Monday, November 12, 2012

Thematic Option - Sunday Night Dinner at Lucques

Theme nights have become a time-honored tradition at LA restaurants, from grilled cheese Thursdays at the recently-closed Campanile to Donut Shoppe Wednesdays at BLD.  Last night, the Merry Husband and I met friends at Lucques in West Hollywood for its Sunday Supper.

From the menu:

leek egg drop soup with kale,
young pecornino and basil
grilled market fish [albacore] with white bean purèe,
eggplant peperonata and bottarga breadcrumbs
beef brisket with ricotta gnocchi,
grilled escarole, mushrooms and fried sunchokes
warm persimmon cake with streusel,
crème fraîche and maple-pecan ice cream
Fifteen hours later, I am still thinking about the soup. Our fellow diners deemed it "interesting" (not a particularly encouraging word in the language of food), but I noticed that every single drop disappeared from our bowls. Egg whites formed delicate layers around a poached yolk sitting in a broth that tasted primarily of parsley and leek.  It seemed that the flavors would fight for domination at any moment, but somehow, magically, they all worked.  I am now obsessed with getting this soup again, but as next week's menu will be entirely different, the chances for this happening are nil.
This is, I suppose, the allure of theme nights for restaurants.  After six days of listening to picky LA diners whine about their gluten allergies and dairy aversions, chefs must feel some satisfaction in saying Mom-like to their customers, "You'll eat it and you'll like it."
And we did.


  1. Hello:
    If you are still talking about the soup some 15 hours after the event then it must have been jolly good. Your description of it sounds truly mouth watering and definitely a taste experience.

    Of course, for many people food is a minefield to be walked through with caution for health reasons but far too many people in our book are just plain difficult. We love eating....any theme will do!!!


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