Dinner at Lukshon in Culver City (LA)
A Treat for the Eyes & Our Taste Buds
We went to LA yesterday to visit our granddaughter (and of course our daughter and son-in-law) and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Sometimes we do something elaborate, like a 3 day trip to the Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach a number of years ago (my wife had no clue where we were going, just that we were taking a plane from Boston), and other times it's just a wonderful dinner - like the fabulous catered one my wife arranged on the beach about 10 years ago, and then our dinner last night at Lukshon in Culver City.
We are both foodies and love great dinners, and enjoying a new experience is always welcome. Lukshon was a most pleasant surprise.
Lukshon, a highly rated Los Angeles eatery, is the result of Chef Sang Yoon's creativity and inventiveness, a fusion of a range of traditional and creative Asian dishes, wonderful seasonings, and beautiful presentations. Anyone walking in expecting the ordinary is sure to be disappointed, but immensely pleased at the dining experience in an upscale venue.
The service was terrific - prompt, friendly but not intrusive, caring, and knowledgeable about the many dishes to consider and the pairing of wines selected especially to complement the menu.
You have the choice of multiple small, medium and large dishes on the dinner menu - or a multi-course meal with several selections at each course. We loved the food which is served family style and perfect for sharing - Tea Leaf Salad, "General Tso's" softshell crab, Thai clam chowder, Chinese Eggplant, Chiang Mai Curry Noodles and ending with the Vietnamese Coffee Cake. We have already started recommendting this place to friends and would definitely return.
The fun part was sitting at a small bar area overlooking the kitchen, so we could watch all the food preparations. Everything seemed to take place seeminglessly, but at a rapid pace, with the chef and at least 8 others working throughout our dinner.
This place is quite popular and reservations are important, at least on the weekends, with seating inside and out. You can sit at tables or booths, at the bar or by the kitchen, or at one of two high-top community style tables. Definitely worth a visit, unless you prefer the traditional!
3239 Helms Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232