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May 24, 2011 01:34 PM

The Spice Table lunch - Perceptor's Photo Report

have had a few fantastic dinners at Spice Table since opening in March..... recently they started their quick service lunch...order in the front, pay, get a number, and food will be delivered to your table... for lunch the main attraction is their offering of gourmet banh mi inspired sandwiches... i've tried almost all of their sandwiches and all of them are great with very different taste and textures... my favorite is their cold cut which has Vietnamese ham, paté, house made headcheese, garlic mayo, pickled carrots, pickled daikon, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeños all inside a fresh baguette baked in the back... I understand the usual banh mi sandwiches are in the $2-3 zone in the usual banh mi stores but the moment you try this you will understand the refinement of taste that makes it worth the $7.5 that they charge...

check this place for a quick downtown lunch..... good stuff

Here is my photo report:

- Perceptor

The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. Love their sandwiches and curry wings, and great photo set as well! My dear wife gags at the mention of head cheese - she didn't even realize the sandwich she was eating had it mixed in there - it's that good...

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      hahaha thats a good way to introduce your wife to food she gags on... and now she is converted!! :-)

      1. re: Perceptor

        I hope so - she often preaches to our daughter not to pick out ingredients that she doesn't like from various dishes (onions, olives, mushrooms) - try them together with everything else in the dish because it was meant to be eaten that way. I can't preach this to her because, well, the wife is always right. :)

        1. re: bulavinaka

          wise words from a wise experienced husband........ :-)

      2. re: bulavinaka

        i really didn't like their fried wings.

        but the catfish sandwich was great.

      3. I dunno. I love me some fromage de tete...but that meatball sandwich and the chicken sandwich look pretty damn good...

        1. Thanks for the fotos. I've only been there for dinner. Looks like I'll have to try lunch there as well...

          Just curious... Are you shooting with a Canon DSLR? The color processing looks Canon-esque.

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            1. re: Perceptor

              Hmm... Maybe I should "borrow" Mrs. J.L.'s Canon 40D (she uses it for non-food photography) on my next food foray, instead of my usual PowerShot point-&-shoot... Clunky cameras are not my usual M.O. in eateries, but I must admit, the photos come out undeniably better.

              Mind if I ask you if you're shooting food with a specific Macro Lens, Perceptor?

              1. re: J.L.

                J.L i dont use a macro lens i use my trusty 16-35L

          1. i had posted this in another thread, but it seems more appropriate here:
            Totally different level of cooking and price from an ordinary vietnamese sandwich, but for my money, the hands down best authentic banh mi is at the Spice Table in little tokyo. House made pate, house made head cheese, house made garlic mayo, house made pickles, all on house made bread. Of course, for the $7.50 that it'll set you back you could have bought 3 sandwiches at some other places. But hey, we chowhounders appreciate both value and quality, right? If you ask me, this sandwich is a perfectly good value. For cheap and good, i hit up places like Ba Le. For simply the best banh mi i've ever had, it's the spice table, hands down.

            The Spice Table
            114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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            1. This sounds fantastic! If anyone was wondering, according to their website, lunch hours are Mon-Sat 11:30 to 3:30.