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Great meal at Lucien

obstructionist | Mar 30, 200804:35 AM

At Lucien last week, a friend and I had a seafood appetizer (cold seared scallops), "french onion soup", and lamb and pork main courses.

My soup was in quotes because it was not a classic French onion soup, but more like the soup deconstructed and put back together. Beef consommé, stuffed shallot, little bread sticks and some foie gras. Weird and unexpected, but the taste combinations made sense and the whole thing was delicious.

My pork was just as good -- two different cuts of pork (belly and something else, I forget what), with a flat pasta noodle, a green veg purée and some nice sauces. Again, the whole thing was excellent.

The wine list is short (expected in a new place), but they did have a good selection of half-bottles, which is an advantage if you have to drive home afterwards.

We didn't try the desserts, but I did have their cheese plate. All Canadian cheeses, mostly excellent. The chesse was well kept and served at the proper temperature.

The room is crowded and noisy, but not so loud that we had to shout. I would go back again.

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