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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
There are two other bowls on their “secret menu,” but you will just have to visit the restaurant to find out what those are!
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 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!
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.
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!
Congratulations James Chang and Chantal Sagnes. You each win one $25 Giftcard to Yellow Fever. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Yellow Fever Venice
2560 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA 90291
Tel: (310) 301-7810
Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30am – 9:00pm