Thai Town is filled to the brim with little hole-in-the-wall restaurants that look like they’re in desperate need of a bath.

Or at least a heavy rainstorm. Inside. Maybe someone should light a match and set off the sprinklers. Blessing in disguise.

Sanamluang Café could certainly use a scrub down but they have one of the best Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodle) I’ve ever tasted! Order this (and maybe nothing else).

The Red Curry looked like it was going to be thick, spicy and delicious but was really none of the above It was like someone had dumped a glass of hot water in it. Oops! That probably was meant to clean the grimy tables or the stained walls, sorry!

We ordered what sounded like it was to be a fairly innocuous dish. BBQ Pork on Rice.

I wasn’t sure what 50% of the contents even were, the slices of what appeared to be transparent pepperoni slices (Chinese Sausage) frightened me at first, but they ended up being tasty.

The deep fried pork belly looked positively petrified. Had they found it behind the fridge or lurking in a cupboard? We dared not try it cuz we’re wimps and our stomachs were already feeling wonky.

The dish comes with this lurid pink/red sauce to pour over everything. While I may have finished half of this mystery goo, I still do not know if I liked it.

I’ve noticed that meats over rice are a popular item at Sanamluang, so perhaps I should have just chosen the chicken instead.

I suppose I only have my adventurous self to blame.

5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006



Red Curry with Chicken

Red Curry with Chicken

BBQ Pork over Rice

BBQ Pork over Rice

Pad Kee Mao

Pad Kee Mao