Ma'am Sir

A Very Important Filipino Comfort-Food Spot From Rice Bar's Chef-Owner

Uni-Topped Lumpia and Jungle Vines in Silver Lake

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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As much as we consider it our job to make your life easier...

We're about to make your choice about where to go for Filipino food just so much harder.

Also our job.

Ma'am Sir opens Wednesday night in Silver Lake from Rice Bar owner and former Patina exec chef Charles Olalia, with the Horse Thief/Café Birdie crew. So you see we had no choice.

Here you have an extremely crucial new key player in our intensifying Filipino restaurant scene. You'll want to go here. But first, you'll want to look at this slideshow.

Do you see what we see?

The scenery. Inside resembles a Southeast Asian, post-war diner being swallowed alive by jungle roots, with palm leaf wallpaper and vines slithering from raw rafters towards a rainbow of Formica-topped tables. Find us at the bar.

The booze. Ah, there you are. Drinks are important here, designed by a vet of San Francisco's Aatxe and Hecho to compliment the food. Start with a Burlesk Queen (gin, Cocchi Americano, lemon, hibiscus and Mangosteen, topped with cava) with adobo wings or uni-and-lardo lumpia while awaiting your dinner date.

The food. Presumably what you came here for. Banquet and party dishes from Filipino beach cities—with distinct twists—hitting your table. Things like crispy lechon with Szechuan pepper mignonette, a lobster thermidor mutation with smoked fish, coconut and chilies on purple heirloom rice and ribeye from the wood-fired stone oven.

That's what we see. Don't know about you.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.


Ma'am Sir
4330 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90029


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