Went to Lumiere last night to take advantage of RW.
We've been there before (about a year ago), so I was quite curious to see if things had changed, since the restaurant has received quite a bit of positive pub in national magazines.
We arrived on time and were seated immediately at a great table. Since there were only two of us I was concerned that we would be seated at a small table, but instead we got a nice four top.
Our waiter came over immediately and offered us water, as well as explained the specials that were available that night. We both ordered the Pre Fixe options:
- Tomato Panzenella Salad
- Lobster Salad with Caviar dressing
- Salmon on a bed of spinach
- Chicken with a bacon/corn/onion medley
- Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Orange Mascarpone.
In addition we order a good 2001 Gigondas.
The Tomato salad was very good - nice chunks of peasant bread along with high quality heirloom tomato's. However, the lobster salad blew it away! Nice hunks of lobster meat bathed in a caviar and cream sauce - awesome! It was the highlight of the meal.
The Salmon was good, but nothing really special. The chicken was also very good. Roasted just right, with a nice deglaze on the side. The Niman Ranch bacon in the medley really livened up the chicken, while the spinach was okay. . .
Desert was very very rich - we both thought that eating the mousse was similiar to eating the inside of a truffle.
Overall, service was very solid. The meal was paced well, and we were treated with the utmost respect, despite ordering the RW menu. It was a treat to see Michael Leviton (owner) looking around occasionally. He was obviously cooking, but he took the time to look around and make sure everyone was set. I appreciate that!
Thumbs up again to Lumiere!