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Food & Drink

Le Spice: C'est Nice

The Spice Table's Flavor-Packed Asian Fare

catfish claypot at the spice table!

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

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114 S Central Ave
@ 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-620-1840
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