back to back @ luxe

This past week I ate at Luxe twice. On Saturday we went with my siblings and Tuesday I met up with a couple girlfriends. On both occasions, everyone in each party picked Luxe because aside from me, no one has been there. Who am I to argue?

On our weekend visit, the table of 7 split a bunch of appetizers, including the Pabst Blue Ribbon shrimp, mussels in a slightly spicy garlic butter, cheese plate (I can’t wait until I can have the real good and creamy and stinky cheese again), calamari and the veal stuffed hot peppers. For our meal, Jamie and I once again split the Plain Jane pizza with prosciutto, plus I added a small Luxe house salad and a bowl of the onion soup with gruyere. Oh, and the banana foster sundae for dessert. Yes, we ordered way too much food.

On Tuesday, the girls and I also opted to split everything. We went with the one salad with a few different types of meat (all of which I can’t quite remember because I forgot my notebook), and two of the specials: veal cannelloni with pomodoro sauce and the prosciutto-wrapped cod with mushrooms and fava beans. For dessert, we split the basket of beignets with chocolate sauce.

On Saturday, every single one of the appetizers were fan favorites. In fact, everyone seemed to enjoy their entire meal. For me personally, my favorites included the cheese, mussels (the bread drenched in that sauce alone was wonderful), a few bites of my sister’s fettuccine carbonara with bacon (in a word, wow) and of course the dessert, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite’s in town.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t as happy with everything. On our first visit, I was completely impressed with the pizza – this time, not so much. The crust wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered and the prosciutto was on the dry and rough side.

As for Tuesday, the veal special and salad were easily our favorites. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the salad – especially the avocado dressing and various meats that I can’t seem to recall. A big disappointment was the cod special, which frankly was very dry, had a slightly burnt taste and again, the prosciutto was way too dry and rough. So what sounded like a wonderful combination ended up falling very flat.

Another disappointment was the dessert. In my mind, I was eagerly anticipating some type of remnant of Cafe Do Monde with mounds of powdered sugar. In reality, not even close. The Chex-sized faux beignets were dry, flavorless and overall disappointing to all of us. Oh well – that’s what I get for bailing on that oh-so-perfect bananas foster sundae. I won’t be making that mistake again.

Aside from a few let downs, this place continues to impress me – both for the atmosphere, service and of course, food. I will definitely be back – and probably very soon with Stella in tow. We were told on Saturday that dogs are always welcome on the porch.

On an unrelated thought, we briefly chatted with Marlin Kaplan on both visits. On Tuesday, he told me about two sushi places that his staff has been buzzing about: Watani (in Parma I believe) and Nasoya. Anyone been?

3 Comments

  1. Aaron
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I hope he wasn’t talking about Watami Sushi Buffet in Parma. The sushi tasted like it was all the same fish with different color food coloring. I would be highly disapointed if Mr. Kaplan thought that the sushi there was even decent. I still haven’t found any sushi in Cleveland I like better than Parallax.

  2. Allison M.
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    HA! Chex-sized is a great way to describe it. Definitely not beignets.

    I’ll eat that salad daily.

  3. Owen
    Posted August 26, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Actually they’re very similar to the Beignets I’ve had in France. The pastry chef nailed em on the head I think.

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