Lola’s Cafe @ 5 Simon Road

Lola's Cafe storefront. Credits to [weekendcheoks.wordpress.com] for this photo. Yet again, I forgot to take my own.

Lola’s Cafe storefront.
Credits to [weekendcheoks.wordpress.com] for this photo. Yet again, I forgot to take my own.

Lola’s Cafe is situated in a row of shophouses not far from Kovan train station. Lola’s was conceptualized by a pair of young people during their university days. The place encompasses elements of playfulness and an environment that is casual for friends & family to enjoy. Food is also made with love, spearheaded by the owners of Lola’s in the kitchen. Lola’s is yet another cafe that constantly draws a crowd, especially during their brunch.

Counter area of Lola's

Counter area of Lola’s

Wall decor of Lola's. Pretty neat, perhaps some photos of their food in the empty frames would add a nice touch?

Wall decor of Lola’s.
Pretty neat, perhaps some photos of their food in the empty frames would add a nice touch?

One of the seating areas of Lola's.

One of the seating areas of Lola’s.

Aesthetic
The interior of Lola’s is described to be a mix of vintage & industrial. The walls of Lola’s has a very raw & rustic look with numerous black frames used as decor. The furniture of Lola’s vary from a certain degree from each other. From recycled sewing machines used as the basis of tables, rattan chairs or the old-school metal frames of their sofa couches for their more casual dining areas. The space of Lola’s is quite small, with limited seating as well.

Queue
If you are interested in dining at Lola’s, do not be surprised to find people crowding outside the place, hoping to get a table. If you thought the wait at Symmetry was horrid, wait till you try Lola’s. During my visit, I had to wait an hour before I got a table. Luckily, my friend & I had nothing better to do, so we decided to walk around Kovan until we got a table. Lola’s uses the same digital queue system as Symmetry & Grub. On my visit, they decided to stop the system due to the overwhelming crowd. Instead, the staff started taking reservations themselves, as it was going to be at least an hour till you can get a table. I found it kind of ironic how the digital queue system ended up being useless at this point.

Menu for Lola's brunch. Drinks & desserts on a separate menu.

Menu for Lola’s brunch. Drinks & desserts on a separate menu.

Desserts! Look at all those Chocolate tarts.

Desserts!
Look at all those Chocolate tarts.

Food
The great thing about the food of Lola’s is that everything on the menu does not exceed 15 bucks. They also do not charge GST or service charge which is great news for people who do not want to spend much on a brunch. This is probably one of the reasons why Lola’s is always packed. The menu of Lola’s is not as extensive as Symmetry, however, the food they serve is fantastic. From the usual Eggs Benedict to their Mushroom Melt, Lola’s food is definitely made with love.

Iced Chocolate ($6) A hot day like this calls for a cold drink.

Iced Chocolate ($6)
A hot day like this calls for a cold drink.

Truffle Fries ($12) Fries, truffle oil, grated Parmesan Perhaps a tad more pricey for fries, but they were done really well. The grated Parmesan was a really nice touch, giving the fries a unique texture while complimenting the truffle flavor.

Truffle Fries ($12)
Fries, truffle oil, grated Parmesan
Perhaps a tad more pricey for fries, but they were done really well. The grated Parmesan was a really nice touch, giving the fries a unique texture while complimenting the truffle flavor.

Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10) Wings, honey, spices My friend & I unfortunately agreed that this was very similar to McDonald's McWings. They were still pretty good, I quite liked the taste of honey on the wings. (I just couldn't get pass the feeling that I was just eating McWings)

Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10)
Wings, honey, spices
My friend & I unfortunately agreed that this was very similar to McDonald’s McWings. They were still pretty good, I quite liked the taste of honey on the wings. (I just couldn’t get pass the feeling that I was just eating McWings)

Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15) Brioche bread, Avocado, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, Garden Salad, Balsamic Dressing You can't have brunch without an Eggs Benedict. I really liked Lola's version of this dish. It's definitely in my top three of Eggs Benedicts that I've had. The avocado was a nice additional, though you can't really taste it. My friend was even surprised when I told him there was avocado in it. (He did not realized nor see it as it was underneath the ham.)

Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15)
Brioche bread, Avocado, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, Garden Salad, Balsamic Dressing
You can’t have brunch without an Eggs Benedict. I really liked Lola’s version of this dish. It’s definitely in my top three of Eggs Benedicts that I’ve had. The avocado was a nice addition, though you can’t really taste it. My friend was even surprised when I told him there was avocado in it. (He did not realized nor see it as it was underneath the ham.)

Mushroom Melt ($10) Brioche bread, Swiss white mushroom, Mozzarella cheese, cream, garden salad, Balsamic dressing One of the more interesting dishes from Lola's. My friend found this to be really good. I did as well.

Mushroom Melt ($10)
Brioche bread, Swiss white mushroom, Mozzarella cheese, cream, garden salad, Balsamic dressing
One of the more interesting dishes from Lola’s. My friend found this to be really good. I did as well.

Service
Not to alarm anyone, but my friend actually found a hair in his Mushroom Melt. However, upon notifying the staff, they were quick to apologize and offered to make a new one which we obliged.

Usually I’m not one to comment on service, as my philosophy is that I’m there for the food and food only. However, I did felt compelled to write about this. One bad aspect of their service was that the staff lacked in clearing the tables promptly. My friend commented that perhaps they were waiting for people to leave before they started clearing the tables which was evident. We had to constantly ask the staff to clear the table to make room for dessert, even when it was clear that we were done with our food (empty plates, dirty tissues on top etc.) Even the table beside us had to ask them to clear the table. Apart from that, the service staff were overall quite friendly and helpful. (Of course one could argue that since there is no service charge, I should not expect much.)

Honey Panna Cotta ($7) Fresh milk, Cream, Honey, Crunchy Walnut Crumble It was a pity that they had sold out of their famous "Tiramisu in a Jar" when I visted, so I had to settle for the Honey Panna Cotta. I actually noticed that it was in a jar in the dessert counter and was hoping it was going to be served like that. Sadly, they popped it out onto a plate. (Felt that it would make for a nicer presentation in a jar) Apart from that, the Panna Cotta was pretty good. It was more firm then other Panna Cotta's I've had. (Think more pudding rather than mousse)

Honey Panna Cotta ($7)
Fresh milk, Cream, Honey, Crunchy Walnut Crumble
It was a pity that they had sold out of their famous “Tiramisu in a Jar” when I visited, so I had to settle for the Honey Panna Cotta.
I actually noticed that it was in a jar in the dessert counter and was hoping it was going to be served like that. Sadly, they popped it out onto a plate. (Felt that it would make for a nicer presentation in a jar) Apart from that, the Panna Cotta was pretty good. It was more firm then other Panna Cottas I’ve had. (Think more pudding rather than mousse)

Banana Earl Grey Tart ($5) Earl Grey Pastry Cream, Caramelized Bananas, Pistachio Crumble Recommended by one of the staff. My friend commented that this was good. The Earl Grey taste was quite prominent, which was nice.

Banana Earl Grey Tart ($5)
Earl Grey Pastry Cream, Caramelized Bananas, Pistachio Crumble
Recommended by one of the staff. My friend commented that this was good. The Earl Grey taste was quite prominent, which was nice.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Lola’s cafe is definitely one of the cafes in Singapore that you must try. Great prices, great ambience, great food. Of course, don’t let my review about the service aspect hinder you from checking Lola’s out, that was probably just my experience. Do make sure you clear your schedule if you do head to Lola’s, in case you have to wait for an hour for a table. I would definitely go back to try their dinner menu.

Rating

Food
8.5/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
8/10
Service
7/10

Lola’s Cafe

5 Simon Road, Singapore, Singapore 545893
(Nearest train station: Kovan)
Phone: 6284 0349
Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
http://lolascafe.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/lolascafesg

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