tuk tuk thai

a playful and collaborative thai restaurant on the tip of sawtelle

When it comes to Thai food, LA has great coverage. But there is also an insatiable demand for Thai food, so it made sense that Sawtelle, which has over the years expanded from Japanese food to become a west side hub for Asian food, got some Thai food representation.

Anchoring the north end of Sawtelle near Santa Monica Blvd, Tuk Tuk opened in 2022, relocating from Pico Blvd and coming from a sisters of LA Thai restaurant legacy (the family behind Chao Krung). The menu matches the space, playful, bright, bold, curated. There’s a section for snacky street foods, a section for fiery Thai salads, and even a section dedicated to pork belly.

In the past year, they’ve partnered with Turntable to do a series of pop ups with new dishes and concepts throughout the year in collaboration with chefs and restaurants across the country. They also opened sister concept on the same block, Ban Ban Burger, which infuses Thai flavors into burgers and sandwiches.

the details

Address1638 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Hours11:30am – 3:30pm for lunch, 4:30 – 10pm for dinner on weekdays, open straight from 12-10pm on weekends
Price$$ – most things are $15-20
Aestheticpink, bright, vibrant

good to know

Go here for: a fun lunch, a casual dinner, solid take out option

Order this: grab a few things from the snack menu, something from the pork belly section that speaks to you, and a street noodle that speaks to you, and some morning glory for a vegetable fix

Amount of time to spend: about an hour, it’s a casual dining environment

When to come: weekday lunches for their fixe special, or anytime you’re craving Thai on the west side

Parking: can be a little tricky. The ideal would be a meter on Sawtelle, but you’ll likely need to try the side streets: Idaho, Iowa, Beloit.

Other things to note: 

  • They have a decent amount of indoor and outdoor seating. Easy enough to walk in but they do take Google reservations.
  • They offer a weekday lunch special that includes a main, side and dessert for $17.
  • For take out, you can order ahead online for pick up.

Last visited: August 2022

Last updated: January 2024

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