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Sweet Lulu

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on May 8, 2006 / review policy

may0806_sweetlulu1.jpgAs the prevalence of "NO SUBSTITUTIONS!" clauses on menus grow, it's getting harder to customize your dish in this town. Now, while I can hardly blame the eateries for wanting to cut back on stress for their chefs, not being able to add or leave things out can really cut down on your dining options.

Sweet Lulu (859 Queen St W) appears to not only understand this dilemma, but actually embrace the notion of letting diners pick and choose. Their 5-step menu makes for countless combinations of noodle or rice bowls just as you like 'em.

may0806_sweetlulu2.jpgStopping in for dinner last night with a friend, we order up:

Dish A -

1) steamed jasmine rice +
2) green curry +
3 (curry means skip to #4) +
4) vegetarian
5) -

may0806_sweetlulu3.jpgDish B -

1) wheat noodles +
2) thai +
3) shredded ginger + lemongrass +
4) chicken breast w/ vegetables +
5) cashews

Both dishes were made fresh while we waited and arrived steaming and delicious. "Dish A" was technically wrong in that it had rice stick noodles instead of rice and tofu with veggies instead of vegeterian, but i didn't even complain 'cause it was just really good.

"Dish B" was right on. The only complalint would be that it was a bit oily. Still, the spicy goodness didn't last long in the bowl.

A bonus with choosing the green curry was that there was so much curry milk left over that we took it to go and had a great sauce for today's lunch.

Oh, and lastly, before we left, another group of people sat down and started raving about the "rice ribbon" noodle option.. apparently we "missed out" big time, so we'll have to stop in again to try that out with a whole new combination.


Sweet Lulu - 859 Queen St W



moo / May 8, 2006 at 07:28 pm
very interesting, tanja. will have to remember this place if i'm ever in the area. thanks!
KC / May 9, 2006 at 09:13 am
Interesting idea. I might organize a small group to check it out. Anyone interested in joining us?
Ellie / May 26, 2007 at 04:19 pm
ate takeout from here twice and both times were brutal. last night we gave it another try. my husband's seafood dish had one shrimp and one piece of squid and my rice was so undercooked it was still crunchy.
Adam / June 4, 2007 at 06:44 pm
I've never been disappointed by Sweet Lulu, and beceause of the clever dish creations you can put together, it's always something new. Fast service, they do great take-out too!
seba / December 9, 2009 at 11:58 am
waiter rolled his eyes when i asked if we could make our order. i asked him 3 times AND he avoided any eye contact. my girlfriend and i ended up walking out. i noticed him shaking his head and smirking as we left.
Mary / June 23, 2010 at 11:14 am
I love this place! Take out or eat in, I have never been disappointed with their quality of service or food. One of my favourites.
kittenpie / December 8, 2010 at 02:26 pm
Just had lunch there with two other people, and it was disappointing. Two of the 3 dishes were really, really salty. As in, anyone-over-50-would-die-from-this-much-sodium salty. The service was really slow and spotty for eat-in, but judging from the amount of people coming in and out for take out, there must be something tasty on the menu. Too bad I didn't figure out what it was and order that instead.
Green Bunny / February 16, 2011 at 07:37 pm
DO NOT COME HERE! Here's why:

my cousin and i went there on Saturday Feb 12 during the West Queen West even that was happening and having eaten there already, I told him that it was a good place to eat with decent pricing. We went in and there was a girl in the kitchen who told us to sit anywhere we want. There were seats free close to the cash area but there was a jacket hanging off one of the chairs. We asked if anyone was sitting here and she told us very nicely I would point out, that the jacket belongs to the server but that he can move it. So we sat down...

We waited for about 2 mins which is not a big deal and then the server rudely told us, while putting the menus on another table, that he was going to move us there, which was close to a couple who was already sitting there. I told him that the girl in the kitchen told us we could sit here. He replied rudely, "oh...well ok then" leaving the menus on the table he wanted us to sit at. He turned his back on us and I asked, " would you like us to move there?" and he answered, "well, if the girl told you that you can sit there, then its fine!" My cousin picked up the menus from the other table and we started to look at it when we realized that we didn't want to eat there. He continue to be very nice to the couple that he wanted us to sit beside so I told my cousin that I want to leave. We packed up our stuff and left.

I called on Monday Feb 14 to complain and it sounded like the "manager" was also the server who was working on Feb 12. I told him what happened and that if it was YOU who was doing that, it was a turn off and that it was unacceptable. Even though he apologized, you could tell he was faking it. He also said that he was going to see what he can do about it which of course you know it means, nothing!

I have NEVER, EVER experience such rude service at ANY restaurant in Toronto let alone walk out! My cousin and I are those types of people who aren't very rude or impatient in ANY way so for us to get up and walk out, really meant that we were really turned off. We would NEVER go back there NOR recommend ANYONE to go.
abigail / March 12, 2011 at 09:38 am
wow, a lot of hate for this restaurant. i have been about 10 times, mostly for takeout, and it's great every time. no complaints. everything is cooked to order and is hot, fresh and really tasty.
whatthewhat / May 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm
These reviews are way off. I've been a patron for years (mostly Queen West) - dine-in / take-out / delivery... it's ALWAYS been a pleasant experience.
Linds / August 8, 2012 at 03:57 pm
I am a huge fan of pad thai and had a craving for some today. I have never been to sweet lulu's but its close to work so tried it out and was very dissappointed. The only flavour/sauce on the pad thai was oil. I am used to my pad thai being orange and having a distinct flavour that this was missing. Not exactly sure what the ingredient is but they don't do pad thai the way i am used to at this place and I wouldn't go back for that dish again. Service was great though. restaurant was empty (Bay street location)
Steve / August 9, 2012 at 02:46 pm
I second whatthewhat's opinion. I go here for takeout weekly. They're friendly, they remember my name and my usual order, and they serve it up quickly.

This is not fine dining folks, nor a place to go on a first-date, that's for sure. But for quick, tasty, functional eating, this is a great little place.

My only complaint is that it's a bit overpriced. It's about $13 a bowl including tax + tip, and I'd prefer something closer to $10.
sty / August 25, 2015 at 08:37 pm

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