Malaysian cuisine has seemingly been on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream for some time now, so much so that someone in Silver Lake is finally taking notice. Posted up right next to the forthcoming Same Same wine bar (a reconcepting of the longstanding Rambutan Thai on Sunset) is some city change of use permitting paperwork that will flip a vacant space into a Malaysian restaurant later this year.
There’s no official word yet on which Malaysian restaurant will in fact inhabit the space, though sources say it’s likely to be backed by a group from Monterey Park — not the internationally expansive PappaRich team, though. Whoever it happens to be, it's safe to assume they'll be dropping in a menu mostly full of Malaysian favorites, from curry laksa to satays to roti.
Construction is already underway inside the dim strip mall space, so it’s likely that a summer arrival could be in order. That means it won’t beat out Same Same timing-wise — mostly because Rambutan doesn’t plan to actually close entirely during construction of their new bar space. Instead, they’ll be moving soon into takeout and delivery only, before flipping into the new casual Thai snack and wine bar format sometime next month.
When completed, that strip mall on Sunset just above Silver Lake Boulevard will be a veritable hotbed for varied Asian cuisines, with the popular Pho Cafe sharing a parking lot with Same Same and their Thai dishes, and now some Malaysian food. Even Gobi Mongolian at the end is getting in on the action, unveiling a recent banner to announce an updated menu that apparently includes ramen.
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