We’re Digging the Japanese-Style Sandwiches at Konbi in Echo Park

And don’t snooze on its pastries either

In true Japanese fashion, Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery obsess over the tiny details at Konbi, their 10-seat Echo Park café inspired by Tokyo-style kissaten (coffee shops). Sandwiches include crisp pork katsu or soft-poached egg salad nestled between cottony Japanese milk bread. Order them to go, and they’ll arrive neatly packaged in a handsome wrapped box; otherwise, claim a stool at the counter and sip a frothy latte made with roasted green tea.

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The layered omelet sandwich ($11) is a best-seller for good reason. Each delicate tamagoyaki is cooked to order in a square egg pan with flavorful dashi stock.

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Don’t sleep on the pastries, which sell out quickly; bronze canelés hide a buttery center within their caramelized shell, while infinitely flaky croissants are enhanced with a molten slab of bittersweet chocolate.

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