In true Japanese fashion, Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery obsess over the tiny details at Konbi, their 10-seat Echo Park café inspired by Tokyo-style kissaten (coffee shops). Sandwiches include crisp pork katsu or soft-poached egg salad nestled between cottony Japanese milk bread. Order them to go, and they’ll arrive neatly packaged in a handsome wrapped box; otherwise, claim a stool at the counter and sip a frothy latte made with roasted green tea.
The layered omelet sandwich ($11) is a best-seller for good reason. Each delicate tamagoyaki is cooked to order in a square egg pan with flavorful dashi stock.
Don’t sleep on the pastries, which sell out quickly; bronze canelés hide a buttery center within their caramelized shell, while infinitely flaky croissants are enhanced with a molten slab of bittersweet chocolate.