When recently attending the Chanel Grand Re-Opening at South Coast Plaza, I amongst hundreds of other patrons was not gasping at the lambskin purses but at the beautifully crafted and tasty tray passed delights catered by Lucques in West Hollywood. Not surprised that Chanel would contract one of the best and also chic LA restaurants to represent their brand.
Lucques opened in 1998, the first restaurant opened by the dynamic duo, award winning chef Suzanne Goin and business visionary Caroline Styne. Originally the rustic carriage house of the Harold Lloyd Estate, Lucques’ decor of brick, wood beams, garden setting and wood-burning fireplace provides a warm and intimate setting. Goin and Styne have made Lucques a classic in the Los Angeles dining scene, emphasizing simply delicious and decadent ingredients, guided by principles of sustainability, and served in warm and gracious settings of hospitality. In addition to Lucques, Goin and Styne have added to their restaurant portfolio two other household names, a.o.c. (opened in 2002) and Tavern (opened in 2009). Chef Goin changes her menu frequently at Lucques, but we were able to capture a few of her most popular summer dishes on our last visit: Harissa-Grilled Lamb Loin with fava bean purée, Eastern Diver Scallops with coconut black rice, Mustard-Grilled Chicken with bloomsdale spinach, and Braised Beef short Ribs with sautéed greens.
Every Sunday Lucques presents Sunday Suppers, a weekly changing 3 course prix fixe menu created from the weekly Farmers Market produce. This dinner was the inspiration behind Goin’s James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques. Goin received two coveted awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation in May 2006.
Luxe Tip: Need the perfect gift for Foodies? Cooks? Send friends and family a signed copy of Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Goin’s James Beard Award winning cookbook. Combine with a certificate for the complete Sunday Supper experience. The Sunday Supper Cookbook with gift certificate for two $134.00 (plus tax, shipping and handling)
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Address: 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (323) 655-6277