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Silver Lake’s Next Gem Could Be This Hong Kong Street Food Specialist

Needle takes over the former We Have Noodles on Sunset

We Have Noodles restaurant space, tables bright lights art on walls
The former We Have Noodles
We Have Noodles

Don’t look now, Silver Lake: a newcomer called Needle is taking over the former We Have Noodles space on Sunset. It should be a relatively fast turnaround, too, meaning the restaurant will likely be up and running by the end of the year.

Whereas We Have Noodle chef Darren Sayphraraj focused on a variety of pan-Asian noodle dishes from ramen to khao soi and beyond, incoming chef Ryan Wong will focus on the flavors of Hong Kong. That means a variety of small plate options, all with a Cantonese street food bent. Wong tells Eater that some dishes will remain as classics, and others will be “re-imagined,” and Wong will be spinning up a few entirely new dishes himself.

Wong has spent years cooking around Los Angeles at places like Otium and Trois Mec, and ran an early pop-up called Needle Noodle Shop pop-ups back in 2016. This is his first standalone restaurant, and the small space will work a pared-down decor with nods to Hong Kong. As for hours once open, expect Needle to run Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. for dinner, and running until 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).

Needle. 3827 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

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