Luma on Park

Luma in Winter Park was one of our picks for this Magical Dining journey (Hurry! Only a couple weeks left!). Luma is very stylish and trendy establishment located on Park Avenue on the corner of New England.

Modern Dining Room

One thing to note is that their Magical Dining Menu changes daily depending on the freshest ingredients they are able to obtain. With our luck, they were out of the Ahi Tuna Tartare but we settled for the other two options for our appetizer. I got their Steakhouse Wedge and Pearleen ordered their Vidalia Onion-Fennel Soup.

Steakhouse Wedge
Iceberg Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Applewood Bacon, Red Onion, Crocker Hill Blue

The wedge salad was an entire 1-inch cross section from a head of lettuce, topped with bacon and dressing for a slightly different approach to the usual wedge (triangular) shaped wedge salad. The dressing really stood out, it was rich and creamy, but not as creamy as the typical ranch dressing; it went well with the nice sized pieces of bacon.

Luma-Winter-Park-Wedge-Salad

Vidalia Onion-Fennel Soup
Creme Fraiche, Espelette Pepper Oil

Pearleen’s Onion soup was so flavorful and awesome! It was creamy and went really well with the complimentary bread. Pearleen was kind enough to share a spoon full with me… ;o)

Luma-Winter-Park-Vidalia-Onion-Fennel-Soup
As for our second course, I decided to order the schnitzel.

Vande Rose Farms Pork Schnitzel
Christmas Lima Beans, Anson Mills Polenta, Onion Marmalade, Red Wine Bearnaise

The schnitzel was crispy and moist. The polenta was a great accompaniment for the schnitzel and the two went together perfectly. It was a very unique and creative combination and I would highly recommend this entree to anyone who loves polenta or schnitzel.

Luma-Winter-Park-Schnitzel

Pearleen ordered the Trout as her second course.

Idaho Rainbow Trout
Black Beluga Lentils, Zucchini, Red Onion, Lemon Verbena Butter, Pickled Eggplant

She really enjoyed it. The fish was well seasoned and cooked to the right temperature; it was moist with a very crispy and savory skin. She really liked the use of lentils as the starch and how it tasted really nutty and complimented the fish really well. I think she is inspired to use more lentils for our home cook meals. She initially thought that the serving size was small but after sometime she realized that it was the right amont of food. Not too little and not too much. Perfect serving size… plus we still have dessert waiting for us.

Luma-Winter-Park-Rainbow-Trout

On the third course of our Magical Dining at Luma is our dessert. I chose the  Devil’s Food Cake.

Devil’s Food Cake
Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate Ganache, Vanilla Ice Cream

The cake by itself was a bit under flavored, however it tasted delicious when eaten together with the vanilla ice cream and/or salted caramel.

Luma-Winter-Park-Devils-Food

Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Compressed Plums and Nectarines, Almond Streusel

Luma-Winter-Park-Buttermilk-Panna-Cotta
I have never been to Luma and I am glad that we had the chance to try them out during Visit’s Orlando Magical Dining Month. Both Pearleen and I really enjoyed ourselves and it was all for a great cause and for a good deal too! We highly recommend taking advantage of this “Magical” deal with Magical Dining at fabulous restaurants! We really like Luma and would return again to try other items on the menu.
Photo by Jason Seifer

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4 Responses to “Luma on Park”

  1. September 20, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Oooooh I love Luma! Heading to Facebook now to leave my comment, because you do rock :)

    • Pearleen Buchala
      September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      AWWW! Thanks Katy! You’re the best!

  2. January 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    dawww what a lovely date

    • Pearleen Buchala
      January 17, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Thank you. Date night is super fun! haha

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