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Lobster at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake
Lobster inihaw with taro leaf curry at Ma’am Sir
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A Fine Dining Chef Takes on Modern Filipino Food in Trendy Silver Lake

Rice Bar chef Charles Olalia brings Ma’am Sir to the masses

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.

The modern Filipino food movement taking place in Los Angeles certainly has arms everywhere, from casual Sawtelle Japantown takeaway spots to LASA’s more refined aesthetic in Chinatown. Now one of the city’s most prominent former fine dining chefs is stepping in with Ma’am Sir, opening Wednesday, June 13 in Silver Lake.

Ma’am Sir is the new restaurant from chef Charles Olalia, who has been working a tight Filipino rice bowl menu for a few years at Downtown’s Rice Bar. Prior to that he was running the show at Patina, one of LA’s most distinguished upscale establishments under chef/owner Joachim Splichal. Now he’s partnered up with Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi (Horse Thief, Cafe Birdie, Good Housekeeping) to flip the former Bar Angeles into something entirely new, with laid-back seating, hanging foliage, and plenty of color. A large window brightens up the airy space, offering room for 60 diners at a clip, and another dozen or so at the bar.

Ma’am Sir’s menu plays to Olalia’s strengths as a chef capable of running the room, turning out plates like a taro leaf curry half lobster, lemongrass adobo chicken wings, or pancit deviled eggs. Rafa DaCosta will handle the cocktails. Similar to the Filipino “pica-pica” style of casual shared dining, everything on this menu aught to be split among table mates. The name Ma’am Sir refers to a common term of greeting in the Phillippines.

Ma’am Sir opens to the world on Wednesday, June 13, keeping evening hours only from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. or later most nights (closed on Tuesdays). Lunch and brunch will come later.

Ma’am Sir
4330 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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Inside the dining room
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Hanging greenery
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Check out that wallpaper
A lush and leafy bar with metal stools.
The glowing bar
Inside Ma’am Sir, colorful walls, red tables, in Silver Lake, which closed on August 28, 2020
Windows out into the world
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Old photos

A red awning and white mural on a brick building during a cloudy day.
The new exterior
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Homemade lumpia with sea urchin
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Pancit deviled eggs
Sign for Ma’am Sir
Neon lights
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