Ok, I know I am probably Lucques biggest fan on the board. But I brought an out of town friend on Monday and was thrilled to find the seasonal menu had changed to fall/early winter, so I had a whole new range of items from which to choose. As always, it was divine.
I, of course, made my bud from Boston get the short ribs. He just about died. Is there a better dish in LA? But to start, he ordered the Celery Root and Salt Cod Soup. We both felt it was one of the best soups we had ever tried. Suzanne Goin can do things with Cod (as well as chicken) no one else in this world can. Incidentally, if you are ever at Lucques when she is serving her Brandade tart (she is not serving it right now) you must try it. Anyway, the soup was amazing. I had, as an appetizer, a Winter Squash Salad with among other things, pepitas and bacon. It was served warm, and was a rustic, wonderful dish that tastes of autumn and comfort.
For my entrée, along with my friends short ribs, I had the trout wrapped with pancetta. It was served with fennel, other vegetables and, of all things, grapes. I am not even a big fish fan and I was in heaven. It was moist without being fishy, and the grapes and bacon and fennel merged with the trout in a really decadent way.
We ended, of course, with her homemade Churros, dipped in melted Scharfenburger chocolate.
As I said, I am a huge fan, so I may not be objective. But the service, the wine, the food, as always, could not be beat. My Yankee friend kept saying he could never find such a place on the east coast. I look forward to trying some more of the new dishes.