Jitlada Thai Restaurant

5233-1/2 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Jitlada Thai Restaurant +

Photo: Terrance Rorie


  • Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
It is already hard to believe there was a time before Suthiporn Sungkamee and his sister Jazz Singsanong were fixtures on the Hollywood Thai restaurant scene. Now we take their Southern Thai specialties for granted: the Songkhla-style rice salad; the fried sea bass with homegrown turmeric; and the kua kling Phat Tha Lung, a beef curry spicy enough to strip the bark off a log. The printed menu could pass for the one at your usual Thai banalities, but the typed insert of Southern specialties includes dishes you'll find in few other places: delicious, foul-smelling yellow curries of fermented bamboo shoots; delicate lemon curries; curries of fried soft-shell crabs and the notorious sataw bean; wild tea leaves cooked down like creamed spinach with bits of gluey-skinned catfish; beef simmered with pickled buds of Asian cinnamon. There are accessible dishes, too, like grilled beef with green papaya salad, steamed mussels with lemongrass and chili, a tropical coco-mango salad and shrimp fried with basil — it's not all fish kidneys and dried mudfish. When you need to show visitors the diversity of Los Angeles restaurants, Jitlada is Exhibit A. Difficult lot parking. See full review.

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