Rasa Malaysia, thank you. The food blogosphere is better because of you. And through your photography, writing and insight, my interest in Malaysian food has been piqued.
Per your suggestion we tried Belacan Grill.
First, Belacan Grill's location off the 405 makes it a good place to eat after picking someone up/dropping someone off at the airport (other choices include The Buggy Whip and Dinah's).
We ordered Roti Canai, Seafood Lemon Grass Soup, Char Kway Teow (stir fried flat noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts egg and chives) and Belacan Crab (seasoned fresh crab deep fried to perfection then stir fried with belacan)
The other reviews are on point, so I'm only gonna add things specific to our trip:
Of course the spicy seafood soup was one of our choices. As usual we asked for the soup to be prepared extra spicy (noting that we wouldn't send it back and can handle the spice). Our server said that it was already quite spicy. Unfortunately, it wasn't at all. It was tasty, but there was barely any kick. It seems that to ensure we get it spicy enough we should order it in Malay or Thai instead of English (thus proving our seriousness).
The room is spacious and comfortable with high ceilings, candle lighting and cloth napkins. The walls are adorned with an array of Malaysian tourism posters, as well as some unexpected decor choices (this picture of Marilyn Monroe hangs above the urinal in the men's restroom).
I'll definitely go back during the first part of the year as the food was terrific.
2701 190th St. (on the corner of Inglewood Ave)
Redondo Beach, CA 90278