I had been to Lucky 32 before for a beer pairing dinner, but this was the first time I had taken the whole family there. It turns out they are a very family-friendly restaurant, even offering a children’s menu. We had made reservation just 15 minutes before, online, and were seated immediately when we got there.
The service was very prompt, with our waiter and others constantly asking us what we wanted, and if they could help with anything. It took me a while to decide, since all their offerings tend to be on the unusual side, but I finally decided on the Pulled Lamb. I got to choose 3 sides but really didn’t know what would go with lamb, so I picked the whipped sweet potatoes and green beans, and the house salad with honey mustard dressing. I also ordered the Pinot wine flight. Lucky 32 has 3 different wine flights, and I was hoping the pinots would go best with the lamb.
We were given a free appetizer of warm bread, both fairly seedy/nutty. My son wasn’t a huge fan, but I thought the bread was really good. They also brought out my wine flight. It was 4 different pinots, a Maso Canali pinot grigio, a Terricia pinot gris, a Hob Nob pinot noir and a Nobilo Icon pino noir. I sipped them each on their own, from lightest to darkest, and they seemed to taste good enough. I think the Nobilo Icon was a bit darker and richer than what I normally drink though, and probably wouldn’t order it again.
Our salads came out pretty soon after. Though my dressing was supposed to be honey mustard, it tasted mostly of mustard. It wasn’t sweet and didn’t taste like honey. I didn’t mind though, it was decent enough and they certainly used good quality Dijon. My husband got the vinaigrette and I liked his better.
Our entrees were quite a bit larger than I was expecting, filling up the whole plate. I guess I’ve been getting used to tiny little portions at some of the fancy restaurants around the Triangle. It ended up being a really filling meal. The lamb had a pretty unique taste and was very tender, though I’m not sure the cranberry chutney really complimented it very well. I also don’t think any of the pinots went particularly well with it, but lamb just seems like a difficult thing to do food pairings with. The wine was quite enjoyable regardless.
My husband said his steak was really good, and with just a bit of melted butter on top, didn’t even need any steak sauce. It had a wonderful flavor all its own.
I looked through the dessert list and didn’t see anything I was particularly excited about, but the “Mamaw Millie’s Scuppernong Wine Jelly Cocktail” sounded so unique that I figured I had to try it. It was as described, like someone made Jello from scuppernong grapes and put custard on top. I like food adventures, but I wouldn’t get it again.
Since Lucky 32′s seasonal menu is updated frequently, and I still have 2 more wine flights to try there, I’m looking forward to our next chance to visit there. Some of their ideas on food are pretty strange, but I’ll always try anything at least once.