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Spice Table
Downtown

Little Tokyo is an unlikely place to find chef Bryan Ng’s ode to Singaporean and Vietnamese street food that is Spice Table, yet there it is—a beautifully weathered brick building situated next to Shin-Sen-Gumi. The Southeast Asian dishes here are closer to the source material than expected from a Mozza alum. One may understandably opt to drive an extra 20 minutes east to the San Gabriel Valley, but you can find a Hainanese chicken rice dish just as good at Spice Table. Grab a seat at the bar in front of the wood-burning oven where lamb belly satay and grilled pig's tail are grilled over the wood-burning oven and served tableside—in its full unctuous glory—with fish sauce and aromatic herbs and lettuce to wrap. Lunch options include a refined banh mi—served with headcheese and pâté on house-baked bread—one of the better fancy versions in town.

Venue name: The Spice Table
Address: 114 S Central Ave
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 213-620-1840
Website: http://www.thespicetable.com
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30-11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30-midnight
Price: $30 and under
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