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About Little Sister Downtown
Little Sister DTLA features East-meets-West inspired dishes served in a
relaxed social environment that feels more residential than
restaurant, as if you"re being invited into the Chef Tin's home.
Little Sister's menu showcases Chef Tin's take on one of the more
interesting and rich collisions of food and culture that was borne out
of the European colonization of Southeast Asia. Dishes blend and
balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French
techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences. The menu is
continually and progressively evolving, reflecting inspiration and the
seasons. Scott Young along with Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program
with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around
the world. Craft beer selection includes special batches from The
Brewery at Abigaile, brewed only for the restaurant.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Southeast Asian, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 11:00 am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday; 11:30 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm; Fridays - Saturday 4:00 pm - 12:00 AM
7th & Grand
$30 and under
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Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Wine
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Little Sister Downtown Ratings and Reviews
Food was outstanding as usual, but the service just wasn't very good. Our Waitress did not want to accept cash as payment for lunch stating that they probably didn't have change. She didn't even bother with checking about that first either. Kind of hard to believe as the restaurant is always busy and had already been open for several hours at that point. I'll definitely go back again because I love so many of the dishes that I've tried and have many others that I am looking forward to trying, but will be prepared with change since I am old fashioned and still like to use real money.
This is a neighborhood gem and close to the Music Center for pre evening- theater or post matinee. The venue and ambience resemble a former English pub or upscale neighborhood bar so the place offers a cozy atmosphere.
The tables are quite close together so be prepared that others' conversation and your conversation (even at lower volume) can be heard by at least 2 or more strangers.
Our server Nikki was very good -- friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and attentive to details.
The cuisine is reportedly upscale authentic Vietnamese, with a few Fusion Chinese items mixed in. Not being familiar with Vietnamese dishes, this was accepted on face value by my wife and me and we were not disappointed.
The dishes are served family style so those who are prepared to share will get to sample various plates.
The menu items are quite diverse and unusual and anyone with a hint of adventurism in food would like the choices.
We went with the recommendations of our server Nikki and were well rewarded.
The dumplings, noodles and sautéed vegetables were outstanding -- flavorful and aromatic, though just a tad salty for our taste buds. Next time we may ask for a minor adjustment in the seasoning.
A satisfactory selection of beers and wines are available.
1. Beer and wine only. No liquor
2. Parking is around the corner at a covered public parking structure --- this is not explained on the website so we circled the block twice.
Valet service is available after 6:30pm and on certain days. Again not on website.
3. Phone calls are shuttled to automatic recorded messages with no availability to speak to a real live person.
We were informed that management has been aware of these challenges. No idea of when or if the appropriate changes will be made to enable user- friendliness.
All in all, a nice post matinee theater dining experience and well worth the 2 circles around the block to figure out parking.
We plan to be back soon.
Great experience for any first timer to Vietnamese fusion. Food was tasty, fresh ingredients and well presented. Service was excellent. Very knowledgeable and efficient wait staff. Suggestions made by our waitress were just right.
Our only complaint was the choice of music which was "rap" and a little loud" Not our favorite. Overall the ambience and vibe was nice. We purposely went at a slower time of day(3:00pm) for a late lunch as this restaurant can be very busy and noisy.
Would definitely return and recommend.
Dining at Little Sister Downtown was just great. Enough already of the sleek and minimal steak restaurants downtown! Treat yourself to a really fun and tasty menu. It's Asian fusion at its best in a cosy and lively setting. We will definitely return the next time we are in LA. Thank you, Little Sister.
My girlfriend had been for lunch and she wanted to go again. They recommend at 3 dishes for 2 people, but the portions are very large so you don't need that many. The e-fu noodle was tasty but a little salty. Overall it was good, except for the incessant rap music which they played over their stereo system and made me never want to go back.
Service was not terrible, but it wasn't great. Food is ok. Took about 25 minutes to get pho. I understand it's lunch hour, but 25 minutes is a little too long, especially for pho. Will probably not come here again during lunch. Dinner time might be different???
Always love the food, but last night it was off. Way too much vinegar and cilantro. The bus folks were top notch, but the server was not. Unfriendly, and not around. She took our order and we only saw her again when the check was brought. I guess our order wasn't high enough for her.
The food at Little Sister was really great. I like Vietnamese food, and the chef here is not shy with the spices and the fish sauce (even on the Lemon Grass fried Chicken) But I do have some complaints.
The food is not cheap. I don't mind this if the service is outstanding, but here we had to chase the waitress down to get clean plates between courses and she forgot to bring a hot green tea one of us ordered.
Speaking of green tea, at the end of the meal three of us ordered tea. We each got a teabag and a small teacup of somewhat hot water, and they charged us $5.50 per cup. That's $16.50 for three cups of tea, Wow.
On top of that, the restaurant puts a 3% surcharge on the tab on top of the tax. I asked if the surchrage went to the staff there, and the waitress told me the charge is because the rent in the building went up, as well as food costs, so the management added the surcharge. that feels really lousy - Isn't the cost of the food supposed to be built into the price? Putting an upcharge on the whole tab at the end is a lame way get around raising the prices on the menu.
The food is quite good and different. However, if you are looking for a relaxing meal with conversation, this is not the place to have it. The tables are right next to each other. I literally bumped elbows with the person at the next table. The noise level is high. The service is okay, but everything comes out so fast, you barely have time to finish what you are eating and try the next dish. The tables are so small, the food barely fits on them when the dishes start piling up.
My mistake was not reviewing the menu online prior to dining. I do not eat pork or beef, which limited me to two entrees and some sides. My client and I ordered the chicken and I really wish the server had informed us that you had to eat it with your hands...little chicken pieces with lots of tiny bones, and extremely messy at that.
It was tasty, but not at all appropriate for a business lunch.
Had I know what I was in for, I would have chosen the shrimp salad.
Authentic flavors, impeccably-cooked meats, also FRESH-tasting meats, fresh and vibrant sauces, clearly these cooks have an appreciation for the full range of taste and texture sensations (spicy, hot, sweet, sour, salty, umami, tangy, bright, meaty, crunchy, etc.). Really impressed, and am looking forward to going back and exploring more off the menu.
The food was creative and tasty but out of the four dishes we would probably only order the shaky beef again. I think the lobster is over rated and hard to eat and if there is going to be cilantro in a dish it should be mentioned on the menu. Many people like me cannot eat cilantro.
The food was delicious. The only issue was that it was extremely hot sitting by the front glass wall. The staff was ver accommodating and acknowledge the heat coming through and offered to move us. My suggestion is the restaurant invest in a barrier that would help keep hot days cooler in the restaurant.
Unfortunately, when we got here the air conditioning was broken and it was the hottest day of the year. It was 100 plus outside, and nothing seemed to be done to make the place cooler. Little Sister could have offered cold drinks on the house to help, or something, because it truly was sweltering in there. So service really wasn't the best. The food was still good, and i would go back for the food. But definitely on the pricey end for the portions.
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