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Recent lunch at Lucques

Tom P | Mar 25, 200611:03 AM

A friend and I recently had a superb lunch at Lucques. There are some items on the lunch menu not on the dinner menu I think are well worth a lunchtime visit. Two salads are wonderful: a simple salad of fresh lettuces with a buttermilk and meyer lemon dressing is just lovely. And the trout salad with endive is incredible, a must. (The Green Garlic soup is also terrific; it is on the dinner menu presently.)

The Spring Onion Tart with Bacon and Cantal is flaky, filling and bursting with flavor. (You can find the recipes for many of her ‘tarts’ in her new cookbook; they are easy to make and excellent for an appetizer or dinner at home.) And then there is what on the menu is called ‘pan-roasted duck and cabbage crèpinettes with frisée and a poached egg.’ That’s a fancy name for duck burger, sans bread. Oh My. It’s a thick, juicy, ground duck patty that shines on its own and when combined with the egg and frisee is decadent. I’d crawl through glass for it.

As with most of the dishes at Lucques, relatively simple and fresh are the keys. No wild flights of fancy here, just impeccable food expertly prepared.

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