A Sneak Peek Inside LSXO, Huntington Beach's 'Secret' New Restaurant

A Sneak Peek Inside LSXO, Huntington Beach's 'Secret' New Restaurant

LSXO (Photo Simon Nicholls, Courtesy Blackhouse Hospitality)

You might enjoy it…if you can find it.

Bluegold, Blackhouse Hospitality's flagship farm-to-table concept, opens Tuesday, November 8, at Pacific City, joining an evolving and eclectic lineup of restaurants. But it's not the 235-seat "modern interpretation of the classic coastal eatery" that most whets our appetite. It's the "secret" eatery inside Bluegold that answers to the name LSXO and awaits behind an unmarked door.

Adjacent from the wine room, as if slinking into a speakeasy, guests will step into District 1 in Saigon. "There is no signage for LSXO," says Chef Tin Vuong of the restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept, "but you'll have to know it's there. While Bluegold is light, bright, and airy, LSXO is its darker, edgier little sister."

LSXO (Photo by Simon Nicholls, Courtesy of Blackhouse Hospitality)

Expressed as "a love letter to the culture, heritage, and lineage of Vietnam," LSXO is a spinoff of Blackhouse's Little Sister restaurants serving Manhattan Beach and Downtown Los Angeles.

While Little Sister plates a French Vietnamese menu, "LSXO offers straight-up, honest, home-style Vietnamese cuisine—the type of food I grew up eating in the San Gabriel Valley," says Vuong, whose family hails from the region.

The intimate 28-seat space features elevated furnishings with European accents inside what's described as "a hideaway in Southeast Asia." In addition to weekend breakfast and daily lunch and dinner, afternoon tea will be served every day. On the menu are Southern Vietnam dishes with Chinese influences, like "Banh Tam Bi," thick rice noodles with shredded pork, pickled vegetables, cucumber, and coconut milk; "Foie Gras & Pho Spiced Oxtail Torchon" with pickled shallots and baby onion bulbs; and "Canh Chua Viet Sweet & Sour Soup" with catfish, tamarind, pineapple, ngo om herbs, and chili.

Outside Little Saigon and back in Huntington Beach, Bluegold serves up breakfast dishes like "Shaksouka" with soft eggs, stewed tomatoes and peppers, kale, lebne, flatbread, and dukkah, and for lunch and dinner, "Pork Jowls & Black Rice" with sweet soy, Tokyo turnips, and charred leak soubise, as well as "Wild Santa Barbara Sea Urchin Risotto" with hijiki, coddled egg, grana padano, and truffle vin.

LSXO (Photo Simon Nicholls, Courtesy Blackhouse Hospitality)

The mother bite serves Old World Spanish and California influences from the earth and sea inside a 8,800-square-foot space designed after the early Spanish missions. On the culinary end, expect a showcasing of the group's mastered techniques for breakfast, lunch, and dinner via an exposed kitchen, hot bar, raw bar, wood and charcoal grills, and a brick oven. Wash it down with California and international wines curated by Certified Sommelier Scott Young, craft beers, and inventive cocktails. Eyes will be drawn from the plate to stone walls, exposed beams, heavy wood doors—and a stellar view of the Pacific Ocean. Aptly named, "Bluegold" is inspired by the point where the sunset kisses the ocean on the horizon.

Huntington Beach locals, you're invited to an exclusive open house on Friday, November 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., where you'll be welcomed with complimentary tray passed appetizers. Drinks and additional bites will be available for purchase. RSVP here. You'll find Bluegold and LSXO on the top level of Pacific City across from Equinox.

Bluegold and LSXO mark the ninth project in less than five years for Vuong and partner Jen Sanford, both Southern California locals. Others include aforementioned Little Sister; Abigaile, The Brewery at Abigaile, Día de Campo, Steak & Whisky, and Ocean Bar & Lounge in Hermosa Beach; Wildcraft in Culver City; and newly minted Suburbia in Redondo Beach.

Bluegold's hours are Monday-Thursday: Breakfast/Lunch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; In Between, 3-5 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m.-close (kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.); and Friday-Sunday: Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon; Lunch, noon-3 p.m.; In Between, 3-5 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m.-close (kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.). LSXO's hours are Monday-Thursday: Lunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Afternoon Tea, 3-5 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m.-close (kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.); and Friday-Sunday: Breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon; Lunch, noon-3 p.m.; Afternoon Tea, 3-5 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m.-close (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.).

When you find LSXO, let us know how you like it.

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