My dinner experience at Lucques Sunday night was fantastic, thanks to all the chowhounds that recommended it. Reservations were made soon after the $35 prix fixe menu was posted on their website Friday morning.
Got there early after a movie and had a drink at this blues creole place next door which set the mood perfectly. We were graciously greeted and seated at a waiting table, there was a film crew at the bar. It was nice and cozy and not too loud although celebratory birthdays were in progress, inside and on the patio. Bread, butter, almonds, olives, and fleur de sel were promptly served. This combination was fantastic and nibbled on throughout the meal. A delicious bottle of Syrah was ordered from the extensive wine list. The starter was rapini with burrata, anchovy, chili and pinenut breadcrumbs. Buratta was this heavenly soft cooked cheese. The pinenut breadcrumbs added a phenomenal texture and the starter was perfectly seasoned. For the main course, I had the squid with beluga lentils, spigerella, and roma tomatoes. It was an excellent harmony of earth and sea. The tomatoes and (some kind of) cream gave the dish freshness. My boyfriend had rabbit with morcilla sausage, sweet potato puree, and black mustard seeds. The blood sausage (which neither of us had had before) was the master of this dish, the rabbit was nice and tender. Everything fused together so nicely. Dessert was this almond crunchy cake with moscato dasti zabaglione. It was like a softer version of a granola bar infused with sweet tangerine essence and cream. Synchronously, the clanging of forced and haphazard cutting of this almond sbrisolona resonated throughout the restaurant. A piece flew off my plate onto the floor, and almost in my purse. Across our table, a comedian led friends in hysterics while hammering his fork with a knife to break off a piece, looking around for the shattered pieces. Because the hammering sound echoed, a coyish couple thought their cakes exploded, and they were politely rummaging around for scraps. It was a total scene and we had a good laugh.
The meal was perfectly paced. The atmosphere totally unpretentious. My boyfriend said it best, maybe this could be a monthly thing. I absolutely agree.
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