I just got back from a lovely dinner out with SJ at Minneapolis’ Cafe Lurcat for Restaurant Week. I had been to Lurcat before for happy hour, but had never dined here. Restaurant week is such a steal and it’s only day one so you have plenty of time to get out for a lunch or dinner! We had a $30 pre-fixe menu, with 8-10 choices for each course. I chose crab cakes, miso-glazed sea bass and mini dough-nuts for dessert. Each was superb in its execution (yes, even the mini dough-nuts!). We didn’t feel rushed at all and service was everything you’d expect from a high end restaurant.
My ratings this time:
Price/Value: 3 stars (moderate- entrees $18-25, excellent quality though)
Food quality/taste: 5 stars. It’s a D’Amico Brothers restaurant – the food is always first class.
Ambiance: 2 stars (Too white and stark for me. I like more intimate nooks and bursts of color).
Service: 5 stars – first rate.
Location/Parking: 2 stars (no free parking here. Meters are cheap but often full. Otherwise it’s valet.)
Overall score: 3.5 – The fantastic food and service gets cheapened by the lack of parking and so-so ambiance. Worth at least one visit in your life though. If I had to do it over, I’d have dinner in Bar Lurcat, which has a much cooler vibe (but the same food)!