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Lucques last night

WLA | Feb 20, 2004 08:50 AM

My wife and I had dinner here last night, (just a quarter block east of La Cienega on the south side of Melrose). We went for a 7 p.m. reservation and the hostess seated us immediately. I found the service to be attentive without being cloying for the entire meal. One of my hot button issues is getting my water glass refilled, and they did a stellar job of that, (along with no attitude when I said "plain ice water" to our waiter).

A weak point were the before dinner cocktails, (a bloody mary for my wife which was watery and not very spicy/tasty and a lemon drop for me which was okay, but for some reason they had beat it into a froth, which detracted a bit).

As others have noted their little dish of almonds, olives and a separate compartment of sea salt crystals is a nice and tasty touch and the crusty french bread and butter were excellent as well.

My wife started with the mushroom salad which was very good and I had the diver scallops with black rice, peas and greens, also very good with the scallops beautifully done leaving them with a bit of a crust but meltingly tender inside and with a very fresh just from the sea taste.

My wife had the veal chop with asparagus and roasted potatoes. This was fine but along with the crust of finely chopped mushrooms and bread crumbs they mixed in an ungodly amount of salt....way over salted. I had the suckling pig with roasted yams and greens. I loved this dish and polished the plate with some of the bread when my wife wasn't looking.

I had a glass of pinot noir with dinner, and no dessert or coffee brought the final tab to $122, plus tax and tip.

I would happily go again.

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