GIMEAL CAFE OPENS IN OLD TOWN GOLETA

Reader Matt let me know that Gimeal Café opened this week at 5892 Hollister Avenue, the former home of The Natural Café. I spoke for owner and chef Hsin Lee, formerly with Takenoya, Ahi Sushi, China Pavilion, and Mandarin Palace. “The food is Taiwanese – American,” says Lee. “We serve Bento boxes. It’s quick food for students and businesses in the area. We offer an open area with WiFi so people can study and hang out here. They won’t have to spend a lot of money because the price is not too high.”

The main menu includes combo plates ($9.95), with main dishes of Onion Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Chicken Steak, Barbecued Pork, Broiled Pork Chop and Soy Chicken Leg. Options include Mapo Tofu, Stir-fried Vegetable, Spiced Egg (one), Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes, Seaweed Salad, and Corn with Ham. The Over Rice/Noodle menu (presets) includes Porkdon $7.95, Sliced Chicken over Cold Noodle $9.50, Spicy Chicken $8.95, and Unadon $13.95. A variety of skewers and appetizers are also available. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday- Saturday. Call 770-7474.

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3 Responses to GIMEAL CAFE OPENS IN OLD TOWN GOLETA

  1. Lily says:

    Look forward to trying it for lunch this week.

  2. Donna says:

    Ellen says “I thought my chicken legs were good.”
    Ashley says”the chicken was crunchy and very good”
    Kathi says”teriyaki chicken was delicious”
    Donna says”spicy chicken was a hair too hot for me but Kathi loved the hot chilies. Enjoyed the kimchi,marinated egg and corn salad. Sausage was sweet and tasty

  3. Joshua says:

    Good/simple food, limited menu, but that fits the price point.

    However, I worry that this will be too big of a location for them to make rent? I hope they survive, but think they may need a smaller location. If I lived closer I would stop by for lunch, but I wouldn’t make a special trip to go there.

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