I’ve been to Jitlada several times, and after a few not-so-fabulous experiences, I was about to write it off. That was until last weekend when I experienced a really wonderful meal at this Hollywood Thai spot. They say third time’s a charm, and it may be true, but I also believe that sometimes it really is best to leave it up to the chef. In this case, it was dining partner, friend and celebrated chef, Jet Tila who himself is of Thai origin and spent time as a child at the Bangkok markets while also growing up around his family’s restaurants.
Crispy Catfish Salad
It’s no surprise that Jet knew exactly what to order from the expansive (and slightly intimidating) menu. The table of seven, were happy and relieved to leave the ordering process up to Jet. Each dish was a hit. They often say that it’s a good sign when folks from the restaurant’s culture are dining at the establishment and I truly believe that. They do, after all, know what is authentic and tasty in their home countries. For instance, if you see a Peruvians at a Peruvian spot, or Japanese at a Japanese restaurant, it’s probably a good sign to eat there.
Coco Mango Salad with Fresh shrimp & Cashews
Caryl is so sweet!
Khao Yam “Songkhla” rice salad
From the Coconut Mango Salad to the Mussels in Thai basil and lemongrass, the dinner was made even better, by great company who were all passionate diners. Everyone in the group was not afraid to try extra-spicy cuisine, which is always an admired trait. After eating an entire chili pepper…on accident, I had to order a Thai iced tea, but the rest of the night was all beer, which paired fantastically with each uniquely flavored dish.
Coconut Ice Cream with red bean, yellow bean, & palm seed
Thanks, Jet for making me a Jet-lada, oops, I mean a Jitlada believer.
5233 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Learn more about Chef Jet Tila on his website, and if you happen to be in the Las Vegas area, check out Wazuzu Pan Asian Bistro in the Encore Las Vegas where Jet is the Executive Chef.
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I am curious why your first couple experiences weren’t that great? I went to eat there with my hubby last year after hearing all the hype and was disappointed. I think I may have to try it again after reading your post.
I love Asian Desserts!
On my first visit, the food was just okay and the service was horrendous (or non-existent). I went for a later lunch and the male who was working, was too busy on the telephone the whole time and forgot our drink order, and several other things. We couldn’t get his attention and when he finally came over to the table, he actually brought the cordless telephone with him to the table while the person on the other end started saying “Hello, hello” It was totally unprofessional. I understand restaurants have their slow times during the day, but if you need that extra time to do your paperwork, etc, close the restaurant for a couple hours so you don’t have situations where you can’t service your customers.
I’m a big fan of Asian desserts too. They are often not as sweet as Western ones.
God one..Mango with Sticky Rice is seems to be great combination..But the best combination is of Coconut Ice Cream with red bean, yellow bean, & palm seed..It is unique and something different..