I was super excited when I learned about this brand new restaurant called Eco-Asian coming to Downtown LA’s ever-growing “Restaurant Row” along 7th Street (across the street from Bottega Louie). Not only do I love Asian food, but this restaurant will have it all. A fusion menu that runs almost the entire Asian gamut: Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese.
The owner, Philip, comes to LA direct from Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa. He owns a restaurant in Cape Town called NoodleBosch that he said Eco-Asian here in Downtown LA will be similar to. I asked him why he chose Downtown LA and he said, “It’s pretty well known that Downtown LA means high volume business and there is high demand here.” In addition to the variety of noodles, rice dishes, and rolls, Eco-Asian will have Vietnamese pho.
What’s also exciting is that Philip has offered to help his immediate restaurant-neighbors (one of them is a casual sushi restaurant) upgrade their signage to a higher aesthetic standard. It’s a great thing to see the kind of care taken to make visual improvements to this area as 7th Street continues to evolve into something really great.
Philip hopes Eco-Asian will be up and cooking in the next couple of weeks (if all the city inspections go through smoothly). Hours will be from 11AM to 9PM, seven days a week. If demand exists for breakfast and later dinner hours, the restaurant’s operating hours could be extended.