One of Jeffrey’s friends Lance told me about a new lunch place in Century City a few months back. Since Lance is a bit of a foodie I had recommended it to a few clients based on the menu and selection but decided it was time to try it for myself.
Friday was the day and although gloomy for pictures it fit the schedule so Jeffrey and I headed to Century City for lunch. Greenleaf is a welcome to restaurant poor Century City for those who want a quick healthy lunch without having to take the time to sit at a fancy hotel. They offer a selection of salads, sandwiches, healthy pizzas and a few entrees.
Greenleaf has a clean industrial looking feel without pretention. Their mission is using recycled and compostable products to help with the environment. Chef Kristi Ritchey is committed to healthy living and helping create a menu based on her own journey of losing over 100 pounds after a health scare.
Ahead of time I decided I wanted to try their most popular “Antioxidant Salad” since it contained a mix of veggies, fruits, and nuts. It normally comes with blue cheese and Agave walnuts but I substituted sliced almonds and one of their other cheese options – the herb crusted goat cheese.
Although Agave is currently the rave I don’t recommend it based on its high fructose (85%) content, which has more fructose than HFCS. One great thing about Greenleaf is substitution is easy and they have lots of other nuts or seeds that are raw and plain.
I also chose the Lemongrass chicken salad since it sounded the most interesting with mixed baby greens, grilled chicken, pineapple, jicama, and toasted coconut.
The sides I selected were the quinoa Salad, green lentils, Tuscan kale salad and tuna salad.
Although pizza is not something I normally recommend Greenleaf uses crust a very thin whole-wheat tortilla as the “crust” so I selected the wild mushroom and truffle pizza.
My favorite was the Lemongrass salad – the taste of sweet from the pineapple, savory from the spices all mixed together for a very satisfying meal. I would have liked to see a little more protein/chicken on this salad but all in all it is excellent.
The Antioxidant salad is great for achieving for “5 fruits and veggies” for the day all in one meal. I would have liked more cheese (only one slice came on it) but great look, presentation and taste.
My favorite of the small salads was a surprise – the green lentils, which had an amazing tangy and refreshing taste I would order again. The Tuscan Kale salad had a strong lemon punch and very satisfying with some shaved Parmesan cheese. The tuna salad tasted fresh and had great crunch from the slices of carrots in it.
The pizza tasted pretty phenomenal and is a great way to get your “fix” without ordering the usual kind. The “crust” is so thin it is almost a holder for the ingredients of arugula, Parmesan cheese and mushrooms with truffle oil.
They have meat, chicken and fish, which are “hormone-free.” Although the fish is not wild, the meat is not grass-fed and the chicken is not organic I’m sure this is probably due to cost and wanting to provide organic produce is the main ingredient in their selections.
My rating system is below and these are the numbers.
1. Clean Food (sampled) – 4
2. Clean Space – 4.5
3. Friendly Staff – 3.75
4. Balanced proportions of protein/carb/fat – 3
5. No Food Hangover – 4
Greenleaf gourmet chopchop got a 3.8/5