Breakfast is back in and lunch has never been out. Here are some recently reviewed restaurants that cater mainly to these two meals :
CAFE MAMBO (707 Heliotrope Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 663-5800). You'll find Cafe Mambo exciting if you are into Latin/Caribbean-style California nouvelle . It's a cheerful little place awash with pure bright sunlight. For breakfast there's Mambo Passion, a fruit bowl-soup with beautiful fresh, expensive fruit and berries swimming in a passion fruit base. Elegant gourmet sandwiches include turkey pesto, a huge crisp toasted sandwich filled with sliced turkey, roasted sweet peppers and pesto sauce; and a beautiful lobster sandwich containing homemade garlicky mayonnaise. You might try the honey-and-mustard chicken sauteed with mustard seeds and cumin, or pork chops marinated in oregano, basil and cilantro. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon. All major credit cards. Parking in back or street. Lunch for two, food only, $10-$20.
LA MESA DE ROBLE (8687 Melrose Ave., Suite 400, West Hollywood, (213) 659-8433). This Southwestern restaurant, with its peaceable gray-and-grape decor, is on the fourth floor of the Pacific Design Center. The lobster tamales are exquisite and the Arizona roll, filled with scallops and black beans, spinach and red peppers hits the meter between delicate and bland. Half a grilled chicken, marinated in lime juice and chiles, is juicy and fragrant and someone knows how to cook those black beans. From host to waiters, the service is nice and professional. Skip dessert--the only sweets are fresh berries and a commercial cheesecake. Lunch Mon.-Fri. All major credit cards. Full bar. Parking structure and street parking. Lunch for two, food only, $24-$40.