This contemporary Povencal inspired favorite continues to stay on its game. The format encourages family style dining. The relaxed yet up-tempo atmosphere enhances group dynamics and food is presented honestly without extraneous embellishments. Here, fresh is first and foremost as was evidenced by the mixed shellfish platter. The oysters were spectacular (and I am not a big oyster fan). One of the great favorites here are the roasted mussels. On this trip I fell in love with the truffle oil parmesan fries...OMG these are amazing. The subtle truffle essence made them impossible to stop eating. The entrees were all stand outs including the plank roasted flounder, spit roast duck and bistro steak. Other dishes that were standouts were the portobello mushrooms with polenta and marscapone cheese. Desserts were equally on target with good variety but the winner was the chocolate breadpudding. Amazingly seductive textures and flavors. Note to the chef - please bring back the roasted artichoke with fried lemon. That was a wonderful starter and a real signature dish that deserves to stay on the menu.
While the restaurant has been lauded by Wine Spectator (among others for its wine list) I was frankly put off by a wine list whose prices for the most part exceeded $100 (and hovered more in the $175-$250 range and above).These days the expense account crowd can't spend like drunken sailors any more and the rest of us are watching our pennies as they devalue. Can't this excellent restaurant edit a wider range of excellent affordable wines by the bottle? Yes they are available by the glass but there really is a bit of a disconnect between the food prices and wine prices. That small issue aside LuLu does not disappoint and you are guaranteed a memorable dining experience.
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