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Royal/T - Closed

8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Royal/T +

Lina Lecaro


  • $$
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
This expansive Culver City art gallery, cafe, retail and events space celebrates Japanese dolly, Fruits, cosplay and Lolita culture, all with a Pop Art sensibility. You'll see waitresses in French-maid uniforms and gaggles of grownup female patrons in little-girl getups: Think ruffles, bows, poofy frocks and pink -- lots and lots of pink. This crowd goes gaga for characters such as Hello Kitty, Barbie, Emily the Strange, Andy Warhol and Alice in Wonderland, each of which has been a theme of the T's pop-up shops, megaparties and exhibits, and all of which attract avid, truly audaciously dressed crowds on opening nights. The cafe's menu deserves mention for its refreshing selection (sandwiches, salads, and a whimsical High Tea complete with canapes and cute desserts), and its themed items tied into whatever the gallery or pop-up shop might be showcasing. The Warhol exhibit brought tomato soup and grilled-cheese sandwiches, while the Wonderland show saw "Eat Me" cupcakes and "Drink Me" teas and sets. Look for the hot-pink neon crown out front. The cafe includes a beer and wine bar and also serves the Korean liqueur soju. Street parking, along with a parking lot in the back.

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