CLOSED: Pulse Cafe

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    ( 2 reviews )



1426 Montana Ave (at 14th St), Santa Monica, California, USA, 90403

Serves meat, vegan options available. Quick service cafe offering mostly vegetarian food except for turkey and tuna. Has smoothies, hot smoothies, boba, in-house-made soybean and grain drinks, sandwiches, salads, burgers, wild rice bowls (contains egg), soup, hummus, and gluten free bakery items. Free Wi-Fi. JUN 2015 SHUT, CONFIRMED.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Organic, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Asian, Bakery, Non-veg

2 Reviews

First Review by eric

Basic, mostly lacto vegetarian food - Edit

I had read about this place on HappyCow and stopped by for lunch today. Here's my Pulse Cafe review.

It's a little place that's rather basic, especially for being on Montana Ave where the other shops tend to glisten and dazzle with fancy lights and ritz.

The menu is concise and bland with some sandwiches, wraps, a daily soup, and some baked goods in a case. For drinks there are smoothies, boba tea (with tea bag), coffee, and tea.

Faux chicken and veggie patties are offered, but the sandwiches come with dairy cheese, and the mayonaise is not vegan. I spoke with the owner, a nice woman, and told her about getting some vegan mayonaise (veganaise). She said she would.

The only real animal meats are tuna and turkey. The only vegan food options, though not clearly labeled, is a hummus sprouts wrap and the day's soup which happened to be vegan (white bean and tomato veggies). Wrap came with a side of salad greens, cost $7.50; tasted okay. Soup was $5; good but not hot enough.

The owner definitely needs to learns more about vegan diets if she wishes to have more vegan customers.

Pros: cheap eats on Montana Ave, friendly owner

Cons: cheese and mayo in everything, lack of vegan awareness

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So-So - Edit

I heard this place was all veg originally and was eager to try it. I found tuna & turkey on the menu right before going though, so was already a bit disappointed. When I checked out the menu I found it very dairy heavy, and most items needed to be modified in order to be vegan. They do offer gardein in a bunch of items: chicken, beef, and veggie burgers. I had a soup and it was alright, but served pretty luke warm. They offer freshly made soya milk and almond milk that I didn't try. Also, they offer bobo but amazingly didn't even have brewed tea and only offered tea bags. The owner was there and I mentioned offering vegan mayo, and vegan cheese and she seemed open to the idea. I feel this place could be good, but needs work. Will see if it gets better in a few weeks.

Pros: location, reasonable prices

Cons: dairy, not very vegan

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