So I went with my friends to Luna Park for dineLA week. My friend M was very excited because she used to love the mac’n’cheese at Luna Park (she’s vegetarian). The décor in LP is neat, very nice, dark wood, dim chandeliers, and candles. We sat in a booth that was closed in a bit with curtains.
We began with drinks. I had the Dr. Pepper too, which was cool. It came on a tray with a highball glass full of ice, a bottled old-school Dr. Pepper, a mini-carafe of Absolute Vanilla, a mini-carafe of vanilla syrup, and some Dr. Pepper Jelly Bellies; you can mix your drink yourself and eat jelly bellies. It also came with a plastic giraffe on the side of the drink. My friend M got the house white wine, and her boyfriend S got a gin and tonic with Beefeaters. We were all happy. Later, he got the mini-bar drinks, a combo of 3 tiny drinks that we all tried. There was a mini mint julep which was very good, a mini raspberry margarita on the rocks, and an ice breaker which was very good, if you like sweet wine, which I do.
They give you complementary bread and pesto to start, and it was very good too. I had to stop myself from eating too much of it. For the main meal, my friend got the arugala salad and mac’n’cheese with no ham. I ordered off the dineLA menu, and had the goat cheese fondue (which we all shared), the fall veggie risotto, and the coconut crème Brule. S got the calamari, the crispy pork cutlet, and the corn cake w/ lemon curd.
I didn’t try the arugala salad, so can’t comment on that. My fondue was very good, came with sliced green apples and toasted bread cubes, we all shared that and enjoyed it. I tried the calamari, which I normally don’t like, but this was really tender and not at all fishy. It came with a good garlic aioli.
My risotto was pretty good. I got it without the green peas cuz I don’t like peas. There were slices of garlic in it, and the corn added nice crunch. M’s mac’n’cheese wasn’t that great, it was kind of grainy instead of super creamy. She said when she had it there a couple of years ago it was much creamier and much better. S’s pork cutlet was very good, super crispy and not oily. It came with some sort of apple chutney which was good, and mashed potatoes. I wish I had got that, it was so good.
My crème Brule was good, light and airy with a crispy crust. It came with two yummy almond cookies. The corn cake with lemon curd was really good, and also had a raspberry sauce, and fresh berries and whipped cream. It was really good.
The service was also really good, our waitress was very friendly and attentive, even later in the evening when the place got really crowded. So this place had some good dishes and not-so-good dished, but I would like to go back and try other cocktails and other menu options.