Did lunch at LSXO today (at Pacific City in HB for those who would like to know). I see this becoming a regular in our rotation, and it remains one of the few reasons I have to go to that area. We had the imperial rolls (pork, shrimp and crab egg rolls), pork spring rolls, the pork chop with rice, and banh canh vuong (noodle soup with pork belly and pork cracklings. All of it was fantastic.
One thing that detracted from the meal was the music. I must be getting old, but gangsta rap with excessive use of the N-word (every line of every song for the first 20 minutes we were there) does not lend itself to a pleasant dining experience for me. We were one of three parties in the room. One party left because they had what looked to be a family with grandparents, parents, and a very young child. They left. The other party that stayed complained about the music but were told that there was no way to turn it down or off. In all fairness, the restaurant called me ahead and told me they would be playing hip hop with some swearing, but I’m trying to figure out what kind of crowd they’re hoping to attract with such hard core music. Other times we’ve been in there, the music has been more retro 80’s type stuff that was fun to listen to. Yes, yes, I know. They warned me, and the music moved more into mellower old school hip hop as the meal went on. I just didn’t expect music that extreme at a place where the lunch bill for two tops $200 (yes, of course there was wine; who do you think you’re dealing with).
All that said; yes, we will happily return. I’ll just remember to inquire about the music next time.