Lulo is probably the hippest restaurant on Glenferrie Rd. It takes this crown relatively easily as it’s competitors are the likes of High Tech Burrito, Nando’s and Grill’d. Not that there’s anything wrong with Grill’d.
Lulo describes itself as a Tapas, Cerveceria & Wine Bar with a contemporary twist. This is spot on as the place delivers high end tapas, that differs with more traditional tapas you might have tried in both taste and price. Everything on the menu here is delicious, well thought out, and well delivered but this is definitely reflected on the bill. In most instances the prices are fair but it isn’t going to be a cheap night out and if you aren’t used to fine dining, then you may feel ill at ease.
My Uncle was in fine form this night and after perusing an extensive beer and wine list showcasing a range of spanish and latin american offerings he ordered ‘a Corona thanks mate’. The waiters are very knowledgeable and I don’t blame them for having giggle to themselves when you mispronounce ‘Estrella’. It’s pronounced ‘Estraya’ fyi – Thanks Erin. Not knowing where to start we asked for some recommendations and awaited the results.
The patatas bravas came out looking a little like eight potato gems laid out on a rectangular serving plate. They were however, delicious, with spicy tomato sauce delicately placed atop each one. Highlights on the savoury side of the menu were the salt cod croquet’s and the wagyu beef with a parsely puree which was cooked perfectly although came out a little cold.
The best part of the meal was definitely the creme catalana. Flavoured with ginger and lime, this creme catalana was a religious experience. I was still thinking about it a week later and I’m pretty sure I dreamt about it later that night.
Lulo is the sort of place I think you’d take a friend for a drink and a snack or someone you really want to impress for dinner.
Don’t go. Try it. Must go.