According to various plaques posted outside, Lu Lu was a Top 100 Chinese Restaurant in the US for many years running. That was promising as the majority of Chinese restaurants in the US seem to do just enough to get by serving standard Americanized Chinese food.
The questions before the menus were brought to the table were if the food would be authentic and second, would it be good?
Pork Belly Hot Pot or something like that. I didn't see it listed on the menu on their website. Anyway, this came out looking dark and murky raising my antenna but one chopstickful and we knew we had a winner. The pork belly was fatty, soft, tender, and so flavorful. The accompanying soft whole cloves of garlic were also a delight.
Hot Pepper Chicken Szechwan or something like that. Spicy, tender, flavor infused, and comforting. The way it should be.
Beef Stew in Hot Pot. Big chunks of tender brisket cooked by someone who knows how to cook and seems to care about the quality of output. It had more a tickle of 5 spice and anise rather than an overpowering punch. This was great. Unlike other restaurants that serve this dish, this one was chockful of beef and not full of fillers and drowned in ladlesful of sauce to give appearance of quantity.
To answer the original questions. Yes, the food was authentic. Yes, the food was very good, actually excellent and some of the best if not best we've had in the US. The portions can always be bigger but the food quality and size of the cuts of meat are among the best we've had in North America and that includes Toronto. Lu Lu was a last minute unplanned stop but it turned out to be a lasting moment.
Restroom Rating: 7.6 Relatively clean.
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