We were sad when Korhogu closed on Union Street (bet. Hicks and Columbia) about a year ago. Finally, a new place opened in the space called Lilla Cafe. It looks very nice and has a nice, but somewhat limited menu. We didn't get a chance to try it this weekend. Did anyone? It was completely empty on Saturday at about 6 PM when we passed by, with the waitress waiting at the door looking a little too eager.
I think some kind of opening party or fanfare may have been needed. One day it was papered up and the next they were just opened for business.
re: Matt M.
I have to say, after about 6 more trips to Lilla over the last few months, we are still very happy. We haven't had a bad meal yet. The menu is very seasonal, which is nice. The service is super attentive and nice. The space is nicely done; it is relaxing and homey. I hope this place has staying power because we love it.
Finally made it here last night, and loved it. Started with the roasted cauliflower soup, which was delicious, and the cardoons (!), which were lightly breaded. My father's tri-tip steak was cooked to perfection, and mom's branzino was so beautifully presented--first the whole fish, baked and packed in sea salt, then cleaned and served with roasted winter vegetables. My black linguine with frutti di mare was also delicious. Overall, we all really enjoyed this place...service was earnest and friendly, and the ambiance cozy and inviting. And BYO--what's not to like?