Twice a year, a number of fancy restaurants open their door and welcome the masses with an economical pre-fixed menu. It is a great way for all to experience the varieties of foods. Bubble and I always have a great time dressing up and pretending to be adults. 🙂 I even wore my heels!
This time, we decided to look for a French restaurant to refresh and challenge our previous French food experience. We were thrilled to know Lumiere is participating in restaurant week.
Located in a strip mall, Lumiere blended in with the uniform white exterior. Don’t be fooled — The compact interior is modern, paired with chic decors and an open kitchen setup.
Started the night with fresh-baked gougeres, an airy cheese puffs.
Although the menu has been reduced to cater to restaurant week, we had a tough time picking. With the exception of the main course, it was a no brainer for me to pick the one option that was not a salad. Jumbo Shrimp “Bouillabasisse” – with brunoise vegetables, red pepper rouille, toasted country bread and saffron-tomato broth.
Bubble opted for a unique plate – Grilled Watermelon Salade – with roasted Magalista porta belly, creamy Feta cheese compressed cantaloupe, watercress, Belgium endive Banyuls vinaigrette. The man loved it so much, he would have licked the plate clean! 🙂
For the main dish, Bubble chose Beef Short Rib “Bourgouignon” with grass-fed beef, pomes puree, carrots, pearl onions, trumpet mushrooms and black truffle beef jus. It was just so colorful! 🙂 The rib was sooo very tender, it just melts in your mouth. 🙂
I toyed with two options, finally decided to go with the morning catch. The waiter explained the dish in details, but I forgot most of the details. It was a fish dish with lima beans and scallops. First chef to get me to eat lima beans. 🙂
Dessert, AKA the best part of any meal, was the hardest choice to make of all. All the options sound très bien. I opted for the Classic Profierole (That’s a big word, I couldn’t pronounce this word even if I tried) – with French vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache. It looked amazing and has just the right balance of sweetness. 🙂
Bubble’s Roasted Peach – with lemon thyme, vanilla bean, white peach sorbet and poppy seed cake is certainly one of a kind. The peach was still steamy when it came out.
Lumiere is certainly the venue for special occasion. Each plate was exquisite. The food was delicately crafted. We had a delightful time at our special date night. 🙂