Fans of Tin Vuong’s Southeast Asian cuisine who can’t always carve out the driving time to schlep over to Manhattan Beach are in for a treat. After much anticipation, the chef’s signature Salt & Pepper Lobster is now being served at Little Sister Downtown, which opened its doors today.
Located on the corner of 7th Street and Grand, Little Sister’s second location is expanding on the South Bay menu, offering morning, mid-day, and late-night options in its new digs. Think house-made croissants and congee for breakfast, Vietnamese beef stew or pan-fried noodles with twice cooked pork belly for lunch, and sweetbreads with noodles and mushroom froth for dinner. Vuong’s popular dishes, like the aforementioned lobster (which they whip into lobster fried rice for patrons who have leftovers) and Korean yuk hwe-style tartare are definitely staying on the menu for the Downtown venture. Brought over from Manhattan Beach, executive chef Mikey Segerstrom will helm the kitchen.
Just like the original outpost, the new Little Sister isn’t a giant. The 50-seat restaurant will include communal and private tables, and like the M.B. spot, butterflies are hand-painted on the wall. A bar overlooking a cold-dish station offers guests a glimpse of the restaurant’s chefs in action.
“We can do what we want to do, really without any boundaries. You don’t get these chances all the time in life, so if you can, grab it and take it,” Vuong told The Digest, when we spoke to him back in December about the then-upcoming new location.
Unlike many of Downtown’s sleek new debuts, Little Sister won’t be offering a full bar. Instead, the focus will be on craft beer, wine, and sake with a few soju-based cocktails—including one hibiscus-infused wine number named after actress Charlize Theron.
Little Sister is the sixth restaurant from Vuong and partner Jed Sanford’s Blackhouse Hospitality Group, whose portfolio also includes beachside spots like Steak and Whisky, Abigaile, and Dia del Campo.
Little Sister Downtown, 523 W. 7th Street, (213) 628-3146