Saturday, November 19, 2011

Royal/T in Culver City

I'm working on a story about Culver City and decided to check out Royal/T, an art gallery-teahouse-restaurant-retail store hybrid. Kevin and I have been to Royal/T many times for its art shows but have never eaten there. Most of the times, we would walk through the restaurant, awkwardly lean over diners, while trying to look at the artwork behind plexiglas walls.

Cosplay restaurants are hugely popular in Asia, but I'm not really sure how I feel about being served by girls dressed as French maids.

We order the high tea set and started with the Royal/T milk tea. The black tea had a nice floral note.

Food paparazzi.

The bottom tier: tuna tartar, grilled veggie panini, chicken sandwich, and smoked salmon sandwich.

Second tier: brownie, cookie, flan (at least it tasted like it), strawberry cream, and chocolate-covered red velvet cake.

Top tier: strawberry scone.

Chicken yakisoba.

Overall, the food was good, and I really enjoyed the milk tea. But the main draw for me is still the gallery. Right now, there's a pretty incredible Kenny Scharf exhibit, which includes pieces from Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-6300

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