Melbourne’s romance and now a full blown love affair with all things Spanish and Latin American, has seen a multitude of Spanish and South American restaurants, cafes and Tapas bars opening all over Melbourne and to suit almost every size of wallet. Movida made it all so fashionable and then came the look alikes – some good and some not so good.
The Guilty Stomach rated a new entry this year as great, Garcia and Son, in Windsor until there was a not so special night there in July…..and now we have a new favourite. Lulo surely beats the likes of Garcia and Son and even the Movida spawns.
Lulo (which is the name given to an exotic south american citrus like fruit tasting like a cross between a rhubarb and lime) with Chef Matthew Waldron at the helm is a wine and tapas bar and restaurant and is a mix between Spanish and South American – and the blend works well here. The food is real good. And of course unlike Mamasita where you cant book and you are likely to waiting hours for a table, Lulo is a booking venue – thank goodness!
Casual ambience with specials on the blackboard (actually mirrors) and main menu on the paper placements but the food was far from casual. Yellow fin tuna cured in Fino sherry, the crab and avocado with apple foam (served in spoons), artichoke croquettes and could not go past the Jamon Iberico 36 month aged which was exquisite. The more substantial mains were great…….we particularly loved the twice cooked pork belly on a pea puree (the best pork belly in Melbourne). The wines were great especially the selection of Temprenillo. Sensational ice creams to finish all made in house – the Pedro Ximenez and prune ice cream was a superb way to end what was an exquisite culinary experience.
There was really very little to fault except perhaps the beef was a bit chewy and the service, while friendly was perhaps a touch disorganised…..well done Matthew and the team at Lulo
We will be back again.
798 Glenferrie Road,
Hawthorn, Victoria 3122.