‘Every dish is masterful’: Bill Addison reviews Kuya Lord

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Lord Maynard Llera began cooking in his garage in La Cañada Flintridge before serving up dishes like this oxtail kare kare in his Melrose Hill restaurant. Photo by Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times © 2022.

Lord Maynard Llera had a dream to open a humble Filipino noodle shop so he started hosting occasional pop-ups around Los Angeles. Then came the pandemic and Llera transformed Kuya Lord into a full-tilt takeout venture, operating from the garage of his La Cañada Flintridge home. Last summer, he went legit and debuted a storefront at the corner of Melrose and Western. Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Bill Addison is a fan.