Simpang Asia is Introducing Unique Indonesian Food to Venice

Leni Kumalasari’s Simpang Asia will likely open up November 9, pending construction
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Simpang Asia’s owner Leni Kumalasari feels strongly about LA’s lack of Indonesian cuisine representation, so she is filling in for where it lacks. Venice, a neighborhood where like-minded friends live, is apparently most notably missing this unique food. Kumalasari spoke with What Now Los Angeles (WNLA) about her future opening and Indonesian food’s potential in Venice.

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“I love the people of Venice,” Kumalasari told WNLA about her decision to open up there. According to her, the Venice community seems more open to eating Simpang Asia’s kind of recipes, which she describes as being similar to that of Thai, Indian, and Chinese. Simpang Asia especially emphasizes things like fried rice, noodles, and curry. 

The new restaurant will be located at 705 Lincoln Blvd in Lincoln Plaza, where Lincoln Blvd and Vernon Ave meet. Kumalasari stated that there are no current plans to open up future locations after Simpang Asia’s potential November 9 grand opening — which is dependent on how fast the construction gets done.

Kasey Fox

Kasey Fox is a passionate writer with origins and aspirations in creative writing who has found a new voice in the exciting world of entertainment reporting. Having worked for Screen Rant, International Business Times, and The Blast, he also has backgrounds in SEO, social media marketing, and the art of entertainment itself. In his free time, Kasey hosts several podcasts on his comedy YouTube page as well as writing feature-length screenplays, of which he's achieved semi-finalist status at the Austin Film Festival's screenwriting program.
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