Hollywood definitely has its moments and the Yamashiro Garden Market is one of them. What a brilliant idea: drink a glass of wine, hang out with friends, and enjoy the sunset at one of the tables overlooking the city as you munch on corn on the cob, Mayan cactus salad, or – my personal favorite – an original German currywurst. (A little German culinary tutorial, after the jump.)
(A nice crowd)
(The fabulous SM-Sausage)
1) A Taste of Home – Best Of The Wurst
A staple of the German equivalent to the food trucks, currywurst is a cut-up sausage topped with a sauce consisting of ketchup, curry, and a variety of other spices. Frikadelle (a flat meatball or a thick burger patty, depending on how you look at it), German potato salad (made with oil and vinegar), and the SM-Sausage (a sausage on a bun topped with sauerkraut salad and mustard) are also on the Best Of The Wurst menu.
“We only use the best ingredients and have a special butcher that makes our sausages,” explains owner Sassan Djafari. “We experimented a long time before we were satisfied with our sauerkraut salad. We’ve included sun-dried tomatoes and made it a little milder than is common in Germany.” Sassan generously let me try the SM Sausage and gave me some potato salad to-go and it was delicious!
(German bread at Röckenwagner)
(The German pretzel-croissant, Laugencroissant)
(Almost too pretty to eat. A pretzel-flower)
Don’t think that was it in regards to German fare. A few steps down, Röckenwagner’s bakery caught my eye with its tempting offering of breads and rolls. A special treat was the pretzel-croisssants. I don’t think I’ve seen them here before, but of course, I’m familiar with them from home.
3) Tarty Goodness – Cobblermania
Last but not least, I couldn’t resist Cobblermania’s merchandise. There was only one cobbler left (mango), and Tasha, Lilliam and I enjoyed it at our weekly meeting the next day. The crust was perfectly soft and rich while the fruit was just a bit tart so the whole affair didn’t drown in an ocean of sweetness.
(The beautiful and tasty cobbler)
While more targeted towards having a good time with friends than getting your weekly grocery shopping done, the Yamashiro market is a wonderful way to spend a mild summer evening and maybe get some organic fruits and veggies. 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Every Thursay, 5pm-9pm.
A note on parking: Parking in the area is generally difficult although I did find a spot in the residential area driving past the restaurant. You can use Yamashiro’s valet parking which is $2.
(Your kids can play while you sip some vino)
(Soothing tunes while enjoying the sunset)