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Last Night @ Lukshon


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Last Night @ Lukshon

Servorg | Jun 4, 2011 10:04 AM

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.

3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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