LudoBites 8.0 launched last night and (surprise, surprise) local shutterbug KevinEats found a walk-in seat for one of his trademark feasts over each and every dish on the menu. The blogger claims that walk-ins were "ridiculously easy to obtain" last night, though that could very well change now that the cat has leaped from le bag. As for the menu, Ludo Lefebvre looks to be adhering ever closer to his French foundation in Raphael Lunetta and Josiah Citrin's house, with Japanese influences found among a pronounced passion for seafood in dishes like uni creme brulee under ikura, a deconstructed vichyssoise with scallops, black seabass with bernaise vinaigrette, and a banana-guacamole heaped with crab meat.
Other tempting dishes include beef and eel tartare (seeing as we love Brendan Collin's eel and foie gras terrine, we can't wait to try Ludo's melding of the meats), chicken liver mousse on crisp chicken skin, and a massive ankimo with mustard seeds. And speaking of liver, foie gras surprisingly turns up in only one dish so far, in Mr. Eat's favorite dish of the night, a tamarind broth floating foie, daikon, and turnips.
Hopefully, that just means the chef is saving his stand for the days when he will be forced to defy the foie gras ban. Until then, you know how to Occupy LudoBites 8.0, now check out what may be served by the time you find a seat.
LudoBites 8.0 at Lemon Moon (Los Angeles, CA) [KevinEats]