December 27, 2011

The Spice Table (Closed), Little Tokyo

The Spice Table was a participant in Malaysian restaurant week and we were lucky enough to receive a discount towards our meal through a promotion. Located in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown L.A., the restaurant is in a building that's over 120 years old. The owners kept the original brick walls from the bar to main dining room. There is a wood and charcoal fire stove in the bar area which provides a warmth to the place upon entering. We ate in the dining room, which was very crowded and quite loud.

Chicken Satay

The chicken satay is flavored with lemongrass, ginger and shallots and each order includes 5 skewers. The dark leg meat was very tender and juicy. The sauce was crunchy, spicy and thick with a slightly sweet flavor.

Kon loh mee

The egg noodles were toothsome, the vegetables were refreshingly light and the pork belly was sweet and fatty. All the components made this is wonderfully balanced dish. Want to point out that the sambal is made in house.

Beef Rendang

The short rib was melt in your mouth tender. The curry had a nice balance of heat and sweetness. Peanuts and anchovies added a super crunchy texture to the dish. This was our favorite dish of the night.

Catfish claypot (Vietnamese caramel sauce, coconut juice, ginger)
The catfish was served with a side of jasmine rice. There were three pieces of catfish and one piece was under cooked. The thick sweet sauce really made this dish. In fact, don't be alarmed if you have the sudden urge to throw your rice into the claypot in order to eat all the sauce.

Nai-cha soft-serve

The milk tea soft served flavored with cognac was one of the best soft serves we have ever tasted.

Kaffir lime custard
The lychee flavored custard was good, but did not stand up to the bold flavor of the soft-serve.

Overall, we had a very good meal at the Spice Table and would definitely go back for the beef rendang and cognac flavored soft serve. There was a hiccup with our order and one of our dishes never arrived, but other than that, the service was very good. Our only complaint is the spacing of the tables and how loud the dining room gets when it is full. We look forward to going back and bringing our friends.

The Spice Table - Closed
114 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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