had a bit of astrea on the kampachi, wasn’t offered any additional add-ons.
That looks fantastic.
The nodoguro was the highlight of the meal. My friend and I ceased talking during that dish since it was too good.
BRB. Texting Justin to offer the fried chicken and caviar as a supplement.
alc highlights, papaya salad, sashimi, wings, fried chicken, grilled fish, pork collar, razor clams.
@rlw power rankings forthcoming?
papaya salad, thai chilies, peanuts, dried shrimp
laab tot, northern-style pork meatballs
sashimi of kampachi, hainanese ponzu
pork ribs, pineapple-glaze
tom yum, fumet of fish bones
fried chicken wings, tamarind sauce
southern-thai fried chicken
grilled dry-aged fish, nam jim seafood
bbq pork collar, coriander molasses, soy, sesame
shrimp pad thai
haw mok, steamed fish curry custard
"massaman brisket curry*
green curry, shrimp & eggplant
We had a split of opinion. I felt it was the best Thai food I’ve ever had. Execution was way better than anywhere else I’ve tried. With the exception of the overly dainty tom yum soup, I felt the spicing was genuine Thai. Peony, on the other hand, was not impressed at all. She thought the food lacked flavor. To my surprise, she prefers Jitlada. It’s true that Jitlada offers more mind-blowing flavors, but I prefer Anajak for the better ingredients and execution.
Not sure when this policy started, but they’re no longer doing takeout orders.
I’m not a big wine guy but it seems like a lot of their success is also because of their wine list.
There was an astrea caviar blurb in there but it didn’t make it past the final editor cut
gonna be a hater and i dunno why i’m doing this, but Justin just won best chef in California? That to me seems, umm, kinda crazy.
I like Anajak, and have admittedly not been to the tasting menu, but I’m not sure I understand all this acclaim. (To be fair every time I go I might just be kinda annoyed that I’m in Sherman Oaks.)
Gang, what am I missing? I hope to go back soon to try to enlighten myself.
edit see post further down in which I say I don’t wanna be a hater I just wanna know what to order lol
The tasting menu
(No comment on the award tho)
fair enough. sadly had reservations in 2021 then covid surged again and they cancelled and I didn’t bother rescheduling.
it’s better than Holbox?
Lol, shoulda posted this on my burner (which doesn’t exist). I guess my question should be this: what do I need to do to get the transcendent Anajak experience?
I want to cry eating Thai food. And what’s nice is I have a base-level sentimentality built up here bc I’ve spent like a year of my life in BKK.
How’s this, are there people on this board who’d rather eat at Anajak than Hayato?
Maybe I’m just thinking too much about a meaningless award
An argument can be made that Anajak is a more exciting restaurant.
I would. Not necessarily because the food is better though.
Have decided I no longer want to be a hater. Just want Anajak fans to tell me what to order when I go here. For reference my fav dish last time I was there was that fish custard curry.
I’d delete the above original comment but we’re too far gone.
Go Anajak, go LA.
Try the omakase dinner.
It’s a hard get and is now going to be harder to get.
It’s a casual dinner party with some really solid food. While Hayato is better executed, Anajak changes up the tasting courses a bit more often while incorporating some items from their regular menu (which is excellent Thai food).
It all really depends on what you’re looking for.
Both very well deserving finalists and thank goodness LA/OC area chefs didn’t get the shaft this year.