August 13, 2010 1

Lazy Ox Canteen (Little Tokyo)

By in 06: Downtown LA

I could still remember Baco Night and the $30 Three Course Prix Fixe at the long gone Opus Restaurant. Chef Josef Centeno have since moved on, and his latest establishment is Lazy Ox Canteen at Little Tokyo. It is a wine bar with inventive small plates.

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Wine of the day are featured on the chalkboard. Each table is given peanuts that’s seasoned with lime and chile. This flavor combination would appear in a lot of dishes. Other than the daily menu on paper, there’s also a huge regular menu written on the blackboard (it can be overwhelming!)

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Pig Ear “Chicharon” with Radish Salad & Lime 9. The pig ear’s gooey textures is contrast with the crispy surface . The lime flavor made it quite an addictive snacks. Though it’s the type of dish that I wouldn’t order often.

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Dashi Marinated Yellowtail with Avocado, Hash brown & Tonburi 15  A wonderful dish inspired by Japanese, Mexican and American flavors. It is also surprisingly hearty.

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Braised Beef Lengua Ravioli with Spiced Lebni, toasted pine nuts & dry chile 12. The beef tongue is beefy but tender, however the pasta skin is a bit too soft. We also got a Mango Duck Pate another time, it was smooth and very delicious.

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Brick Roasted Mussels with Basil, White Wine, House made Sriracha & French Feta 16  The broth is very rich and strong tasting, it’s a pleasing dish that goes well with wine.

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Chocolate Mousse. Wow this is so lovely! The chocolate flavor is rich but not sweet. The taste is enhanced by the salty crisp sprinkled on top .

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I came back here for lunch, and they have a limited menu. Their Burger is also very good. I like the Crispy Pork Belly Burger (not in photo) even more.

Their palate tends to be on the strong side (good for wine pairing). From the ones I sampled so far, their menu seems to gear toward a sour & spicy (lime and chile) combination. I want to come back to try more, as their menu is so big. I think place showcase how cultural diverse and interesting the SoCal food landscape is.

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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One Response to “Lazy Ox Canteen (Little Tokyo)”

  1. LOVE the pics!! But more the FOOD!!