It was so hot all day and when chances would have it I got off work early...
With the setting sun at my back (You could imagine it melting into the santa monica bay, a monsoon...)
I went down the ramp towards home. The 101 at 5:45 was all calm in anticipation of some certain attack or seizure. I was breezing my way home to you and hoped you'd got my message...
I wanted to beat you home for once...but you were there and we communed and you suggested, "LUNA PARK", I said "YES". Some background; I had once lived not several blocks from the flagship restaurant on 17th and Valencia, and she new this as well.
Street parking was not restrictive, and we walked up the alley and rounded the corner...it was the door and I opened it. We saw quckly that it was still relatively empty (though that would soon change), and we were given a table near the window. With the firey sunlight behind your shoulder we sat reading, each with a green hardcover. A few small squares of paper - the menu - precise and inviting, gives you time, undaunted, to dreamily gaze into your eyes.
A man quickly materialized with water in glasses with ice and a purple tint, these went nicely with the amber votives and dark wood, curtains and chandeliers full of modern glass grapes, and strange character design paintings. Music could have been elliot smith, or verve, but somehow unrecognizable, we were given cut french bread and fresh butter and the rest...
DRINKS: You chose a signature mojito
And I had Sangria with cut oranges and red grapes. Both were excellent, stong and fresh tasting, and not too sweet.
We shared a delicious appetizer: Warm Goat Cheese Fondue with Grilled Bread and Sliced Apples $ 7.50
UMM that was so good! They stack the apple slices on top of a wall of bits of garlic bread (also french), and they are so thin that when you eat them with the cheese the texture is so fine and delicate and substantial.
You ordered: Fontina Stuffed Ravioli with Mushrooms, Spinach and Truffle Oil $ 11.75
This unique blend; fresh pasta, asiago cheese, gently braised proccinni mushrooms and fresh spinach is rich reward for the seneses. The truffle oil was a perfect balance to the salt of the asiago. All of these ingredients are used in pastas all of the time but never more luxuriously it seems.
And I had: Lemon Risotto with Spring Vegetables and Parmesan 10.50
Creamy and light ~ Risotto is an enigma. Very delicious light and hardy as well. The veggies included bits of asparagus, celery, sweet peas. Warm parmesan cheese adds bite and satisfaction.
The drinks were nice and strong and by 7:45 there were twice as many people having diner. The Sun slipped down below the edge and they dowsed the lights.
We sipped water and I ordered dessert: Desserts-Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream 6.50
This plate was sweet and tart and crowned with fresh vanilla bean ice cream it was highly desireable. Two spoons and two hearts, we were ready.
Every one should go at least once. Highly reccomended. Next time we might try the s'mores!