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Simbal Chef Shawn Pham Reveals 11 of L.A.'s Best Hidden Gem Restaurants
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 a.m. by Besha Rodell
The first time I tried to find Shawn Pham's restaurant Simbal, I spent ten minutes staring at the address location on the phone while circling the block and wandering through Japanese Village Plaza trying to figure out where the hec...
5 Places in L.A. to Try a Modern Twist on Vietnamese Bánh Mì
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. by Jean Trinh
While purists might think that the recipes of Vietnamese dishes shouldn't be tampered with, several L.A. chefs are putting their own creative twists on the classic pho and bánh mì—and they're doing a good job at it. From a deco...
Restaurant Review: Simbal Needs More Attention — From the Public and From Its Chef
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. by Besha Rodell
I worry for Simbal. I worry that its location, just out of view from the street, will make it go unnoticed. Tucked into an odd corner of the warren that makes up Little Tokyo Village, it's hidden up some gray stairs and behind a lar...