Night + Market – Authentic Thai Cuisine in LA’s West Hollywood
Address: 9043 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone number: (310) 275-9724
Style: Casual Thai cuisine reminiscent of street food
Price: 20-30 USD / person
My ranking: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ +0.5
Value for money: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ +0.5
Will I visit again: Yes!
First visit to Night + Market
For me, travel planning involves a lot of restaurant scouting. A trip is not complete without a handful of decent meals planned in.
You don’t want to go to the soulless, touristy spots that betray the true culinary potential of every city.
The best way to find local gems is to ask your local friend. You can also do some research online……which is what I did before leaving for LA. After scanning around 5 food-related websites, I decided to make a reservation at Night + Market, a Thai restaurant in West Hollywood. They recently opened a new location at Silver Lake as well.
After a day of shopping on Melrose and at the Grove, I arrived at Night +Market just in time. We also found a parking spot on the street just a few steps away from the restaurant. It was gonna be a good day!
Our reservation was at 7:30 pm. In LA, it means it would still be pretty bright out. So when we first got to the restaurant, the neon signs did not exude the funky vibe as much. But as we plowed through the full two pages of food menu, we started to really take in the ambiance. Pink beaded curtains, Christmas lights blinking in various colors, neon signs on top of neon signs, black-and-white photographs of what seems to be the owner/chef’s family……
I felt like I was transported back to the night scene at Thailand.
If I want to be completely honest, the mix of colors and lights at the restaurant make the setting look kind of……scandalous, if you know what I mean.
The food & drinks
We shared 5 dishes amongst the 4 of us, which was the perfect amount of food. The Roast Duck Curry ($14) is a green curry that is slightly spicy. The eggplant, bell peppers, and green peppercorns compliment the duck well and add to the flavor of the curry. The dish is served with roti pancake, so if you have the curry with it, then the spiciness does not go to your stomach directly, which makes the dish a good appetizer to kick-off the meal.
I’ve heard good things about the larb (spicy, minced meat salad) served at Night + Market before coming here. The Moo Sadoong “Startled Pig” ($11) was one of my favorite dishes of the night. The grilled pork was paired with basil, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, lime, chile, onions, cilantro, and chili. You would think that the mix of flavors would make the dish too complicated, but in reality, it’s quite the opposite. The different seasonings combine into such an intense yet harmonic melody. This is possibly the most authentic Asian dish I’ve had in the States. When we got to this dish, I knew dinner wouldn't disappoint.
The Spiked Tea ($12) was a homemade Thai iced tea with kraken spiced rum. Not bad, but it really just tastes like spiked Thai iced tea…...
The Gaeng Hanglay ($12) was a dish recommended by the waiter, and it’s another one of my favorites from the night. The braised fatty pork belly is soooooo yummy. Some parts soft and some parts sturdy. This Burmese curry also came with pickled garlic, ginger and tamarind. The garlic was so delicious that the four of us had to fight for it.
The Pad Kee Mao ($15) was not so visually appealing, so I had very low expectations of it when it was served. Then my friends tried the dish one by one, and I saw their faces lit up. When it was my turn to try some, I was surprised by how flavorful the noodles were while looking so plain! See, you should never judge by looks. The drunken noodles were served with sliced short rib, chili, thai basil, and garlic.
In comparison, the Crab Fried Rice ($15) was underwhelming. It was a very simple dish – rice, crab, onions, and eggs. With that said, it didn’t taste so bad given that it used such simple ingredients. The original plan was to order the Uni Garlic Fried Rice that was on the Specials menu that day, but it was sold out when we ordered it. That was the saddest moment of my day.
The visit to Night + Market was definitely an interesting one. The decor and the food transport you to the stalls of the street vendors in Thailand. The dishes are intense in flavor and spiciness, so it may not be for everyone. Prior to visiting the restaurant, I saw that it only had 3.5 stars on Yelp. This is probably due to the polarizing reviews of the die-hard fans v.s. the first-timers who can’t handle the intensity. This is why I always take Yelp reviews with a grain of salt. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Another thing to note:
Night + Market is hands down the most authentic Thai cuisine I’ve had in North America.
And judging by the location (West Hollywood), the prices are on point. A must visit if you’re into real Thai food!
Do you have some favorite spots in LA? Let me know in the comments below!