Pok Pok L.A.

978 N. Broadway
Chinatown, Los Angeles, California 90012
213-613-1831
Pok Pok L.A.

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  • Mon.-Thu., noon-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-mid.; Sun., noon-9:30 p.m.
Pok Pok is a giant restaurant, spread out over two floors in Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown. The tables covered in bright oilcloth, the multicolored string lighting and the red vinyl–upholstered chairs all mimic the Pok Pok restaurants in Portland and New York, which in turn mimic restaurants in Thailand. The menu is divided into five categories: drinking food, grilled things, one-plate meals, food eaten with rice as part of a shared meal, and sweet things. It's easy to order too much, and if you don't specify otherwise, every dish will arrive at the same time. But most of the food — the food itself, not the idea of the food or the way it's delivered or any of the surrounding context — is immensely satisfying. There are plenty of dishes here that you really are unlikely to come across elsewhere, and those tend to be the most exciting. It's the more common dishes that occasionally disappoint, or seem lacking in comparison to other versions in town.

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