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Chef Los Angeles

Interview: chef Charles Olalia (Ma’am Sir + Ricebar)

Charles Olalia is a talented chef with fine-dining background who downsized after leading teams at top L.A. kitchens like Patina and Mar’sel. Now he’s combining his Filipino heritage with finely honed technique at his...
Filipino Food Los Angeles

Ma’am Sir Crispy Pork Lechon [CLOSED]

Charles Olalia is a talented chef who traded in his fine-dining credentials to focus on Filipino comfort food with finely honed technique at a tiny DTLA restaurant called Ricebar that features heirloom Filipino rice bowls. This...
Breakfast Sandwich Los Angeles

Sari Sari Store Filipino Breakfast Sandwich [CLOSED]

Republique cemented the fact that Margarita Manzke and Walter Manzke have considerable culinary range. While the couple’s Mid-City French-global restaurant has drawn substantial crowds for brunch, dinner, and baked goods, they’ve also built an...
Filipino Food Los Angeles

Tatang Li-em-po [CLOSED]

A North Hollywood strip mall best known for Vallarta Supermarkets is now home to one of the Valley’s best Filipino restaurants: Tatang. Chef JR Martin and wife Chiho honor their cultural heritage in modern...
Filipino Food Los Angeles


The two best meals I’ve eaten in L.A.’s Chinatown are at LASA, the modern Filipino concept from brothers Chase Valencia and Chad Valencia that started as a pop-up and is now fully entrenched in...
Filipino Food Los Angeles

Lechon de Manila

At fast casual Filipino restaurants featuring turo-turo (point point) service, it pays to look beyond steam bins and whatever meats are incubating under heat lamps. At Lechon de Manila, a tiny cafeteria-style cafe that...