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Wallflower Is Venice's Shadowy New Southeast Asian Haunt

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Welcome in to Wallflower, the long-awaited next turn for restaurateur Wayne Rambharose, who previously spent time in Brooklyn and the newly cooked-up Hermanos Coffee in Mid-Wilshire. In partnership with Dustin Miles (he of Venice Beach Wines) and chef Harryson Tobing, Rambharose hopes to bring contemporary Southeast Asian flavors to bustling Rose Avenue.

The design of the dimly-lit space comes from Miles himself, as well as Karin Haase-Sehr, and features candlelight-worthy corners for getting lost over a cocktail or two. Much of the room is illuminated thanks only to the long backlit bar, while warehouse windows and a tall, open ceiling give the place an industrial vibe.

On the food front, Wallflower looks to keep morning hours (7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., that is) daily, with coffee, tea, juice and pastries only. From there it’s on to dinner, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and will feature everything from Rendang dip with shrimp crackers to char siu pork belly plates. Nasi goreng and other street food staples will also make an appearance.

Wallflower opens soon along Rose Avenue in Venice, with plans for breakfast, dinner and late-night hours on weekends, with lunch to come later this year.

609 Rose Ave.Venice, CA