went to lux tonight- right across from Grove on Chestnut @ Avila in the Marina. This is Luke Sung of Isa's 2nd restaurant. I've enjoyed Isa so was excited to check out his #2, now open for about a week - here's what we snacked on (not a complete meal for 2):
Vietnamese seabass ceviche w/cilantro, mango & wonton chips ($9) - a very nice portion (esp in relation to other portion sizes) of large fish chunks in a wonderful broth. Only a couple of wonton chips but this just made you focus on eating the ceviche on its own, which was the way to go.
Green onion pancake stuffed w/smoked salmon and zucchini, topped with dill creme fraiche - absolutely awesome with plenty of salmon. would love if they'd drizzle a bit of the creme fraiche on the plate (too 80s??) - not for looks, just to have a bit more of it to dip for the delicious fried but non-filled edges of the pancakes!
Grilled lamb tenderloin with blue lake beans & marinated peppers ($15) - lovely marinade. i know lamb is prohibitively expensive but the 4 small pieces seemed paltry at this price, even with the format. i am not sure how this would pass for any more than an appetizer for 1 at a "non small plates" restaurant.
Bottle of a Santa Lucia pinot, 2002, cannot remember name - decent value but not so memorable that i remember the name ($32)
I'd like to go back to try the Dungeness crab soup ($5), tempura of baby shiitakes (6) and truffled mac & cheese ($9)
Sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and fun. I still go the sense, as I have at Isa, that there is a "right way and a wrong way" to order small plates - somewhat regimented and overly formal - but overall, i think the serice was open and friendly and competant given only 1 week down!