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Rice Bar

Downtown is a pretty special place in Los Angeles these days. There is a wave of new restaurants popping up on the daily. I love it really, there is always something new to try and some new cuisine to jump into.

I ventured over to Ricebar with the darling Celeste from The True Spoon. She and I are foodie soulmates–we are always up for an adventure and believe that everything in moderation is the most enjoyable way to live.

We parked downtown for an afternoon lunch with chef Charles Olalia in one of tiniest eateries I’ve experienced in LA. With only a handful adorable neon yellow bar seats, Ricebar is an intimate environment of bumping elbows and sharing sriracha with the neighbors next to you.

We were welcomed warmly, and placed ourselves in the heat of it, soaking in all the smells of a true Filipino kitchen. With non-GMO, fair trade grains imported from the Philippines, Ricebar is a restaurant of soul, comfort and really good food.

If you stop in on 7th street, make sure you try the jidori chicken with pickled papaya, and an absolute must are the mushroom tamales. They’re unbelievable (and vegetarian + gluten free!).

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