January 01, 2017

Little Sister DTLA

A year ago, I celebrated my birthday at a then-new restaurant in downtown LA called Little Sister.  While I'm ashamed of my inconsistent (or practically nonexistent) blog posts in 2016, I'm happy that Little Sister is continuing to offer some delicious Southeast Asian fusion food to those who are willing to give it a try.

Like its Manhattan Beach location, Little Sister "features East-meets-West inspired dishes served in a relaxed social environment that feels more residential than restaurant, as if you're being invited into the Chef Tin's home." [ link ]  Personally, Little Sister reminds me of a restaurant in New York -- tight, packed, and loud.  And I love it.

The dishes are primarily Vietnamese with a dash of Chinese, a pinch of Korean, and sprinkle of other Southeast Asian flavors.  Although I'm not typically a fan of Asian fusion, the wide variety of spices go beyond cross cultural divides in a way that is complementary and surprisingly pleasant.

Here're a few highlights from my meal, all of which come recommended:

Papaya Salad w/ Viet-style beef jerky, chili peppers, lime dressing, peanuts -- $12

Fresh, tangy, perfectly balanced flavors.

Steamed Black Cod w/ pork belly, shitake mushrooms, clams, jalapeno peppers, leeks, bitter greens, and fermented sauce -- $18

There's something delightfully refreshing about this fish dish.  Not only was it perfectly cooked, but it was light with just the right amount of salt.

Shaky Shaky Beef -- braised beef with watercress, baby tomatoes, burnt butter soy and tomato garlic fried rice -- $28

Goi Cuon Fresh Spring Roll -- Pork & Shrimp wrapped in rice paper -- $8

Vietnamese Coffee Flan with condensed milk creme and palmiers -- $8

Little Sister DTLA may not be an ideal venue for large parties, but it's a great place to experience well done fusion for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  If you still haven't had a chance to check it out, you really should in the new year!

cuisine: Upscale Vietnamese fusion
location: Downtown LA
hours: Daily, 9am-10pm
good for: Lunch, Dinner
websites: { LS | yelp | facebook | instagram | twitter }
attire: Casual
reservations: Walk-ins allowed, but reservations highly recommended
suggestions: Shaky Shaky beef, Fresh Spring Rolls, SGV banh mi.


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