Whether you’re living, traveling, or passing through L.A., you’re going to want to try some of the amazing restaurants that the city offers. But let’s face it – American cuisine is nothing to balk at.
If you’re an adventurous eater and you’re looking for something more than just a burger and fries, don’t worry – there are tons of exciting restaurants serving foreign foods in West L.A.
This list will describe some of the best and most popular ‘adventurous’ restaurants in the area.
Emporium Thai is about as authentic as it gets: the restaurant is run by 12 siblings and their two parents. Even though it’s one of the most affordable Thai restaurants in West LA, Emporium Thai is also one of the best.
They are rated one of the 100 best Thai Restaurants in the United States, and they offer online orders and catering. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.
Little Ethiopia Restaurant
Just like Little Italy often has the best pizza and pasta, and Chinatown offers the best Szechuan beef, some of the best Ethiopian food that you’ll find in West LA comes from the Little Ethiopia Restaurant.
One of the best things about Little Ethiopia is that it offers a huge menu for vegetarians – in fact, the majority of the menu items are vegetarian. However, the carnivores out there should fear not: Ethiopian food is among the most complex and flavorful that you will ever find.
Taste of Tehran
Taste of Tehran is one of the best Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants in the entirety of West LA. They can be found in the Persian community neighborhood, where they regularly satisfy people from all walks of life.
Taste of Tehran has been around since 2013, and offers vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as choices for meat lovers.
Maharaja Cuisine of India
Maharaja is one of the highest-rated Indian restaurants in all of L.A., period – but if you’re in the West End, you can’t miss out on it.
Maharaja has an array of typical Indian fare: various curries, pakoras, vindaloo, and the like. There are vegan and vegetarian options, and most curries are gluten-free (if you skip the naan bread).
If you’re in the market for some Peruvian cuisine, then look no further than Rosaline. Known for providing large servings, Rosaline is tucked away in a small corner of West LA.
The restaurant offers all sorts of Peruvian dishes – their fish is fantastic, their seafood is to die for, and their vegetable dishes are fabulous. They also make a mean cocktail.
If you’re looking for a taste of fantastic Eastern cuisine, look no further than Simpang Asia. This is one of the highest-rated Asian restaurants in West LA, and they offer a variety of Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine.
This means that you’ll have to get in the mood for delicious roti paratha, (crispy, flaky bread rolls with dipping sauce), seafood laksa (a delicious curried seafood soup), and nasi goreng – fish with a fried egg turned on top.