Kris Yenbamroong is the 37-year-old chef and owner of NIGHT + MARKET restaurants. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chef Kris has no formal culinary training -- but grew up in his family-owned restaurant, Talesai. He attended New York University and graduated with a degree in film. If NIGHT + MARKET restaurants were to have a mission statement, it would read as follows: "We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends." There is a term for this in Thai: “aharn glam lao.”
The vibe at NIGHT + MARKET is California chill meets Bangkok frenzy fueled by natural wine. The menu is likewise a mash up authentic, old school Thai with some ‘90s Asian-fusion influences that Chef Kris is proud to take ownership of. “Interviewers always ask if I have any ‘guilty pleasure’ foods. I think the idea that you’re supposed to feel guilty eating something because it might not be cool is nonsensical and elitist. I stand behind all the things that bring me joy. Fusion is one of them.” The Nam Khao Tod (crispy rice salad) and Fried Chicken Sandwich are two of the most popular dishes and they couldn’t be further apart in origin, yet somehow they both feel at home on a NIGHT+MARKET menu—a phenomenon that makes NIGHT+MARKET a true LA restaurant.
NIGHT + MARKET continues the land on "best of" lists -- most recently named the 24th best restaurant (out of a list of 101) in Los Angeles by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Jonathan Gold for the Los Angeles Times.
During NIGHT + MARKET’s first two years, Chef Kris garnered back-to-back semifinal nods from the James Beard Foundation in the Rising Star Chef category. In 2016, Kris was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Chef West award. Within months of opening NIGHT + MARKET Song in Silver Lake ("Song" translates to "Two" in Thai), critics such a Gold and Patric Kuh of Los Angeles Magazine praised Chef Kris' authentic cooking. "[These] unique dishes would probably seem completely natural at a market stall in Thailand with the roar of motorbikes in the background," says Kuh, "but on Sunset Boulevard I can still love their subtle refinement. That’s not lime sharpening the angles of the pork blood and MSG luu suk; it’s fresh lemongrass."
In 2019, Chef Kris was semi-nominated for Best Chef West by the James Beard Foundation for the 2nd time. Additionally, the restaurants were nominated for Best Wine Program that same year.
Culinary tastemakers such as Rene Redzepi, David Chang, and April Bloomfield have dined at NIGHT + MARKET. Celebrity fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Daft Punk, and Questlove.
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