Lulu Wild is the newest restaurant in Brindley Place and bought to us by the team responsible for Aluna and Siamis so I had high expectations and I’d heard great things and of course I was delighted to finally be able to visit to try out things for myself. I’m going to tell you all about the decor, the food and more importantly the cocktails. We had a wonderful dining experience and it was very challenging to find any faults from start to finish.
As a party of four we had a relaxed dining experience on a weekday evening, we all agreed that this is the kind of place we would book for a date or a special evening if we we’re trying to impress. The food of course has to take centre stage – I’m told that the head chef at Lulu Wild previously worked at Michelin starred Hakkasan and this quality is evident in the creativity and style of all of the dishes we tried this evening.
We began our evening with cocktails. As a group we challenged the Lulu team to suggest the best drinks to try, and the passion each member of the Lulu team has for their menus is evident in the recommendations. The cocktail menu is one of the most diverse and exciting I have seen in a long time. We did our very best to sample as many different options as possible with the team making suggestions based on our individual preferences and their own personal favourites.
We were also advised to try the dim sum and between us we ordered a range to try out. With steamed and pan friend dumplings available in several different flavours we didn’t wait long at all to be served. Again the attentive team took their time explaining to us the different ingredients in each perfectly presented pocket of flavour underneath the bamboo steamers – carefully replacing the lids to ensure continued steaming before we started eating.
My personal highlight was the wild mushroom which was deliciously buttery and had those wonderful earthy flavours. The truffle atop being the perfect compliment. The scallop and prawn Shui Mai we all agreed was very special indeed. It was very difficult to be critical but the only tiny detail we mentioned was that we would have liked to perhaps see the pan fried options have a little more of a crisp to them. This of course took nothing away from the flavours and presentation which was a great indicator of what was to come with the main course. We tried more cocktails and a delightfully refreshing pallet cleanser with a pineapple twist before mains.
Between the four of us we opted for the Strawberry Sweet and Sour Sea Bass, Rosemary and black pepper Lamb, Kung Po Prawns and Roast Chicken in Katsu Sauce I feel we had the opportunity to sample a good cross section of the menu this evening and we all agreed that portion sizes were ample and that the attention to detail with the presentation and flavour balance was consistent throughout. Again it was a challenge to pick faults with anything we tried this evening – perhaps the chicken was slightly over, but I liked the crispness this gave to the skin so it’s a matter of personal preference with this.
The Lamb had a warm heat which didn’t overwhelm the dish and the Strawberry and Sea Bream combination was a delicate delight. The fish almost melted in the mouth. As we tucked in to our main course silence descended as we savoured mouthfuls and we realised that none of us had “food envy” because each dish stood out in its own right. We tried two rice and noodle options to accompany our main courses and these deserve their own review.
Quite often I find that the side dishes are often lacklustre but I would gladly come back just for the Singapore noodles which were a delight. It was also impressive to see the portion of prawns in the fried rice had no holds barred. If you’re a sea food lover then all too often these kinds of options are lacklustre as you hunt for prawns but this side dish had plenty atop and throughout.
We had a little bit of time to explore the venue – Lulu Wild has been open for just over a month and is still finding its feet – the upstairs serves as a multifunctional space. A luxuriously decorated dining room with many unique decor features creating photo opportunities and a piano taking centre stage so that diners can enjoy live music on special evenings. The bar is just as well stocked as the main bar downstairs for those all important cocktails and I’m advised that on weekends tables are rearranged after the final food service and a DJ comes to visit.
I am sure I can’t be the only person who likes to visit restaurants just for dessert – sometimes a sweet treat is all you need and Lulu really did save the best until last. Between the four of us we tried out every dessert and there really is something for everyone on the menu. I opted for the most unusual Spiced pear soup which was served with rice balls. I’ve never been able to infuse a pear so well and so I really admire the skill involved. It wasn’t at all what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised.
The mango pudding we all agreed was a refreshingly light option which is in direct contrast to the chocolate parfait – both accompanied with the smoothest fruit sorbets which were a real treat to savour. The highlight had to be the petit four selection – a little showcase of excellence including macarons, a white chocolate, coconut and lemon bon bon and more. I have to give a special nod to the peanut butter flavoured ice cream and the brittle too. These were simply delicious and I will be coming back again specifically for the experience of this taste.
The food menu I feel is concise but well rounded and offers plenty of choice. This allows the team to have really paid close attention to each dish on the menu at Lulu Wild and each demonstrates high standards and is a showcase of modern Chinese Cuisine and the incorporation of fresh quality ingredients. I am really impressed after this evenings experience and I wish the team the best of luck with this new venture. I can’t speak highly enough of the quality of the food and the attentiveness of the team. Lulu Wild is a very welcome addition to the Birmingham food scene