Via Café

Restaurants, Cafés Chinatown
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanPork and shrimp summer rolls at Via Café
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanVia Café
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanVia Café

Fat, fresh goi cuon, chilly bowls of bun noodles and five filling options for banh mi make this bi-level cafe a refreshing destination for fans of Vietnamese cooking. The clean space, housed inside a prismatic, pagoda-roofed corner of Chinatown Central Plaza only adds to the appeal. The menu offers a mash-up of regional recipes offering a flip-side to pho—start with a salad of Manila clams and crispy rice crackers ($8) or rice flour crepe ($8) filled with shrimp and pork or vegetarian-friendly tofu and mushroom, then try the Hainan chicken ($7.50), spicy Szechuan shrimp ($8.75) or pad thai ($8), topped with crushed peanuts, red cabbage, jalapeño and lime. Beers from China, Japan, Laos, the Philippines and Cambodia help elevate the Pan-Asian panache.

By: Hadley Tomicki


Venue name: Via Café
Address: 451 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-10pm
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