Lusca – The Big Sister

Nhan Le and Angus Brown have officially stepped into the mainstream with the opening of Lusca in Buckhead; no more waiting until 10:30 at night, and venturing to East Atlanta, to sample their creative and delicious offerings. For fan’s of their aforementioned Octopus bar, this provides a more approachable, albeit pricier, alternative.

Love the bar stools and the octopus mural

Love the bar stools and the octopus mural

Their menu features an assortment of creative takes on things like crab on levain bread w/ avocado and scallions and uni scrambled eggs. Asian influences abound and they have a top notch nigiri offering, not to mention a killer wine list with one of the best by the glass offerings this side of a wine bar.

Rock crab on levain bread; I had to order another one of these on both visits!

Rock crab on levain bread; I had to order another one of these on both visits!

Uni farm egg w/ ponzu & Katsuobushi (dried, fermented, smoked fish - usually tuna)

Uni farm egg w/ ponzu & Katsuobushi (dried, fermented, smoked fish – usually tuna)

Almost everything is able to be shared and they will even cut their above average burger into portions should you so desire. Some of the small plates were also worth checking out including the lobster roll and the smoked trout with rose chips.

Pretty solid lobster roll

Pretty solid lobster roll

Smoked trout

Smoked trout

This straight forward, dry aged chuck burger was anything but average

This straight forward, dry aged chuck burger was anything but average…and it was sizable

Two of my favorites however were the chorizo with peppers, which I think has now been subbed w/ Italian sausage, and the roasted beets served tartare style with a poached egg and goat cheese.

Chorizo

Chorizo

Roasted beets - I am not a vegetarian by any means, but this was awesome!

Roasted beets – I am not a vegetarian by any means, but this was awesome!

Last but not least, like all new trendy restaurants, they have a selection of oysters…does anyone know the margin on these?

Selection of raw oysters - kumamoto, chunu and Beausoleil

Selection of raw oysters – kumamoto, chunu and Beausoleil

I really enjoyed both my meals at Lusca and look forward to see what menu changes they have up their sleeve as the seasons start to change!
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