I had read about this place on happycow, and have eaten here many times. Here's my M Cafe de Chaya review.
Usually when my husband and I are in the Melrose area, we would grab lunch here. The cafe space is small for the high volume of traffic it gets, but usually, we are able to find a seat. The people that come here seem to be hipsters and scene-sters. Celebrity sightings, too.
Love the layout. Delicious salads, sushi rolls, cakes and pastries, panini sandwiches, and salads are beautifully arranged in a squeeky clean, long glass case. Makes me want to order everything every time.
I like: the cookies, cakes, bi bim bop bowl, seitan katsu bowl, sushi rolls, the grilled veggies panini, and the salads sides are pretty good, too.
Cons: usually crowded, not cheap, hard to park