When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American cuisine at Luma Restaurant's Aspinwall location.
Luma serves up a tantalizing spread of contemporary American fare engineered by executive chef Michael Rudman and accented with international flavors, with extensive lunch and dinner menus. Evening meals launch in style with a starter such as the signature Luma crab cake ($12), a lightly baked house specialty that fights hunger and tableside crime with a red-onion-caper sauce billowing down its back. Entrees include the robust muscovy duck breast marinated in pomegranate chipotle, seared, and served with cranberry-and-butterscotch-tossed gnocchi ($22). Char-grilled pork tenderloin ($15) arrives festooned in roasted-garlic butter and succulent candied pineapples, combining meaty and sweet like a bodybuilder who raises kittens for a living. Herbivores can leap mouth-first into the vegetable portobello, a hefty mushroom cap overflowing with couscous and resting on a bed of wilted fresh baby spinach and white beans ($15).
The newly remodeled Aspinwall locale is perfect for a night out with friends, with a bright, welcoming interior and warm pendant lights. An enclosed and heated patio and a romantic, upscale ambiance allow diners to relax and chat over an intimate meal.
Executive Chef Derrick Currie whimsically incorporates new ingredients into traditional recipes, creating innovative flavor combinations that manage to make familiar dishes feel surprising. Crab-stuffed salmon explodes with flavor, while Korean flank steak and stacked chicken round out the menu. To accompany the eclectically inspired menu, Luma features an extensive list of internationally sourced wines that highlights the food-friendly vinos of California.