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Lucques Sunday Supper en Español!

Dommy! | Jul 25, 200502:18 PM

It was another Sunday of celebration! One of my chowish girlfriends was celebrating her birthday and I knew that we had a tall order to fill if we were to top our last Sunday of celebration at AOC and Monsieur Marcels! Luckily, we decided not to stray too far from a winning formula... we all decided to go to Lucques, AOC’s big sister restaurant for their 3 course Sunday supper... We made the reservations before the menu was posted on Thursday, but when it was, I discovered we’d be in for even a bigger treat than expected... the meal would included 4 courses because their theme for the night would be Spanish! And there would be a Tapas course! Ole!

Lucques is located right off La Cienega and Melrose, the building outside is very understated, so it’s very easy to pass (If you pass Marc Jacobs, you’ve gone too far!). Despite the simple facade, inside it’s decorated lovely. The main dining room is much more airy and less cramped than AOC. With comfy looking booths and nice tucked away tables. The bar is average sized and there is a fireplace right in front with some couches surrounding it. A perfect place to lounge and have a drink. We sat in the patio, which was very nice and also not cramped. But it was enclosed on all sides with tall brick walls and a canopy in top, so it got quite noisy... I think the dining room was more quiet actually!!

Upon sitting down, I looked over their simple, but ‘something for everyone’ menu. I had actually OD’d on Sangria the day before, so I ordered a distant cousin, their Sunny Fiddler ($11) which was made with silver tequila, cointreau, fresh lemon & splash of orange juice. It was wonderful... very refreshing (Not heavy like a margarita) but still had that awesome Tequilla kick...

They also served us a warm bred basket, which was a skinny crusty bagette cut up into thick slices. It was wonderful with the butter, course salt and green olives and onions soaked in Olive oil...

And now for the Sobremesa... lucky for me, the menu is still on line...

*Tapas: Tortilla española with summer squash and red pepper syrup pan con tomate with maryanne’s heirlooms

Not listed on the menu was a small piece of fried sardine, which was fishy and rich and WONDERFUL on top of the ‘pan’, which was a thin slice of rustic bread, lightly toasted and soaked in the juice of the tomatoes. The Tortilla slice was small but on top of it was the winner of the dish was the red pepper tapenade on top... Wonderful!

* Primero: Frisée salad with razor clams and pancetta caramelized onion-tomato vinaigrette

This was no salad...this was a clam dish... I’ve never had razor clams before, I’ve never SEEN razor clams before! They are long, thin, but large! We got two... They tasted mildly clammy, and had the great meaty texture of calamari... Loved these! The salad was more like garnish, but tasty with the dressing, which I soaked up with more of that wonderful bread.

* Segundo: monkfish ‘a la americana’ with shrimp, clams and sautéed arugula Or Braised lamb shoulder ‘a la castellana’ with baby onions, potatoes panadera and fried parsley

I got the monkfish... another first for me... And I also loved it. It had a very dense, almost sinewy texture. Almost like Lobster! So it just SOAKED Up the wonderful lobster sauce. The Arugula was wonderfully bitter which worked well off the clams and shrimp. Beautiful dish...

The Lamb was done almost like a short rib... very well done, but tender... it was the most aromatic of all the dishes... it had the same yummy smell as the pot roast at Jar.... I wouldn’t have been upset at all if I had gotten this dish instead...

* Postre: spanish ‘french’ toast with goat milk yogurt ice cream and pedro ximenez dessert wine

The ‘french’ toasts were in reality... CHURROS!! Or at least they tasted just like the ones I used to make at home as a kid with mother... Crispy on the outside, melty on the inside with TONS of rough sugar and cinnamon topping... The winner here though was that goat milk ice cream... a tiny scoop, bit was just enough to save the tangy, rich flavor... An absolutely great way to end such a wonderful meal...

Lucques does this Sunday, the price for the supper is $35.00, they do NOT serve from the regular menu. The menu gets posted on Thursday and I HIGHLY recommend it. The serve was great and the food wonderful! As for our group, we had such a great time that because our next round of birthdays is not until January, we’ve decided to make up some other celebration for Sunday that’s a little sooner! :)


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