Did you know that one of the top twenty best restaurants in Los Angeles is as close as Helms Ave. in Culver City? Indeed, with Lukshon, chef/owner Sang Yoon has basically perfected the concept of the modern Asian restaurant. Located in the Helms Bakery complex next to Father’s Office, Lukshon is a singular vision of whata restaurant should be. Thankfully, we agree. It’s hard to visit without capitulating to longtime favorite dishes like the outstanding dan dan mien, which sizzle with Sichuan peppercorns and pack a savory wallop of sesame and peanuts; or the gooey Chinese eggplant, slathered with fennel raita and tomato sambal. Raw fish dishes, such as fluke sashimi with black sesame oil, spicy avocado and pickled orange, or the gorgeous, glossy Hawaiian butterfish, cannot be overstated. The food is highly flavored. Unfortunately, we are sad to say that children are discouraged. But if you want to impress a date, Lukshon is a home run. 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City; (310) 202-6808.