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{"id":714849321007,"title":"Gwithyen Thomas, California","handle":"chef-gwithyen-thomas-from-aroha-new-zealand-cuisine-in-bar","description":"\u003ch1\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChef Gwithyen Thomas and his wife Justine, of \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.aroharestaurant.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eAroha New Zealand Cuisine and Bar\u003c\/a\u003e, opened their incredible restaurant almost four years ago in Westlake, Ca. Having a strong food background that started at the age of 15 years old in New Zealand, he met his wife Justine when she walked in as a guest at the hotel he was working. Love blossomed, and after they married, they spent a short time in Colorado before deciding to open a restaurant in California, specifically the suburbs where they believe that good, quality food is respected and appreciated.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_Family_large.jpg?v=1525756714\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChef Thomas, his wife Justine and their son, Bailey\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChef Thomas's wife Justine has Celiac Disease, resulting in an entire gluten-free menu at Aroha. Gluten-free Fish \u0026amp; Chips, pancakes, desserts...EVERYTHING is safe for Celiacs. Chef Thomas made it a point to share his experiences with seeing customers crying from excitement and happiness after finding out they can safely eat everything from the menu! We discussed the subject of how some restaurants are willing to accommodate Celiacs, while others are not. Chef Thomas believes the responsibility to develop gluten-free options should be initiated by the restaurant Chef. He thinks a Chef should demonstrate a willingness to accommodate gluten-free needs, not just serve a house salad to a Celiac customer.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_1_large.jpg?v=1525756780\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eNew Zealand Angus Pure Grassfed Beef Filet with Morel à la Grecque, celery root, smoked potato, and thyme jus\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll produce served at Aroha is sourced from Santa Monica Farmers Market and Hollywood Farmers Market. All the fish is flown in from New Zealand, with the salmon is flown in daily and other fish flown in every two days. All meat is from New Zealand. He was quick to point out that there aren't such things as \"free-range, organic, or grass-fed\" meat and lamb, because everything gets raised without the use of chemicals, steroid, pesticides, etc... in NZ. The Indigenous People own the rights to all the seafood and fishing companies, and this tribal group will not commit any acts that would be detrimental to the land or oceans.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_2_large.jpg?v=1525757020\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eBrussels Sprouts with Bacon and Aioli\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\nAroha is packed nightly, starting at Happy Hour, elevating this restaurant to a highly successful status. With a vast majority of L.A. restaurants being corporate-run chain food establishments, I asked Chef Thomas if they had any plans to open a second location. He said to ask him this question a year from now.\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_6_large.jpg?v=1525757354\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eVenison and Cheddar Croquettes with Smoked Tomato Chutney\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAroha's best selling menu options at Aroha are the pancakes and fish and chips, being sellouts at Sunday Brunch! Their pancake flavors are out of this world! You can even order a Pancake Flight (a combination of any three pancakes)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBlueberry with Housemade Ricotta\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBlack Forrest\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePineapple Upside Down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRaspberry White Chocolate\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_4_large.jpg?v=1525757437\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eWhite Chocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille with vanilla creme, fresh raspberry, and Belgium chocolate (Sarah at Custom Cupcakes is co-creator of this dessert).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI had the opportunity to eat Aroha's Fish and Chips and also, their Venison Sausage. Both were a Celiac's dreams come true!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eCheck out Aroha's \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.aroharestaurant.com\/special-events\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/aroharestaurant\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eInstagram\u003c\/a\u003e for Upcoming Events\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFood and Wine Match\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFood and Cider Event\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_Baby_large.jpg?v=1525757865\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eChef Thomas's son Bailey admiring Aroha's White \u003cspan style=\"display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: transparent; color: #222222; direction: ltr; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;\"\u003eChocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLocation\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e30990 Russell Ranch Road, Unit C\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWestlake Village, California 91362\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHours\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrunch and Lunch: Sunday 10am-2:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDinner: Tues thru Sunday 5pm-9:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHappy Hour: Tues thru Sunday 4:30pm-6:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eBRUNCH \u0026amp; LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eDINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eHAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eBRUNCH \u0026amp; LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eDINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eHAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e","published_at":"2018-05-03T15:09:43-07:00","created_at":"2018-05-03T15:10:33-07:00","vendor":"Glutenfreeglobalicious Magazine","type":"Gluten-free Chefs","tags":["California Gluten-free Chefs","Chef Gwithyen Thomas","Chef Lori Miller","Gluten-free","Gluten-free California","Gluten-free Food","Gluten-free Foodies","Gluten-free Los Angeles","Gluten-free Restaurants","Gluten-free Restaurants Los Angeles","Gluten-free Travel","Gluten-free USA","GlutenfreeGlobalicious","GlutenfreeGlobalicious Interviews","GlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":7896872484911,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Gwithyen Thomas, California","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":null,"barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/products\/chef_thomas.jpg?v=1525504729"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/products\/chef_thomas.jpg?v=1525504729","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch1\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChef Gwithyen Thomas and his wife Justine, of \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.aroharestaurant.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eAroha New Zealand Cuisine and Bar\u003c\/a\u003e, opened their incredible restaurant almost four years ago in Westlake, Ca. Having a strong food background that started at the age of 15 years old in New Zealand, he met his wife Justine when she walked in as a guest at the hotel he was working. Love blossomed, and after they married, they spent a short time in Colorado before deciding to open a restaurant in California, specifically the suburbs where they believe that good, quality food is respected and appreciated.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_Family_large.jpg?v=1525756714\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eChef Thomas, his wife Justine and their son, Bailey\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChef Thomas's wife Justine has Celiac Disease, resulting in an entire gluten-free menu at Aroha. Gluten-free Fish \u0026amp; Chips, pancakes, desserts...EVERYTHING is safe for Celiacs. Chef Thomas made it a point to share his experiences with seeing customers crying from excitement and happiness after finding out they can safely eat everything from the menu! We discussed the subject of how some restaurants are willing to accommodate Celiacs, while others are not. Chef Thomas believes the responsibility to develop gluten-free options should be initiated by the restaurant Chef. He thinks a Chef should demonstrate a willingness to accommodate gluten-free needs, not just serve a house salad to a Celiac customer.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_1_large.jpg?v=1525756780\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch6\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eNew Zealand Angus Pure Grassfed Beef Filet with Morel à la Grecque, celery root, smoked potato, and thyme jus\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll produce served at Aroha is sourced from Santa Monica Farmers Market and Hollywood Farmers Market. All the fish is flown in from New Zealand, with the salmon is flown in daily and other fish flown in every two days. All meat is from New Zealand. He was quick to point out that there aren't such things as \"free-range, organic, or grass-fed\" meat and lamb, because everything gets raised without the use of chemicals, steroid, pesticides, etc... in NZ. The Indigenous People own the rights to all the seafood and fishing companies, and this tribal group will not commit any acts that would be detrimental to the land or oceans.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_2_large.jpg?v=1525757020\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eBrussels Sprouts with Bacon and Aioli\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\nAroha is packed nightly, starting at Happy Hour, elevating this restaurant to a highly successful status. With a vast majority of L.A. restaurants being corporate-run chain food establishments, I asked Chef Thomas if they had any plans to open a second location. He said to ask him this question a year from now.\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_6_large.jpg?v=1525757354\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eVenison and Cheddar Croquettes with Smoked Tomato Chutney\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAroha's best selling menu options at Aroha are the pancakes and fish and chips, being sellouts at Sunday Brunch! Their pancake flavors are out of this world! You can even order a Pancake Flight (a combination of any three pancakes)\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBlueberry with Housemade Ricotta\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eBlack Forrest\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePineapple Upside Down\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRaspberry White Chocolate\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_food_4_large.jpg?v=1525757437\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.8px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-align: left; color: #222222; text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; word-spacing: 0px; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; direction: ltr; orphans: 2; float: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: transparent;\"\u003eWhite Chocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille with vanilla creme, fresh raspberry, and Belgium chocolate (Sarah at Custom Cupcakes is co-creator of this dessert).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI had the opportunity to eat Aroha's Fish and Chips and also, their Venison Sausage. Both were a Celiac's dreams come true!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eCheck out Aroha's \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.aroharestaurant.com\/special-events\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/aroharestaurant\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eInstagram\u003c\/a\u003e for Upcoming Events\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFood and Wine Match\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFood and Cider Event\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Aroha_Baby_large.jpg?v=1525757865\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eChef Thomas's son Bailey admiring Aroha's White \u003cspan style=\"display: inline !important; float: none; background-color: transparent; color: #222222; direction: ltr; font-family: arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;\"\u003eChocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLocation\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e30990 Russell Ranch Road, Unit C\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWestlake Village, California 91362\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHours\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBrunch and Lunch: Sunday 10am-2:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDinner: Tues thru Sunday 5pm-9:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHappy Hour: Tues thru Sunday 4:30pm-6:30pm\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eBRUNCH \u0026amp; LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eDINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eHAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eBRUNCH \u0026amp; LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eDINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"font_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #000000; font-family: \u0026amp;quot; open sans\u0026amp;quot;,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; pointer-events: auto; text-align: right; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; vertical-align: baseline; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #000000;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"color_8\" style=\"background-attachment: scroll; background-clip: border-box; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-origin: padding-box; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 0px; background-repeat: repeat; background-size: auto; border-image-outset: 0; border-image-repeat: stretch; border-image-slice: 100%; border-image-source: none; border-image-width: 1; color: #ffffff; outline-color: invert; outline-style: none; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; border: 0px none #ffffff;\"\u003eHAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Gwithyen Thomas, California

by Lori Miller

Chef Gwithyen Thomas and his wife Justine, of Aroha New Zealand Cuisine and Bar, opened their incredible restaurant almost four years ago in Westlake, Ca. Having a strong food background that started at the age of 15 years old in New Zealand, he met his wife Justine when she walked in as a guest at the hotel he was working. Love blossomed, and after they married, they spent a short time in Colorado before deciding to open a restaurant in California, specifically the suburbs where they believe that good, quality food is respected and appreciated.

Chef Thomas, his wife Justine and their son, Bailey

Chef Thomas's wife Justine has Celiac Disease, resulting in an entire gluten-free menu at Aroha. Gluten-free Fish & Chips, pancakes, desserts...EVERYTHING is safe for Celiacs. Chef Thomas made it a point to share his experiences with seeing customers crying from excitement and happiness after finding out they can safely eat everything from the menu! We discussed the subject of how some restaurants are willing to accommodate Celiacs, while others are not. Chef Thomas believes the responsibility to develop gluten-free options should be initiated by the restaurant Chef. He thinks a Chef should demonstrate a willingness to accommodate gluten-free needs, not just serve a house salad to a Celiac customer.

New Zealand Angus Pure Grassfed Beef Filet with Morel à la Grecque, celery root, smoked potato, and thyme jus

All produce served at Aroha is sourced from Santa Monica Farmers Market and Hollywood Farmers Market. All the fish is flown in from New Zealand, with the salmon is flown in daily and other fish flown in every two days. All meat is from New Zealand. He was quick to point out that there aren't such things as "free-range, organic, or grass-fed" meat and lamb, because everything gets raised without the use of chemicals, steroid, pesticides, etc... in NZ. The Indigenous People own the rights to all the seafood and fishing companies, and this tribal group will not commit any acts that would be detrimental to the land or oceans.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Aioli
Aroha is packed nightly, starting at Happy Hour, elevating this restaurant to a highly successful status. With a vast majority of L.A. restaurants being corporate-run chain food establishments, I asked Chef Thomas if they had any plans to open a second location. He said to ask him this question a year from now.

 

Venison and Cheddar Croquettes with Smoked Tomato Chutney

Aroha's best selling menu options at Aroha are the pancakes and fish and chips, being sellouts at Sunday Brunch! Their pancake flavors are out of this world! You can even order a Pancake Flight (a combination of any three pancakes)

  • Blueberry with Housemade Ricotta
  • Black Forrest
  • Pineapple Upside Down
  • Raspberry White Chocolate

White Chocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille with vanilla creme, fresh raspberry, and Belgium chocolate (Sarah at Custom Cupcakes is co-creator of this dessert).

I had the opportunity to eat Aroha's Fish and Chips and also, their Venison Sausage. Both were a Celiac's dreams come true!

Check out Aroha's website and Instagram for Upcoming Events
  • Food and Wine Match
  • Food and Cider Event

Chef Thomas's son Bailey admiring Aroha's White Chocolate Raspberry Mille-Feuille

Location

30990 Russell Ranch Road, Unit C

Westlake Village, California 91362

Hours

Brunch and Lunch: Sunday 10am-2:30pm

Dinner: Tues thru Sunday 5pm-9:30pm

Happy Hour: Tues thru Sunday 4:30pm-6:30pm

 

BRUNCH & LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM

DINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM

HAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM

BRUNCH & LUNCH: SUNDAY 10:00AM - 2:30PM

DINNER: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 5:00PM - 9:30PM

HAPPY HOUR: TUESDAY - SUNDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM

 

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