Café Luc

Mimi ON Jun 13, 2011 AT 11:08 am

Café Luc

Café Luc

by John Gregory Smith

I turned up at Café Luc pouring with sweat after Boris biking at a thousand miles an hour from Shoreditch to avoid being late, which is something I deplore of! After a chilled demi-beer all was well and I waited for my brother in-law who arrived 40 minutes late. Normally this would have been of great annoyance, but this time it was a blessing (sorry Giles – it was fun when you arrived as well!) as I got to enjoy a steak tartare starter, without any distraction, on my own.

The steak tartare (£8.50) was served traditionally with an egg yolk on top of the finely ground beef, with chopped parsley, capers, shallots, cornichons, mustard and mayonnaise in little piles on the side of the plate and Worchester sauce and tobacco on hand. It was delicious. The beef was just chilled and full of flavour with all the savoury morsels flecked through it.

My very hungry brother in law finally turned up and we went straight into our mains. He had the roast rump of lamb, aubergine Provençale and garlic jus (£18.90) and I had the black leg chicken supreme with champagne, wild mushrooms, diced bacon and pappardelle (£17.50). Now I broke a cardinal role of mine that was never to order chicken in a restaurant. Thank god I did! The moist chicken leg was served on the bone, wrapped in crispy skin and sat on a mound of sunshine yellow pappardelle. It was covered in a rustic creamy sauce that was bursting with flavour from rosemary, mushrooms, bacon and of course champagne. It was fantastic.

For our puddings we went for the chocolate pot (£6.70), which was accompanied by a rich warm chocolate sauce and water thin almond biscuit and the crème brulee au nutella (£6.30) that was served in a brilliantly large bowl, with a perfect crunchy top and a beautifully creamy nutella-flavoured centre.

I really enjoyed eating at Café Luc. It was packed full of people tucking into the food – there was beef everywhere. They do some very impressive steaks and a tower of a burger that looked amazing and is top of my list on my return.

www.cafeluc.com

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