After nearly a year in the making, Allure Restaurant, finally soft opened in the Gaslamp this week, with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday.
The 2,300-square-foot downtown restaurant, specializing in seasonal New American cuisine, is a solo project for Melissa Magallon, a sous chef who worked under Brian Malarkey at spots from Oceanaire to his Searsucker and Herringbone,.
Magallon and her family have opened the "sophisticated casual" downtown eatery with a menu focused on small plates, both cold (tuna tartare, beef carpaccio) and hot (bone marrow, calamari), plus salads and a sturdy list of entrees.
Allure, which has a full bar, is concentrating on dinner service for now, but Magallon says that she plans to eventually add Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch and is considering whether to expand to lunch or late night service. The menu will rotate seasonally, but a constant will be a complimentary amuse bouche for each diner that changes every day.
· Allure Restaurant [Official Site]
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