We had not been to Lulu in a year or more, and the last time was with a group, but last night we were in the mood for a bit of wine and appetizers in a relaxed space and decided to try the small wine bar there.
Quite often when looking for something of that ilk, we end up at Bacar, in part because of easy parking when we drive over from Potrero Hill. While it's hard to surpass the wines, the food is always a mixed bag. I like the pizzas well enough, and there are certainly some other things done well, but....
I think that last evening Lulu matched them on the quality and interest level of available wine, and far surpassed Bacar on food.
The wine by the glass list offers quite a number of selections (maybe 50 or more) available in 2 oz, 6 oz glass or 9 oz carafe. The per glass price seemed to range from a low of about $5 to two or three selections at $15 or more. There were quite a number of Austrian wines, as is becoming popular, but not just Gruner Vetliners -- one of the wines we tried was a delicious white from Heidi Schrock from a white grape I hadn't had before (I unfortunately can't remember the name -- something like Volsunger maybe). It was similar to some of the Alsatian pinot gris I love, but a touch spicier and less rich. We noted that they also offer several wine flights around specific themes.
For food, we choose an antipasto plate that let you pick three items from a list of about 10 for $14. We went with the leek, bacon and goat cheese tarte, a roasted beet salad, and melon and figs with prosciutto. The tarte was rich, delicious and salty. The beet salad contained red, golden and chioggia beets, all clearly cooked separately and tossed together so that the colors remained bright and flavors distinguishable from each other. Very nice. The figs, melon and prosciutto were okay but at least lent a sweet component to the plate.
We also ordered an excellent pizza with lots of chanterelles, fontina cheese and fresh time. The crust was thin and perfectly cooked. Extremely enjoyable especially as I love wild mushroooms of all types. This was priced at about $15 for a decent sized, small pizza for two.