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Lunch at Beacon: Darn... it wasn't closed when I showed up...

Dommy! | Oct 31, 200505:55 PM

As I’ve made mention, I’m a bit behind on my postings, but I do want to make sure to post because it’s never to late for you guys to learn from my mistakes… Case in point, my lunch at Beacon…

Dad and I arrived at 11:30am for lunch to find it mostly empty. We sat inside and it was much smaller than I imagined. Shoe box shape with a bar area taking most of one side a wall. The ceilings were tall which even with a couple of patrons, already made the area LOUD.

We looked over the menu and I was sad to see the fried oysters often recommended were not on the lunch menu. I called over the waitress and gave her my sweetest look and asked if the chef would prepare them for lunch… she said a very firm NO. Ack… :P Well her loss really as we instead just went ahead and placed our order sans appetizer…

So we ordered:

Kakuni Udon: This dish was the one pictured when L.A. Mag named Beacon the best in L.A. I know… I know… but it looked REALLY good in the picture! Rich fatty tender pork belly, over a wonderful bed of thick noodles. I know I said I wanted a healthy lunch, but my pork lust got the best of me… So when it arrived, even just looking at it, I was a bit disappointed. The portion was large, plenty for dad and I to share, but the belly looked unimpressive. The taste was no were near as rich, nor the texture as tender as the pork pump it tried to emulate. It was a a really tasty bowl of soup, but you can get LOTS of tasty bowls of soups in this city for quite a bit less…

Black Cod: I’ve mentioned it before, I just don’t like strong fish, and this was strong. It also was a bit dry. Further, the green beans it came with were cold! They were tasty, but not exactly what I was craving.

And finally,

The Beacon Roll: For this, I only have myself to blame. I was REALLY jonesing for Sushi and the Pozu Gelee intriqued me. What we got was some kinda psudo sushi, wrapped in a cucumber skin. Suffed inside was a crab salad that really was no better tasting the krab used in supermarket California rolls. As for the pozu gelee, it was horribly astringent. Didn’t add much of anything but harsh bitterness…

And so… we were out. In the end, it really was just great to have lunch with my very busy dad, but next time for sure, I’ll check out if Sushi Wa is open for lunch…


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