Restaurant review: Lukshon

27 Mar

A while back, I posted about one of my favorite restaurants, the Bazaar. Now, I want to share another LA hotspot with intriguing food and a wonderful atmosphere: Lukshon, chef Sang Yoon’s  effortlessly cool Culver City eatery that serves up inventive South-East Asian fare.

Old-school flashing sign that greets you as you approach Lukshon

Old-school flashing sign that greets you as you approach Lukshon

Located in alleyway behind Helm’s Bakery, Lukshon oozes minimalist-cool. Although it is just a few hundred feet from Father’s Office, a popular high-end burger joint by the same chef, it seems isolated in its own Asian zen. The one-year-old resturant has already made quite a name for itself as one of Zagat’s picks for the top five new restaurants in Culver City.

Charming outdoor terrace

Charming outdoor terrace

Ana Henton of MASS Architecture and Design won a 2011 AIA Restaurant Design Award for her design of the reaturant. She expertly establishes a minimalist interior that is effortlessly chic. Guests can enjoy the view from the beatiful fireside patio, observe the chefs in action from the bar seats, dine at surprisingly elegant communal tables, or snuggle into cozy booths. The low-key furnishings allow the reinvented street food to take center stage.

From Daily Candy

From Daily Candy

Yoon applies his European culinary training to create mouthwatering combinations of seasonal vegetables, fresh seafood (there’s meat too, but I’m a pescatarian, so I can’t vouch for its quality) and exotic spices. Here are my list of recommendations for when you visit.

 

Chinese black mushrooms

Chinese black mushrooms

Green papaya salad

Green papaya salad

Tea leaf salad

Tea leaf salad

Crispy coconut rice cakes

Crispy coconut rice cakes

Butterfish

Butterfish

  • Crispy Coconut Rice Cakes with pandan and shallot chile jam
  • Chinese Eggplant with fennel raita, tomato sambal, and eggplant “fries”
  • Hawaiian Butterfish with pickled watermelon radish, daikon, nahm jim, and rau ram
  • Chinese Black Mushrooms with maitake, woodear, chanterelles, and mustard greens
  • Prince Edward Island Black Mussels with green chile rempah, coconut, tapioca, thai basil, and lime

If you’re a tea lover like me, make sure to order a pot of one of their delicious teas too! They serve them in beautiful Asian teapots with the cutest little teacups.

Free desserts!

Free desserts!

Instead of pestering guests with baskets of free bread that causes people to fill up before the actual food arrives, Lukshon serves people freebees that they actually want: house-made sparkling water and a trio of desserts that varies from night to night.

 

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2 Responses to “Restaurant review: Lukshon”

  1. robert March 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    and the beer is great, too !

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