Thaitown: Late Night Eats at Sanamluang Cafe
Clearly the thing to do after bar hopping in East Hollywood is to hit up one of Thaitown’s mainly late night spots. On this night, we chose Sanamluang Cafe. I’ve only been before during the day so it was quite the scene late night. People are seriously grubbing on noodles and downing copious cups of Thai iced tea.
Something fried always sounds right a this bewitching hour and egg rolls hit the spot. They were hot and not greasy. It gave us something to much on while we waited for our meal.
Ah, glorious caffeine and sugar; the perfect Thai iced tea.
My friend opted for the pad thai which he didn’t exactly enjoy. The thing about not knowing what your food tastes like after a few drinks is not true.
On the other hand, our morning glory veggie dish was wholly satisfying in only the way garlic-y veggies can be.
And of course I had noodles. Sanamluang does a decent job with boat noodles. But they were even more amazing the next morning…that’s when I really enjoyed the bits of offal, meatballs and broth.
Overall the food is a bit sweeter than I like but sometimes that might just mean it’s more “authentic.” Thais tend to like food on the sweeter side as well as spicy — that’s what that jar of sugar is for on the table. I’ve seen people sprinkle sugar and then douse their food with heaping spoonfuls of pickled chilis and chili sauce.
We’ll be back again– before or after bar hopping.
Sanamluang Cafe5176 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 — (323) 660-8006 © The Minty 2013