When I caught wind of the fact that Joel Valvasori was opening a pasta and wine bar in Subiaco, to say I was more excited than a kid at Christmas would have been an understatement. Joel is the genius who used to be behind the incredible pasta at Lalla Rookh, and is now behind the incredible pasta at Lulu La Delizia.
In the spot that used to be The Walk Cafe in Subiaco, Lulu La Delizia is now serving amazing pasta and delicious share plates alongside a wine list that will impress even the biggest wine snobs and a small but impressive cocktail menu. The Americano is superb and the Campari with orange is perfect for those who like things bitter.
The menu is split into pasta and ‘delights’ and while you might think you’d be clever sticking to pasta at a pasta bar, let’s just say you’d be a fool to miss out on the delights. Our waitress was probably the most impressive waitperson I’ve come across all year, so I was more than happy to leave the ordering up to her. She was friendly, super knowledgeable and I wanted to ask her if she was in need of any new friends by the time we were leaving because she just seemed to get me when it came to food. And wine. Anyhow, I digress…
She suggested the Kingfish with cucumber, celery and spicy sauce which was so good we had to ask for bread to mop up the sauce as wasting it would have been blasphemous. Then she suggested the burrata with nectarine and I knew we should be best friends. The heirloom tomato salad was also freaking delicious and more bread was ordered to mop that sauce up, because we don’t like waste around here.
Considering the four of us hadn’t had enough carbs at this stage, we ordered a few of the pastas to share and oh.my.god they were good! The pasta of the day was tagliatelle flavoured with pig’s blood—this was the first point where I questioned my possible friendship with the waitress, but she promised it was delicious and she delivered! It came with king prawns, white vermouth and fennel seeds and it was one of the best pastas I’ve had in years. The vongole spaghetti was another show-stopper and the veal and pork ragu was like a hug on a plate.
This place is packed at dinner time so you’ll want to book, and if you’re up for a very good night I’d suggest going for the Chef’s menu which at $62 will leave you very full, but very happy about life.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward