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Last Night @ Lukshon

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I'm going to be hard pressed to come up with all the dishes we tried, but suffice to say that I loved the food and the room (if you like modern, but comfortable - we sat in one of the very spacious booths along the south wall) and the service was excellent. All that and a bargain price just means I came away very impressed.

We had the spicy chicken pops, (thick, rich spice coating over Shelton Farm's drumettes, with garlic, kecap manis, and spicy Sichaun salt). I loved the beautiful slightly sweet and spicy nicely caramelized exterior and I tried their spicy vodka gimlet to start. Really great drink (I even had a second one of the the gimlets - which is pretty rare for me).

We then had the shrimp toast (shrimp inside of crunchy bread with chiles and tops them with cilantro.), the foie gras ganache (Dusted in carob, ceylon cinnamon, puffed rice, almond, and a pinch of salt on a tamarind gastrique), the mussels in the green spicy broth (In a Thai coconut broth with green chile rempah, tapioca, thai basil, and lime.), the pork belly with slaw and korean rice cake, the black rice with the sunny side up egg on top (Heirloom Black Rice with lap cheong sausage, onion, and roasted garlic under a huge fried egg), and finished with the peppercorn dandan noodles. The only dish I would have skipped (another surprise to me as I normally love it) was the foie gras ganache. I normally love it, but somehow the sweetness was just a little to much and it overpowered the flavor combo for me. But a lot of folks love it, so if you go don't skip it on my account.

With 5 cocktails, one beer, one coffee and a LOT of food the final accounting was $193, plus tip. That was for 4 people who were all groaning on the way back to the car.

If you haven't visited Lukshon, and you like Asian flavors and fairly (without going over the top) vibrant bordering on strong tastes, this is must try as far as I'm concerned.

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Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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  1. Thanks for the post. Sounds like definitely one to add to the list.

    1. Wow, two gimlets, Servorg? I gotta start hanging with you, I love gimlets too!!

      How big were the servings? Each dish was enough to serve four? And do they have a wine list? Just curious, thanks!

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        I thought their serving sizes were very generous. It was never the case that each person was left only a tiny bite or two of anything we ordered and actually felt well sated by each dish in terms of getting enough of that taste as well as coming away definitely on the full side of the fuel gauge...

        1. re: Servorg

          Good to know, thanks. Sounds like a good try. How was the beer & wine list, do you recall, after your gimlets, ;D)

          1. re: Phurstluv

            I really didn't look at them so I can't help you there.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Small wine list, but some very interesting selections at reasonable prices. Some of their wines are 'on tap' FWIW. But I've always thought F.O.. had interesting selections as well All the way back to when Christmas was behind the bar on Montana.

        2. Lukshon was very good. But for some reason I keep heading back to Spice Table. Maybe I prefer the more street food nature of Spice Table over the gussied up Asian fusion of Lukshon. I don't know. I thought the dan dan noodles were the one big misfire at Lukshon. The noodles where hot and sticky and covered in way too much peanut sauce. In comparison the kon loh mee noodles at Spice Table were balanced and pretty darned genius. Been to Lukshon once and Spice Table 6 or 7 times now.

          I'd really recommend you give Spice Table a go. I'd recommend the sambal fried potatoes, fried cauliflower, lamb belly satay, pork satay, chile prawn satay, soft shell crab with salted duck egg sauce (get them now while it's in season), fried curried chicken wings, beef rendang, oxtail and shortrib stew, and the kon loh mee. Gorging myself (6-8 dishes of 2) and two 16 oz glasses of Pranqster usually run no more than $60pp. As a point of reference, I ran up a tab similar to yours for 2 people at Lukshon.

          Previous thread on Spice Table- Perceptor's Report

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771328

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          Lukshon
          3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

          The Spice Table
          114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA