The decadence of not dealing with dinner when Monday morning looms is enticing. So we’re always searching out spots where someone else cooking, they welcome the kids and offer up a reasonably priced, all inclusive meal. If this sounds as mythical as a unicorn, you haven’t been to E.P & L.P. This tucked away Mid-City hang has started serving a new “We Are Family” Sunday Family Supper. Now you can end the weekend refreshed and renewed with a delicious and different kind of dinner, together. Read on for the scoop.
Modern Asian Fare for All Modern Families
That sad feeling that the weekend is almost over that settles in on Sunday evening? Banish it! And don’t worry about blowing your weekend budget, because everything is included. “We Are Family” is a Thai street food inspired meal set up for a family of up to four, though diners anywhere from singles to a party of four can partake. It’s $50 all in, regardless of party size.
Here’s what you get: house made Cassava crackers (two different kinds, each about the size of an iceberg lettuce leaf, great for dipping), Lou Doggs signature crispy fried chicken (ridiculously good, even to the pickiest eater), a salad of market greens (arugula and mint—amazing), yellow cauliflower curry (that “je ne sais quoi” you’re digging is lemongrass!), and either vegetable fried rice (forgo your preconceived food court notions) or super hero sounding biodynamic steamed brown rice. Friends and families, start your palate expanding engines.
Getting There is Half the Fun
E.P. & L.P. stands for Extended Play and Long Play, and with a hip name and hidden location, you probably thought it was too cool for parents, never mind kids. But they truly welcome the whole fam, and you can make finding the restaurant part of the adventure. Up the steep staircase and up above Melrose, it’s a secret scene with a great view. Metered parking is on La Cienega (watch those signs—they could win awards in double talk) and on Melrose (slightly less befuddling), or the restaurant has $10 valet if you’re feeling fancy.
Up the Stairs, Out of the Box
No mac on this menu, save for what’s on the wallpaper and the waitstaff’s attire (much to a little foodie’s delight). But one is not necessary because everything is served family style, so they can sample whatever they want, and you can show them how it’s done with the rest. What better way for them to learn, than to dig in along side family, alleviating the fear of things that don’t regularly appear on the kid’s menu. Be prepared to fight them for those chicken legs. They’re nicely cut up and portioned, but they’re so good, everyone will try to sneak an extra share.
Look Ma, No Boundaries!
Of course they start with farm fresh local produce, our lucky LA palates have come to expect that. But then they draw from Vietnamese, Chinese, and Fijian influences, and Chef Louis Tikaram is Australian, so a hint of down under may be influencing your food as well. This cuisine is the globetrotting trip around the plate, hold the airfare. Flavors are full of far east nuance, and littles are bound to tickle their taste buds with sweet, salty, and just enough spice.
A Little Lemongrass Here, Bit of Persimmon There
Flavors flaunt Chef Tikaram’s undeniable skills, but the pre-fixed family feast does not release any spice sirens, so the kids will be introduced to the zing of lemongrass or the pop of persimmon in ever so gentle and aptly introductory ways. The mint in the salad wins them over easily. Plus, everybody gets a bowl to make their own combinations, so they get the opportunity to play mini chef.
Some Things You Can Put a Price On
They’ll serve the same amount for a party of one or a party of four, and a family of four will walk out nicely sated (though drinks and additional a la cartes are extra, should you opt for them). They’re serving Sunday Supper from 6 till close every Sunday. As tasty and reasonable as this dining option is, reservations are a good idea.
Date Night, Another Night
Chef Tikaram and his team work in an open kitchen, which provides fun family entertainment and a great accompaniment to your Sunday dinner adventure. And while the food you share with your kids is delicious, you may find yourself inspired to make a return trip to try out the rest of the menu, which is temptingly placed before you as a place mat. The view and the scene on a non-Sunday make this a great spot to return and rekindle a little romance on your next date night. This is a restaurant discovery that does double duty, which a busy parent always appreciates.
E.P. & L.P.
603 North La Cienega Blvd.
Do you have a favorite family Sunday night supper spot? E.P. & L.P. had us at “all inclusive” and we’d love to hear about any other restaurants that make Sunday night so tasty and easy!
—written and photographed by Jolie Loeb