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The District by Hannah An

8722 W. Third St. (Arnaz Dr.)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Chic French colonial décor and a Vietnamese menu in a two-story building on Third Street.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.


The District by Hannah An, Los Angeles, CA

The District by Hannah An Restaurant Review:

The District by Hannah An, an offshoot of the AN family's galaxy of Vietnamese-inspired restaurants, inhabits a two-story building with a homey feel. Manicured vines bring an organic touch to the patio, which looks out on Third Street and is kept warm by hanging fixtures providing both light and heat. Inside there are several dining areas, including a bar on each level and a private room that can be enclosed by screens. The décor, designed to reflect the Asian-Colonial era, features warms tones and wood plus antique touches such as a hand-carved door from the 18th century that serves as a communal bar table. The adequate ambience sets the scene for a mouthwatering Far East journey, though the cuisine keeps a firm foothold in the West and sometimes lacks the mysterious and exciting flavors one might expect. However, that's not to say we weren't pleased by dishes such as the bo kho (braised short ribs), duck confit salad or cha ca (Chilean sea bass crusted with turmeric). If the curious diner desires something more audacious, steer towards Hannah An's signature dishes such as crab and uni noodles with Vietnamese herbs or the bo luc lac (shaken beef), comprising cubed filet mignon with red onion, garlic, tomato, Thai basil and Chinese broccoli. Delicious handmade noodles, the forte of the house, accompany dishes like the wok seared lobster. The real surprises can be found on the dessert menu. Traditional sweets are enriched with exotic accents, as with the pungent scent of lemon grass that bucks up the tender crème brûlée and transforms this classic into a seductive novelty with global flair. Other temptations include the "Rouge" (red in French) --- a delicious composition of Guanaja chocolate, tea crème brûlée and chocolate sponge cake --- and banana tapioca with banana ice cream. A small but balanced wine list offers a pleasant Calera Pinot Noir by the glass. There are also saké and craft cocktails featuring herbs like lemongrass, makrut lime leaf and mint. Service is friendly.

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