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Sep 2, 2008 08:16 PM

Indonesian, Malaysian, South American, African restaurants

these groups aren't big in the Southland . well I know there is a Brazilian, ethiopean, eritrean corridor but what else? indonesian in west covina where else? I wonder if LA is really the 2nd most diverse metro area after nyc?

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  1. Great Indonesian food at Simpang Asia on National Blvd. just west of Motor. Very plain and small room, but very good food.

    Simpang Asia
    10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    1. 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:
      Costa Rica Restaurant in Anaheim

      Havana Mania in Redondo Beach
      Felix in Orange
      Portos Bakery in Glendale

      El Caserio in Orange

      El Salvador:
      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

      Puerto Rico:
      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

      South Africa
      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

      Belacan Grill
      2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

      Mi Ama Restaurant
      14605 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

      Porto's Bakery
      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

      Havana Mania
      3615 Inglewood Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

      Simpang Asia
      10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      La Maria
      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

      Carlitos Gardel
      7963 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

      5358 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      Los Chorros
      4693 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90304

      El Katracho Restaurant
      14838 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

      Rincon Chileno
      4354 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

      Felix Continental Cafe
      36 Plaza Sq, Orange, CA 92866

      307 E Hillcrest Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

      Puro Sabor
      6366 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

      Penang Malaysian Cuisine
      987 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

      Selamat Detang
      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

      Little Belize
      217 E Nutwood St, Inglewood, CA 90301

      Nel & John's Belizean
      3567 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

      El Parron
      Van Nuys, CA, Van Nuys, CA

      Antojitos Latinos
      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

      Guatemalteca Bakery
      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

      Copa Café
      Beverly Hills, CA, Beverly Hills, CA

      El Gallo Pinto Restaurant
      5559 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

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      1. re: noahbites

        Nice List ~ Here are a few more:

        Uncle Al's Seafood - Long Beach ~ (African/Cajun).

        Ivory Coast:
        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

        Haiti :
        Tigeorge's Chicken - Downtown-ish

        Trinidad & Tobago:
        Caribbean Treehouse - Inglewood

        Singapore (right in the middle of Malaysia & Indonesia):
        Banana Leaf - West Hollywood

        1. re: JBC

          I am pretty sure that Mozambique is South African (ironically), but pretty good food. :-)

          1. re: JBC

            Do you know if the Banana Leaf you mention is related to the ones in Vancouver? Had a great meal there a couple of months ago. Thanks!

            1. re: WildSwede

              I personally don't know; however, the Vancouver Banana Leaf's website describes itself as "Malaysian Cuisine" with 3 locations in Vancouver. So I strongly doubt it.

              1. re: JBC

                That makes me sad since the meal was phenomenal and I wish I could have it down here.

          2. re: noahbites

            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!

            Ramayani Westwood
            1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

            1. re: burumun

              My father-in-law (Malaysian-Chinese) also enjoyed Ramayani's soto kambing as well... It's been a while since we've been, but they also had a stewed dish with oxtails - can't remember the name, but it was quite nice as well...

              1. re: burumun

                I loved the Indonesian food that I had in Singapore but IMHO, Ramayani was nothing to close to that goodness.

                1. re: tdo

                  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...

              2. re: noahbites

                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.

                1. re: BobMack

                  Just found them on 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...

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Hmm. I think you're right. Good detective work.

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      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."

                      Belacan Grill
                      2701 190th St Ste 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

                2. peruvian-
                  puro sabor in van nuys
                  la perla de pacifico (north hollywood)

                  1. 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.

                    1. I think we're more diverse than nyc.


                      Indo Cafe (Culver City)

                      Grand Casino (Culver City)
                      Empanada's Place (Culver City)

                      East African:
                      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.

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: slacker

                        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?


                        1. re: burumun

                          oh no! Yes, I'm referring to that Indo Cafe. I was at Simpang about a month ago, but didn't notice that Indo was dark.

                          1. re: slacker

                            Last time I was at Simpang, the front of Indo Cafe was boarded up with plywood. I was told they had a fire.

                            1. re: Outerspace

                              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

                              Duarte Inn
                              1200 Huntington Dr, Duarte, CA