Fresh off Monday’s news that Alvin Cailan would be launching a restaurant incubator called Unit 120 within the confines of Chinatown’s Far East Plaza comes a heads up that the very first pop-up resident has been named: LASA. For those unfamiliar, LASA is a long-running Filipino dinner series run by brothers Chad and Chase Valencia — and they’re arguably among the most influential Filipinos cooking in Los Angeles right now.
The pairing with Cailan then really should come as no surprise, as the Eggslut co-founder has long been talking about bringing more of his Filipino heritage into the cooking world, either with his own projects or by helping others. That’s exactly what he’s doing here, by giving the Valencias a larger stage on which to showcase their talents. Of late, the duo have found success throwing ongoing dinner parties at the Elysian space in Frogtown.
LASA’s new Chinatown residency is slated to kick off late January at the earliest, though no official date has been set. The plan for now is to run three dinners every week (Friday through Sunday only), from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The menu will run four courses and change often, while keeping a $48 price tag. If you want in, you’ll have to make a reservation, since spaces are sure to fill up and there won’t be room for walk-ins.