A classic legendary restaurant lights up brighter and bolder with a fresh makeover inviting the next generation to enjoy the best Asian Fusion Food Los Angeles has to offer.
The Formosa Cafe is one of the best Asian Fusion Restaurants in Los Angeles. The menu reflects past Chinese food favorites with a menu makeover that incorporates the best Asian fusion combinations with a healthy twist. Gluten-free and vegan choices are marked on the menu. All of the dishes are flavorful and plentiful. So many selections are meant to be shared favorites, whether for a romantic date for two or a group of your friends. The vegetables and produce are always fresh, bright, and colorful, and the chicken and beef are moist and tender.
What separates the Formosa Cafe from other Asian Fusion restaurants is the delicious food and drink, the charming decor, and the legendary history of movie stars, political figures, and famous people who have frequented the restaurant. The Formosa officially made its debut in 1939 across from the original location of the old MGM studio. Iconic movie stars and celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, James Dean, and Elvis Presley frequented the Formosa often. Their black and white headshots and many other celebrities line the walls on display amidst memorabilia. In addition, the Formosa has often been used in movies and television, among them La La Land and L.A. Confidential.
The original decor of the Formosa has been painstainkenly rebuilt to its original glory with a 2.4 million restoration. One of the restaurant's highlights is the oldest 1904 Pacific Electric red trolley car. The interior has been transformed into a particular seating area. Ask to be seated inside the trolley; it will transport you to a bygone era where you feel like you are on an adventure in a movie!
I love how this menu is clearly labeled what is gluten free and vegan! All these choices are so good either on the brunch menu, or lunch/dinner menu!
Marinated Cucumbers (GF)
Formosa Chicken Salad with avocado (GF)
Asian Greens (GF)
Formosa Chow Fun (GF)
Spicy Wok Fried Rice - Add Chicken (GF)
Mai Tai Mocktail (love the signature red umbrella) (GF)
Some of the other allergens that are clearly labeled on the menu are shellfish, peanuts, nuts, and vegetarian.
Courtney Elise is a lifestyle blogger from Orange County, CA. She is currently a SAG-AFTRA actor and lives in Los Angeles, CA, and loves to blog about entertainment, style, and wellness in the LA, OC, and SD areas!