Kulu Restaurant in Fernwood Village offers a blend of modern Asian foods, as their chefs create a menu of delicious Taiwanese dishes infused with Korean, Japanese, and Western Flavours. With the expiry date for our Groupon rapidly approaching, we decided to taste test their menu on a quiet Tuesday evening.
The restaurant is small, with modern decor and the walls featuring the paintings of a local artist, all of which are for sale. On this Tuesday evening, we were the only ones in the restaurant when we arrived, with only one other table being seated during the hour or so we were there.
For an appetizer, we ordered the Pork House Made Pot Stickers ($9.50) – local ground port with Umi Nami farm cabbages. This was a perfect dish to share, with 6 pot stickers arriving to our table. They were perfectly prepared, not too dry and not too soggy. The dipping sauce of soy sauce, green onion, garlic and sesame oil complimented the pork very well.
For our entrees, we ordered the Local Chicken ($21), which comes with two chicken legs marinated in sake, basil, two house made spring rolls, rice and seasonal vegatables, which that day was asparagus, and the Alberta Short Rib Beef ($24), which is braised beef cooked in red wine, soy sauce, and star anise, served with croquette, rice, and the same seasonal vegetables.
The two pieces of chicken were well cooked, moist and the marinade added plenty of flavour to the meat. The spring rolls were thinner than most spring rolls we’ve seen before, but were still delicious, and not overly greasy. The asparagus was also delicious and cooked just right with still a bit of crunchiness to them.
The croquette was cut into 4 smaller pieces, and drizzled with what appeared to be soy sauce and another creamy sauce of some kind. Simply put, the combination of the sauces, the crunchiness of the fried coating, and the hot mashed potato inside was outstanding. My only complaint was that I wish there was more! The beef ribs were equally amazing. The meat was extremely tender and flavourful, and there was plenty of it, with only one piece having a bone.
The menu is small, but I would suspect that each dish is made with the same care and attention that made our meal delicious. One upside of the small menu is that it changes twice a year in order to include local fresh ingredients, so you will often find something new to try.
The quaint location of Fernwood Village, the warm decor of the restaurant, and the friendly service make this restaurant a true gem in the Victoria dining scene, and worth at least one visit.
While the higher than average prices may keep us from being regulars, we definitely would not hesitate to return to Kulu Restaurant. What was your meal experience like at Kulu?
1298 Gladstone Avenue