We started with the crab cakes, which were delicious and full of crab meat drizzled with creamy wasabi sauce. Then onto the caesar salad-they use that same zingy garlicky caesar dressing as before which I've always loved- I even drop by just to buy that dressing sometimes. For the main course, I had the Braised Kobe Beef with Pappardelle. The tasty red wine sauce perfectly complimented tender strips of kobe meat, red peppers and mushrooms not to mention my glass of wine. The portion was plenty for me to take home and enjoy again for lunch the next day (minus the wine, that I finished ;-).
When you walk in the decor is rich, contemporary and inviting while the tune of a funky beat plays in the background. You'd never guess you're in a strip mall in Kirkland- it got more of a downtown swanky feel-maybe even LA looking at the lounge area kissed with some bright overstuffed pillows. Owner Mike Halter (photo right- and yes, his sweater did match the restaurant decor) did all of the interior design himself. There's great lighting and fun features like a cozy fireplace and a back-lit wine wall.
Mike's mom, Cathy Shyne (photo left), also owns other successful restaurants in LA and Hawaii and carefully creates all of the menu selections. She is this gorgeous petite Italian woman that makes you feel like part of the family when you stick your head in the kitchen to say hi. I love the feel of this family owned business because they all have a true passion for what they do. You can find Lucia's full menu here.
They open their doors on Monday November 12th 2007 from 11am on. In addition to the restaurant, I think this place has great potential for being a late night lounge for the in crowd. Anyway-I'd definitely recommend getting in there-it's a transformation that you will need to witness for yourself. The menu looks fabulous- there are lots more things on there I want to try- and they are all priced reasonably too. Appetizers and salads run between $8-12 and most entrees are under $20. You can make reservations on Open Table. See you there! ~j