Suzanne Goins, the chef at Lucques and AOC in LA, had her famous Sunday SUppers night at Prune last night. It was fantastic.
Two apps: roasted beets with ricotta and chickpeas was delightfully light, the roasted chickpeas being a real surprise. The other app was an onion tart. I expected something hearty like a pisalladiere, but it was, instead, a really light, thin and sweet tart, with a small amount of onion roasted with bacon and herbs. Quite delicious.
She served two main courses, barramundi (we rarely see this Australian bass fish in New York) with a bagna cauda and roast veggies. Quite delicious. And a pork chop with romesco, which was the only (faint) disappointment. The romesco sauce was great, as were the roast sweet potatoes with bacon, but the pork chop was a bit ordinary.
There was an enquiry here last week about churros. On cue, Suzanne served churros y chocolate. She uses choux pastry for the churros, which makes them really light and airy. The chocolate sauce was surprisingly light, almost watery, but full of flavor. And the roasted apples, one of her signatures, was served with cinnamon ice cream and a freebie glass of calvados. A great way to finish a great meal.
At our next table were a couple of guys who flew in from LA for the night.And there was a six-top of people who were obviously friends. A great night all round.