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May 27, 2010 06:16 AM

I finally get to try Starry Kitchen

I keep hearing so many good things. I see the photos on their blog and the food looks delicious. Getting downtown for lunch is too tough so I am glad they are finally opening for dinner.

Bring on the crispy tofu balls!

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  1. Tried it tonight. The wife and I split the Malaysian Chicken Curry and the Pork Belly Banh Mi. Thought the chicken curry was good, but I really liked the Banh Mi. Different than a traditional banh mi, but very good. Also had the crispy tofu balls which were pretty good too.

    A good choice if you are downtown. If I worked downtown I would probably eat there every day. From Hollywood it is a bit of a drive, but they do have free parking. I was thinking that a concert at the Grand Performances and dinner at SK, would be a great night.

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    1. re: bsquared2

      My first visit was tonight as well! Loved the crispy tofu balls and seared tuna salad with mango vinaigrette.

      I would definitely be there often if I lived closer, but it will be on my list for a downtown stop. Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the welcoming host/owner!!!!

      1. re: bsquared2

        Does their banh mi use a fish sauce at all? I don't eat fish/seafood, and this has prevented me from liking banh mi. I feel like I would like it if it wasn't fishy...

        1. re: mdpilam

          I love fish sauce, but I did not notice any in particular in the bahn mi I had. My guess is it depends which protein you choose. However, the owner is SO helpful - I'm positive that if you requested no fish sauce, even if they normally use it, he would be happy to oblige.

      2. We tried Starry Kitchen last night and really enjoyed it. We had a Nom Nom Pork bahn mi with a side of shallot fried rice, chicken wings, and a pandan flan. The bahn mi, while not your traditional bahn mi, was a really delicious and satisfying sandwich, perfect for a hot summer night. I didn't try the chicken wings, but my husband (who doesn't even really like fried chicken that much) loved them and left only a little pile of bones on the plate. We both really enjoyed the flan as well - the pandan flavor brought back memories of Malaysia for me. Also, the owner's obvious passion for his craft is infectious and fun.

        As downtown residents, we're so happy that new restaurants keep opening and seem to be thriving even in this economy. Starry Kitchen is definitely going to enter our rotation.

        Starry Kitchen
        350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071