Lucilin opened its doors last November, replacing the former Nala (ex-Zanzen). This refined new restaurant offers a varied gastronomic experience. We met Camille Wagner, the director.
Lucilin, a name that evokes the origins of the city of Luxembourg, formerly known as Lucilinburhuc. At the head of this project is the Gusto Naturale group, renowned for its delicatessen and restaurant in Schifflange. Camille tells us enthusiastically: “We had our heart set on opening an establishment in the city, so we were extremely happy to get this exceptional opportunity in this classified building right in the heart of Luxembourg City.”
The venue is steeped in history, both because of the former establishments it housed, notably Zanzen and more recently Nala, and because of its historic character. The new owners had to transform it entirely into a high-end restaurant, as the owner explains: “Everything had been designed for a nightclub, the windows were walled up, the kitchen was very basic; we redid everything from scratch, while of course preserving the protected historic features of the building”.
1 venue, 3 atmospheres
The establishment boasts three distinct settings and ambiences.
Let’s start with the Lounge area, where the atmosphere is subdued and relaxed, ideal for sharing a drink with friends or family before or after your meal. A varied list of wines, cocktails and other drinks is available, along with a selection of dishes and finger foods. It’s worth noting that it’s possible to eat here throughout the day, which is quite rare in Luxembourg and deserves to be highlighted. DJ evenings and other events are also planned.
The restaurant also has two dining areas. The first is gastronomic, with a refined yet affordable menu and lunch formulas. The second, under a superb veranda with a view over the Gëlle Fra, offers bistronomic cuisine to satisfy all your tastes. The decor is minimalist, modern and uncluttered, featuring antique photographs of Luxembourg City and its landmarks on the walls.
In summer, the restaurant will have a magnificent terrace to fully enjoy the exceptional view. However, it’s worth mentioning that the atmosphere under the veranda is already particularly pleasant!
In the kitchen, the two chefs, both Italian, offer an international culinary experience with Italian influences. Most of the products are supplied directly by Gusto Naturale, including exceptional olive oils and fresh pasta. Local producers are also favoured to guarantee maximum freshness. A concise menu, often synonymous with quality, features dishes that will tantalise your taste buds, such as Pumpkin Tortelloni or Braised Beef Cheek. “The menu will change according to the season”, Camille points out.
One of Lucilin’s distinctive features is its flame-cooking technique for meats. “We really want to highlight this exceptional cooking method, which requires very little, if any, fat, while enhancing the product and giving it a unique flavour,” says the manager.
Finally, Sundays will be all about family get-togethers, a welcome alternative to the traditional Sunday Brunch. You’ll soon be able to discover their “Family Sunday Lunch”, with dishes specially designed for sharing. “A little more cosy, in the spirit of our grandmothers”, says the team enthusiastically.
To celebrate New Year’s Eve, Lucilin is offering two options: a Gala Dinner as the first option, and a Finger Food & Drink evening in the lounge area, hosted by a DJ. Either way, 2024 will get off to a great start!
The restaurant is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm to 11 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to midnight and on Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.
More information: www.lucilin-restaurant.com