With a youthful demographic, a downtown vibe, and reasonable rent prices, Little Tokyo is becoming an increasingly diverse dining destination. As mentioned last night, the newest kid in the 'hood is The Spice Table, soft-opening this weekend for dinner. While A La Mode provided us with a first taste and final photos, we, nonetheless, wanted to see the space for ourself, so check out the new shots up above. From former Chef-de-Cuisine of Pizzeria Mozza, Bryant Ng, comes an ode to the spice trade and family-style dining. Located in a former Cuban restaurant, just a few months ago the place was all rubble and brick. Today, it sports a design close to the hearts of owners Ng and wife Kim Luu-Ng with Vietnamese bird cages serving as pendant light fixtures, a central wood-burning hearth, iron sconces, and casual, connecting dining rooms that make you feel as if you're in someone's home.
The menu is inspired by Southeast Asia, with strong Singaporean and Vietnamese elements. Filled with smallish, family-style plates, this is a menu meant for sharing and sampling. Plates range from $6 to $17 and include options like a Singaporean Pepper Crab Toast and Laksa, a dish of coconut milk, dried prawns, and lemongrass. There are noodle dishes as well as satays, chili prawns and pork - all in the traditional fashion. Sweet bonus: there's house-made soft-serve for dessert. Eight domestic, mostly Californian, beers are on tap and a rotating list of 18 wines are available by the carafe or bottle.
Initially open only for dinner six nights a week, The Spice Table will commence lunch service within the next few weeks. A bread oven in back will bake fresh baguettes for lunchtime Bahn Mi with meaty fillings like head cheese and house-made pate. Set to serve up to 50 until the patio opens for an additional 20, The Spice Table is about to start taking reservations over on their website. Walk-ins are welcome, but why risk it?
·First Taste: The Spice Table Soft Opens This Weekend [~ELA~]
— Daniela Galarza