Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, a spirited, tequila-soaked sister restaurant to Lolita – located on off Newbury Street in downtown Boston – is opening in Salem this month. Similar to Lolita, Red Lulu will offer a rocking interpretation of authentic Mexican cuisine and pulsing Latin-inspired soundtrack.
The full-service bar will offer a wide array of spirits including over 180 tequilas, mezcals and rare Mexican spirits. A variety of signature cocktails will also be available such as the Spicy Cucumber ($12), made with Don Julio blanco tequila, fresh Serrano chiles, Patron Cintronge, muddled cucumber and fresh lime, and the Broken Heart ($11), a blend of Gran Centenario Roseangel hibiscus tequila, St. Germain, Combier, pink peppercorns, white grapes and fresh raspberries.
The menu, executed by Executive Chef Brian Roche formerly of La Verdad in Boston, will feature a lively take on traditional Mexican fare including tacos, quesadillas, ceviches and main courses. Lulu’s signature entrees will include Lobster Enchilada ($16) made of ancho-orange glazed Atlantic lobster, fire roasted corn, chipotle chiles and Monterey jack cheese; Pollo Asado ($18) with deep marinated, garlic roasted chicken, habanero vinegar and sweet peppers; Spicy Mojo Tuna ($26) comprised of seared ahi tuna, sour orange-chile mojo and white sweet potato mash; and the Rib-Eye Tacos ($15) made of slow roasted rib eye, tobacco onions and garlic crema.
Inside, the space is dark and polished with hints of scarlet and gold with open windows facing Lafayette Street to provide an open-air experience during the warmer months. Leather couches, banquettes and settees make up the plush seating that is extended throughout the space. Rustic reclaimed oak tabletops play counterpoint to rich colors and accents throughout, bringing to life a sultry yet primitive setting.
Red Lulu is located at 94 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA and serves food and drinks nightly from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information call (978) 594-5195 or visit www.redlulusalem.com.