After enjoying (or more like enduring) a one-hour Thai massage from In Thai Spa, I slipped across the street to Cube, a restaurant my friend had raved about to me the week before. She had stopped in to try some cheese, and for good reason.

On any given day, Cube offers up to 85 artisan-crafted cheeses from around the world, including cow, sheep and goat. Every three weeks the eatery focuses on a different region; last week it was the Lazio region of Italy (which includes Rome).

For starters the meat and cheese plates are a fun way to sample a little bit of a lot. My rectangular mini chalkboard plate boasted three cheeses – Bad Axe (sheep), Garrotxa (goat) and four-year Boorenkaas (cow) – and three meats – a variety of salumi selections. Tastefully sprinkled around were apricots, cashews, cranberries, almonds and walnuts.

The Roasted Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) soup is creamy with a peppery kick, and the corn chowder and velvet tomato selections are drool-icious. For salads, the Summer Crunch came highly recommended. A mix of farmer’s market beans, sweet corn, Oregon toasted hazelnuts and shaved Pecorino, this choice was as much fun to eat as it was Yum City. The Buffalo Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato & Peach salads are also excellent picks.

And yet, I’ve only skimmed the surface of the menu at Cube. It’s chock full of goodies like Beef Carpaccio with wild baby arugula, black truffle pizza, baked 4 cheese mac & cheese, pancetta wrapped porchetta and the list goes on.

Your options for seating are the outdoor patio, the inside tables in what resembles a marketplace and a 12-seat cheese bar (which is extra fun for singles).

Last but not least, do not miss the Chocolate Volcano Lava Cake with Dulce de Leche: A savory explosion to cap off an incredible meal!

For more information, call (323) 939-1148 or visit www.cubemarketplace.com.