Rakken Tacos

2444 S Atlantic Blvd

Commerce, CA 90040

Rakken Tacos is a Vietnamese Mexican fusion restaurant that is not too far from Downtown; it was around a 15 minute drive and there wasn't any traffic when I came in during lunch time. Originally, they were a vendor at the 626 Night Market, and after five years, they finally opened their first brick & mortar shop! Everything on the menu looked amazing, and I was really surprised at how cheap everything was. I ended up getting the Rakken six which includes a sampler of all 6 of their tacos, shrimp taquitos, and garlic crab fries all to myself! For drinks, I tried their English Standard tea as this was the only restaurant that offers this brand on the west coast. 

Wonderberry Flavor

Wonderberry Flavor

The Rakken six came out quickly, and I was impressed at not only the presentation, but also the variety and taste of the tacos! 

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1. The Rakken Al Pastor, grilled vietnamese lemongrass pork, spicy siracha, mayo, onions- the pork was tender and juicy, and I liked the slight hint of sour and a subtle kick of spicy the taco offered. 

Rakken Al Pastor Taco

Rakken Al Pastor Taco

2. Yuzu Carne Asada, marinated steak, japanese citrus sauce, onions- A nice twist on your typical carne asada tacos. Love the flavor of the yuzu sauce, and the meat was delicious.

3. Pho, flank steak simmered in pho broth, onions, basil leaves, hoisin-siracha drizzle- I see that some of the reviews complain about the saltiness, but it's kind of assumed when you're eating hoisin sauce. I thought this taco was super unique, and it tasted just like pho but solid form! 

Pho Taco

Pho Taco

4. Butter Shrimp, lemon, pickled purple onions, Rakken house spices- I typically am not a big fan of shrimp, but this was surprisingly my favorite of the combo! The marination of the shrimp was fantastic, and the onions added a nice overall texture. Must order!

Butter Shrimp Taco

Butter Shrimp Taco

5. Mini-bello, portello mushrooms, onions, shiso leaves, spicy mayo- I love mushrooms, so this was an automatic win for me. Love how they incorporate a vegetarian taco on their menu!

6. Chicken curry, Vietnamese yellow chicken curry with coconut milk, pickled cabbage- this reminded me of the authentic vietnamese curry I have eaten at my friend's house. Another extremely unique taco as you typically don't put curry with tortilla! Loved this one as well though.

The garlic crab fries is also another must order for me as the crab was of fantastic quality and the fries were perfectly fried. The owner mentioned that they used Dungeness crab claw meat instead of using snow crab, and you can tell the difference in quality! I wish they had more garlic aioli because I love my garlic, but this was killer! Coming back for these for sure!

Garlic Crab Fries

Garlic Crab Fries

At this point, I was super full, so I only had a little of my shrimp taquitos. The shrimp was basically the same as the taco, so of course it was delicious. Taquitos were nice and crispy on the outside.

Shrimp Taquitos

Shrimp Taquitos

I also ended up getting the Oreo churros for dessert as it was Oreo-branded, and it was the perfect ending. Wish there was more cream inside and more vietnamese coffee drizzle, but that's just my personal preference. 

Oreo Churros

Oreo Churros

I was super impressed at the overall concept and execution as Rakken Tacos nailed everything! The Rakken Six is similar to the sample platter that Guisado's offers, but this one definitely is more unique. The items on the menu are extremely well thought out, and the owner Ken is very passionate about his restaurant. I love how they were able to incorporate traditional Vietnamese food into Mexican style tacos, and I do want to come back and try their other dishes such as the mango shrimp ceviche and carne asada fries. I will be back! 

Trois Familia

3510 Sunset Blvd
Los AngelesCA 90026

Trois Mec, Petit Trois, and now Trois Familia!? Chef Ludo, Jon, and Vinny are stepping up their game! Came here around 12 pm for a quick lunch and there was a short 10 minute wait. The seating here is at picnic tables so it is communal hence the "familia" aspect. Everything looked amazing on the menu, and we ordered three dishes and two drinks to share between the two of us.

The Fat Albert and Horchata was $6 each, and although it is homemade, we thought it was way too pricey for a small drink. It was good though, but not worth the $6. 

Churro French toast with Salt & Straw Vanilla Ice Cream and Mexican Chocolate- best French toast I've ever had (but I'm not a big fan of French toast). The inside was sort of like an Asian sponge cake but it was extremely juicy flavorful. We both were shocked at how it tasted because we did not expect the juiciness. Definitely a must order- try for yourself type of dish. 

Beet tartare tostada, cornichon, lime, avocado milk ($12.25)- Okay both of us read BEEF tartare not beet.. awkward! Although it was unexpected, the crunchy tostada with the soft and slightly sweet beet was a great contrast, and we enjoyed this dish.

Last but not least- the Crispy hash brown chilaqulies, sunny side up egg, cotija, salsa macho ($9.75)- This was highly recommended by the server, so of course we ordered it. This dish was more like an appetizer, but it definitely did not disappoint. The hash brown was fried perfectly, and the outside was golden brown and crispy. The sauce was like crack sauce... it was AMAZING. With the combination of the runny egg, you can't go wrong with this dish! Another must order for me.

I love how Trois Familia incorporated a modern touch with traditional Mexican dishes. As a small casual joint located in Silver Lake, I definitely did not expect the food to be mind blowing. Trois Familia does follow the format of its sister restaurants with it's very ordinary appearance on the outside. Tip is already included, and we paid about $26 a person for lunch (it was the drinks... I swear). I'm really glad this restaurant is close to my work and home; I need to try their other dishes!