Silver Lake neighbourhood in L.A. has been on everyone's radar ever since it was named one of America's hippest hipster neighbourhoods in Forbes magazine. The food scene in particular has been exploding, from Asian to Mexican fare and French to Japanese, here are our top 3 picks.
We also wanted to include Sqirl, however, technically it sits just on the periphery of Silver Lake. But don't fear, I have written it up and it will feature on the LUXE City Guides
soon! I'll let you know when it's up, but for now you can feast on these:
*Update: you can now read about where to eat in LA including my review on Sqirl, here
Night + Market Song
When you step through the doors of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's second restaurant (song
meaning two in Thai), it (almost) feels like a shophouse in Bangkok – the pink and yellow plastic tablecloths and simple seats, is totally un-fancy. But, the food more than make up for the decor. Classic dishes from the northeastern Thai chef bring authentic flavours to the Silver Lake masses. The roti
might give you a heart attack on the spot, ultra decadent but butterly delicious! It comes with the beef penang
curry or try it in a sweet version with ice cream and condensed milk. We also recommend the strips of pork shoulder marinated in condensed milk overnight. The nam prik krueang jim
is a fishy style dip (might be an acquired taste for some!) is perfect for dipping fried eggplant. Being half Thai and having just come back from a recent trip to Bangkok, I can attest these flavour are just like being back home!
Lunch 12pm - 3pm; dinner 5pm - 11pm.
3322 W. Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
This cool spot is located in an unassuming strip mall. Put your name on the hanging waitlist just outside the door and wait for your name to be called. This casual spot recently opened in October 2015 and gained popularity in such a short time. Owners of the sister restaurants Petit Trois and Trois Mec. The picnic bench style seating is communal, and the utensils and plates reminiscent of a camping trip. The Mexican-French fare is ridiculously good. Start off or end your meal with the churro French toast followed by the Milenesa (chicken topped with pickled cucumbers), crispy hash brown chilaqueles
topped with a sunny side egg, and the double decker potato tacos (with a hard shell wrapped in soft shell) – you won't be disappointed.
Breakfast and lunch, 10am - 3pm.
3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Pine and Crane
Taiwanese cuisine is influenced from mainland China, so the dishes are similar albeit more elegant in flavour. The interior of Pine and Crane is simple, clean lines with pale wood benches and tables. Located in the sunset triangle of Silver Lake, the queues snake inside the restaurant. The way it works here is that you order first then find a table afterwards, by then (hopefully) someone would have cleared off. The beef roll with crispy outside wrapping and hoisin sauce was by far our favourite. Also try the pan-fried pork buns, and pork dumplings (yes, we love pork!), balance it out with a serving of sautéed pea shoots. *Apologies, no photos for this place. Will try and update on my next return! x
Lunch and dinner, 12pm - 10pm.
1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026