Being from Massachusetts I grew to love quaint little town centers, which is the reason that I regularly head over to Larchmont Village on Sundays. On Sundays there is a buzz that takes over Larchmont due to the Farmers Market that is hosted there. It is where I get my flowers, my favorite candle and some of the produce needed for the week. Vendors will line the sidewalks with hand crafted goods, animal rescues will bring adoptable pets and the cafes are busy with brunch goers.
This part of Los Angeles has recently gone through some upgrades revealing new shops to explore as part of the Larchmont Mercantile building complex. Suá Superette was founded by friends, Stephanie Lui Hjelmeseth, who was previously a content creator and came from a family of restauranteurs, and Jing Gao, the founder of Fly By Jing.
On my first visit the thing I notice initially was the sage green café tables with fresh flowers outside the large windows that invites folks in. Entering the shop, it initially feels too sparse to be a superette, but I was surprised with the little moments of discovery while I walked around. When you walk in, you are met with a seating area that wraps around a large, sculptural cement planter centerpiece with bench seating around it. The planter is situated next to of the grab-and-go fridges that are lined with made in-house food dishes as well as chilled beverages. The shops feel is an Asian take on a brutalist aesthetic that is clean and bright without feeling sterile.
Suá Superette defines themselves as a modern, Sichuan-inspired market. They feature a menu of grab-and-go items freshly prepared by their in-house chefs. The dishes are created by the two owners in collaboration with Los Angeles based chef, Organic Oren. Each dish is prepared with organic, local produce and the highest quality, sustainable proteins like Mary’s Organic Chicken, Strauss Farms Grass-Fed Beef, Bakkafrost Salmon, and Meiji Tofu. Items range from bigger breakfast and lunch items to small banchan-like cold dishes. Dishes include Beef & Broccoli, Cold Sesame Noodles and a fan-favorite, Gluten Free Chicken Tenders. Another morning favorite, is their Rocky’s Matcha Overnight Oats.
Lining the back of the space sits a beautiful cement curved full coffee bar. Offering classic coffee beverages using locally roasted House Roots Coffee, loose-leaf teas by Stand Still Tea and matcha from Rocky’s Matcha. All AAPI owned brands. The perfect compliment to the grab-and-go food, that is freshly prepared by their baristas.
If you aren’t looking for a quick bite, I would still encourage folks to check out the shop as the remaining space is lined with open shelves with great quality housewares (Kinto Products), locally thrown pottery, cookbooks and a small mix of pantry items that ranges from classic (Kadayo Roasted Sesame Oil and Ceremonial Matcha) and nostalgic (Pocky) to inspiring and innovative (Indian Spiced Chocolates and Popcorn) that are again, mostly Asian owned brands.
This shop allows for those looking to explore and discover new curated favorites while not overwhelming newcomers the way a traditional Asian market might. Suá Superette is a great addition, without being a redundant concept, to the Larchmont area as well as the greater Los Angeles.