Winterlicious: Lucien

Every winter for 2 weeks, the restaurants in the city of Toronto create 3-course menus for lunch and dinner at a reduced price – between $15-$25 for lunch and $35-$45 for dinner.  The best part of this is that you get to try restaurants you might not normally try or eat at some of the more pricier places at such a discount.  Over the past couple of years, the restaurant list hasn’t really changed but this time I decided to get back out there.  So Lucien was first on the calendar.  I actually first read about Lucien in enRoute magazine a number of years with nothing but great reviews and my expectations were high going into the night.  The meal itself was good – the french onion soup wasn’t too salty (when most are) and the duck, pretty decent.  I’m still on the fence about my dessert, pot au creme with cumin and a carrot gelee – I almost felt as though I was eating a savoury dish yet it was a dessert so my taste buds were definitely confused.  However, I think I was most disappointed in the service.  We were literally being pushed to leave and if there’s one thing I don’t appreciate, its being pressured to finish.  But check out my meal!

My first course - French Onion Soup

My first course – French Onion Soup

Main course 1 - seafood fettucini

Main course 1 – seafood fettucini

Main course 2 - pork with navy beans

Main course 2 – pork with navy beans

Main course 3 - duck a la orange

Main course 3 – duck a la orange

My dessert - pot au creme with cumin and carrot gelee and a biscotti

My dessert – pot au creme with cumin and carrot gelee and a biscotti

Lucien

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  • patinaandcompany patinaandcompany February 05, at 16:54

    This looks like a great spot. Just had Winterlicious lunch at Pangaea last week--three mouthwatering courses for $20! Definitely the best time of year to dine out in Toronto!

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