Since this once-temporary pop-up turned into a permanent fixture in Chinatown a few years ago, it’s become a symbol of the Fillipino food movement taking over LA. The Valencia brothers’ vision of Filipino cuisine spans all the stuff they grew up eating, made with seasonal, local California produce and starring nuanced flavors specific to Filipino cooking: acidic, bright, salty, fatty, rich. The result is a sophisticated, second-generation take on Pinoy classics, as well as dishes that might not be as familiar to non-Filipinos. LASA’s quarantine menu is a roll call of some of their greatest hits—like their lechon kawali (twice-cooked, beyond-tender pork belly accompanied by spicy vinegar soy), crispy catfish sando (breaded, fried, stuffed into a brioche bun and served with fermented hot sauce that’s also available for purchase by the bottle), and veggie pancit tossed in calamansi juice and chili crunch for acidity, depth, and texture all at once. Wash it all down with their curated range of natural wines, designed to pair perfectly with Filipino flavors.
How to order: Outdoor seating, pickup via Toast, and delivery via Postmates and DoorDash