DINNER 25: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tonight, we metÂ our friends Robin & Dave for dinner, which we planned over e-mail. We were all surprised when Robin, a notoriously picky eater,Â quickly agreed to LuLu’s.Â The three of us knew thatÂ it would be well outside Robin’s sphere of culinary comfort, but we went along with it.
WhenÂ we met them,Â Wendy & I expressed ourÂ astonishment that Robin had agreed to LuLu’s, and Dave started laughing.
Apparently, Robin thought thatÂ LuLu’s was a Mexican restaurant down the street (Robin likes Mexican food)Â and was surprisedÂ to find out thatÂ our destinationÂ was, in fact, a noodle shop. During their drive over, Robin wonderedÂ aloud ifÂ LuLu’s would have a special like the one he enjoys at another Mexican restaurant. Dave said, “Where do you thinkÂ we’re eating?” and had to gently break the news to Robin that it was noodles, not Mexican.Â
Being the trooper, Robin decided to tough it out and eatÂ at LuLu’s Noodle BowlÂ despite his misunderstanding. Robin did a great jobÂ with theÂ unfamiliar food (I thoughtÂ the meal wasÂ going to derail when he was presented with a pot-sticker — it was only my merciless goading that got him to finally try it (he liked it, after all)). I think his culinary landscape may have just gotten a little broader.
After appetizers of pot-stickers, fried wontons, cold sesame noodles, and crab rangoons, weÂ progressed to our entrees. Wendy had her standard giant bowl of spicy hot soup (Tom Yum Mi with chicken, I think) and Robin followed her lead. Dave enjoyed his chicken & broccoli in a nice brown sauce, and I had Mooshu Chicken which was great.