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What's new? Try LU.

There’s a new Vietnamese restaurant in Cologne where the food is simply delicious. LU may not have the best location in town, but it’s easy to get to. Situated on the corner of Hohenstaufenring and Zulpicher Platz, it’s that corner property that has housed everything from a doner-kebab place to a specialist hair product shop. The merry-go-round of owners may well have come to an end with the opening of LU. This clean and simply laid out little restaurant is a stylish, welcoming and pleasant place to eat. The staff are extremely friendly and the menu is simple and clear and complemented by a list of daily specialties that make your mouth water just reading them off the board. Blonde wood tables and benches line one side of the restaurant and the walls are painted in big slabs of color, from cobalt blue, olive green to a burnt gold at the back. The food is yummy. Warm glass noodle salads topped with marinated beef, paper thin pastry rolls filled with pork and shrimps, delicious soups and coconut milk sauces, topped with crushed nuts and chilies. Vietnamese cuisine is similar to Thai but generally not as hot and with a lot more noodles and sweet potatoes thrown in. Get a taste of Vietnam at LU and let’s hope it sticks around for a while.

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