Lucques: the Taste of Love

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If your anniversary is approaching, make a dinner reservation at Lucques in West Hollywood for an evening you’ll never forget. Pass under the ivy-covered sign bearing its name and into the wonderland within. With its wooden beams and roaring fireplace, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a private ski lodge in Aspen, but once you get seated at your intimate, candlelit table for two, you won’t have any trouble calling it home. Nibble on the roasted almonds and lucques olives that give the place its name. They’re buttery and delicious and the perfect preparation for the feast you’re about to indulge in. Make a toast to the occasion with a couple of house cocktails like the white elephant, which starts with rum agricole (rum made with sugar cane juice rather than molasses) and adds coconut, ginger, cilantro, and lime. Then have some fun with a menu made with seasonal, local ingredients. The braised short ribs are legendary, with meat so tender it practically falls off the bone. Or go with the excellent pan-roasted haddock, which gets a little kick from chorizo and a paprika vinaigrette. This is a special night, so save room for some of the best desserts in the city. The hazelnut napoleon with bittersweet chocolate, fleur de sel, and coffee ice cream will have you feeling like an emperor, while the warm chocolate cake with almonds, amarena cherries, and amontillado ice cream elevates a standard sweet to a work of art. As you linger over your last bites, take a good look across the table and raise one final toast to a perfect evening with perfect company.

Lucques

8474 Melrose Ave Los Angeles CA 90048

(323) 655-6277

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