When the team behind the superb Clove Club announced they were opening up an Italian restaurant I couldn't have been more excited. Upon stepping inside LUCA, one is greeted by an array of drooping lights over individuals tables painting an image of an old train carriage. On first glance the restaurant appeared surprisingly small. However, we were soon taken through to a spacious dining area. Our seats were set and we were scheduled to consume the delights ahead in a high ceilinged room that had 12ft glass windows on one side. We were in the heart of the city, though this felt like an upmarket, oasis like conservatory away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Definitely request to sit in this room.
Here we have another elegantly presented dish of lamb chops, wild garlic, peas and morels. Fresh and clean flavours for a perfectly sized main course. LUCA is a fantastic restaurant and I would highly recommend visiting. It is also perfect for a business lunch only 10-15 minutes from Liverpool Street and 5 from Farringdon.
Dining tips: Two courses is adequate for lunch, check out the bathrooms and if you are dinning in a group you must book the garden room, this restaurant has a laid back yet sophisticated vibe that would be perfect for a get together with friends.
Text and photographs by The Undercover Food Critic, 8th October, 2017. More Information: www.instagram.com/p/BZ4HPe3lMqV/
Assessing the menu was a difficult task. So many things I wanted to try but there is one word that always catches my eye and that's 'Orkney'. There is something about these remote and blustery islands of the northern tip of Scotland that sounds so good. I think of fresh, clean produce miles away from the polluted streets of London. The Orkney Scallops, with Jerusalem Artichoke and 'nduja caused my mouth to salivate. Stunningly presented in what I hope was their own shells these scallops were delicate, sweet and perfectly cooked. The spicy 'nduja complimented this sweetness to a divine equilibrium. Undoubtedly a great start to the meal.