Following a rather underwhelming visit to Lulas some 18months ago I had not returned but felt it was about time to give the cafe another go.
The menu is very much that of a lunchtime cafe venue - don't expect a 3 course dinner. The printed menu consists of a few basics - sandwiches, ham, egg and chips, fishcakes etc with blackboards displaying the large range of specials which constitute the bulk of the choice on offer. There are a good range of vegetarian options here while traditional meat dishes are in shorter supply. Choices on this occasion included frittata, stuffed pepper, soups, a salad or two and a choice of tarts.
I selected a special of lamb koftas, slow roast tomato sauce, hummus and toasted pitta (£9.95). It was very good, well seasoned and full of flavour. I would have happily paid several pounds more at a restaurant. My friend chose a sweet potato and goats cheese tartlet which again was excellent.
Our only issue was that the menu did not seem that well balanced and very heavy on certain ingredients - cheese and egg for example. This was a problem when it came to the pudding menu in particular; Hazelnut tart, Frangipane tart, apricot and almond cake, apple cake or apple and berry crumble. A choice of comprised entirely of apple or nuts and cake or tart leaves little room for manoeuvre, especially as there were 3 tarts on the savoury menu as well. We both chose hazelnut tart- a very pastry heavy lunch for my guest! The pastry was crisp and thin and the filling tasty, though quite dry - the pouring cream provided definitely necessary. We did however find the price tag of £6.50 for essentially a slice of tart/cake quite steep. Many restaurants charge less for a "proper" dessert.
We were overall very impressed with the Lulas experience - a well presented, clean space, good service and the quality of food significantly better than your average cafe. We will definitely return and would recommend it above the other lunch time venues in the town centre.
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14 October 2012
Thank you for your review and for giving us another try . We're sorry your first visit wasn't up to expectations but really glad we did better on your return. We make everything from scratch and do try hard to keep a balanced menu. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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