Since Zagat named Lolla as one of the “10 Hottest Restaurants in the World”, expectations were high. And while it’s too much of a stretch to call it a global “must go”, I’m glad to report that our dinner there was great! Really enjoyed watching our food prepared by the chefs right in front of us, and we could ogle all we wanted heh. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought Lolla seems disturbingly similar to Esquina, from the “no reservation” policy to the bar-counter-facing-open-kitchen and requisite uncomfy stools concept.
The menu is very neat: only 27 items spilt into 7 categories. We had the famous squid ink pudding topped with a generous dollop of fresh creamy sea urchin and it was as good as what others claimed! Tiny it was, but the portion was just right imo. Anything more would be richness overdose and “jerlak-y”. The waiter did a double take when we ordered two egg dishes (he concurred we love eggs thereafter haha), which ended up as our best and worst dish of the night. Scrambled eggs with bottarga was disappointingly normal, while the gently set tortilla with duck fat potatoes and smoked eel was AWESOME. I’d go back to Lolla just for it! Tofu-shimeji salad may seem boring but we liked our greens so no complaints. That was off the special menu, as was the prawn & mackerel ‘burger’ a.k.a. patty. Semi-carbon copy of Arbutus’s squid and mackerel ‘burger’, don’t you think so? Copycat or not, it was nicer than Arbutus’! Firmed packed with seafood, paired with crustacean sauce, this would make a hell of a real burger! Now give me buns.
Sea Urchin Pudding ($19++)
Scrambled Eggs with Bottarga di Muggine ($22+)
Spanish Tortilla with Smoked Eel ($19++)
Egg Tofu with Shimeji Mushroom Salad ($14++)
Prawn & Mackerel Burger ($24++)
22 Ann Siang Road