The opening partner of Wilmington's well-known Domaine Hudson restaurant has unveiled Lula Brazil in the old Cloud 9/Palm spot on Rehoboth Avenue. Owner Meg Hudson touts Lula Brazil as a brand new concept for Rehoboth Beach: Brazilian dining and a Latin-flavored dance club. This is not the churrascaria “meat on a sword,” but more coastal Brazilian dining with an emphasis on seafood.
African and Mediterranean influences are apparent in the signature dishes that include Moquecas Brasileiras, a Brazilian Seafood Stew; Prato da Casa, Lula's signature dish of grilled calamari mantles stuffed with banana and farofa (a toasted manioc (yucca) flour mixture), and a delicious Mixed Grill of tri-tip (bottom sirloin) steak, linguiça sausage and shrimp (Churrasco Mixto Picanha, Linguiça e Camarão). The extensive menu is divided into Appetizers, Soups (get the house-made black bean soup!), Salads, Brazilian Seafood Stews, Brazilian Specialties, items from the Grill, Pastas, Sides and Desserts.
Chef Abde Dahrouch is the Executive Chef at Lula Brazil. He was the former executive chef of Taquet in Wayne, Pa. and was chef-owner of The Pond in Radnor, where he received a coveted three bell review from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan. Before Taquet, Dahrouch was executive chef and part-owner of La Terazza in Miami. He has also been a sous chef at Brasserie La Coze, also in Miami, and was sous chef at such D.C. restaurants as Jean Pierre, La Brasserie, and the Jean Louie at the Watergate complex.
See the Cheap Eats Specials List for happy hour and hours. A full review will be posted in a few days (I owe them one more visit). Call them at 302-212-2755.