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A Luna Park Thanks…

Dommy! | Jun 12, 2005 09:42 PM

First off, thanks so much to A Spicy Meatball and Clare for responding to my Luna Park Mac N Cheese Question. Saturday was the big dinner and I ordered the Mac N Cheese with out the ham… and well… thank you! thank you! thank you! THANK YOU!!!!

Our group was the first party to arrive in the restaurant so we had out pick of seats. We choose one of the wooden booths with curtains. It was a bit dark and the seats a tad hard, but it also created for such a nice private dining experience. So we were able to just focus on was our fun conversation and yummy food!!

Some of us had been there before, so we were aware that the portions were large (Not huge, but defiantly more than enough for a great dinner), so we skipped apps… We did however have cocktails!

I had the dark and stormy, which a mixture of ginger beer and dark rum. Their cocktails are always STRONG, which is great in most cases, but the dark rum totally over powered the delicate ginger flavor. Also ordered was a belvedere martini. What made this drink really special was their great Olives. HUGE, brined just perfect, enough to be sour, but not mushy in the slightest. These olives were so fruit like!! The cocktail winner was the Icebreaker, a mixture of Ciroc Vodka and Bonny Doon Vin de Glacier garnished with several frozen red and green grapes. Not only was this beautiful to see, but a bit sweet and so smooth. Each Cocktail was ~$8

Then came dinner… Oooh!!!

I ordered the macaroni and cheese WITHOUT Ham ($13) and a side order of Broccoli Rabe with Chile and Garlic ($5)…

Presented in a seaming pasta dish, the top was sprinkled with breadcrumbs and was finished in the broiler. The crust was all crispy and although it looks slightly burned, there is absolutely no char taste. The pasta shape was large very open shells. They were like pasta buckets. Pasta dough thick, so they held their shape even when completely full of Cheese sauce and gave enough texture and taste to the dish so it wasn’t like you were eating a plate of cheese sauce. As for the sauce, it was smooth, but not glassy like fake cheese sauce. It was a pretty basic cheddar sauce, sharp, but not too sharp.

It was so good and rich. The Broccoli Rabe was the perfect accompaniment. Perfectly sautéed, the bitterness was perfectly tempered by the cheese sauce. Although I will say, the garlic and chile taste was hardly noticeable.

Also ordered was the Moules Frites ($10). This is an appetizer but it more than enough to make a yummy entrée!! A bowl filled with perfectly done mussels. They were big, juicy and tasted so fresh. I will say, that the ones at Vert though are still tops because they are infused with so much flavor from the broth. The broth in this version was really subtle. The frites were standard cut french fries, a bit on the soggy side, but very rich in potato flavor! The best thing about the fries though was dipping them in the Blue Cheese dressing I requested. Luna Park’s blue cheese dressing is not dressing… it’s more like Blue Cheese Puree… The ultimate treat for a blue fan like me…

Breaded Pork Cutlet Stuffed with Mushrooms and Gruyere Cheese with Mashed Potatoes, String Beans and Apple-Cranberry Sauce ($17). This was the first dish I ever ordered at Luna Park, and I enjoyed it SO much… I’m glad to see that it wasn’t a fluke. They cook the pork PERFECT…. Not dry in the least. The filling is not overpowering, but adds such wonderful flavor… a definite must order.

Pan-Seared Snapper with Pineapple Sticky Rice, Grilled Asparagus and Spicy Tzatziki ($17). The first time I’ve tried this dish. Again, just perfectly done fish. The sticky rice was really unique. The pineapple flavor and almost dressing like texture was just enough to make it the perfect garnish
Finally, I did not try it, but the cesar salad ($8) was just stunning to see… a pile of whole romaine lettuce leaves coated in cesar salad dressing with rustic croutons. My dining mate enjoyed it.

No desserts (Although Luna Park has some killer ones!) because we a separate plan for tea and sweets afterwards. But I will definatly be back to Luna Park!!!

Once again, thanks everyone for the recs!! Usually I wouldn't be so happy that you all made it so I ordered something so delish that I just scarfed it down completely... but I'll let this one pass, because lucky for me, I have today I had a 5k!! :)

--Dommy!

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