Lukshon, Los Angeles, 7/20/16

exterior
exterior

Lukshon is a medium sized restaurant with very modern motif.  For days of good weather they also have a patio for eating but not much people watching as they are located off the busy street on a pedestrian pass-through.  The service was efficient and helpful but not overly friendly, but in the server’s defense she had a lot of tables to look after. It was DineLA week and so in addition to their usual a la carte menu they had a special menu and the server was right to steer us to it as it contained a couple items not usually on the menu.  It our usual over-ordering way we also threw in one a la carte item and ordered the optional add-on for the DineLA menu.  But let me say that I’m glad we did cause then we got to try so many things.  This place is an amazing value for the flavor they deliver! I would definitely put this on my options for dinner on my next visit or at least come back for lunch. Everything was delicious but some were truly outstanding.  

patio
patio
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
table set up
table set up
looking through to the patio
looking through to the patio
Frankie liked the wood work
Frankie liked the wood work
menu
menu
menu
menu
DineLA menu
DineLA menu

 

The menu was to choose 2 of 5 offerings, however the portions are generous enough to easily split to we got to try most of the items.  First was the watermelon and perfectly cooked shrimp salad which was quite good. The shrimp and some of the vegetables had only mild flavor but the assorted leaves and sweet watermelon really gave it an accent. The visuals of the dish alone were enough to make it a winner. The colors were stunning.

watermelon salad with poached shrimp, avocado, jalapeño, nuoc cham, herbs
watermelon salad with poached shrimp, avocado, jalapeño, nuoc cham, herbs
Frankie thought they had a good pour on the wine
Frankie thought they had a good pour on the wine

 

The menu supplement was a soft shell crab bao and it was incredible.  The crab was crunchy and juicy and perfectly accented with nice greens and spicy sauce. It was a real treat.

soft shell crab bao with "red fire" aioli, pickled fresno chile, cabbage slaw
soft shell crab bao with “red fire” aioli, pickled fresno chile, cabbage slaw
another angle
another angle
Frankie liked the DineLA ads
Frankie liked the DineLA ads

 

The chicken rendang was wonderful. The chicken was tender and moist and it came in a sauce you wanted to eat plain with a spoon. It was served with crispy rice cakes which were fun by themselves, but we did wonder if the dish would have been better served with plain rice to soak up the great flavors.

Chicken rendang with malay spices, red chile lemongrass rempah, coconut cream
Chicken rendang with malay spices, red chile lemongrass rempah, coconut cream
close up
close up
close up
close up

 

However the rendang sauce was also good on the noodles in the cold noodle salad. It was nice but mildly flavored compared to the other dishes but that made it a perfect mixer.

Cold noodle salad with gomae dressing, pickled cucumber, sesame, peanuts
Cold noodle salad with gomae dressing, pickled cucumber, sesame, peanuts
another angle
another angle
Frankie surveyed the leftovers
Frankie surveyed the leftovers

 

The eggplant was ordered off the regular menu and it was filled with different tastes. It was nicely spicy and thick. Very tasty.

Chinese eggplant with fennel raita, tomato sambal, eggplant "fries"
Chinese eggplant with fennel raita, tomato sambal, eggplant “fries”
another angle
another angle

 

Then the larb sliders arrived and wow!  The meat alone was just okay but when mixed with the nicely toasted bun, sauce and garnish it turned into spectacular.

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Larb sliders with peanut bun, larb sesoning, green cabbage slaw, “green fire” aioli, taro chips
closer
closer
Frankie posed with the tile
Frankie posed with the tile

 

Everything had been so tasty I had to see what they could do with dessert and so we tried the Vietnamese coffee cake.  When I inquired if the server recommended it, she told me it’s great if you like coffee cake, which I do, but this was not like any coffee cake I’ve had. It was chunks of chocolate cake with pudding inside each chunk served with really smooth ice cream – all on top of coffee flavored crumbles.  Such fun, the crumbles added a great crunch and a small swipe of caramel on the plate just pushed it to the next level of lovely sweet endings.

dessert menu
dessert menu
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x
Frankie looks at but doesn't eat chocolate
Frankie looks at but doesn’t eat chocolate
kitchen shot
kitchen shot
patio
patio
interior
interior
Frankie liked the red sink
Frankie liked the red sink

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