Monday, 29 November 2010

Cafe Luc - London

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The final installment of my adventures from my recent weekend in London. My absolute favourite time to go out on the weekend, whether I am in my home city of Newcastle upon Tyne, or on a city break around the country, is late afternoon. There is something so comforting about starting a Saturday night's proceedings with a relaxed meal in a nice restaurant, knowing you have all the time in the world to chat with friends over good food and an even better bottle of good wine.

So the restaurant of choice was Cafe Luc in Marylebone. Described as a modern European Brasserie, it boasts references from French and Mediterranean dishes. Not just a great vibrant area but also with lots of good shops and boutiques to check out before meeting at the restaurant. I wish I had known just how good as I definitely would have got myself there a lot earlier to spend a little more time in the shops.

As it happened, on a day pouring with rain, we did arrive at the restaurant a little too early before our booking but the ever gracious staff allowed us, after a very brief wait, to go straight to our table. This is a restaurant that I would imagine is rarely ever not busy, so there were not many empty tables but instead it had a very warm and inviting atmosphere with lots of people simply enjoying their food and the company of friends and family.

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This being a late lunch (around 4.30pm), we skipped a starter and I ordered a Creamy Risotto, Cèpes Mushrooms & Mature Parmesan with a side order of Pommes Frites - there is nothing more comforting on a rainy day than a feast full of carbs! And my friend's choice was Roasted Chicken & Tarragon Jus, Green Beans & Roasted Potatoes with a side of Pomme Puree. As I follow a vegetarian diet, I am more than used to a limited menu but luckily there was still plenty of choice for me as well as the bonus of one of those dishes being my favourite risotto. To me, there is nothing better than simple food cooked incredibly well and this restaurant certainly excels.

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Of course, if I had to choose just one part of a meal, my choice would always be the dessert. Really, we were spoilt for choice. The 'salted caramel' description of the ice-cream swung it for me - Homemade Salted Caramel, Vanilla & Speculoos Ice-cream and my friend's dish was Creme Brulee au Nutella. Mmm, they were so good I can just taste them now reading the description.

To finish we enjoyed our Cappuccinos, feeling quite relaxed and content in our surroundings, quite happily sitting chatting in a very non-rushed setting. This is a restaurant I wish we had in the city I live, so perfect for a relaxed Saturday afternoon, getting us slowly into the mood for the evening ahead.

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47 comments:

  1. That all looks SO amazing. I want the dessert!

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  2. wow!! this looks incredible. definitely one to visit on my next trip to london :)

    xoxo

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  3. Oh gosh all the foods look divine but the desserts make me swoon!

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  4. oh that ice cream looks so amazing! Salted caramel is my favourite sweet thing!

    May have to pop here for xmas :) x

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  5. It looks beautiful.
    Sort of modern french cuisine, which is one of my favourites. I'm drooling. Yum!

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  6. oh goodness!! the food look delicious.. mmmm. i'm so hungry now.. good thing lunch time is around the corner. :)

    xx Love & Aloha

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  7. So you are a jordie, so is my exiled husband, and so very proud of it he is.
    Wonderful photos, who takes them??? Amazing!!!
    Un abrazo
    XXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. I need to try that chocolate!

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  9. The ice cream sounds amazing, I love salted caramel anything!

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  10. That food looks devine and so does the atmosphere - I'll have to try that one. Have a great week, Love from London xo

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  11. Even the chips look amazing. I LOVE London!

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  12. love and delicious pics!!! =) kisses from spain!!

    http://moonsandme.blogspot.com/

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  13. This place looks sooo cute, I really want to go here!!

    Char x

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  14. Cafe Luc looks amazing. I cant believe I live in London and never been to this place. I'm taking the bf on the 6th. thanks for this post. x

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  15. Cafe Luc looks amazing. I cant believe I live in London and never been to this place. I'm taking the bf on the 6th. thanks for this post. x

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  16. Oh, that place looks so yummy! Those desserts make me so hungry.

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  17. How absolutely divine! I want that ice cream dessert, please. It sounds like such a lovely restaurant; I don't often go out to restaurants because the atmosphere is almost always too busy, too rushed, too crowded, too loud, etc. It's so nice to find a place that's quiet and comfortable. I don't eat much meat though I do eat fish, so sometimes the menus at restaurants is difficult to work with, too. Especially in the States! It can be quite frustrating.

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  18. It sounds amazing! I really love the look of the place, it seems like the sort of place where you enjoy the food, not show off that you are there.

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  19. I used to visit Marylebone often because I just love the shops! If you ever go there again, there's a lovely shop called Evona where you can find designer duds at great prices - I once found a beautiful Dior top for *much* less than the retail price! I also always love popping into The White Company and the other little boutiques :)

    Anyway, this café sounds absolutely amazing. I've never been to it but everything looks and sounds scrumptious, especially the dessert! Also, since you mentioned you are vegetarian, I wonder if you know that Parmesan cheese isn't vegetarian-friendly? I know a lot of vegetarians don't mind this but if you're looking to avoid animal products completely, you should know that Parmesan (and a few other hard cheeses) are made from animal rennet, which comes from the stomach of calves.

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  20. Ack, you're getting me all excited for my trip to London! I'm off next Wednesday, can't flippin' wait!

    That restaurant sounds amazing!

    Katie xox

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  21. the place must be really great. :D

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  22. Oh WOW!!! the food looks SOOOO YUMMIEEEE.....

    Thanks for sharing dear :)

    Kisses
    J
    xoxo

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  23. you always have the most amazing meals!!

    xx

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  24. Café Luc looks wonderful and the food really tasty. They probably thought you are a food journalist when you started taking pictures.

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  25. yummmm!! a girl after my own heart i LOVE risotto! any flavour, its the best carb-ilious food!! :) xo

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  26. It looks amazing - late afternoon is the best time to go out I think. I'll have to check out the area for shopping next time I'm in London too x

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  27. Oh my goodness, that looks yummy!!

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  28. yummy food!
    nice restaurant it was!
    would love to taste the creme brulée au nutella!
    i'll have to check if there is one in Paris!
    kisses

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  29. This looks amazing! I just wish I was not lactose intolerant to eat that ice cream!...

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  30. Ohhhhhh. This place looks like such a treat to dine in, the bar looks gorgeous. Love all that food too and yes, the salted caramel dessert would have tempted me too!

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  31. What a great review: the words AND photos. I go to Marylebone pretty regularly and haven't been there yet and your post makes me want to go there this minute which is pretty amazing considering we just finished dinner.

    I know we're following each other on twitter but somehow I didn't have your blog linked. I do now: it's gorgeous.

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  32. The food looks sooooo yummy! Once again, you capture the ambiance of a place perfectly through your thoughtful and well-chosen shots. Lovely.

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  33. This looks like such a fantastic place. I'll have to take a note of that when I spend more time in London starting next week. Your risotto looks amazing, as does the chicken. And dessert would be my favorite course of the meal as well!

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  34. I am going to London this weekend, hope we get time to find somewhere as lovely for tea!

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  35. This place looks lovely - will try to visit next time I'm in London. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  36. I can't wait to move to London next year... I just ADORE your pics :)

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  37. I so enjoying eating at Cafe Luc.
    Glad to hear that you had much fun there;-)

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  38. the place looks a delight, but where are all the people on the last image? still, does looks quite amazing. salted caramel, not heard of that before, looks yum.

    snow hit today actually, it's a slip fest out there though as it's about -3 too

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  39. sacramento -i take all of the photographs :-)

    leia - thanks for your advice. my vegetarianism is purely down to a distaste of meat of any sort so cheese, eggs, milk or anything else is absolutely fine. interesting to know though, as i didn't know that.

    sabine - i absolutely love food photography...but always think i'm going to get told off at any moment!

    polka dot - thanks!

    mat - as it was late afternoon, they prepare half of the restaurant for the dinner serving, the other half where we were was still very full!

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  40. I always like reading your blog, it is so full of beautiful pictures, it's a pleasure!! The food looks delicious, I would love to try that risotto ^^

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  41. COME to be you little slice of chocolate heaven!

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  42. the place looks amazing. definitely a cafe i'd love to walk in sometime. and the food, so scrumptious! it's been a while since i've had any creme brulee. lovelove. x

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  43. What gorgeous pictures, I want to go!

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