In anticipation of an opening later this summer, Here’s Looking at You in Koreatown will host a short-term pop-up from their space known as Tet-a-Tet. The plan, says co-owner Lien Ta, is for her and chef Jonathan Whitener to serve a condensed menu from inside the still in-progress restaurant.
Tet-a-Tet will play on Ta’s Vietnamese heritage and Whitener’s youth spent growing up near Little Saigon. The menu will consist of everything from $16 blue crab fried rice to $10 crispy imperial rolls, with options like braised short rib and wagyu eye round steak thrown in for good measure. There will also be a whole daily suckling pig being broken down and cooked in the back, with guests able to order a particular part of the pig to share, as available.
Though guests will be able to dine in, mostly the meals will be meant for takeaway (and served as such in to-go containers, minus the suckling pig) and will include Vietnamese coffee and sodas to imbibe. There’s no activated alcohol license on site yet, but if that crops up during Tet-a-Tet’s run you can expect a bit of booze as well.
The timing for the pop-up will be Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The run will be short, as Whitener and Ta hope to officially open Here’s Looking at You sometime in July if all goes well. It’s also important to note that none of the below Tet-a-Tet menu items will actually be appearing on the full Here’s Looking at You menu, so these dates will be your only chances to check out Whitener’s unique perspective on Vietnamese cooking.
Tet-a-Tet begins cooking in Koreatown as of this coming Wednesday. The menu will change over time, so check in directly with the restaurant to see what's cooking that day.
Tet-a-Tet at Here's Looking at You
3901 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA