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3239 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Lukshon +

Anne Fishbein


  • Tue.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner: Tue.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Beer and Wine, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available

Do people give Lukshon enough credit? Does it come to the tip of their tongue when they think of L.A.'s best restaurants, our true originals, our must-visit places? It should. Sang Yoon's 7-year-old restaurant blazed a path for the type of exciting, bright, modern Asian cooking at which L.A. excels these days, and Yoon still does that kind of cooking far better than most who came after him. Whether it's his supremely savory and nutty tea leaf salad with crispy chana dal; his tiny, perfect lobster roll "bánh mì" with spicy green papaya slaw and pig ear terrine; his sticky Chinese eggplant with sambal and fennel raita; his Hawaiian butterfish with lime, herbs and coconut snow; or his Sichuan dumplings with delicate wrappers holding ginger-imbued kurobuta pork, Yoon's food is so carefully prepared, so thoughtfully executed, that you get to let go of your analytical side and just relax into pleasure. This process is helped along by one of the best wine lists around (particularly if you're a riesling fan); if wine ain't your thing, Lukshon could be the place where you become a single-origin tea geek. It's a thing, and as usual Yoon is on the forefront. —Besha Rodell

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