Real LA food people know that Lasita used to be LASA, a standout place for Filipino-ish brunch in a quirky Chinatown mall that shot to fame with the hot chicken at Howlin Ray’s back in in the mid 2010s. Since then, the mall has become home to many new exciting businesses as Chinatown becomes the latest hotspot for hipsters (aka first wave gentrification). During the pandemic LASA shuttered, but in mid 2021 it was reincarnated as Lasita, a Filipino rotisserie chicken and natural wine restaurant, made over with bold colors to match the bold flavors.
LASA or Lasita, the food is still great. Still true to Filipino roots. Still cool. A little more vibrant and energetic. A little more chicken on the menu. A lot more natural wine. Sharable rotisseries, snacky sides, or plates to hoard on your own. Casual yet elevated (the wine helps), and representative of the next generation of AAPI businesses in Chinatown.
memories from LASA
Go here for: a casual cool dinner, a fun brunch option that isn’t a scene
Order this: the chicken inasal (a plate for yourself or a main to share) also the adobo marinated olives are fire
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for a nice leisurely dinner
When to come: weeknights are easy for walk ins, but honestly whenever
Parking: can be a hit or miss in Chinatown, if there aren’t any meters available on Hill or Broadway drive up Alpine and try the more residential areas; the parking structures usually aren’t too crazy either (like $5-10)
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Last visited: October 2021
Last updated: November 2021