Asian food specialist Northern Café has quietly been leading the recent tenuous revival of Westwood Village. In 2016 they opened a dumpling restaurant on Gayley, followed by a noodle joint on Weyburn earlier this year. Now a banner is up on the space at 1061 Broxton, former location of SpireWorks, announcing their intention to open a Chinese hot pot restaurant. We wish them the best of luck…
Dumpling expert Northern Café is expanding its brand in Westwood. With the original restaurant just around the corner, they are opening a new Northern Café at 10965 Weyburn Ave., a space previously occupied by Koala T Café. There will be a difference: I’m told the new restaurant will have a different menu of “authentic Chinese”.
Well that didn’t take long… It was only about two weeks ago when I deciphered that fishy eatery Big Catch had quit the space at 12009 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood. Wasting no time, dumpling specialist Northern Café has settled right in and is now open for business. Billing itself as “authentic Chinese Cuisine”, this is another branch of the original Westwood location that Eater once called a “standout”.
Not long ago, I told you about some upcoming new restaurants hitting the Westwood Village food scene. Since then, both establishments have opened. Asian dumpling experts Northern Café has thrown open its doors at 1064 Gayley Ave. Additionally, icy treat purveyors Frostalicious is now providing the good people of Westwood with Taiwanese shaved ice at 10967 Weyburn Ave.
And while we’re on the subject of new restaurants coming to Westwood… Signs are up on the space that used to house Mongol BBQ at 1064 Gayley Ave. indicating that a new Asian eatery named Northern Café is taking over. I can’t find a great deal of information out there and in a phone call to a similarly named restaurant in Cerritos, a rep denied any connection between the two. (Or at least I think he denied it, the conversation was a bit unclear.) Anyway, the menu posted on the front indicates a varied selection of plates (mapo tofu, orange chicken), noodles (zha jiang, dan dan), fried rice, and handcrafted dumplings (kale and pork, fish and chives).