One of Sophia's favorite places and a feature on Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles list for 2013, Spice Table seemed like it was worth a visit.
We were somewhat disappointed.
It's a Singaporean/Malaysian style place with a healthy dose of American fusion blended in. The location is into the old school Los Angeles, brick building and small rooms, and the main dining room is loud as hell inside due to the layout and construction. The outside patio and bar area look pretty nice, though. The menu looks like a mix of Singaporean and Malaysian items, and the fried cauliflower we saw delivered looked amazing.
Reality was a little more mixed. Our fried cauliflower was delicious but a tad too salty, the kaya toast was excellent if a bit small, the lamb belly skewers were too small to hold in the juice from the fatty belly, the Sambal potatoes were a tad too deep fried, and the beef rib, while intense in flavor, didn't seem quite right for a Singaporean or Malaysian style dish. There are a few menu items we missed that might've been more traditional, so maybe a repeat visit is needed.
It was pretty decent, even good if you can expect more of a SE Asian-American fusion rather than more traditional flavors, but it wasn't quite what we expected.