Now this is a space. A space that is literally in pieces. But, with that rustic exposed brick spanning wall to wall and that arched doorway, all located behind an unassuming facade in little Tokyo, some imagination and an extensive buildout could turn the gutted room into a real looker. Bryant Ng, former Chef-de-Cuisine of Pizzeria Mozza is behind this project and he will open The Spice Table here late fall. Born and raised in Los Angeles with Singaporean heritage, he plans to serve food influenced by the traditional cuisines of Singapore and Southeast Asia. "During the day, we will be serving Southeast Asian inspired sandwiches made with bread, charcuterie, pickles, and other ingredients all made in-house. In the evening, the focal point of our menu will be satays and other items grilled on our wood-burning cooking hearth. We’ll also have other dishes like laksa, stews, curries, noodles, vegetables, and my version of Hainanese chicken rice." And to wash it all down, a selection of craft beers.
Aside from working for Joe, Nancy, and Mario at Pizzeria Mozza, Bryant boasts quite the resume. He has also spent time at Daniel Boulud's Daniel in NYC, with Mark Peel at Campanile, and with Roland Passot at La Folie Restaurant in San Francisco. After years of working in other people's kitchens Bryant is finally ready to work in his own. [EaterWire]