever invited me to check out their spread, I bowled over.

My first impression approaching the building is… This is new and fresh, and very uncharacteristic of the area (that’s a good thing!).  It’s located at the former Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Restaurant on the corner of Lincoln and Washington Blvd with complimentary parking lot in the back of the restaurant.

Yellow Fever Venice Interior

Yellow Fever Venice Interior

Yellow Fever Venice Interior

Yellow Fever Venice Interior

Yellow Fever Venice Patio

Yellow Fever Venice Patio

They offer a fresh take on Asian-influenced cuisine.  Fast-casual style, low-to-no gluten recipes, antibiotic & hormone-free chicken, non-GMO local ingredients, and they use organic whenever possible.  All the bowls are fully customizable, à la Chipotle/ShopHouse style.  Perfect for the picky hipster or toddler who’ll refuse to even look at the bowl when there’s a speck of (insert green ingredient here) present.

Let the Bowls Begin!

We tried three of the seven bowls on menu, and we were all split on which one was our favorite.

  • Shanghai (braised natural pork belly, sauteed onions, bok choy, asian slaw, shiso leaves, kung pow sauce)
  • Seoul (grilled flat iron steak, asian slaw, mushrooms, kale, fried egg, gochu sauce)
  • Bangkok (grilled chicken breast, mushrooms, asian slaw, almonds, thai basil, green coconut curry)
Yellow Fever Shanghai Bowl

The Shanghai Bowl

 

Yellow Fever Seoul Bowl

The Seoul Bowl

 

Yellow Fever Bangkok Bowl

The Bangkok Bowl

 

Wifey loved the Shanghai and it will probably be the only bowl she will ever order til kingdom come.  She’s not much of a risk-taker. My favorite was the Seoul. It had me at Fried Egg! I’ll probably choose a half rice and half greens option next time since I should be limiting my carbs to maintain my dad bod. Our friend loved the Bangkok. She said it was very light and fresh. The basil and almonds made it flavorful without even adding the coconut curry sauce.  But hands down, we all loved the parmesan furikake fries!

Yellow Fever Fries

Parmesan Furikake Fries

 

SPECIALTY DRINKS

Even their drinks were ridiculously tasty:

  • Lychee lemonade: It had more lychee flavor than lemonade
  • Cucumber drink: If you like water with cucumbers, it’s like that but 10x the flavor
  • Bruce Lee: my favorite.  It’s half Matcha green tea and half lychee lemonade – their take on the Arnold Palmer.

They constantly rotate their seasonal refreshments so they may have Hibiscus Lime, Pineapple Mint, or another concoction on deck.

Yellow Fever Drinks

And they haven’t forgotten about the kids. They have an 8th off-the-menu bowl called the “USA,” which is basically chicken teriyaki with triptych rice or rice noodles.  And a plus, every single bowl can be ordered in a mini kid-size portion since their regular sizes are HUGE.

Yellow Fever Kids Meal

USA Mini Bowl, perfect size for the kids

 

There are two other bowls on their “secret menu,” but you will just have to visit the restaurant to find out what those are!

Yellow Fever Menu

 

During our visit, the staff was very helpful and friendly.  We had 4 kids under the age of 4 that day and they had all kinds of tricks up their sleeve!  They handed out novelty pins and stickers that my girls absolutely loved!  We had left a tip when leaving the restaurant, but one of the staff members insisted we take the tip back.  As I soon learned, Yellow Fever is a “no tipping zone.”  The company believes customers should not have to pay extra for good service.  Don’t try to sneak it in as they WILL run after you to find you in the parking lot in order to return it.

 

Yellow Fever Eats

With the head honchos: Jeffrey Nita (Director of Restaurant Ops), Kelly Kim (Executive Chef), and Michael Kim (CFO)

Yellow Fever Venice – COMMUNITY

Yellow Fever gained major feel good points with me when I learned about how much they want to be involved in the community that’s here to support their business.  They’ve done a long list of charitable activities at their first store location in Torrance from collaborations with local CrossFit gym and yoga studios, supporting community walks/runs, and patrons to various local school organizations.  I know we will hear about them as they become more involved in the Playa Vista and West LA neighborhood.  Their first big community event here is the Summer Luau on Saturday, August 27 from 5-9pm and they would love to invite the Playa Vista community to join in on the fun.  Let’s welcome Yellow Fever to West LA!

 

Yellow Fever Summer Luau

SPECIAL OFFER

Receive a FREE beverage of your choice with any purchase at Yellow Fever Venice.  Just head on over, follow the paw tracks, and show the cashier this review!  This offer expires 9/30/16.

Yellow Fever Eats Entrance

 

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away two $25 Gift cards to Yellow Fever. To enter, you must “Like” both MannyVista and YellowFeverEats on Facebook.  Then leave a comment below telling me which bowl you’d want to savor first.   All three must be completed to qualify to win! Winner will be announced on August 25!

 

WINNER UPDATE

Congratulations James Chang and Chantal Sagnes.  You each win one $25 Giftcard to Yellow Fever.  Please send an email to pamela@mannyvista.com to claim your prize.

 

Yellow Fever Venice

2560 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291
Tel: (310) 301-7810
Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30am – 9:00pm

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34 Responses

  1. I would like a Seoul Bowl and a Bruce Lee! Thanks Manny!

  2. James Chang says:

    Tried Seoul, really good. Would like to try Shanghai and 3 lil pigs

  3. Terry Delvoye says:

    The Bangkok bowl looks good to me !

  4. Terry Delvoye says:

    The Bangkok bowl looks so good !

  5. Aimee Gordon says:

    The Seoul Bowl!! For sure!!

  6. Fiona Ku says:

    Tokyo bowl is popular with my kid. Would like to try Saigon and the Bruce Tea

  7. Kevin Kitano says:

    Seoul – you had me at a fried egg!

  8. Desai Wu says:

    I would like a Seoul Bowl!! Topping it with a Bruce Lee!

  9. Sammy Villa says:

    I want the KONA bowl please! With some Lychee Lemonade!

  10. Jeannie Diese says:

    I’ve lived here for a while and never noticed this restaurant. Thanks for the intro! I’ll have to check it out soon. My first order will be the Tokyo Bowl.

  11. Teddy Marius says:

    I think I might be the only adult to want to order the USA bowl. I never outgrew my picky habits has a child.

  12. Sheena says:

    I would try the wifey bowl! I mean, the Shanghai bowl.

  13. Definitely will try the Seoul first– i love steak and I love fried eggs! The restaurant looks awesome, and the food extremely !!! I’ll be there on the 27th–gotta support them!

  14. Tiffany Too says:

    My fiancé would be all about the Kona bowl! I want to try the Saigon 🙂

  15. Lisa Cao says:

    I would like to try the Seoul bowl and a Bruce Lee =)

  16. Seoul bowl and Bruce Lee always!

  17. MJ says:

    California bowl, please!

  18. Phyllis Zhu says:

    Can’t wait to try it. The Seoul bowl will be definitely be my first choice!

  19. Anne says:

    Would love to try the Shanghai/wifey bowl!

  20. Liisa Bishop says:

    Bangkok bowl all day! So good!

  21. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  22. Sonia says:

    Seoul – I’ll take anything with a fried egg (and a runny yolk!)

  23. Michael says:

    YUM!! Give me some 🙂

  24. I hope to win a certificate to try the Bangkok.

  25. kristen says:

    Bangkok bowl!

  26. Joanna says:

    Seoul. My son would love this

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