5233 1/2 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Fri, 07/24/2015, 6:45pm walk-in
Since the 1970s, Jitlada has been serving Thai food to ravenous Angelenos. The restaurant has changed multiple owners since the '70s and is currently run by Sarintip "Jazz" Singsanong and her brother Suthiporn "Tui" Sungkamee.
Prior to obtaining Jitlada, Jazz and Tui began working with their other brother John at Emporium Thai in Westwood, CA. Realizing that the diners were not a fan of spice, Jitlada was reinvented and their spicy cuisine was born.
The restaurant serves the usual standard Thai dishes and their authentic Thai home cooking, which translates to...spicy! Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly once referred to their beef curry dish khua kling Phat Lung as "the spiciest food you can eat in Los Angeles at the moment." Boy....was he right!
|Gotta wait...cause it's worth it.|
|MANGO STICKY RICE ($8.00): This was my favorite dessert of the two. The mango was perfectly sweet and ripe. The rice was sticky, rich, with a sweet coconut flavor. Together, it was the perfect combination. It's mango sticky rice done right.|
Overall, Jitlada is Southern Thai food at its best. It is a place not for amateurs in terms of spice level. The ambiance is simple and casual, nothing too fancy. The parking is a little crazy. The food is great and the menu is like a novel book. There are a ton of dishes to choose from and it is really packed with flavor. I would definitely consider this place one of the better Thai restaurants in Los Angeles. Be sure to come prepared for some sweatin' and numbing of your tongue.
Notable dishes: Crispy Morning Glory Salad, Oxtail Curry and Mango Sticky Rice