New Historic Filipinotown cafe Doubting Thomas has arrived. The restaurant opened quietly this morning, serving up coffee, breakfast items, and pastries to start.
Doubting Thomas is the work of Naomi Shim, a longtime LA pastry chef who hails from well-known places like Salt’s Cure, Copa Vida, and Coffee Commissary. Of late she’s been working up this first standalone solo project, landing right at the ground floor of the Cactus building on on West Temple Street. Signage has been up for some time, but today is the first day of actual service inside.
The space itself is spare but bright, a clean and warm glass jewel box with funky metal and wooden chairs interspersed throughout. As for the menu there’s a breakfast quesadilla (shown above), freshly-baked daily morning buns, and a Doubting Thomas take on Korean purple rice bowls with bistecca on top. There is also, of course, pourover coffee and espresso available as well. The opening menus are below.
Doubting Thomas is just the latest newcomer to hit the greater Temple and Beverly stretches of Historic Filipinotown and Rampart Village, side-by-side neighborhoods currently experiencing a boom of growth and attention. Tactile Coffee is up and running nearby on Beverly, and Minh Phan’s Porridge + Puffs will be in the area soon. Current hours for Doubting Thomas run 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
2510 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA