Chef/Partner Tin Vuong and Partner Jed Sanford of L.A.’s formidable Blackhouse Hospitality debut their sixth restaurant, Little Sister Downtown, a French colonial jewel box, housed near the corner of 7th Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core. A reimagined interpretation of its Manhattan Beach counterpart with a lighter aesthetic and expanded menu options to reflect new breakfast, midday, and late night offerings, Little Sister Downtown will introduce Angelenos to the cultural and culinary influences of imperialist rule in Vietnam during the 19th century.
“Little Sister Downtown is the restaurant I’ve always dreamt of opening,” says Vuong. “In many ways, it embodies my journey as a chef. My grandparents fled Vietnam during the fall of Saigon and passed along a wealth of knowledge about Southeast Asian cuisine. Additionally, growing up in the San Gabriel Valley, I’m fortunate to enjoy some of the best Asian cuisine on the continent, which has unequivocally inspired my approach to cooking. “Highlights of the 50-seat restaurant include Vietnamese-style breakfast with house-made breads and porridge (congee); banh mi and various lunch offerings such as the Autumn Roll with sweet potato, jicama, egg, Viet herbs, Chinese sausage, and coconut peanut sauce. “With Little Sister Downtown, we are digging a little deeper into regional Asian cuisine—Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bali—to introduce a melting pot of techniques and flavor profiles,” says Executive Chef Mikey Segerstrom. “From robata-style proteins to lesser known cured meats, we’re playing with fermentation, bolder spice blends, and umami to give diners a taste of something they’ve not yet experienced before.”
Luxe Tip: Bar Program…check this out, Diners can sample a range of esoteric by-the-glass options via the Coravin Wine Access System, which inserts a needle through a cork to draw out the wine without allowing air inside. They offer Premium sakes and soju-based cocktails features cheeky combinations (silky + tropical) with hibiscus infused wine, citrus, and orgeat and (bold + spicy) with serrano infused soju, mint, basil, cilantro, and kiwi.
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