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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
5 Simon Road, Singapore, Singapore 545893
(Nearest train station: Kovan)
Phone: 6284 0349
Tue – Thu: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm