Luna Park

There were plans for a Korean BBQ dinner, so I’d been prepping my stomach all yesterday for a meat-fest:

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Unfortunately, things fell through last minute and we had to postpone. Luckily, Abe’s evening meeting was also cancelled so we had an impromptu date night!

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We used to eat at Luna Park pretty often – it’s got a nice vibe, good food, reasonable prices, centrally-located, easy to make reservations, kid-friendly….but since starting the food blog I want to try new places every time we eat out, so we haven’t been back in at least two years.

So glad I purchased the recent Groupon deal, because last night reminded me of why we used to be regulars.

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The reviews on yelp are pretty mixed, but here are my tips for a good experience here – if you’re coming for dinner, the absolute best time to arrive is 7pm, just as street parking on La Brea becomes available. Snatch a spot at a meter, and you won’t have to pay for valet. Also, make a reservation on Opentable – it’s a cinch, you’ll earn points, and probably score one of their cozy booths!

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We were pleasantly surprised to see our server when we sat down – one of our neighborhood friends, Constance! She walked us through the menu – featuring their Prix Fixe Dinner (which was included with the Groupon deal).

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If you plan on getting an appetizer and dessert, it is just plain silly not to order off this special menu. I did, and with the addition of Abe’s entree, it was plenty of food to share.

We started with the Cauliflower Appetizer

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A nice variety of colors (including purple!) – roasted with Calabrian Chilies and Capers. Not overcooked, nor spicy.

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Even though I had been prepared to eat massive amounts of Bulgogi all evening, I wanted something light, so Constance suggested the Scottish Salmon, sauce on the side.

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The fish was delicious – nice crispy crust, flakey and tender – on top of Creamy, Garlicky Mashed Potato

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Carrots and Broccoli Rabe roasted to perfection – without a trace of bitterness in the greens

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I didn’t even wind up using a drop of the Buerre Blanc!

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Abe let me try his Veggie Burger (homemade, on a Brioche bun)

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There was a seasoning in it I didn’t love, but he was very into it. I did enjoy some of his pickle and a few handfuls of his fries, which were my favorite size and nicely seasoned – dipped in lots of Dijon mustard…

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…and potato.

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For dessert, Constance suggested the Strawberry and Blackberry Shortcake – it’s a seasonal special and won’t be on the menu for long. I decided to go with the Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie instead, since my chocolate craving was pretty strong. (FYI – their S’mores were featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” too.)

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She wound up hooking us up with both!!!

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So happy she did – the homemade whipped cream, sweet compote, and warm savory biscuit were a blissful combo. I devoured about 1/3 of this…

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…and 2/3 of this – which tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup whipped into a pie with a Graham Cracker Crust. Heaven.

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I doubt it will be another two years before we eat here again!

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18 thoughts on “Luna Park

  1. Lisa

    Sounds like a delicious date night! Hope you get that Bulgogi soon, though. I just had barbecue Bulgogi (a new recipe by my father-in-law) a few days ago, and I am still talking about it!

  2. allie@sweetpotatobites

    I love Luna Park! One of my favorites is the goat cheese fondue with the green apple slices and bread – so yum.

    I need to get in there soon to try the Strawberry and Blackberry Shortcake!

    1. Lisa

      Really, kimchi? I am still developing a taste for it. So far I’ve had it on burgers and thought it was pretty good. Any other ideas for me? 🙂

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