Our original plans were to hit up either Luv2Eat or Issan Station in Thai Town. But getting from the Westside to either place on a Satyrday night is not easy. As usual, we were running later than expected. So instead, we dropped by Night+Market Sahm (Saturday) at 1900. Unlike our pasts attempts, we walked right up and were seated - no line. Service was spotty and not a Thai national in sight. The food was interesting in context to Thai food in LA.
Night+Market Sahm is definitely different from the other Thai eateries outside of Thai Town but only vaguely similar to Thai Town eateries as well. Some of the dishes are pretty traditional, while others seem to reflect the chef’s life, rooted in Thai culture but growing up in America as well. The menu is somewhat brief for a Thai eatery, but is supplemented with a comparatively long Daily Special list.
Some of the dishes can be quite salty so be forewarned - the menu will even state this on certain menu items ("…we suggest ordering rice with this dish"). The spice level in some of the dishes will be Thai Town level as well. Night+Market is not shy about using birdseye chiles in certain dishes. The menu states the use of these chiles as well.
The beer list is short - Singha. The wine list is much more involved, particularly for a Thai eatery. Rosé - sparkling and still, whites, reds, some “natural,” some of the reds are been chilled.
I personally wouldn’t consider Night+Market Sahm a good example of an outpost representing Thai Town. Rather, it’s a decent breath of fresh air to the local Thai food options. A mix of traditional with some nontraditional items mixed in, supplemented with a pretty good wine program.