EP & LP is a restaurant and rooftop bar on the corner of la cienega and melrose in weho. The second floor contains the restaurant known as the “EP asian eating house” and on the roof/third floor is where you’ll find LP and “frankie’s private bar”, whatever that is. Come here after 8pm and you’ll be met with a bouncer, a rude hostess, velvet ropes and a line of beautiful people hoping to be on the A list to get to the roof.
The chef, Louis Tikaram, hails from Tetsuya’s and Longrain in Sydney, Australia where he learned to make his curry paste from scratch. The waitstaff, all seem to hail from a jcrew catalogue.
baby green lip abalone
These were wood grilled with some curry paste, very tender. solid.
kakoda - fijian ceviche with baja rock shrimp and coconut milk
Milky and acidic with a touch of sweetness from the cherry tomatoes, very good.
Hot and sour wagyu beef tartare
These came with cassava and rice crackers. The beef was definitely hot and sour, maybe a tad too much.
wood grilled lamb neck
This was great, the neck meat was tender and had a nice crust on it from the grill. I enjoyed poking the marrow (or is it spinal cord) out with my chopsticks. This is what pf chang’s lettuce wraps should be. #spinaltap #sliceofthelambs
clam and soft-shell crab curry
This was very good, the crab was fried and still crispy, the clams are cloudy bay diamond clams from new zealand and were extremely plump and flavorful. I don’t think i’ve ever had these clams, but the meat was almost as big as the shell. The curry was thinner than what i’m used to but still very flavorful. You definitely need to eat this with rice, it would be too salty to eat on its own.
You certainly can’t accuse this place of being subtle, it reminds me of Animal with its bold and aggressive flavors. I’m glad i tried it and i would come back for that lamb neck.