We can't stop thinking about The Spice Table, chef Bryant Ng's (Mozza) gorgeous addition to Little Tokyo. Back in July the restaurant showed off its bare bones, but by December had grown from a duckling into a swan. Almost. Which brings us to today, and this weekend. Today A La Mode shares initial thoughts from a recent friends and family evening (check out the food porn), and this weekend The Spice Table soft opens to the public. And after seeing the restaurant's final reveal, both food and decor, we have a hunch you might be wondering about a reservation, so here's the number to call: 213-620-1840.
At The Spice Table, Ng focuses on the traditional cuisines of Singapore and Southeast Asia, and immediately upon enter the restaurant one feels "an air of sophistication and refinement unexpected for a freshman attempt. The interplay of different elements and styles, and use of rustic materials like brick, wood, and copper is a prelude to Ng’s cuisine; simple and unadorned but with an underlying complexity that exudes a great attention to detail. As you walk through the restaurant, there are definite touches of the east, like the lanterns fashioned from bamboo birdcages sourced from Vietnam. There’s enough restraint however, to keep it from being too Asian kitschy."
Let's see. To eat Ng is firing up Sambal fried potatoes tossed in chili sauce and slivered scallions; curry fried chicken wings; lamb belly satay; thick round noodles in a rich curry broth (laksa); and kaffir lime custard, just to name a few.
·Spice Table [a la mode]
·The Spice Table Braces For Debut in Little Tokyo [~ELA~]
·Former Mozza Chef To Open The Spice Table in Little Tokyo [~ELA~]