What can I say that the other reviewers have not already said other than that after living over half a century, including 20 years in Guadalajara, Mexico, and after traveling the world and enjoying some of the finest restaurants that the Americas, Europe and the Orient have to offer, yesterday I have finally had the perfect meal!
Yes of course for that experience you should expect prices well in range of the restaurants of the major cities of world, but this is still a wonderful bargain given that Chef Darren Walsh serves up Michelin Star quality food in an ambiance that is modern yet cozy. I would hope the good people at Michelin see fit to add Mexico to their network of restaurant reviews. I believe a visit to the Lulu Bistro is long overdue. I also think that he has the capability of changing expectations of dining in Guadalajara, lifting it from its provincial roots to the world stage.
When you do go (and go you must) be sure to ask about Chef Darren's Menú Degustación (Tasting menu). What a treat that was! If you ask, he will cater it to your tasting preferences. Chef Darren used this opportunity to showcase his vision, wide his culinary experiences and technical expertise married to a very real talent to cook superbly delicious and satisfying international food that will appeal to the most sophisticated and to the fussiest diner (me)!
The 10 or so plates we were served ( I admit I lost count) included all taste experiences (savoury, sweet, salt, umami), all textures and all senses. We were well and thoroughly wowed by each dish that was offered. The wine was superb and from a very well stocked cellar. The presentation, taste and service was faultless. In a word, we were pampered, spoiled and delighted until we finally had to cry enough! My main meal, the the leg of lamb, was so succulent I wanted to ask for more but then I had to fondly remember the preceding venison appetizers, of Chef Darren's version of a Mexican Tlayuda (so original), of the pork croquettes, of the tepenades, of the....... .....all were exquisite. As you can read, I am still glowing the morning after!
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