I've been to Luma once previously and enjoyed my dinner very much. Since I heard a lot of good things about Luma during the last Winterlicious (especially their desserts) so I decided to drag a bunch of my friends there as my first Summerlicious! Lunch is priced at $20, and dinner is $35.
We started off with some warm sourdough bread with a creamy lemon dip. The staff was quick to offer us seconds after we devoured the first batch within the first two minutes.
Sangrias ($8 each) are the perfect summer cocktails. I had the red one and my friend opted for the tropical white. While the drink was perfectly fruity and refreshing, I wished that it included actual chunks of fruits.
Three friends ordered the smoky tomato gazpacho with spicy chimichurri. I didn't get a lot of positive feedback on the soup, but that may be due to their preference for hot soups.
I opted for testa-pork head pâté with pickles and house mustard. I loved the artistic presentation, but the pickles were a little overwhelmingly tart for my taste. I ate everything on my plate but the pickles.
The rest of the group went for the romaine salad with double smoked bacon, parmesan, croûtons. A little safe, perhaps, but I always enjoy a refined Caesar salad. Curious that the "croûtons" came in the form of a singular slice of toasted baguette.
All in all, the meal had its flaws. But thankfully, the service was attentive, and the dessert (namely the chocolate and butter bread pudding) certainly ended the meal at a high note. I would consider this meal a decently good start to my Summerlicious adventures.