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Starry Kitchen


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We first heard of Starry Kitchen at the LA Street Food Festival, and because we weren't able to make our way to their booth that night, Hubbs and I decided to give it a try since it was very close to work. Located at the Water Court in Downtown LA's Financial District, Starry Kitchen serves up pan-Asian fusion cuisine. Now, you may be scratching your head, thinking, "Huh?" but trust me, it all works.

The menu at SK changes frequently, save for a couple of staples like the Free Range Lemongrass Chicken. So the way it works is: 1) Pick your meat - there are usually four to choose from. 2) Pick your vessel - i.e., how you want to eat your chosen dish (in a sandwich, as a lunch plate, as a wrap) and 3) Choose a side, maybe two. The side choices also rotate on a regular basis.

On this day, I chose the crab cakes on a lunch plate, which came with a salad, the Japanese Garlic Noodles and Shallot Fried Rice. The crab cakes were excellent, perfectly fried with panko bread crumbs, and drizzled with aioli. I honestly loved every bite of it, so much so that I was a little sad when it was all gone. The Shallot Fried Rice was great, very flavorful. The Japanese Garlic Noodles delivered on the garlic - definitely not breath friendly, but so worth it.

Hubbs ordered the Bulgogi Kobe Meatballs on a lunch plate, also with the garlicky noodles, plain rice and a salad. Although the meatballs were very good and full of beefy Korean BBQ flavors, I loved the crab cakes much, much more. I must say, however, that I wasn't totally digging the salad dressing, so I really didn't partake of the salad.

If you work Downtown, SK definitely merits a visit...or two...or three! Robust flavors at decent prices, what more could you ask for?

Starry Kitchen, 350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles