Wellington now has an establishment dedicated to the diverse cuisines of the Pacific. Before Lulu, Te Wharewaka was your go-to for some choice Aotearoa eats, but Lulu showcases another level of Oceania.
Situated where Ancestral used to be, the energetic restaurant is the breath of fresh air Courtenay Place desperately needed. Think Pacifica/Oceanic gastronomy, but with a twist. Unlike the kind of intimidating, mafia atmosphere of Ancestral, Lulu is instantly relaxing. Faux grass and plants adorn the ceiling, portraits of prominent Māori figures are framed proudly on the walls, and tunes like Kalohe Kai and Fat Freddy’s Drop treat the ears. Much like Ancestral though, there’s an indoor dining area and bar area, while the famous heated benches are still outside in the courtyard bar.
The menu is an honest reflection of Pacific cuisine. Think plenty of fresh seafood like Fijian snapper kokoda, yellow seafood coconut curry, and even a whole suckling pig. If you’re heading out to the bar, then take advantage of the rum collection. Just shy of 100 different bottles, you can literally taste the world through this sweet spirit.