Given the intriguing but definitely mixed reports of the Last Supper Club on this board, I decided to give it a try on Sunday. LSC is an Italian oriented offshoot of the popular Luna Park restaurant.
Soon after we sat down, we were brought some bread and a pesto-like dip to go with it. The dip is made with parsley rather than basil, so it's not technically pesto. It also seemed to have some vinegar in it. It was fairly enjoyable, but I would have been happier with a little plate of high quality extra virgin olive oil.
For appetizers, we shared an arugula, shaved fennel, roasted beets and goat cheese salad. The arugula was not as tasty as I would have liked, and neither was the vinaigrette, but overall it was a fairly enjoyable if a bit boring dish.
For main courses, my dining companion had the mahi mahi piccata. The fish fillet was lightly floured and then pan fried. It was a bit overcooked (a common problem that night it seems, see below), so it was no longer moist and flaky, but still tasted pretty good. However, the sauce on top of the fish, which consisted mostly of drawn butter with a bit of lemon and a few capers, was too greasy and overwhelmed the fish, so much so that we were not able to eat all the fish. The mashed potatoes that came with the dish were very ordinary, definitely not made from scratch.
I ordered the grilled flat iron steak with salsa verde and french fries. When the waiter asked how I'd like it cooked, I said medium rare and told him that I wanted a true medium rare, not the overcooked version one often gets in San Francisco. He assured me that ordering medium rare was adequate, and the steak would not be overcooked. Unfortunately, the steak came closer to medium well (cooked all the way through, with just barely a hint of pinkness in the center at the thickest part), so the waiter offered to send it back and send a new one. Interestingly enough, the next version came back cooked the exact same way, so I went ahead and ate it as it was. The steak itself was not very flavorful, which was made worse by the overcooking. Also, they must have been out of salsa verde, since as far as I could tell, the sauce on top of the steak was the same one as the dip we were served to go with the bread.
For dessert, we had the chocolate budino, which turned out to be a round little chocolate cake, covered with chocolate fudge and served with a white cream (I believe that it was mascarpone). Unfortunately, the chocolate fudge overwhelmed all the other flavors as it was too rich and sweet. The dessert almost tasted like a hot fudge sunday without the ice cream. We were not able to finish this dish either as it became tiresome really quickly.
Overall, we were definitely not impressed at all with our meal at LSC. We may have been there on an off night, or maybe we did not order the best dishes on their menu, but I'm not tempted at all to go back there. The only good thing I can say is that the prices are reasonable, especially on the wine list (quite a few choices right around the $20 mark, we ordered an okay Barbera for $22). Our total bill with tax and tip came out to $80 for two.
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