While many establishments are trying to come up with something new, Loluk Bistro serves unapologetically classic French cuisine.
Owners Luc La Joye and his older brother Loïc grew up in Nice, an idyllic beach town in the south of France. Although Loïc lives in Dubai, the pair is close, travelling and working together on Loluk Bistro and other business ventures.
The menu has influences from all over France, but the southern Provence region and Nice are best represented. Pissaladière is a traditional Niçoise snack. Anchovies are stacked on top of black olives and sweet caramelised onions on flatbread. At Loluk Bistro, it’s done on housemade focaccia that’s tasty and dense, almost like a corn bread.
For mains, Luc focuses on traditional food from all over France. The beef tartare is made from raw beef mixed with capers, tiny sliced pickles, finished with parmesan shavings and a balsamic reduction. It took some work to source all the right ingredients for a true French tartare, but Luc managed it.
The desserts are also classic. Crème brulée is infused with lavender, a flower that’s ubiquitous in Provence. Profiteroles are served with vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce.
The fit-out is Provençale but not provincial. Savvy shoppers might recognise the farmhouse-inspired white tables and cross-back chairs from IKEA, but in this venue farmhouse charm works well. An arched doorway through a sandstone wall leads to the bar area and more seating. Past the kitchen there’s a surprisingly big, shady courtyard with tables and a bread oven for making focaccia.