Singaporean restaurant Spice Table to open downtown


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Bryant Ng, a chef who helped open Pizzeria Mozza and has worked at Campanile as well as at Daniel in New York and La Folie in San Francisco, plans to open a Singaporean restaurant in downtown’s Little Tokyo. Ng’s Spice Table will take over the space that formerly housed Cuba Central on Central Avenue.

‘I’m an L.A. native of Singaporean heritage so I really wanted to open a restaurant that serves food that is influenced by the traditional cuisines of Singapore and Southeast Asia,’ Ng says.


By day, the Spice Table will serve Southeast Asian-inspired sandwiches made with bread, charcuterie, pickles and other ingredients all made in-house. In the evening, Ng says he’ll focus on satays and other grilled items from a wood-burning hearth. Other planned dishes include laksa (spicy noodle soup), stews, curries, noodles, vegetables, and Ng’s version of Hainanese chicken rice, plus craft beers that pair well with the flavors of the food.

The restaurant, on Central Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets, is under construction. ‘It looks a bit like a fortress right now,’ he says of the 2,000-square-foot space adjacent to Weiland’s Brewery. But he’s planning to de-paint the exterior to expose the original brick and restore some windows. He expects to open in the late fall ‘if everything goes smoothly.’

-- Betty Hallock