625 S Serrano Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001034.062202 -118.306590
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Wilshire Center / Koreatown
I visited this place about 12pm a few weeks ago on a Friday. They are supposed to close at 2am, but were open until 4:30am. They would cover the lights to hide that they were open. They were serving alcohol until 4:30am when I left. I asked naïve about why cover lights not knowing that you cannot serve alcohol after 2am in Los Angeles. There was some manager guy (Korean) named JUNE who threatened me with bodily harm if I said anything. Seem like mob place to me.
Girls were offering sex for money. Lots of them. I think they have some connection to a brothel or something. Food and drink not that good, EXPENSIVE and they were very unfriendly. I'm from out of town and will never go back to that place. I would warn everyone stay away. Oh, I also saw bugs in the bathroom. I think someone else mentioned that bathrooms were dirty. I have many Korean friends and they all told me stay away from that place. My prediction, the police will get them or the building owner will kick them out. Chase Bank across the way from them.
Wilshire Colonade Treat – I discovered La Defence while searching for lunch spots on Citysearch. My co-worker and I walked down the street to give it a try- what a surprise and treat! Upon entering, I was amazed at the decor. The restaurant has outstanding ambiance and we felt like we were dining in a quaint Frech village. We had the lunch sampler of various sushi and the meal and service were excellent. Also, we took a business card as the restaurant has set a nice banquet/meeting room for offsite meetings.
La Defence will now be in my lunch spot circut. Thank you La Defence and Citysearch!
Convenient to the Wiltern – Went here recently before catching a show at the Wiltern - as there is not much in the way of places to eat close by I was happy to go here. The staff was super friendly and the sushi good - we tried a few different dishes and were happy with all. I work close by so think I will try and pop in for the happy hour soon.
Gurgling fountains and Euro-Asian cuisine converge at this luxe K-town karaoke palace. – In Short
While the concept of recreating a French village street inside a fancy Koreatown fusion restaurant might seem ambitious, if not awkward, the mission is acheived here with a whimsical Provencal scheme of exposed brick, wrought iron accents and indoor streetlamps. Indeed, the well-heeled Korean families and karaoke-belting 20-somethings that fill this place on weekends embrace it with unfettered delight. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer views of the outdoor courtyard artfully landscaped with dancing water fountains and fruit trees. European-influenced Japanese fare and tapas-style dishes include braised Kobe-style beef cheeks, seared sea scallops with uni-butter and lobster fusilli.
Hits: This is probably the best haute cuisine available at any L.A. karaoke parlor. Anyone looking for a romantic dinner or gourmet bento box lunch experience will enjoy the window view.
Misses: The refined "French villa" atmosphere can't help but collide with boisterous weekend karaoke revelers, which can spoil the atmosphere for older diners.
Great customer service – The Euro Asian inspired menu is the creation of former Koi Executive Chef, Yuji Iwasa. I visted La Defence on a Saturday night. I was greeted by very friendly hosts who seated me promptly at the bar. The bartender was friendly as well. The wine was good and so was the sushi. The atomosphere is very cute and clean. The private Karaoke rooms are cute too. I also learned that they have Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 5-7, with $5 well drinks and $3 sushi. The place has only been open three months, but once word gets out expect a crowd. I'm sure to become a regular.
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