Toronto just got a Pacific Rim-inspired eatery with Hot Dog Bao & banana ketchup

Adding to the dynamic array of culinary offerings at  The Well is LuLu Bar, a trendy newcomer originating from Calgary. Making its Ontario debut in Toronto, the restaurant promises a playful dining experience with a menu that pays homage to the Pacific Ocean and the diverse regions it touches, drawing influences from Asia to Hawaii, California to British Columbia.

LuLu Bar isn’t just Concorde Group’s first location in Ontario; it also marks their inaugural culinary partnership with O&B Hospitality, the creative minds behind Toronto favourites like Canoe and Maison Selby.

Though Lulu Bar is the first of the Calgarian group bars to make its way over to Toronto, it will not be their last.

“With Lulu Bar opening in January, Bridget Bar opening in spring, and National Beer Hall making its appearance this summer, we have a lot in store for Toronto,” says Amanda Jansen, director of operations for the Concorde Group. 

As you step into LuLu Bar, you’ll be greeted by a light and airy ambiance that perfectly complements the restaurant’s nod to the pacific coast inspired decor and its surf culture vibe. The menu, crafted by chef Joseph Sokoloff, is a flavour packed journey inspired by his time living in Vietnam and Indonesia as a young expat.

“Chef Sokoloff wanted to pay tribute to these cultures and his travels, showcasing the beautiful blend of East meets West flavours,” says Jansen.

The Toronto location of LuLu Bar will feature cherished menu favourites from its Calgary counterpart, including standout items like lobster dumplings, hotdog bao and coconut squid. The restaurant’s focus on local ingredients is reflected in dishes incorporating seasonal vegetables and fruits native to Ontario. Additionally, exclusive to the Toronto location, you can indulge in offerings like grilled Atlantic cod, Burmese beet and turnip salad, along with oysters and mussels.

The Toronto menu has been meticulously curated by executive chef Andrew Moore, renowned for his expertise garnered from acclaimed Toronto establishments like Momofuku and Ace Hotel.

LuLu Bar’s signature cocktails, features ingredients like elderflower and fino sherry in Nine Lives and creamy coconut and honey in King Kona. These unique creations, brought from Calgary to Toronto, promise a fun journey for your taste buds.

Beer enthusiasts can explore a diverse selection with a focus on local breweries. The draught options include offerings from Toronto’s Left Field Brewery and Hamilton’s Fairweather Brewing. It’s a nod to supporting local businesses and giving patrons a taste of Ontario’s craft beer scene.

Lulu Bar is located at 427 Wellington St. W.,  and is set to open its doors on Friday, January 19.

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