Bryant Ng Closing The Spice Table on December 31

By Lesley Balla  |  November 21, 2013
Credit: Bryant Ng

A sad day for Little Tokyo. Bryant and Kim Ng finally have to close their beloved restaurant, The Spice Table, at the end of December. They've known about this for awhile: the MTA wants to build a new station on the corner of First Street and Grand Avenue, so all of the buildings, including Ng's historic brick space, plus Senor Fish and Weiland Brewery, which closed in July, will be razed. The Ngs have been holding out, but announced that the official last meal will be on New Year's Eve. "It will be a send-off party of all-you-can-drink-and-eat," Bryant says. "It's a clearance everything must go!"

While they're still looking for a new location to reopen The Spice Table, the Ngs announced plans to team up with Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan from Rustic Canyon, Huckleberry and Milo + Olive. Slated to open in summer 2014, the new Santa Monica restaurant will have Southeast Asian flavors representing the culinary heritages of Bryant and Kim, but there aren't many more details yet. We'll definitely miss The Spice Table's awesome lamb belly and chile prawn satays, the fried cauliflower, specials like the stuffed fried quail and just about everything we've eaten there, so knowing some semblance of that will make a return in the summer is some consolation.

"I've already gone through the gamut of emotions: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance," Bryant says. "Kim and I opened The Spice Table with no expectations beyond sharing the flavors of Southeast Asia to as many people as possible. The response to what we were cooking and the environment we created exceeded what we ever hoped for. I hope that The Spice Table has added to the diverse culinary landscape of Los Angeles, expanding the dialog of Asian cuisine beyond simply Chinese, Japanese or Korean food. In whatever direction or form The Spice Table takes, I am honored to be a part of something that my staff and I are proud of."

To get in on the final dinner in Little Tokyo on Tuesday, December 31 (8 PM-12:30 AM), call 213-620-1840.