The penultimate entrée served to us at was, without debate, the absolute best, blowing us all away with its ethereal excellence. The Beef Short Ribs with Smoked Cauliflower Purée and Broccoli ($36++) is the pièce de résistance of Lumbre’s wood fired grill, and showcases the chef’s mastery of the grill.⠀

The short ribs are taken from an Angus cow, and the quality of the beef is evident at first glance. The meat is so majestically marbled with fat that it leaves no doubt as to the tenderness of the short ribs. And they were tremendously tender indeed, and I swear my slice of short rib melted in my mouth. On god man, I barely even had to chew before it fell apart on my tongue. It’s stunningly smoky from the grill, and seasoned sublimely. The rich demi-glacé enhanced & turbocharged the already sapid beef, and was a great binder to tie the short ribs to its accoutrements.⠀

Speaking of the side pieces, the cauliflower purée was smooth as butter, creamy, and downright delicious. While it’s spectacular in its own right, it’s best enjoyed a little smear at a time atop a slice of that stellar short rib. All that richness may sound like too much of a good thing, the grilled broccolini on the side is there to rein the richness in and clear your palate. Smoky, a little bitter and vegetal, it’s the yin to the yang of the incredibly indulgent beef short ribs. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.⠀

While I do think that some items on Lumbre’s menu fail to live up to their price tag, the Beef Short Ribs are worth every single last penny you’ll splurge on it. It’s truly that transcendent.

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