cervesas, mostly like the Solid! American Wheat beer from my hometown, Portland, Oregon. But the list is vast of both beer, wine and cocktails: Lupulo's food is meant to be drunk with. Not to BE drunk with, although as long as that wasn't taken to the extreme, the restaurant is casual and lively enough that this probably wouldn't be entirely frowned upon.
The bar curves around the middle of the dining room, and serves as the focus of the menu and the space. Bartenders are busy taking orders and blending drinks- it might take a second to get your order in. But no rush; the vibe is animated enough to make Lupulo feel a bit like a party.
Befittingly, we started off with some wonderfully crisp salt croquettes with piri piri mayonnaise, which would've made for excellent party food. They came from the Petisco section of the menu, but these three voluptuous fritters were not so petisco, delicately cloaked in crunchy golden shells that broke to release the fragrant steam of pillowy tufts of chive-flecked bacalhau within. Tiny daubs of the zippy piri piri mayo offered tang and spice, which were unfortunately two elements of the cuisine at Lupulo that were otherwise underutilized.
The menu is unreliably sized, but the prices are a pretty good indication, as a $15 plate of brussels (also a Petisco) sprouts endured for the duration of the meal. They were good, tossed with crisp bits of country ham and roasted apple for a touch of sweetness, and while I'm not sure where these fall along the scope of Portuguese authenticity, I'm not one to argue with a generous serving of brussels sprouts. They could've also qualified for the section of Hortas, although perhaps these
are all strictly vegetarian so the ham bumped
them out. From here, we chose a small plate of smoky roasted beets, blitzed with cilantro and a mild sluice of foamy coconut. The intensity of the smoke was a brilliant counter to the natural sugars of the beet and the sweetness imparted by the coconut. In fact, this may have the the most successful dish all night.
835 6th Ave