What You'll Get
The best part about eating Chinese food is the confidence that comes when more than one billion people tacitly support your culinary decision; the second-best part is that their bakers can see the future. Take advantage of both benefits with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of authentic dim sum, Chinese tea, and more at Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant in University City. This deal is for dine-in only.
Lu Lu Seafood boasts four main chefs, who hail from different Chinese regions—Sichuan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing—and specialize in the singular cuisines of their respective homelands. Lu Lu focuses its menu on the communal dining of dim sum, a type of cuisine that fills each table’s lazy Susan with a parade of small to medium-sized plates served with a samovar of Chinese tea. Against the regal backdrop of a deep red wall adorned with golden dragons, lunchtime cubicle escapees can take a tour of authentic Chinese street eats with two portions of sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf ($5.98) or the deep-fried sesame balls with red-bean paste ($3.98)—so round you'll want to windmill slam dunk them in your mouth—before getting adventurous with steamed barbecue pork buns ($3.98) and steamed chicken paws with black-bean sauce ($4.38). Once dim sum stops being served at 3 p.m., starchy string theorists can stick to noodles with the pork lo mein or peruse the myriad meat and vegetable-based entrees. Seafarers and disguised orcas lured in by Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant’s fish-promising moniker will not be disappointed with its seafood menu, which features calamari and shrimp that are crusted in Thai-style spices and fried, as well as fish dishes such as the fresh sole filet with mushrooms in a white-wine sauce.
As an added bonus, Lu Lu wheels out its dim sum on a special cart on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., so diners can have a first-hand look and smell of their potential stomach stuffers in between sips of Chinese plum wine ($5.28) and sniffs of the chrysanthemum tea’s ($1.50) soothing floral aromas. Slip on the medieval Chinese armor you found in your basement, settle into Lu Lu's ornately carved chairs, and dine like a Tang Dynasty emperor with today's Groupon to Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant.
Not valid with any other student discounts, coupons, or special offers.
Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant was given a favorable review by the Riverfront Times. Gayot gives the restaurant a 12/20 rating. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, as do Citysearchers. Eighty-five percent of more than 150 Urbanspooners recommend Lu Lu.
- In the midst of the din and bustle, a pattern emerges: The lighter steamed dishes come first, followed by exotic items such as chicken feet and then the deep-fried dishes -- and, finally, dessert. – Michael Renner, Riverfront Times
- Seafood reigns, especially in the soups, and the kitchen has a deft hand when it comes to dishes like crab stir-fried with green onions. – Gayot
- Before I could even taste all three dishes, more carts started coming. I was thinking to myself "wow! this is my kinda place!". Each cart was loaded with a selection of delicious dishes. – Mark P., Yelp
- This is a place where you can sample some exotic dishes and feel like you are in Hong Kong. – Robert Lutan, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers or discounts. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About LuLu's Seafood Restaurant
On weekends between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a cart laden with plated dim sum rolls through LuLu's Seafood Restaurant, delivering handcrafted treats such as pork shu mai or spare ribs in black bean sauce. Patrons can also dine on regional Chinese seafood such as live lobsters with ginger and scallions or hot pots simmering with fresh scallops, washing it all back with cocktails, smoothies, and milk tea laden with pearls of tapioca. The opulent crimson-and-gold eatery also houses private karaoke rooms with bottle service where guests can sing in English, Chinese, or Korean.