the lunch at L today was fine. very busy. waitstaff were fairly efficient except for some very minor service gaffes but not surprising as it played to a very full house. there were 4 appts, 4 entrees and 2 desserts to choose from.
the appetizers were a green salad with a yuzu dressing,
crab wontons with honey sambal dipping sauce (like an aioli),
steamed asian bun with hoisin braised duck and
chicken pork and black mushroom shumai with soy dipping sauce. my dining partner and i tried the crab wontons and the steamed bun with duck. both were delicious but the duck was outstanding.
the entrees were wok seared wild mushrooms, egg noodles and seasonal greens,
palm sugar glazed salmon with roasted eggplant and umeboshi plum sauce. (very good except that i did not taste the palm sugar glazing)
roast chicken in thai basil stew with chive garlic dumplings (which were like tiny gnocchi and there were only a few) with some chinese veggies served in a asian claypot
thai beef salad with caramalized lemongrass sauce and cashews.
the desserts were a crunchy peanut feuilletine with vanilla bean ice cream and a grape swirl on the side
a native strawberry shortcake with yuzu curd and a quennelle of thai basil ice cream sitting on a bed of crushed pistachios.
we had the latter and again it was scrumptious - the ice cream in particular was fragrant and creamy.
the portions were not huge but just nice for a 3 course lunch meal. as we left the spot, we checked out the regular lunch menu posted outside and noticed that there were quite a few similar items offered. on a regular week, the same 3 course lunch would have been about fifty bucks after tax and tip.
next stop, Pigalle...