Luv2Eat Thai Bistro

6660 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323-498-5835
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Anne Fishbein Tray-size papaya salad with Thai crab and salted mussels

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  • Daily, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 4:30-11 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
At the center of Luv2Eat, a Hollywood strip-mall spot serving fiercely unfiltered Thai cooking, are Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip, chefs and business partners decamped from Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle to open their own restaurant just east of Thai Town. Pla and Kaewtathip were childhood friends in Phuket, eating the same spicy southern Thai food that became the bedrock for their menu at Luv2Eat. Their trademark dish might be the Phuket crab curry, adapted from Pla’s mother’s recipe and ladled into generous-sized soup bowls. Murky, earthy and stained with turmeric, it hums with the power of a jet turbine, fueled by waves of heat and subtle layers of sweet, salty and sour that creep down the back of the throat. Less spicy but equally funky is the shrimp-paste fried rice, which tames the muskiness of its namesake ingredient with steamed vegetables and shards of palm sugar–candied pork. Even the innocuous-sounding fried chicken, cooked in the style of Hat Yai street vendors, is gloriously unique: brined for 24 hours, fried to a shattering crunch, showered with crispy shallots and served with a dab of sticky-sweet chili sauce. Luv2Eat has emerged as a true powerhouse on L.A.’s expansive Thai scene. —Garrett Snyder
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