Beacon, an Asian Cafe
3280 Helms Avenue (@ Washington Blvd.)
Culver City, CA 90034
- You have to park way, way, waaay the hell over there in the next county because there isn’t enough room anywhere else in Beacon's parking lot for Preggy-in-Pink and the beachball attached to her torso to get out.
- The hostess seats your party right away, even if you don’t have a reservation and there are more than a half-dozen parties ahead of you. Side note: If you want the best seat in the house, you could probably get it.
- On the way to the table, Preggy-in-Pink points at everything on everyone’s tables, remarking how “that looks sooooo good.”
- We don’t order. She does.
- When it’s only 12:30 and the kitchen is already out of the Bento box, she looks like she’s going to stab the server with the butter knife. But then she calms down. *phew*
- There is absolutely no rhyme nor reason to the final order: tonkatsu because that’s what she’s craving (even if Mom balks with “$9.25 for tonkatsu? Are they crazy?!?”), a green bean salad with smoked tofu and radishes for the growing baby inside, and um, French fries? That’s for her. Just because she feels like it, okay?!?!
- “Is it just me or is it warm in here?” she asks as she removes her very snug shrug. Yes, Preggy, it is you. It’s November.
- The server re-fills her water glass about 18 times. And yours and your mother’s, but neither you nor your mom have had a single drop of water to drink.
- A table of three women is “not in the mood” for dessert. She shrugs. She’s just not; and that’s is perfectly fine with us. Check, please!
- She has to “walk off” some water retention, which is pregnancy-code for “shopping” at H.D. Buttercup.
Mom, my very pregnant sister, and I went to Beacon in Culver City for lunch just a few weeks before she was due. I had been there previously a couple of times (both, also for lunch) and thought the pan-Asian food was not quite worth the menu prices. However, it has a very "nice" atmosphere - it's new, clean, and California casually upscale - so it remains on my list, though relegated to the "only go if you're dining with people whose company will keep you highly entertained and your mind off the food."