Last night, Bill and I decided to take his mom, Parker, to Luz Bar & Bistro in Nagold. I have written about Luz Bistro at the Alte Post in Nagold several times. We usually go there for lunch on the weekends, but last night we decided to have dinner there. I chose Luz because I knew the food and service would be excellent. I also had a feeling we wouldn’t need reservations.
We arrived at the restaurant at about 7:00pm. The bar area was pretty busy, as was the small dining room to the right. I had never seen that dining room full. Fortunately, there were still a few empty tables in the dining room to the left, which is where we usually sit if we aren’t outside enjoying Nagold’s city scenes while we drink wine. Bill, Parker, and I took a seat at a four top and Bill ordered a bottle of Rioja and our usual sparkling water.
I was intrigued by a couple of the choices on Luz’s dinner menu last night, but I needed Google translate for a few things. For instance, I had forgotten the word “Topinambur”, which is Jerusalem artichoke. I also didn’t know the word “Saibling”, which is German for “char (a type of trout)”. Parker chose a trout dish that was served with a citrusy pickle cream sauce. I don’t know how I stood being in Germany without Google Translate. It’s saved me a few times. Anyway, below are the dishes we enjoyed last night.
I was originally intrigued by a dish that featured shrimps, onions, bacon, and mashed potatoes. Since I was really hungry, I opted for a rib eye. Luz has several steaks, a couple of which come in a “lady’s cut”. The rib eye is one size only, 230 grams. I ordered a side of fries, although I probably should have had a salad. The fries at Luz are nothing special, although they arrived hot. The steak, on the other hand, was juicy and delicious and beautifully complimented by a chilled garlic spread that was delicious. It really married well with the beef.
Parker’s dish was trout with a pickle and cream sauce. I didn’t taste it, but she said the sauce was citrusy. This dish came with a simple preparation of potatoes and greens. I probably would have enjoyed it. Maybe next time.
Bill had a very hearty plate of goulash made with venison and served with cranberry sauce and spaetzle. I could tell he enjoyed this dish, based on how clean his plate was. It was very satisfying. I don’t routinely eat venison, but I might have liked this dish, too.
After our sumptuous main courses, Parker and I decided to have dessert. I think our waitress might have been a little “weeded”, handling the rest of the crowd in the bar area and the other dining room. She brought our desserts before she brought drinks. I could see the ice cream was melted, which makes me think it sat for a few minutes. But anyway, it still tasted good… especially Parker’s dessert. I must have it next time I go to Luz Bistro. It was a real hit!
My creme brulee came with red wine ice cream, blackberries and blueberries, and a crisp cookie. It was a pretty standard incarnation of creme brulee, which I would have liked more had the ice cream not been so soft. But… having waited tables myself, I am willing to cut the waitress a break. She was working hard. About halfway through the dessert, I had the prosecco I ordered.
Parker’s dessert was my favorite culinary treat of the evening. She had a dark chocolate tart with sea salt ice cream, berries, whipped cream, and a vanilla sauce. I swear… next time I have PMS, I hope I can get my hands on that dessert. It was absolutely delicious.
Last night’s dinner came to about 159 euros before the tip. I think had it not been a little busy last night, we would have had an almost flawless meal. The good news everything tasted great and we were together, enjoying each other’s company. Luz and the Alte Post remain another of my favorite local restaurants and it’s always a good bet for a weekend lunch of when company is around.
We are headed to Berlin later today, which excites me because it’s the first time any of us has been there. It’s a blind booking on Eurowings, which we haven’t done in the past five years. It should be fun. I look forward to seeing some sights and writing more travel articles. Berlin has been on my “must visit” list for a long time, especially since I’ve been to so many other European capitals in countries where I don’t actually live.