July 9, 2012

Summerlicious @ Luma

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.
For our mains, the majority of our table (myself included) ordered grilled flat iron steak with butter whipped potato, grilled zucchini, and salsa verde. I really enjoyed the steak that I had last time at Luma, but unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed this time around. For one, the cookery of the meat wasn't very consistent. My requested medium rare turned out closer to medium, and my boyfriend's medium steak had an unpleasantly bitter char on the outside. The salsa verde was also quite bitter. But other than that, the steak itself was flavourful, and the portion size was very reasonable.
The other entree that I was debating on ordering was the roasted ling cod with braised endives, leeks, and yogurt dill sauce. Thankfully, I was able to mooch off of my friend's order. The fish was quite good, though I wouldn't say that I prefer it over my steak. The bigger problem was the bed of braised endives and leeks, which were bitter and really unappetizing.
In my world, desserts are always highly anticipated. The first one I tried was the strawberry + rhubarb crumble with lemon balm and whipped cream. I wasn't the biggest fan because the crumble reminded me of breakfast oatmeal, which I eat everyday. However, the fruity flavours were pleasantly tart, and this would be the perfect plate for those averse to sickly sweet desserts.
The highlight for me was definitely the chocolate bread + butter pudding with butterscotch and shaved white chocolate. It was super gooey and satisfying! To my surprise, there wasn't a lot of chocolate at all, but the moist bread pudding, paired with the butterscotch sauce, was utterly divine! In some ways, this dessert reminded me of Moxie's white chocolate brownie, which is one of my all-time favourite desserts! 

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.

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  1. great review! i'll be going there this week for lunch as well.

    1. Thanks! I saw that their lunch menu looks pretty good too! Hope you will enjoy!

  2. So do you recommend Luma as a place to go during Summerlicious/Winterlicious, or during normal times?



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