Night + Market Sahm
2533 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
A couple weeks ago during the holidays I finally took the opportunity to try one of my good friend and her husband’s favorite Thai restaurants. I have always wanted to taste the food at Night + Market, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity (as I assume there isn’t too much difference between their original location and their 3rd location at Sahm).
We made a reservation for 8PM on a Sunday and I am glad we did as the line was definitely long when we arrived at 7:45PM. We didn’t end up getting seated until our reservation time, but while we waited the wait staff did offer us drinks from their alcohol menu. After sitting down we mainly ordered several of my friend’s favorites (which I was keen to try out) as well as added an item of my own:
- nam khao tod (crispy rice salad) – I was intrigued by this crispy rice picked pork salad dish and it did not disappoint. While it might not have been as easy to eat with the sticky rice as other larbs, the pork was flavorful and the rice and ginger provided a nice crunch. It was definitely spicy, so eater beware, but very enjoyable
- peek gai hey-ya – These party wings were fried to perfection and absolutely delicious. The sauce coated the wings and drumsticks just enough to give a sweet and sticky bite while not too much to make the breading soggy. The meat was moist while still having the crunch of the frying.
- garlic green beans – I am a sucker for garlic and long green beans so these were wonderfully divine in my mouth. If you like your greens also a little on the crunchy side with the delectable flavors of fried garlic and a dash of savory soy sauce, these are for you.
- chicken pad thai – While the pad thai was pretty good, with hint of spice and sourness the balance the sweetness, overall it wasn’t my favorite. To be fair to the dish, I’m generally not a big pad thai fan (I generally find the Thai American versions to be a bit too sweet) and would have preferred the pad see ew instead, but if you are a pad thai lover, I would definitely recommend
- penang en neua – This beef curry was very flavorful and tender, going well with the sticky rice left over from the larb we had earlier. The roti dipped in curry was also delicious, however I found the roti to be a bit overly fried and crispy, so it wasn’t a great vehicle to really pick up the bites of beef and curry.
After all was eaten and paid, I definitely enjoyed my first foray at a Night + Market restaurant. I would definitely choose a few more different dishes next time to sample other flavors (the seasonal greens looked wonderful while I was definitely intrigued in the pastrami pad kee mao), but everything was good. The food prices themselves were pretty decent for a restaurant in Venice, which is definitely an advantage when wanting to try out as many dishes as possible. Just remember, however, to make a reservation.