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Ongoing Spokane reviews

climberdoc | Jan 26, 2010 07:08 AM

Since I just moved to Spokane and plan on dining at most of the best restaurants, I figure I'll start an ongoing thread. I got off to a good start at Luna last night.

My new partners had a meeting there last pm, so it was not really a Chow-centered visit but quite enjoyable nonetheless. We were a party of 8. Service was on point throughout the meal. The same server saw us through the entire meal which I've found to be happening less commonly at the higher-end places I've been to in Vegas. Our server recommended a great Sancerre which was a hit with the entire table and somehow I received the credit for choosing it. Why argue?

Many dishes were had so I'll just discuss mine. Started with the ahi tuna tartare which was beautifuly presented in a mold with avocado and finely diced onion and surrounded with a creamy, tangy wasabi vinaigrette. It was a generous portion with wonderfully textured ahi and ultra-fresh avocado. The sauce was nice but perhaps a bit much for the delicate flavors of the dish. Very good to excellent.

For main had the Snake River Farm Korubuta pork tenderloin, Hong Kong style noodles,
baby bok choy, hoisin ginger sauce, tempura shiitake mushrooms. Pork was perfectly cooked and saturated with a wonderful sweet hoisin flavor. Noodles were al dente as I like them. Tempura mushrooms were a nice addition. My only complaint with this inventive dish was the degree of saltiness which I'm not used to. Woke up last pm with a thirst only experienced with excessive salt loads. Either way, I enjoyed this dish but would likely not order it again. Good to very good.

Dessert was praline carrot cake. The cream cheese frosting with crunchy pralines made this a memorable experience..

I have to say that this was a good start to my rampage through the Spokane dining scene. I'm excited to return to Luna with my wife for a more Chowish evening where I can really focus on the flavors.

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