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Help for dinner tonight now that Spice Table is closed for the week!

Peasweet9 Oct 4, 2012 10:12 AM

Hello all!

My brother and sister-in-law are visiting from NY- we were going to go to Spice Table tonight but they are closed for pipe issues...

Is there a restaurant you guys can think of that is unique and has the bold flavors of spice table? My brother loves meat, my sister-in-law loves fish, and my husband and I just love big flavors!

Was thinking ink or lazy ox canteen? but I'm new to LA too and have never been to either one.

Thank you all!

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    Thor123 Oct 4, 2012 10:22 AM

    Lazy Ox is good. Rivera is really good small plate high end mexican with a nice bar.

    1. Porthos Oct 4, 2012 10:27 AM

      They may be very disappointed with Lazy Ox coming from NYC.

      Red Medicine is unique, flavorful, and can go toe to toe with NYC's finest. The caramalized brussel sprouts with fish sauce are about as flavorful as anything gets. The pork shoulder or family sized portion of beef should satisfy your brother easily.



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      1. re: Porthos
        Thor123 Oct 4, 2012 12:48 PM

        Very good call. I assumed they were looking in Downtown. Shouldnt assume!

      2. Servorg Oct 4, 2012 10:39 AM

        Another place to consider is Lukshon in Culver City: http://www.lukshon.com/ We like their food quite a lot and they have the bold flavors you are seeking...

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        1. re: Servorg
          cacio e pepe Oct 5, 2012 09:44 AM

          I really wish Lukshon would get more love. I've dined there a handful of times and everything was really spectacular. I do think Red Medicine is a better overall experience, but they have very different menus and I crave certain items from both.

          1. re: cacio e pepe
            Servorg Oct 5, 2012 09:51 AM

            Along with the fact that Lukshon is more affordable.

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              Porthos Oct 5, 2012 10:05 AM

              Can't really compare costs since Red Medicine uses much higher cost ingredients and is much more complex and labor intensive.

              It's like saying Hungry Cat is more affordable than Providence.

              FWIW, my tab at Lukshon ran the same as my tabs at Red Medicine.

              1. re: Porthos
                cacio e pepe Oct 5, 2012 10:54 AM

                You can compare value. I can't *quite* agree with your analogy because I think Lukshon is closer to Red Medicine than Hungry Cat is to Providence. The gap isn't as wide as your analogy implies.

                For me, though, the issue is that once you're as good as Lukshon, each incremental step above that level is more and more difficult to achieve. The fact the Red Medicine trumps Lukshon in every way just goes to show how stellar that kitchen is right now.

                But, Lukshon is very worthy of my restaurant dollars. I have never left there unhappy with my food or complaining about a poor value.

                Lastly, I tend to spend a good chunk more at Red Medicine than I do Lukshon. And I'm never sorry about that!

                1. re: cacio e pepe
                  Porthos Oct 5, 2012 11:10 AM

                  The fact the Red Medicine trumps Lukshon in every way just goes to show how stellar that kitchen is right now.
                  I couldn't agree more. Quite possibly *the* best in LA these days. Providence included.

        2. TonyC Oct 4, 2012 11:54 AM

          Why not go to a full blown Thai restaurant like Pailin Thai.

          Fish? Check. Meat? Check. Big hits of spiciness, curries and sourness? Check. A cook from Northern Thailand of 10+ years? Check. 1/3 the price of Lazy Ox, triple check. Save the left over cash and go get drunk at Harvard & Stone.

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          1. re: TonyC
            Johnny L Oct 5, 2012 02:10 AM

            Might be too ethnic for some, also having English speaking staff is nice sometimes too.

            I'd recommend Baco Mercat over Lazy Ox though.

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            tissue Oct 5, 2012 01:17 PM

            Night + Market

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            1. re: tissue
              Thor123 Oct 5, 2012 02:06 PM

              Great choice!

            2. Grog Oct 5, 2012 03:51 PM

              Baco Mercat has what you're looking for. You have some good choices in this thread. Night+Market rocks!

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