978 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thurs, 11/19/2015, 9:00pm reservation
I loved the flavors of Pok Pok during my visit to Portland. So when I first heard that Pok Pok was coming to LA, my heart was filled with food ecstasy. I could finally taste those Ike's Vietnamese wings as often as I would like, right here in the heart of Los Angeles.
James Beard Award winner Andy Ricker is the heart and soul behind Pok Pok. The chef, who resided in Thailand, researched the food to bring authentic dishes to us, hungry piglets. Majority of the dishes are Thai based, but there are a few that come from the streets of Southeast Asia.
The décor is pretty simple and is reminiscent of a pub found in Thailand. There are Christmas lights that brighten up the dining room. Pink, plastic tablecloths with floral prints line each table giving the place some color. There is patio seating as well for the warm, summer months.
|YUZU-HONEY WHISKEY HOT TODDY ($12.00): Korean Yuzu-honey tea with bourbon. If you were ever sick, this is the drink to cure all! It's warm in your tummy and not overly sweet. Smooth and soothing to your throat. Love this!|
Overall, Pok Pok LA is still pretty darn good for Thai food. I'm still really happy it finally has landed in LA after all this time. Chef Andy Ricker has done something special to this place to recreate what would seem like a restaurant in Thailand. The drinks are phenomenal and the food is fantastic. I also appreciate that he puts a little background of where the dishes came from on the menu (although it does read a bit long). My only complaint is that they delivered all the food at once so we were left with no space for our plates. We actually had to use the table next to ours to place some of the food that was delivered. If they staggered the food, I would have been more of a happy camper.
Notable dishes: Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, Khao Soi, and Kaeng Hang Leh