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Going to Lukshon for DineLA, any must try dishes for the regular menu?

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Johnny L Jul 14, 2012 03:29 PM

So from the 9 here I should be able to get one of each dish since I'm going with two others but any that I shouldn't bother to try?

http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaur...

Also I'd like to know if there are any dishes that are a must try since this will be the first time for me.

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    foufou RE: Johnny L Jul 14, 2012 04:37 PM

    I really like the clams, the chicken "pop"s, and the whole fish from the regular menu

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      Johnny L RE: foufou Jul 15, 2012 03:07 AM

      I'm kind of confused by the menu it says it is served family style... does that mean we can only choose 3 dishes as a group?

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        ilysla RE: Johnny L Jul 15, 2012 08:31 AM

        From the regular menu, the lamb belly roti canai and the crispy cocunut rice cakes. I also really liked the dan dan noodles, but YMMV on that one (as the server diplomatically said, "It's got a unique flavor profile. We have to warm patrons about that." If you've had sichuan food b/f, it shouldn't be an issue.

        As far as the DineLA menu is concerned, it sounds as if you can choose one per person for the lunch menu (which isn't that much of a savings, truth be told) and three per person for the dinner menu (which, depending on the individual regular price of each dish, might actually be a good deal, since you can easily spend $50 per person otherwise [and that's w/o alcohol).

        I assume the "family style" just means it's tapas-style/small plates that are meant to be shared. Calling to confirm would be the safest thing to do.

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      JudiAU RE: Johnny L Jul 15, 2012 11:52 AM

      Last year they required all guests to choose the same because it is served family style. I'd confirm before you start planning.

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        foufou RE: JudiAU Jul 15, 2012 01:38 PM

        my first visit to Lukshon was during DINELA last year and my dining party was not required to choose the same dishes........

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          wienermobile RE: foufou Jul 23, 2012 07:28 PM

          Question to someone who has been to this summer's DineLA " For a party of two can we order 6 different dishes or just 3 to share?

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            foufou RE: wienermobile Jul 23, 2012 08:42 PM

            check the DineLA thread....the consensus seems to be six different dishes for a party of two among those who have been this summer

      2. soniabegonia RE: Johnny L Jul 16, 2012 10:07 AM

        without a doubt, the dan dan noodles

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          westsidegal RE: soniabegonia Jul 20, 2012 02:52 PM

          fwiw,
          their dinela lunch menu shows an item:
          <<dandan noodles & green papaya salad
          kurobuta pork, preserved mustard greens sichuan peppercorns, peanuts salad: cherry tomatoes, long beans, crispy shallot nam pla, lime>>

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          mikkel obe RE: Johnny L Jul 22, 2012 09:52 AM

          just went last night and the dineLA menu is a fantastic deal. my gf and i opted for the hawaiian butterfish, black cod and the BBQ kurobuta ribs off the dineLA menu and ordered the spicy chicken pops off the regular menu. the executive chef also let us try a nibble of the tea leaf salad, which was a flavor bomb. i'd go with the butterfish, tea leaf salad & ribs for sure...

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            westsidegal RE: mikkel obe Jul 22, 2012 09:57 AM

            gotta add that imho, the steamed cod was exceptional all three times i had it last week.

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              foufou RE: westsidegal Jul 22, 2012 11:31 AM

              I have had the steamed cod several times too....it's a great dish.

          2. sarahbeths RE: Johnny L Jul 22, 2012 03:05 PM

            I have a service warning on this place, I had a terrible experience on friday night.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858968

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              wienermobile RE: sarahbeths Jul 22, 2012 03:10 PM

              Has anyone contacted you from the restaurant yet?

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                sarahbeths RE: wienermobile Jul 22, 2012 03:56 PM

                No

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                mikkel obe RE: sarahbeths Jul 23, 2012 06:07 PM

                i'm sorry to hear about your experience - ours this past weekend was the complete opposite!

                not only was our service spot on, we had been eyeing the tea leaf salad which sadly we didn't have the opportunity to order. when executive chef ted hopson spotted our watering tongues, he was nice enough to pile enough salad on two serving spoons for my girlfriend and i to sample. that's one of the only times that's ever happened to me at a dining establishment, so count me as a big fan of theirs...

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                  westsidegal RE: mikkel obe Jul 26, 2012 02:58 PM

                  i've been there 5 times thus far during this DineLA period and every time i have been treated very, very, very, well.
                  plan to go back there tomorrow night too.

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                    ns1 RE: mikkel obe Jul 26, 2012 03:00 PM

                    evidently service is spot on as long as you don't try to request a specific dessert.

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                      westsidegal RE: ns1 Jul 26, 2012 03:46 PM

                      also, i knew going in, that, like gjelina, they have a "no substitutions, no changes" policy.
                      after sitting at the "chef's counter" and watching the insane amount of food that was being cooked/assembled/plated at 8:00pm, i could easily understand their reasoning.

                      some restaurants are "have it your way" and some, like gjelina and lukshon, and father's office are not.

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                        mikkel obe RE: ns1 Jul 26, 2012 05:03 PM

                        haha yup. and it's been discussed ad nauseum, but as far as i'm concerned, if they're giving me a free dessert, i don't care what they give me - i'll take it and be happy with it. i'm certainly not going to complain about something i didn't pay for. when one starts to push back about free stuff, it defeats the purpose of it being a nice gesture.

                        and like westsidegal mentioned, i knew that going into father's office and lukshon on my first respective visits there, so there was no surprise factor. ..

                  2. TonyC RE: Johnny L Jul 26, 2012 05:22 PM

                    Inquiring minds ask: didja get the carrot cake?

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                      mikkel obe RE: TonyC Jul 26, 2012 05:38 PM

                      as one would have it, i did not, although that was the 3rd dessert there. we had a really tasty mango panna cotta thingie and an equally tasty vanilla pudding thingie with coffee/chocolate crumbles.

                      and i had no desire to berate them for not giving us a bigger piece! :D

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                        westsidegal RE: TonyC Jul 26, 2012 08:15 PM

                        i've been there 5 times so far during the DineLA promotion,
                        i've been given the carrot cake one time out of the 5.

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                          wienermobile RE: westsidegal Jul 26, 2012 08:49 PM

                          Went tonight and had a tiny lemon ice cream sandwich with a little rhubarb pannacotta. It was a wonderful meal with wonderful service and a great deal too. One of the best DineLA meals I've had.

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                            Capybara RE: wienermobile Jul 27, 2012 11:59 AM

                            Me too (as in I also had great service, a great cod dish, and a tiny lemon ice cream sandwich.)

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