310 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles
WE’RE BAAAAACKKKK!!!! After a long break that we took from Tumblr, we have returned! And what better way to jump back into life than with some FUCKING AWESOME THAI FOOD!! Chan Dara is a cute little restaurant on the very trendy Larchmont block in Hancock Park. Larchmont is filled with your typical, over-priced, mediocre hipster restaurants (like the $6 Vegan Cupcake Bakery of Disgrace and Torment), however, there are a few gems. Nestled a block away from Larchmont Proper, Chan Dara lies serving up a large menu of excellent Thai and Chinese food.
Although it’s not the most authentic tasting Thai in Los Angeles, it gets the job done. Their menu is extensive enough that even those odd souls weary of Pad Thai can find one of the several dumplings or stir-frys offered there to satisfy their taste buds. The star dishes are the Spicy String Bean with Tofu, Peking Duck Dumpling and naturally, the Vegetable Pad Thai. They also make a pretty bitchin house-made Thai Tea.
Atmosphere wise, it’s a cute afternoon lunch spot. The moderately quiet, indoor/outdoor environment is perfect for dates or work meetings. However I personally opt for takeout or FREE delivery. So if you’re in the neighborhood, but don’t feel like spending $17 for a tiny plate of American French food or $8 for a “gourmet” panini, check out Chan Dara where the portions and flavors will surely satisfy.
Price: 2 TONGUES
Ambiance: 4 TONGUES
Service: 3.5 TONGUES
Food: 4 TONGUES
Vegetarian Friendly: YES
Overall: 4 TONGUES