Dinner at Lukshon in Culver City (LA) - A Treat for Eyes & Taste Buds

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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.

 

Tea Leaf Salad at Lukshon

 

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.

 

Softshell Crab at Lukshon

 

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.

 

Kitchen at Lukshon in Culver City

 

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!

 

Lukshon

3239 Helms Avenue

Culver City, CA  90232

 

 

 

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Joe Pryor
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When it comes to food you hit the high spots for me. I would be downing every thing on the table.

Jul 30, 2017 08:22 AM #7
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Aw Jeff, Now you got me thinking about food this early in the morning.  Looks like great dishes!

Jul 30, 2017 08:47 AM #8
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If I were to go to Culver City, I would defintely try this restaurant, Jeff. I really wanted to visit Quince in San Francisco this October, but we might have to settle for Saison or Benu (private function that night, darn). Do you have a recommendation for Los Angeles? We're coming there to see Hamilton in November.

Jul 30, 2017 08:50 AM #9
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  - it is not an inexpensive place to dine, for sure. We could only get reservations at a high-top seat but being by the kitchen was cool. I would opt to go in the middle of the week and early in the evening when it would likely be quieter. Outside looked nice. While I have eaten community style a number of times (in San Francisco) I do prefer more privacy. But dining out on the weekend in LA is a challenge anyhow, at least if you go anywhere good!!

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 08:56 AM #10
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Gwen Banta - we really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Not at all what were expecting, in a good way.

James Dray  - reading about restaurants and seeing food photos tends to do that doesn't it?

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 08:58 AM #11
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Hi Barbara Todaro  - we were having fun watching the kitchen and enjoying our food and conversation so I missed taking photos of a couple of dishes, including our noodle dish, which was excellent!!

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 09:07 AM #12
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  - definitely some kitchens are noisier than others but no conversation - it was not a "chef's table" although we have done that a couple of times - the best was at Bar Accuda in Hanalei on Kauai. Looking forward to that again in September.

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 09:10 AM #13
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What a culinary delite, Happy belated Anniversary.

Jul 30, 2017 09:17 AM #14
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It was a wonderful evening Nina Hollander  Thanks for stopping by!

It was hard to choose Joe Pryor , given all the options. I don't eat pork and rarely beef so that was easy to pass by. Would love to go back for another round of different foods!

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 09:28 AM #15
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Will Hamm  - the flavors were amazing!

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents  - I haven't eaten in downtown LA for years and so much has changed. I'll give it some thought.  There are so many fabulous places to eat in LA, and of course in SFO!

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 09:34 AM #16
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Thanks so much Sharon Lee  - it was a wonderful evening, and of course we had a terrific time with our granddaughter Friday and yesterday.

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 09:35 AM #17
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Jeff,

We considered checking it out several times.  Friends who live in LA have given it mixed review and similar comments that Endre Barath, Jr. shared.  Glad to hear the food was good, and Happy Anniversary.  A

Jul 30, 2017 09:38 AM #18
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Foodie surprises are fun....and oh such great presentation....makes it look almost tooo good to eat !

Jul 30, 2017 09:56 AM #19
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That looks like a very nice place to relax over a good meal.  Nice review.

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Hi Jeff - Happy anniversary to you and your wife - it looks like you found a wonderful place to celebrate it. Modern Asian fusion is fantastic food in the hands of the right chef, and those dishes look like they were prepared by experts.

Jul 30, 2017 02:31 PM #21
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Hi Jeff - that is certainly mouth watering.  You really have to splurge and enjoy yourself now and then.  You gave me an anniversary idea for my wife and me.

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Jeff now that I know you sat at the table overlooking the kitchen it just made the restaurant move higher up on the must visit destination, Endre

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  - I can see how some would not like this place, and it was not inexpensive. Not sure the wines (we only looked at by the glass) were more than what you often see in upscale restaurant but no bargains for sure.  I get that some people are opposed to community table seating, but the majority is not.

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 05:18 PM #24
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  - definitely! And this was a treat. And I didn't mind eating it all!

Belinda Spillman  - thanks for visiting! We would definitely go back, perhaps for lunch as an alternative

Jeff

Jul 30, 2017 05:20 PM #25
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Dick Greenberg  - the food really was terrific, and the chef has trained the staff well. I love the creativity and not your usual stuff

It was a wonderful way to celebrate Grant Schneider  Going out to dinner is a favorite of ours!

Endre Barath, Jr.  - we did not specifically ask since I was not aware you could sit there. There is a bar, with about 12 seats, and then a smaller bar area overlooking the open kitchen with just 6 seats. It was great fun!

Jeff

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