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lucques sunday supper

zack | Apr 8, 2008 04:59 PM

can't exactly say lucques is an undiscovered gem since it's been around for 10 years now but it was to me. never been before last sunday and i had a great meal. 1st thing i noticed was the similarity of the warm wood interiors with aoc. arrived 15min past my reservation and was promptly seated inside beside the fireplace lounge. small menu (about a dozen total items) reminded me of sf dining, where the items offered change weekly depending on what's fresh/seasonal (as well as sustainable/organic?). service was professional all the way around. brought own bottle and the wine service was also good. on to the food, finally full size portions! 2 experiences lately with prix-fixe were at dinela vin bar (valentino) and table8 recession concessions. both places were less than generous when it came to the food. i understand the rising restaurant costs but if you're going to participate in a promo, then either take the loss and offer regular menu items or create cheaper items specifically for the promo while still showcasing kitchen skills. another option is to clearly state it'll be a tasting of smaller portions. anyway, end of rant, back to food at lucques. salad was clean and fresh, ingredients mixed well with the sauces. fish was slightly overcooked to my taste but the flavors worked. pork chop was just outstanding, cooked to medium. one of the best preparations i've had, edging out pork arista at osteria mozza. dessert was serviceable, can't go wrong with cream. would definitely return and i plan on it. 2x $40 3-course sunday supper, $20 corkage, total with tax/tip came out to a very reasonable $130.

here's the menu i had, copied from website:

sunday, april 6, 2008
roasted beet and avocado salad with
greek yogurt and green harissa
sautéed market fish with saffron potatoes,
pea shoots and blood orange butter
(fish turned out to be wild australian seabass)
grilled niman ranch pork chop with soft polenta,
mustard greens and mustard breadcrumbs
crème fraîche semifreddo with
schaner farms' citrus and almond tuile
40 dollars per person

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