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.
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.
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)
Kaffir lime custard
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