36 Wellington Street East
Type: Semi-Casual Fine Dining
Lucien was one of the restaurants I ate at for Winterlicious 2013. I’ve seen their name being tossed around but there was no urge to go. With Winterlicious, I thought it would be a great opportunity to eat at a fine dining restaurant for less.
I had the French Onion Soup thinking that there would be more cheese but there was more onion. I could at least drown the rings of onions in stringy cheese but I couldn’t. The soup was also salty and made me really thirsty.
The Albacore Tuna Crudo was another appetizer and while the tuna was savoury, it wasn’t a very memorable dish. When I asked the person how their dish was, it took them awhile to remember how it tasted or even where it came from.
As you can tell from the photo, the Roasted Beetroot Salad is somewhat plain. The sauce was tangy and I loved that it was mostly romaine lettuce but other than that, it wasn’t the most appetizing.
The Housemade Fettucini is a great and the sauce isn’t too heavy so you still have room for dessert. The pasta is firm and stays together. A dish with a few ingredients also keeps it nice and simple so that you can clearly taste what you’re eating.
The Perth Country Pork is a bit salty but the meat is still nice and tender. The plate is also a good size; it leaves you full but leaves enough room for dessert.
I found the Duck a la Orange a lot more appetizing because it was juicy and tender. I like my steak medium so I loved how the duck wasn’t fully cooked. The shredded pieces of duck are made a little saltier which goes nicely with the cubes of what I think is squash.
Onto the best part, dessert! My boyfriend had the Pot au Creme because he has a thing for dishes similar to creme caramel. It had a nice creamy texture and melted in your mouth!
My Warm Pear Tart had a flaky hard crust that didn’t absorb the juices from the filling, keeping it hard and not soggy. The pears were also sweet and made just right.
My friend Amy’s Banana Chocolate Parfait was great at first but halfway through, she didn’t seem to enjoy it anymore. She felt that the banana taste was too much and it overpowered everything else.
I enjoyed my meal but I don’t know if I’d return. Nothing really stood out to me and you can find good food anywhere to be honest. If anything, I’d stop by for dessert.
*Random Fact: I was late for my own event, oops!