Tried Lute lunch on a Tuesday – a la carte as we thought there were some really nice dishes we wanted to try.
We started with some amuses: a Dutch bitterbal on a mustard jelly, beetroot soup with piccalilli foam and a glazed tomato. The bitterbal was filled with delicious roux, quite different from a ‘fast food one’ and really nice. The beetroot soup was amazing. Normally I think beetroot is a bit too earthy but this soup had a tad of the earthiness, just nice. And the tomato was deliciously sweet.
The two of us decided to share all dishes as we wanted to try all of them, so halfway through the dish we swapped plates. We ordered 4 starters to share. First ones were the foie gras and the quail. Both delicious. Then we had the fish smoked on pine needles and the scallops. Specifically the fish was amazing – at the table to dish was opened and spread the lovely pine scent across the table
We ordered the same dessert: passion fruit curd with lavender meringue and sorbet. It turned out to be basil sorbet and red pepper meringue without informing us….But the dessert was still utterly nice and we nearly licked our plates.
The restaurant is far away from everything and you need to make an effort to get there but it is worth it. It is not busy on weekdays (only 3-4 tables normally booked) and they have outside seating available. The terrace is in between buildings though, so no view.
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