Sunae Asian Cantina
Sunae is one of a handful of Southeast Asian restaurants in town. American-born, Asia-raised Christina Sunae opened her first establishment, a closed-door restaurant called Cocina Sunae, in her home nine years ago. Now, with double the space but the same flavor intensity, she’s operating Sunae Asian Cantina out of a space in Palermo Hollywood, ditching the set menu for a more casual à la carte offering but still using family recipes. Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines come together over dinner; this is one of the few places to get a legitimate spice fix. Order the pao, her Filipino take on Korea’s bao as a starter. Pork adobo, pho, and yellow chicken curry are also hits.