It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl. Boy opens restaurant that unites their homeland cuisines (Singapore for him, Vietnam for her). It’s a love poem written in Sambal potatoes and Hainanese rice.
The Spice Table, Little Tokyo’s latest gastronomic delight, is the brainchild of chef/owner Bryant Ng and his wife, Kim. Housed in a 100-year-old building, it plays up the 19th-century warehouse vibe with exposed brick walls, concrete floors, and Edison lightbulbs encased in Vietnamese hanging birdcages.
Having cut his teeth at Mario Batali’s Pizzeria Mozza, Ng is a sucker for shared plates. The family-style dinner menu consists of perfect pass-around-the-table fare like beer-battered cauliflower, black pepper crab toast, and oxtail and short-rib stew.
Gourmet Singapore-style sandwiches served on homemade bread take center stage during lunch (coming soon), while satays grilled over charcoal behind the bar are a must for any visit.
Because love means sharing well-seasoned meat on a stick.
The Spice Table, 114 South Central Avenue, at First Street, Little Tokyo (213-620-1840 or thespicetable.com).
Photo: Courtesy of The Spice Table