There’s a sophisticated new fixture on the Cape Town dining scene in the form of Lou Lou’s, the latest offering from restaurateur Sergio Zurini. Already known as the man behind Churchills Bar in Melrose Arch Johannesburg, Sergio has incorporated his distinctive style into his new Cape Quarter eatery.
With the desire to create an environment that was of an international standard in mind, the menu offers a contemporary take on traditional tapas – think spicy seared tuna with a creamy lime mayonnaise, and lamb and pea croquettes with salsa verde. Head chef Chantelle Sousa skillfully executes this fusion of Mediterranean and Asian flavours, offering diners an eclectically enjoyable eating experience. There is a strong emphasis on seasonal produce and each dish is carefully curated to maximise on presentation, taste and quality. We opted for the seared tuna, arancini and cauliflower risotto with crispy capers and flaked almonds. The latter was a decadently creamy concoction with hints of Parmesan offset by the smokiness of the grilled cauliflower.
Diners are welcomed into the restaurant by the large gilded lions that grace its exterior and make up the official logo for Lou Lou’s. Venture further indoors and discover an interior that is both enticing and intimate. Designed by Sergio himself, the interior is successful in merging old-world classicism with contemporary cool. ‘I designed Lou Lou’s with the intention of creating a warm, hospitable space that encourages people to enjoy an awesome lunch, intimate dinner-dance experience or casual after-works drink at the bar. I also envision Lou Lou’s becoming the next best function venue in Cape Town, with our unique decor, delicious food and vibrant energy,’ says Sergio.
Lou Lou’s really comes into its own at night – dark wood, industrial lighting and richly upholstered banquette seating complement the masculinity of the space, whilst a sleek bar offers only the best in local and imported wines, whiskies and cognacs.
Visit loulous.co.za for more details.