Luce e Gas is a sprawling two-story "buddha bar" in the heart of Torino's trendy Quadrilatero Romano. Deemed by some as "try-hard" it features a giant gold buddha, staff in Chinese-style clothes and a varied menu that blends Piemontese with "Asian" (Indian, Chinese and Japanese) cuisine. We went on a Saturday night and at 8:00 there were plenty of tables, but by nine the entire restaurant was packed.
I am a vegetarian so I ate a pumpkin flan (heavenly), followed by the only vegetarian entree (tempura... which was quite heavy... as one would expect from tempura...), sampled some shared desserts including a great mousse, and drank too much wine and too many cocktails! My friends tended to eat steaks (served with roast potatoes instead of the typical Italian french fries) or fish (served with a minute portion of eggplant) dishes.
There was little selection for vegetarians but we all agree it was a great atmosphere for a "Girls Night Out". Service was initially slow but picked up as the night continued. Website only in Italian but features a full menu listing.
Favorite Dish: The pumpkin flan was great- it was in a fontina cheese cream sauce with crushed amaretti (almond) biscuits.
This place is what you bring your date to. The environment create a nice setting for a romantic dinner, especially if you are into Buddha, New Age, Chill-Out music or anything similar. The cousine however seems very Italian, despite the attempt to be international. The locale is quite large so it easily looks deserted evenings with only a few visitors.
Favorite Dish: Pizza "Prusciutto Cotto" - was what I tried. Not the best I have eaten in Torino but still well made.