I haven't seen a review of Lillian's Kitchen on Soquel, so I thought I'd start a thread...
I went to eat there last week, and I'm glad that we decided to venture to a new place instead of going to an old stand-by. It's a small place in the old Malabar Cafe location. The vibe is casual, like a neighborhood restaurant. There was a regular next to us who seemed to know the staff by name. It's that kind of place where you expect regulars.
They only offer penne as a pasta choice, and their menu is limited. But what they offer is very delicious. Granted, all of us at the table ordered the same sauce on our dishes, but we all really liked it. The Sunday Gravy, a slow-cooked tomato-based sauce with several different kinds of meat, was excellent. It was very meaty and satisfying, not sweet and tasted like my Italian friend's grandmother's cooking. I'll have to bring him there.
I wanted the lasagna, which is also made with the Sunday Gravy, but they were out of it. They offered me ravioli with Sunday Gravy instead. They brought me a large bowl of cheese ravioli that was way too much for me to eat. It's not on the menu, but I'd order it again if I could.
We also ordered side salads, which were refreshing. I had a basil dressing instead of the vinagrette; that alone would make me go back to the restaurant.
The prices are reasonable. Corkage fee was $8, I believe.