PROFILE: L.A. Lunch’er “Himanshu”

As is customary on Midtown Lunch, every Tuesday we profile a random reader to get their recommendations for the best spots to lunch near their work. This week it’s Himanshu, a tech support guy looking for some seafood in Santa Monica.

Name: Himanshu

Age: 32

Occupation: Tech Support Engineer

Where in L.A. do you Work?: Santa Monica

Favorite Kind of Food: Too many to name but would try almost anything

Least Favorite Kind of Food: Not a big fan of sweets, mayonnaise

Favorite Place(s) to Eat Lunch: Again too many to name but a few of them are Tacomiendo (4502 Inglewood Blvd.), Simpang Asia (10433 National Blvd.), Sorrento’s Italian Deli (5518 Sepulveda Blvd), Hole in the Wall burgers (11058 Santa Monica Blvd), Chutney’s (2406 S Barrington Ave), Mitsuwa (3760 S Centinela Ave) etc. criteria being lunch < $10

“Go-To” Lunch Place You and Your Coworkers Eat at Too Often? Lunch specials at Il Forno (2901 Ocean Park Blvd) $6 for pasta + excellent bread

The farthest place you’ll drive for lunch on a normal day? < 10 miles on weekdays, spots such as Sunnin (1776 Westwood Blvd) or Canary (1942 Westwood Blvd) on Westwood.

If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Singapore or Barcelona. Haven’t been to either of these places but heard a lot about the food options there.

Is there anything you’d like to ask the Midtown Lunch readers in L.A.? Where to buy good fish/seafood on the Westside apart from SM seafood (too expensive)?

I don’t know about fresh seafood from a market… but if I was looking for seafood lunch on the Westside I’d go to Mariscos Chente. Got an answer for Himanshu? Put it in the comments. And as always if you want to be next week’s Profiled: L.A. Lunch’er (or know somebody you’d want to nominate), email me-



  • If you can’t make the drive to Mar Vista for Mariscos, I would recommend Fish Grill. It’s a small Kosher fish chain that has a branches in Brentwood and Century City. They’re grilled salmon makes for good simple lunch, and it’s cheap enough to visit often.

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    I buy fish from Smart Seafood at the MV farmer’s market on Sunday. There’s also an excellent monger who goes to the Culver City market on Tuesday evenings.

    • You are so right about the fish at the Culver City farmer’s market! But I don’t think it’s any cheaper than Santa Monica seafood.

  • If you are looking to buy fish to cook yourself, I actually asked Michael Cimarusti of Providence where he’d suggest to buy fish for cheaper than SM seafood. Chef Michael said Mitsuwa and Nijiya.

    Also, my office let me choose where we went to lunch today, and I was able to convince them to go to Simpang Asia today after sending them Zach’s review. Of course, we were bummed that they wouldn’t give us soup with the lunch special, saying we only got an egg roll.

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