Isaan Station

125 N. Western Ave., Unit 111-112
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Critics' Pick
Isaan Station

Courtesy Isaan Station/Yelp Green papaya salad


  • Tue.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-11:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Angelenos are discerning when it comes to Thai food. We can tell when pad Thai has been dyed with ketchup. We know that sticky rice goes with crying tiger, the signature grilled beef dish. We acknowledge that Thai salads are bonkers spicy. But a dinner at Isaan Station — located in Koreatown, which has an international array of restaurants but no real Thai presence — will make any diner realize there is still so much to learn. The strip-mall spot specializes in Northeastern Thai dishes, which means a lot of grilled food, a lot of fermentation and a lot of meat. Try the sausages or the beef and pork jerky, which are extremely funky in flavor. They’ve been air-dried and then thrown in the fryer, a method that makes for an animal-forward, bold flavor. The kai yang, chicken that’s been marinated in a turmeric-heavy spice mix and then grilled over charcoal, is a revelation. Most of us simply didn’t know that grilled chicken could be so complex and delicious. You won’t eat just one piece. And as it happens, Isaan Station might also have the best papaya salad in L.A. —Katherine Spiers

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