Restaurant Lulu is a classic San Francisco favorite that has been around since 1993. They are well known for their Oak Fired Rotisserie items and deserved a revisit. Lulu’s was once our favorite restaurant, many, many meals ago. We had last been here about five years ago.
Cuisine – Seasonal Provençal menu
Chef – John Hennigan
Location – Soma, near Moscone Convention Center
Opened – 1993
Decor, Vibe – Restaurant Lulu has a Cass Calder Smith designed interior hasn’t changed. Open airy ceiling, large rotisserie and wood burning oven in the back. The place was sparsely filled with tourist and locals.
Restaurant Lulu lunch Menu covers everything from salads to pizzas to pastas to sandwiches to entrée’s. They have a great Prix Fixe lunch menu deal too.
Signature Dishes – Mussels, roast chicken, roast pork.
Rosemary Scented Chicken with Warm Potato and Lettuce Salad ($17) is a classic dish and still top-notch. Perfectly roasted juicy chicken and accented with potatoes with an infusion of vinegar from the accompanying mixed green salad. Zuni Cafe still has arrival here!
Prix fixe lunch ($18) Braised beef soup, spit roasted pork loin sandwich, and trio of sorbet. A very beefy soup that was hot and perfect. The sandwich was solid with lots of watercress, sweet peppers, salsa Verde, and tender roasted pork.
The trio of sorbets were homemade and pretty tart.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
House Made Meatball Pizza with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce ($14) was average with the soft crust and tasteless meat. Go next door to zero zero for pizza.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Service – Restaurant Lulu was decent but not superior. The server helped us navigate the menu and ensure we had refills. He did disappear from time to time even though the restaurant wasn’t too busy.
Value – Prices are very reasonable at lunch, this a very good value.
Verdict – Restaurant Lulu is in a time warp serving up almost the same food they were when they opened in 1993. The roast items are solid and deserve more attention. One problem still remains, our clothes smelt like smoke afterwards.