Owner of Lulu's Thai Noodles, Malisa Monyakula, already has conqured the Crossroads of Kansas City with her own homemade Thai recipes, but she decided she wanted to bring her food a little closer to home, her home, to be exact.
Lulu's Asian Bistro opened tonight in Malisa's neighborhood of Westwood, KS to friends and family only. The restaurant will open to the general public on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014.
Malisa has thoughtfully and artfully converted an old import auto repair garage turning it into her own playful riff on on a small but serviceable Thai outpost just down the street from her neighbors Oklahoma Joe's BBQ and Taco Republic. A koi pond sits in the window, and planter boxes full of plants hang on the walls next to colorful photos of Thailand. Light fixtures made from woks, a recycled tin roof and old reclaimed barn wood booths harmoniously blend in the space as if they had always been there. There is something old, and, inherently, something new, about her design esthetic. It is fresh, and somehow traditional, all at the same time.
By offering her traditional Crossroad noodle bowl recipes along with the exciting fine dining dishes created by Chef Garrett Kasper, formerly of Kansas Town, she creates the opportunity for two completely different and uniquely satisfying dining experiences.
Busy parents in the neighborhood will looking for dishes that will appeal to their kids, as well as their palates, that can be ordered and picked up on their way home from work. But for folks, looking for a higher level of dining, the Bistro dishes created by Chef Garrett Kasper, who's trademark picture perfect plates, takes Thai food to a different level than we have seen from Lulu's before. The menu currently offers the best of both worlds.
I only hope that both interpretations of Thai dishes can find an audience and a home at Lulu's Asian Bistro.
Get ready, this is Lulu's 2.0.
Lulu's Asian Bistro
2701 W. 47th Street
Westwood, KS 66205