Tomorrow night, Sang Yoon, the perfectionist chef-owner of the massively successful Father’s Office empire, plans to open Lukshon, his well-polished paeon to Asian cooking in Culver City. The cuisine, served in a clean, contemporary space of white and wood framing a huge open kitchen, fits nicely into an explosion of chef-driven Asian exploration recently launched by a handful of the city’s most visionary toques. The dishes are served family-style and bear all the comfort and disparate influences of the cooking at A-Frame (and are similarly designed as great drinking partners), the presentation is as artistic, and the ingredients as obsessive, as Red Medicine, and the cuisine is luxurious and exalted like Puck’s WP24, minus the price-tag. But as expected from a passion project by Yoon, the food stands apart as its own animal, striking all the rights notes of spicy, sweet, sticky, and clean at the intersection where indulgent meets cozy. An elegant and celebratory list of wine, beer, and spirits from former Grace sommelier Eduardo Porto Carreiro matches the food’s spice and moderate heat with appropriately crisp whites, heavy on Rieslings, at the forefront. Take a look below to see the space and most of the dishes in our slide show, taken at Friday night’s friends and family preview.
Lukshon’s Duck Popiah