Dec 28, 2007

LuLu Restaurant & Bar

Mammoth Lakes is now on the top list of my favorite traveling spots,
Besides snowboard,
There are tons of things you can do,
Hiking, sightseeing, fishing, snowmobiling, dog sledding...on and on and on..
But don't forget this,
They also have great food at Mammoth Lakes,
Yes,
Food!!

On the first night of my trip,
Me and my friends decided to dine at LuLu Restaurant,
Wait!?
Isn't that the place in San Francisco?
Yes, I was surprised too,
Didn't expect to see a SF hot spot appear in a ski/snowboard resort.
After a wonderful experience dining in LuLu San Francisco,
There's no doubt in my mind that I should try out this one in Mammoth Lakes.

LuLu Restaurant (Can you see snow there!?)-


The outdoor fire place is a very cozy spot during winter time to enjoy your afternoon tea,
Or have a cup of hot chocolate after snowboard.
*LuLu Mammoth Lakes is right behind the Gondola in The Village,
Which transport you straight to the lifts from the base.

The place is packed every night, so we decided to sit at the bar table-


Someone just left,
Otherwise you shouldn't see that empty table on the left.

Wild Mushroom Pizza (with Fontina and Thyme)-


There's the magical wood-fired oven in the back that adds few extra points to our food.
About the pizza,
The dough itself is good enough even without any toppings,
The aroma of cooked flour just won't stop flowing to my nose.
Also the crust successfully brought chewiness and crunchiness into harmony.
After sitting the wood-fired oven for a period of time,
The chef finished the pizza with some fresh thyme and white truffle oil,
There's not a single fancy toppings, but yet it was very tasty.

I tried their spicy prawn pizza in San Francisco a long time ago,
The exact taste has been lost in my memory,
But I do remember that it's probably one of my favorite pizzas that I've ever had.

Cindy's Rating: 7

Roasted Duck (with Walnut Gastric, Frisee, and Roasted Quince)-


It comes with poached pear,
As long as you hear pear and duck,
You should know how good it's gonna be already.
The duck skin was roasted to perfection,
A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and it was very crunchy.

Cindy's Rating: 7

Grilled Skirt Steak (with Fingerling Potatoes, Cippolini Onions, and Salsa Agresto)-


I am ok with this dish,
Nothing too outstanding.

Cindy's Rating: 5

Behind These Great Dishes-


I was watching them preparing every body's dishes the whole night,
The man on the right did a great job making sure that all the plates meet the standard before sending them to the diners.
If anything looks wrong or out of shape,
He'll send it back to the chefs and ask them to fix it.

The chefs were doing an awesome job too.
It's like a battlefield out there,
They have to prepare tons of dishes in such a short period of time,
No chance to rest, no room for mistakes,
Everything was very organized under this busy environment.
I'm glad that the restaurant was packed,
So I had the privilege to sit by the bar to peek into the world behind the dining tables.

Our waiter and waitress were very nice to us also,
Eh?
Two of them?
We had a waiter originally, but our table got transferred to a waitress,
Usually the previous waiter won't care about you at all after the table's been transferred,
Not in our case,
Instead, we had two nice waiter/waitress that checked on us regularly.
They kept coming back and asking us if everything is alright,
Good service is always an important part for my rating.
And LuLu surely did a great job on this.
I was a very happy diner in LuLu Mammoth Lakes.

Overall Rating: 8

LuLu Restaurant & Bar (Mammoth)
1111 Forest Trail Road #201
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 924-8781

11 comments:

  1. What a great restaurant! That Pizza looks devilish! :-P
    I wanna go, i wanna go!!

    Happy New Year 2008 to you! Best wishes and lots of delicious foods! :-)

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  2. Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

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  3. To Zen Chef~
    HA I'm pretty sure you can make a pizza as delicious as that one,
    Or even better,
    I have faith in you!

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  4. To crescenet~
    Ehhhhhhh,
    Is it some kinda advertising link...
    我看不懂~ >__<"

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  5. The Pizza does look tempting.. yum yum.
    Nice pictures you got here.

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  6. To Azazura~
    Thank you!
    Also happy new year to you!

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  7. that pizza looks too delicious! happy new year!

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  8. To Katy~
    Happy new year to you too!!

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  9. pizza looks really really awesome...

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  10. To docchef~
    Yeah, shouldn't be that hard to make it ourselves,
    Let's do it!

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