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Anyone tried Loló? SF

I walked by Loló tonight w/ some friends, one of whom ate there earlier this week. He said it was fantastic - mentioned some type of fried shrimp/jicama dish and a duck dish I think.....we peaked in, the place looks really great. As we were looking in, one of the staff opened the door to speak to us. Very friendly, he said the first week had gone pretty well...they'll be closed tomorrow (Tueday) but open after that. Food is Mexican fusion I guess, the owners own (or previously owned?) restaurants in Guadalajara? I don't have all the facts straight I don't think, someone can fill in the blanks....

I can't find any website for them, their address is 3230 22nd St. (between Mission and Valencia.

I'm hoping to try it soon, wanted to see if anyone has any reports so far.

Dave MP

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  1. Is this the place right next to Vogalonga? I could not figure out WHAT the cuisine was going to be by the decor...

    1. Hmmm ... I read it was Turkish though some of the dishes mentioned seemed pure fusion ... arugula with dried cherries, goat and feta cheese ... also they are going for local and organic.

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      1. re: rworange

        I just read the two yelp reviews from this weekend....very good reports. Sounds like you are right - turkish influence, but fusion of lots of cuisines using local ingredients. I think I am correct that the owners are from Mexico and owned (own?) restaurants there, though the food is not necessarily Mexican influenced.

        Dave MP

        1. re: Dave MP

          PS Dave, 24th Street BART tamale lady is out and about...

      2. I just read about this place and the owners own trendy restaurants in Guadalajara, MX. I know that their restaurant iLatina has been open in Guadalajara for a few years now. It sounds interesting so I'll try to check it out soon.

        1. Tried Lolo last night -- it's really impressive.

          The cuisine is a fusion of Latin American with Turkish/Mediterranean. All the ingredients are local and organic. Incredibly fresh.

          Panko-encrusted fried Shrimp wrapped in jicama -- Exceptional. Never had anything like it. The thinly sliced jicama serves as the tortilla, and the shrimp was perfectly cooked.

          Scallops -- Again, perfectly cooked. The scallops melt in your mouth, and the sauce is incredibly flavorful yet subtle.

          Calamari -- Wonderfully fried, yet light and not greasy at all. Once again, the sauce paired perfectly with the squid.

          Flank Steak -- Tender and cooked to perfection. So flavorful.

          The space is completely redesigned from the days of Vogalonga -- the room on the right now includes a bar with about 10 seats, a great addition to the restaurant.

          When we dined at Lolo, it was 3/4 full, but I don't expect that to last much longer. It's going to be packed soon, especially on the warm nights you can sit outside and enjoy the food. The unique decor and friendly service just added to the experience.

          Glad I live a block away.

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          1. re: dobalina

            Can you give an idea of prices and portions? How many people were in your party, how much did you eat/drink and what was the total cost?

            Thanks a lot for your report, I'm glad to hear this place is good!

            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP

              I think the most expensive thing on the menu was the flank steak priced at $18. The other plates (starters) -- scallops, calamari, and shrimp -- were priced around $9 - $12, I believe. So, those four dishes and a bottle of wine cost approximately $80 (wine was $30). Very fair pricing and the proportions were good size. Actually, we probably ordered a bit too much food, but it was good we finished every last bite.

          2. Last night:

            Octopus carpaccio with cumin and smoked paprika appetizer was delicious. Lots of lemon to balance the strong seasoning and the octopus was tender.

            Fried shrimp in jicama tacos was really interesting. The jicama was sliced really thin and provided a nice refreshing crunch instead of the usual corn tortilla.

            Duck confit was in a build-your-own taco format. A little boring but tasty.

            Had a really nice, bright Austrian white (not reisling) on the rec of the waiter.

            The staff were really friendly and attentive. The decor is really fun. You can tell someone had a great time putting it together. Prices are reasonable.

            Nice to see something cute and a bit edgy like this on 22nd Street!