Social monk the new fast casual Asian kitchen in Westlake Village just opened up a couple of days ago and I went in to check it out. I'm going to be moving to the area soon and I need to know where to eat when I do. It's located at the Promenade in Westlake Village right next to Sephora. Parking was easy to find even during the lunch rush hour which was awesome!
Social Monk is from the same team behind Rocksugar in Culver City, Chef Mohan Ismael has created a space where you can get really great quality Asian food, fast and to-go ( if you're in a hurry). The menu was designed that way and it was one of the things I noticed while I was eating. I thought to myself I had so much food I wasn't going to finish it all and I normally don't like to take leftovers because they just don't taste the same the next day , but my first thought was this feels like it will still taste really great re-heated, The noodles are saucy and loaded with tons of proteins and veggies they're almost like a stew, really comforting, so of course I took my left overs home with me.
The menu has everything from salads, side veggies, noodles, and bowls. They even went all out with their dessert it's a soft serve frozen custard that's to die for. I tried their corn flake and Vietnamese Coffee custard and they were both incredible!
Make sure to save room for dessert.
The corn flake topped with frosted flakes tasted like the most decadent bowl of cereal I've ever had and the Vietnamese coffee was wonderful it came topped with a sprinkle of almond and toffee bits.
Order your dessert when you place your order and they give you these cards to bring up to the register when you're ready for it. You don't have to wait in line just catch someones attention, hand them the cards and they serve up up for you in the moment.
I'm not sure what they named the place after, but if you get a chance to chat with the chef you'll swear it's named after him. He is the social Monk, he's so great, full of energy and light,very social and he just emits an aura of serenity, very peaceful and calm just like a monk, yet he's got a bubbliness to him and he's very passionate about his food without being a snob about it.
Westlake Village residents really lucked out with this little gem in their neighborhood. I'll be hopping over from Simi Valley often to grab some lunch often and maybe some dinners too.