Pok Pok LA–Foodie Birthday Lunch for February 2016

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25 of us enjoyed a veritable banquet food at Pok Pok LA in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.  Pok Pok LA is the newest Los Angeles restaurant from highly regarded and James Beard-awarded Portland chef, Andy Ricker.  The cuisine is Northern Thai that is influenced and presented in as fun, Thai street food-esque environment.

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Pok Pok LA, in the Mandarin Plaza has two levels.  The lower, entrance level, is a fun area of smaller sized tables that is used during lunch and dinner service.  There is also an outside patio dining area in the courtyard that also overlooks some of the grills used for the cooking.  Upstairs, there is a large space featuring larger tables that is used during dinner service as well as for private events like ours.

Outside patio dining area.
Outside patio dining area.
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BBQ
The upstairs dining room is divided by a low wall and plants
The upstairs dining room is divided by a low wall and plants
On one side of the upper dining room are three "alcoves" with tables.  Open yet separated at the same time.
On one side of the upper dining room are three “alcoves” with tables. Open yet separated at the same time.
Upstairs dining area with plenty of room for groups of varying sizes.
Upstairs dining area with plenty of room for groups of varying sizes.

 

Our lunch featured a variety of food from different parts of the extensive menu.  We had a sampling of food from “drinking foods”, “grilled things”, “food eaten with rice as part of a shared meal”, and “sweet things”.  Of course, we were completely stuffed and then some!

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Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings.  A mush order any time you visit!
Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. A must order any time you visit!
Yam Met Mamuang Himmaphan.  Toasted Cashew with Thai Chilies and Green Onions.
Yam Met Mamuang Himmaphan. Toasted Cashew with Thai Chilies and Green Onions.
Kai Yaang.  Roasted Chicken served with Spicy/Sweet/Sour Sauce and Tamarind Sauce.
Kai Yaang. Roasted Chicken served with Spicy/Sweet/Sour Sauce and Tamarind Sauce. Served with Sticky Rice.
Papaya Pok Pok.  Central Thai Spicy Green Papaya Salad
Papaya Pok Pok. Central Thai Spicy Green Papaya Salad
Kaeng Hang Leh.  Northern Thai Sweet Pork Belly and Shoulder Curry.
Kaeng Hang Leh. Northern Thai Sweet Pork Belly and Shoulder Curry.
Yam Khai Dao. Crispy Egg Salad
Yam Khai Dao. Crispy Egg Salad
Phat Khanaeng.  Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts.
Phat Khanaeng. Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts.
Sangkhaya Thurian.  Sweet Sticky Rice with Durian Scented Custard
Sangkhaya Thurian. Sweet Sticky Rice with Durian Scented Custard
Khanom Pang Ai Tiim.  Coconut Jackfruit Ice Cream served on a Sweet Bun.
Khanom Pang Ai Tiim. Coconut Jackfruit Ice Cream served on a Sweet Bun.

Pok Pok LA is a welcome addition to LA’s amazing ethnic food scene.  The food is delicious and amazingly flavorful yet remains accessible to even the novice food adventurer.  The restaurant draws a good crowd, even at lunch, but has a good amount of space to accommodate different needs.  In fact, we had the pleasure of running into fellow foodie and star of the PBS series, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Phil Rosenthal, at the restaurant (by the way, he’s a super nice guy, very funny in person and you can catch Season 1 of his show now on Netflix!).  Andre, the events manager and Pat, the manager will take really great care of you.  They want you to have a great time and really helpful in helping you plan the event you want to have.  Or just go for lunch or dinner and enjoy the food!  You won’t go wrong either way!

With Phil Rosenthal from I'll Have What Phil's Having.
With Phil Rosenthal from I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.

Pok Pok LA

978 N. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA  90012

(213) 613-1831

pokpokla.com

Reservations available on OpenTable

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