The Spice Table
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Member Reviews (4)
- The Spice TableMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 28, 2013
I had been meaning to go to the Spice Table ever since I met chef Bryant Ng back in June at the Vendy Awards. Chef Ng was named one of the best new chefs in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. The food at the Spice Table is Singaporean and Vietnamese. The spices can be tasted throughout the 3 dishes we ordered. We had:
Creamed Kale with house-made paneer and grilled pork belly $10: (5 stars) This dish was outstanding. I would order it again in a heartbeat. The spices are subtle but the overall dish was amazing. The tender pork belly served alongside only accentuated the flavors. Delicious.
Crispy Quail $17: (4 stars) The skin on the quail was indeed crispy and thin. So tasty! The quail was stuffed with rice, salted duck egg yolk, red beans, and mushrooms. My only complaint was that quails are so small and would have liked to have another.
Laksa Noodles $13 (3 stars): Thick rice noodles (think udon) with laksa leaf in a saucy, seafood curry gravy. This was good but since I'm not a fan of seafood broth I didn't enjoy it as much as my cousin did. She raved about it and she loved the spiciness of the curry; she normally doesn't like spicy food. If I return, I'd try a different noodle dish.
We also ordered the wine pairing which was $15 per person. You can opt for all reds, all whites or a combination of 3 3-oz wines. They brought out some really delicious wines that paired well with our food.
My cousin and I had a wonderful dinner and I can't believe how pronounced the spices were in the food. It was delicious. I definitely recommend the Spice Table if you're ever in Little Tokyo.
- The Spice TableAug 17, 2012
Huge fan of this place, always have had an enjoyable meal. But one has to understand what it is and what it is not. It's a classsically trained chef (Bryant Ng has worked Mozza Pizzeria and other places) doing takes on his and his wife's childhood favorites using these new techniques. So what you get a modern twist on classic asian favorites. Flavors may not be exactly as one might remember, but a bit more complex and adult.
With that said, they always have delicious rotating specials that one might say shine more than their regular menu.
- Monday night burger special: Looks like the classic american cheeseburger, but the subtle asian twists totally makes this burger unique.
- Sauteed sweet bread with chili and niman ranch bacon: really nicely done, great dish to try if you've never had sweet breads in any way other than fried, try this.
- Fried Soft-Shelled Crab with Salted Duck Egg Sauce and Curry Leaves: The crab was so crispy and tender; and accented by this duck egg curry sauce that had this delicate combination of salty / fragrant / spicy.
- Be sure to check out their handmade charcuterie appetizers, they are all spot on and very good!
- The Spice TableFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
Another overpriced, faux asian restaurant. In a city like Los Angeles, where we have access to many great, authentic asian restuarant options, this just seems like an overpriced restuarant for those that don't have culture or never experience really good asian (thai, vietnamese, malaysian, etc) food.