DTLA: Lunch at Le Ka

Le Ka

Le Ka

I checked out Le Ka for lunch during the last dineLA run and then went back for cocktails a couple nights later.

soup

soup

 

For my first of three courses, I opted for the chestnut soup. It was probably the most interesting starter. I enjoyed this soup quite a bit and would get it again.

salad

roasted beet salad

Amber from Wilson’s Where To Guide got the roasted beet salad. I always knew it was healthy to eat beets but I had no idea how much so. There was quite a bit of burrata on the salad which was lovely.

 

bartender Brendan

bartender Brendan

 

When I was in for lunch, I didn’t try the cocktails but said I’d come back because I was intrigued by the Agave Classico.

agave

Agave Classico

 

The Agave Classico (Milagro reposado, Campari, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, rose-water wash) was interesting to me because essentially it was a Negroni with tequila but with the additional rose-water wash. Would it be too floral? As it turned out, it was a bit too heavy on the Carpano which tends to be very sweet.

Our bartender Brendan was a sweetheart. He recently moved to LA after a couple of stints at club bars. He’s eagerly learning the craft cocktails game. We had a good time sitting at his bar.

artic char

artic char

 

For my main course, I got the artic char which I mostly got because I love pea sprouts. And we got quite a bit of it as a side. The fish was expertly cooked.

roast chicken

roast chicken

 

Poor Amber didn’t know what to make of her roast chicken with attached chicken foot. It didn’t bother me but it was a bit unnerving for those who don’t like chicken feet (and if you don’t, I will take you to dim sum sometime).

Martinez

Martinez

 

Back to the evening of cocktails, I also tried out the Martinez. I hadn’t had one served down before. I wasn’t asked my preference which is almost always served up.

tres leches

tres leches

 

For dessert, Amber got the tres leches. It didn’t pretty but she said it was delicious.

bread pudding

bread pudding

 

I much preferred my bread pudding but I tend to love bread pudding.

Chartreuse Whiskey Sour

Chartreuse Whiskey Sour

 

The only odd drink I had at Le Ka was a Chartreuse Whiskey Sour. I have been on a Chartreuse kick lately and been asking for sours around town. A different bartender ended up making this and sadly, it just didn’t gel. True, it was the first time he attempted something like this. He really should have double-strained because there were far too many ice chips in it. My drinking buddy thought there was too much nutmeg and I thought that ruined the bitters design. It tasted like lemon juice and finished faintly with Chartreuse. The whiskey was lost entirely. I have gotten better on-the-fly versions elsewhere in town.

Overall, I’d come back for the dinner with friends and I heard happy hour might just be the ticket. They do have a late-night happy hour but pricing isn’t as good as the early evening happy hour. I’d also take clients here for lunch since it’s a good business lunch spot.

Le Ka Restaurant

800 W 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017  —  (213) 688-3000

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