My wife and I celebrated our twelfth wedding anniversary by going to Sunday Supper at Lucques. My wife, who's a private chef, and I had never been there and had been wanting to go for awhile. We were scared off by some of the negative reviews here, but decided to brave it.
And are we ever glad we did. Absolutely one of the nicest restaurant experiences we've had in ages. We ate outside, the weather was perfect this evening, and the seating was comfy. Service was fantastic; the waiter was attentive, knowledgable, and friendly.
My wife ordered a nicely spiced bloody mary, which started off the evening well. Tonight the Sunday Supper consisted of:
Haricots verts and frisée salad with preserved lemon, mint and black olives. A wonderfully light and flavorful salad with a shallot/preserved lemon/white wine vinaigerette.
My wife had the grilled snapper with carrot purée, charmoula and spicy watercress salad, which sounded too good for me not to try. Perfectly cooked snapper over a cumin-scented, lightly golden carrot purée that might have been the single tastiest item of the night. Dreaming about it as I write.
I had the Tunisian braised chicken with apricots, young turnips, chickpeas and harissa. The chicken was unusually moist and tender, with the harissa being so intense and flavorful as to resemble mole in its deep chocolate overtones. Not quite as amazing as the snapper, but pretty damn excellent.
Dessert was candied kumquat ice cream with caramel and chocolate truffle cookies. The cookie was quite nice, with deep chocolate truffle flavor, but the kumquat ice cream was incredible, with tiny bits of orange zest flecked throughout it, making for a citrus-heavy treat.
All in all, a supremely memorable meal and environment, and Lucques must surely rank near the top of L.A. restaurants. You can bet we'll be returning; AOC is next!