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Opening night @ Luna Park = WOW!

Kurt | Sep 23, 200312:50 AM

Took the SO out for a tasty bite tonite...

Setup: cool interior, kind of a tailored modern gothic style, 22’ ceilings, big art, walls are a dark red, table are very dark cordovan – some neat booths are sprinkled around the place – 4-5 large ones that seat 6 in the back and then 3-4 hidden ones like upstairs like the Blue Agave in SB. Most of the tables are sq tops for two, so large parties are easily handled. Nice big bar, nice well chosen wine list – mainly CA, but not the usual ones – avg. price around 30+ - highball candles everywhere and 6 unique chandlers add to the mood. Food is great. La Brea rustic bread with softened butter and water hit the table right away.

Soup – cranberry bean, radiccio, a number of other goodies in a veg stock 5.75
Salad – Spinach, currants, walnuts and feta in a lemon shallot vinaigrette 6.50
Pasta – Rigatoni with spicy sausage ragout 9.25
Main – “Pot on Fire” Beef Brisket w/ carrots, turnips, leeks and potato in broth 13.75
Drink: house margarita – fresh lime, made from scratch, yummy 6?
Wine – D-cubed 01’ Zin – 35.

Soup was spectacular, very county, chunky, hearty winter soup – just delicious.
Salad was great, very fresh and clean – nice combo of ingredients.
Pasta might be in the top 10 things I have ever eaten – if you order this dish and don’t like it I would be shocked – certainly better than any Rig dish I have ever had, period. Spicy, great sausages, left quite whole – cannot say enough about it.
Main was very nice, veggie’s were huge and nice light broth – I think the meat could be done more – different because it was served whole, maybe they are trying to prevent the fall off the bone deli appearance.

They split the soup and salad without asking, which was nice. Service was very helpful and did not seem new or forced. The room was well managed by someone strolling by every other minute or so. I strongly suggest going before the word gets out – our res was for 7:30 and the room went from dead to happening in <1hour. Great place, fantastic attn to detail – cannot wait to go back. K

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