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There's A Filipino Rice Bowl Bar Opening In Downtown L.A.
While we do have some Filipino restaurant mainstays in Los Angeles like L.A. Rose Cafe and, of course, Jollibee, we've got a new one in town that's jumping on the casual rice bowl craze.
Rice Bar, a very tiny restaurant (just 275-square-feet!) serving up Filipino-style rice bowls, is expected to open up in downtown L.A. very soon, in the heart of the jewelry district, according to the L.A. Times. Eater LA reports that it could even be open as soon as next Monday if they get all their ducks in order by then.
The restaurant, which has seating at the counter, is the brainchild of Patina's former executive chef, Charles Olalia, and his business partner, Santos Uy, who owns Papilles and Mignon. Expect Filipino favorites like housemade longanisa (sausage) and Bistek Tagalog (beefsteak). They are also pretty hardcore about the rice they'll be using, since they're starting off with eight different varieties. They're using heirloom rice that they're getting directly from fair trade farms in the Philippines. And as for their ingredients? Think produce from local farmers markets.
Here's a little peek at their restaurant: