If there is one thing about Los Angeles that attracts locals and tourists alike it is the large Asian culture that can be found in the inner city. Whether Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, or Vietnamese, you’ll most likely find it here. This is especially true where Asian cuisine is the topic. The following information will give you a fairly decent idea of all the Asian cuisine that is available in California’s largest city.
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Crustacean – located in Beverly Hills, this two-story re-enactment of the traditional Vietnamese dinner club is one of the trendier seafood restaurants in the area. Many critics have stated that the trendy Euro-Asian seafood restaurant and bar is where the beautiful people meet the most beautiful food.
Vegan Glory – if your preference is Vegan Asian or Thai, Vegan Glory is the restaurant for you. This bright and sunny Vegan/vegetarian restaurant attracts diners from all corners of the greater Los Angeles metro area. Whether you stop in for lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed. Home delivery and take-out menus are available as well.
Mako – this Beverly Hills establishment features the “small plate” concept of dining out with a wide range of Asian and Japanese dishes to sample. Although the menu is largely Japanese in nature, it does some crossing over into other cultural mixes such as their Asian seafood risotto plate.
Golden Deli – for the best in Vietnamese you’re going to want to venture out to San Gabriel and visit the Golden Deli. The food here is always fresh and tasty as well as being extremely cheap. Patrons drive for miles just to experience their crispy egg rolls which many claim are the best you will find anywhere in the greater LA area.
Tibet Nepal House – for the most distinctive tastes of the Himalayan Mountains, take the drive to Pasadena and visit this restaurant. Lunch buffet is available Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm while dinner a la carte is available on the same days. Try the Lamb Sekuwa and a side of their nine-bean soup known as kwaati.
Chadaka Thai – one of the better Thai restaurants in the greater LA area, Chadaka Thai in the city of Burbank features simple Asian décor, a crescent-shaped bar, and glossy tables of dark woods. The menu is comprised of curry, noodle, seafood, vegetable, and numerous wok dishes that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates.
Elite Restaurant – located in Monterrey Park just east of downtown Los Angeles is the Elite Restaurant, quite possibly the finest in Cantonese dining that you will find anywhere in the LA area. Although the dining room is usually crowded from opening to closing seven days a week, the service is swift and always friendly.
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