Thai restaurant families live deep in Los Angeles, with chefs / restaurateurs like Kris Yenbamroong taking over her Talesai family’s legacy in West Hollywood and beyond, and sisters Cathy and Vanda Asapahu operate their family restaurant Ayara in a new generation. Jazz Singsanong and his late brother Tui Sungkamee helped make Jitlada a premier destination for Southern Thai cuisine, while Justin Pichetrungsi took over his father’s 40-year-old Anajak Thai restaurant with a menu of natural wines and dynamic collaborative dinners on Tuesdays.
And quietly, sisters Katy Noochlaor and Amanda Kuntee reshaped the conversation around longtime neighborhood Thai restaurants Chao Krung and Same Same Thai in the Fairfax and Silver Lake district, respectively. Now Noochlaor and Kuntee have taken their family’s Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant, a 23-year-old local favorite in West LA, and plan to reopen it in Sawtelle Japantown under the same nickname and a refocused street food menu.
Kuntee took over the 50-year-old Chao Krung restaurant as head chef in 2015, installing a reduced but still traditional menu and an updated dining room. Noochlaor and Kuntee have worked together for as long as they can remember, now developing a three-part LA Thai restaurant domination. Tuk Tuk Thai occupies the former Café Dahab space at the north end of Sawtelle Japantown, just around the corner from the iconic Nuart Theater. The idea is to focus on beer and street wine like kuay tiew hang, Isan sausage, and crispy fried taro, served in a 47-seat dining room (with outdoor seating available). Although Sawtelle Japantown has been a hotbed of Asian cuisine for the past few decades, Tuk Tuk, which plans to reopen on December 1, is adding a quality Thai restaurant to the neighborhood.
The legend of See’s in LA
Jenn harris writes an ode to the famous See’s Candies chocolates, based in Los Angeles for 100 years, in the Los Angeles Times this week. There are high end chocolatiers, there are more popular brands of chocolates, but maybe no other chocolate in LA is more valued than the maker of those delicious white boxes. “I have tasted chocolate from the bean to the bar all over the world and tried desserts from renowned pastry chefs. I ate and wrote about my fair share of candy. But the chocolate I want the most, the one that reminds me of my family and transports me to the simplest, before the times, is always See’s, ”writes Harris.
Finally a grand opening for Gogo’s
Gogo’s Tacos from Guerrilla Tacos owner and co-founder Brittney Valles is finally launching a grand opening party, more than two and a half months after his Westlake debut. The party starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, with face painting, classic cars in its huge parking lot, piñatas, a mechanical bull and of course plenty of food and drink. Tickets cost between $ 10 and $ 30 (plus fees) depending on the number of drinks you want, and come with a $ 10 food voucher.
Thanks for the kind words, Esquire
Squire took out his annual list of the best new restaurants and only one LA location makes the cut, with Pearl River Deli mentioned among 40 others. Most of the list centers around New York City. Bridgetown Roti, who was New participant at Eater’s Best restaurant for Los Angeles, was named Pop-Up of the Year by Esquire.
No more boba for old town Pasadena
Bearology is joining the ever-crowded dessert and boba tea scene in Old Town Pasadena, according to SGV traveling reporter Kristie Hang: