Indonesian, Malaysian, South American, African restaurants
Here's a nice big list to prove how awesome LA is.
Penang in West Covina
Belacan Grill in Redondo Beach
Selamat Detang in Torrance
Simpang Asia in West LA/Culver City area
Carlitos Gardel in West Hollywood
Pelican around Inglewood
Brothers Belizean in South Gate
Little Belize in Inglewood
Nell and John's near USC
El Parron in Van Nuys
Rincon Chileno in Wilshire Center
Antojitos Latinos in Van Nuys
Mesón Criollo in Van Nuys
Mi Ama in Lawndale
La Maria North Hollywood
Chibcha near Echo Park
Costa Rica Restaurant in Anaheim
Havana Mania in Redondo Beach
Felix in Orange
Portos Bakery in Glendale
El Caserio in Orange
La Caravana in Pasedena
Los Chorros in Inglewood
Paseo Chapin in Downtown
Guatemalteca in Hollywood
El Katracho in Sherman Oaks
El Gallo Pinto in Azusa
El Asador in South LA
Los Balcones del Peru in the Vine/Mid-Wilshire area
Mario's Peruvian in the Vine/Mid-Wilshire ara
Puro Sabor in Van Nuys
Pollo a la Brasa in Koreatown
Señor Big Ed in Cypress
Copa Café in Beverly Hills (more of a coffee place)
Lagos Café in Gardena
Saaris in Inglewood
Ngoma in Wilshire/LaBrea area
Spring Bok in Van Nuys
Los Balcones Del Peru
1360 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Pollo A La Brasa Western
764 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Mi Ama Restaurant
14605 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
El Caserio Restaurant
309 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Mario's Peruvian & Seafood
5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034
10516 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Chibcha Colombian Restaurant
2619 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Springbok Bar & Grill
16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406
7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
5358 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
4693 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304
El Katracho Restaurant
14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
4354 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Felix Continental Cafe
36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866
307 E Hillcrest Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
Penang Malaysian Cuisine
987 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
2701 190th St, Torrance, CA
Pelican Belizean Cuisine
4254 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Brothers Belizean Restaurant
11313 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90061
217 E Nutwood St, Inglewood, CA 90301
Nel & John's Belizean
3567 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Van Nuys, CA, Van Nuys, CA
14909 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405
Meson Criollo Grill
15713 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Costa Rica Restaurant
2500 W Lincoln Ave # 5, Anaheim, CA
La Caravana Restaurante Salvadoreno
1306 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
4770 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
El Asador Restaurant
1225 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Senor Big Ed
5490 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630
Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hills, CA
El Gallo Pinto Restaurant
5559 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702
Nice List ~ Here are a few more:
Uncle Al's Seafood - Long Beach ~ (African/Cajun).
Sweet African Fast Food - Inglewood
Dar Maghreb - Hollywood
Mozambique - Laguna Beach
Ngoma - Mid Wilshire
(Already mentioned above; however, they bill themselves as Pan-African dividing their menu between Central West African & Central East African [i.e. Kenya] ).
Bistro 4040 - Baldwin Hills
Moun of Tunis - Hollywood
La Kantuta - North Hollywood
Tigeorge's Chicken - Downtown-ish
Trinidad & Tobago:
Caribbean Treehouse - Inglewood
Singapore (right in the middle of Malaysia & Indonesia):
Banana Leaf - West Hollywood
To add to the Indonesian list:
Ramayani on Westwood Blvd
It's more expensive than Simpang Asia ... but they do offer more variety and some of the dishes are better here than at Simpang
I think the Gudeg is better at Simpang but soto betawi at Ramayani is pretty good!
1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Everyone says that about food in Singapore - you've been there so you know it's an island full of Chowhound-able eaters. IMHO, they set a high bar, it's a totally different climate, many exotic indigenous ingredients, etc, which all plays like an alchemist's secret formula that is nearly impossible to duplicate here. I'm thankful that we can even get renditions of cuisines from that part of the world here in the Westside and the South Bay with relative ease...
Do you have any more info on this place?
Selamat Detang in Torrance
I looked it up on the internet but only found an address that I can't find (when driving by) and a phone number and menu that corresponds to Belacan Grill. I hope this place exists since it's right around the corner from me.
Just found them on losangeles.menupages.com under Torrance - clicked their online menu and the items looked like pretty standard but familiar... looked up the address, and it's the same as Belacan Grill... my gut tells me that the greeting, "Selamat Detang" (or selemat dAtang - welcome), must have gotten mislabeled somehow as a restaurant name...
I think Selmat Detang was the name of the restaurant before it became Belecan Grill. That location went through many different owners, style changes, etc. Belacan Grill is one of the longest tenents there. It is good food, just never "crowded."
2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Well, four replies to the troll (seriously, find me another American metro area that's a better candidate for the title)... and a huge list for you. Here's a few more:
Malaysian - Tropika, in Tustin
Peruvian - just drive down Sherman Way (Las Quenas, El Hatuchay, etc.)
Argentine - Lala's (WeHo and Studio City), Mercado Buenos Aires (Van Nuys), El Morfi (Glendale) -- there's also an Argentine-Italian place on Chapman east of the 55 that I can never remember the name of.
I think we're more diverse than nyc.
Indo Cafe (Culver City)
Grand Casino (Culver City)
Empanada's Place (Culver City)
Industry Cafe (Culver City)
Guelaguetza (Palms, L.A.)
Chichen Itza (LA)
I love Culver City for being the united nations of food. Except for Chinese food.
slacker: Are you referring to Indo Cafe on National Blvd, right across from Simpang Asia?
Because if so,I think they're closed now, it's always pitch dark whenever I drive by ... (probably lost all their customers to Simpang)
If not ... did they open another location ?_? Where in Culver City is it?
It's reopened and is as good, if not even better, than it used to be.
My favorite Indonesian food is on Saturdays from about 11am to 2pm in the parking lot beind the Duarte Inn, on Foothill Blvd., in Duarte. A group of what are essentially warung.
As for Argentinian, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Mercado Buenos Aires on Sepulveda in Van Nuys.
Mercado Buenos Aires
7540 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA
1200 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA
Throw in the loooooong list of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Mexican dining options and I think our NYC board will cower in fear... The last time I checked, the southland includes the OC and SGV... The OP wants to know what other corridors of ethnicity there are and how diverse the Southland really is... Little Armenia, Tehrangeles, Little Saigon, Koreatown, ThaiTown, East LA,...
thanks for the responses. hmm singaporean. sounds awesome. a good %age of the population is Indian (particularly Tamil descendants) like Malaysia. went to Elmo's blog and found an Indonesian place in Garden Grove. Mexicans make up a large %age of LA's diversity which is why I asked if it's really the 2nd most diverse area compared to NYC. I guess there are enough sheer #'s of other groups, so this is the case. I wonder where Chicago and Miami would stack up.
Chicago would have a huge number of Mexicans, not quite as many Central Americans, and a hell of a lot more Eastern Europeans (Czechs, Polish, Greeks, etc.) than LA, but nowhere near the number of Asians.
Miami to me is all about immigration from Latinoamérica, Africa and Long Island but I haven't been in years so maybe I'm wrong.