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Satdha, a New Thai Vegan Option in Santa Monica

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Satdha, a plant-based Thai eatery from chef Gunn Pankum, is the official replacement for Ameci Pizza & Pasta on Lincoln. Pankum was previously involved in Bulan, the vegetarian Thai restaurant with outlets on Melrose and in Silver Lake. However, she has separated from partners and Satdha is her first solo enterprise, focused on inventive vegan Thai plates like Meang Kham (coconut, shiitake bacon, lime, cashews, ginger wrapped in chard leaves with tamarind chutney), Beet-Dyed Noodles (coconut-flavored beet-dyed rice vermicelli with shallots, baked tofu, bean sprouts, "faux egg," and fermented black beans) and Catfish Eggplant, which is basically a mock catfish dish made, as its name suggests, with eggplant.

Plates are reasonably priced, all $12 and under, and despite just opening last Tuesday, Pankum says the neighborhood has embraced her restaurant and she already has repeat customers.

Here, ingredients are organic and non-GMO, brown rice is served in place of white rice, and in about a week Satdha will begin to offer beer and wine of the natural, organic, bio-dynamic nature. Hours of operation run Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. [EaterWire]


2218 Lincoln Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405