A self-professed backyard cafe that serves up the cutest cupcakes in the most unassuming place. Expect spacious seats and relaxing music.
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“Eh, where do you want to eat ah?” As a teenager, I’ve often faced this dilemma alongside my friends. Being students, we often face a tight budget. Yet, we’re always scouting for places with free wifi, affordable food and friendly staff who allow us to hog seats - with just a cup of tea defending our presence. Sounds like mission impossible? Not quite.
Tucked away in a little road 5 minutes from Kovan MRT station, Lola’s Cafe has proved to be a hit with people from all over our sunny island. On weekends, queues get really long and patrons would have to wait up to an hour just to get a seat in the cosy establishment. But fret not, for your perseverance will be duly rewarded with a wide array of food. This varies with their Brunch (10am - 3pm) and Dinner (6pm - 10pm) menus. Their popular dishes include the Avocado Eggs Benedict ($14) as well as the bestselling Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10) -- a personal favourite.
Aside from the savoury dishes, Lola’s Cafe also serves some kick-ass desserts such as The Debbie ($10) which is to bound to satisfy any sweet tooth. On top of that, the large portions can definitely satiate any hungry soul. Affordable cafe fare in this time and age? Sign me up! The next time your friends bring up The Question again, try suggesting this gem and be prepared to have an amazing day out.
Lola’s Cafe is located along Simon Road and is by far one of my favorite cafe that serves up affordable yet comforting brunch food. The first time I visited Lola’s, I was in a queue for almost an hour. Their queue system was efficient and impressive (at that point of time), a text would be sent to inform us when our table was ready.
Upon arriving, it was bustling with customers from families to friends and even couples. To share, my friends and I ordered the Bangers and Mash ($10) and Honey Paprika Crispy Wings ($10). We heard the wings were a big hit with everyone and we could see why. Fried with the right temperature, the batter was crispy and the meat was juicy and tender on the inside. The tinge of sweetness from the honey tantalized our tastebuds, wanting more. For our mains, the Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15) and the Breakfast Butter Croissant ($15) and Truffle Mushroom Toast ($12).
The portions were generous and each dish was carefully prepared and seasoned to perfection. Lola’s cafe is one of the rare cafes that does every dish on their menu well. Also, the coffee there is great! It’s always a lovely time at Lola’s Cafe, their customer service is one of the best and has been consistent through the years. I have yet to try their dinner menu but I will definitely return for it.
Singapore is so saturated with cafés riding on the brunch culture bandwagon, and Lola’s Café is definitely one of the few must-visit cafés among them. I dropped by Lola’s with my boyfriend around 1pm and the place was already packed, so we had to wait a good 20 minutes before being seated.
We ordered their Honey Paprika Chicken Wings ($10), probably the most highly recommended item on their menu. Served hot, the wings were delectable – tender and juicy with a crispy batter, sweet and just a hint of spice from the paprika. Lola’s Full Monty Breakfast ($15) was less memorable, but everything was very well-seasoned and value-for-money. We also ordered a Breakfast Butter Croissant ($13), which was light, flaky and stuffed with cheese, ham, bacon and eggs. I actually prefer this to the usual breakfast platter. I also ordered a Long Black ($3.50) which average, and a little watered down.
The main draw of Lola’s Café would be their wallet-friendly prices. With most of their brunch menu priced below $15, it’s a great place for students to hang out. If you’re looking for an affordable brunch joint I would recommend it, just be sure to make reservations!
Perfect place for brunch! Tried almost everything on the menu and I loved it! The honey paprika wings are really unique. One of the best chicken wings I've ever had. The wings are fried to perfection. The meat is juicy and tender yet crispy on the outside. The honey drizzled over it complements the whole dish so well. Simply can't get enough of it!
My favorite brunch food is the Ultimate croissant that comes with a huge serving of scrambled eggs, ham, bacon and cheese. I can't say how much I love this! It sounds so simply but the croissant is really out of the world! Flaky, crispy yet soft on the inside.
Their desserts and tarts are pretty normal to me. Each tart costs around 4-ish, 5, which is very very reasonable. Their coffees are pretty decent to me too!
Overall, I love Lola's cafe. Only thing I dislike is the waiting time on weekends. Waited for 2 hours once for a table. If you're looking for a romantic place for lunch, this is not really it as the cafe can get really noisy as the tables are placed really really close by.
After some selective cafe-hopping, Lola's cafe is by far the one that has left the greatest impression on me, more in terms of their food than of the ambience or decorations.
After waiting for an hour for seats due to limited seating available, we ordered:
- Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15): It's not common to see avocado go with Eggs Benedict, and they have really nailed it this time. You can really taste the avocado even with the flowy poached egg. Needless to say, the poached egg won me over. They were done so well that I wouldn't stop myself from slurping every bit of Hollandaise sauce.
- Lola's Full Monty Breakfast ($15): It consisted of a combination of bread, pork sausage, bacon, ham and my favourite- omelette. The bacons, I tell you, were almost one of a kind. Instead of salty like most bacons naturally are, they were sweet! That's why they call it honey bacons.
On a side note, love their balsamic vinegar dressing on the salad side which totally whetted my appetite. Of course, having to stand outside and watch others eat played a part too. That said, the dishes were served rather shortly.
The best part of the cafe? They don't charge GST & Service charge, even though their service was excellent, with young waiters and waitresses always on the ball and ever-willing to lend you an extra hand if you need to snap a group picture.
I went to Lola’s café with my friend last week for their brunch menu. Surprisingly, it was crowded even though we went on a weekday and it was already past lunch hour.
The plus side of Lola’s are their friendly staffs, affordable price and wide range of food selection. In addition, I can see that their dishes are the labor of much thought and creativity. Just looking at the menu made me excited to at least try something even though I already had lunch! In addition, their staffs are really friendly and polite.
However, there were some disappointing factors. We were seated near the toilet and it smells quite bad. But we couldn’t fathom where the smell came from, since the toilet wasn’t bad-smelling when I went over. Their capacity is also quite small and thus it’s hard to move around in there. But the real disappointment comes from their food. I ordered a latte and earl grey tart. The latte was alright, but the earl grey tart could have been more chilled. But don’t just take my words for it, because my friend actually loved the big breakfast that he ordered.
I won’t be there again so soon, but I think it’s still worth a try for those who haven’t been there before! After all, it’s the brunch-café hopping season now!
First off, I have to say that Lola's Cafe is a lovely and cosy place to chill out with friends or to go to for a casual date. Although small, the place manages to retain loyal customers with their ambience, desserts and beverages.
That said, I was very disappointed to have eaten such poor quality fish and chips over there. Obviously, I'd picked the wrong choice of their dinner menu. The french fries were dry and hard, though generous in portion. The fish literally fell apart easily after I had cut my knife through and the taste was just so off. The $5 fish and chips sold at the coffee shop near my work place tastes, without a doubt, much better than Lola's. And while I applaud the idea of serving the dish on a wooden board, my food kept falling off the board (note the disintegrating fish and large portion of fries) and through the holes of the table, effectively grazing my leg and littering the floor.
My friend had the bacon and mushroom spaghetti in truffle cream sauce and it was alright. We ordered an iced latte and iced matcha green tea latte, and they were pretty good. The green tea latte was rich but not sickeningly sweet, it's a definite 'pass' in my opinion. Their rich dark chocolate sea salt tart with kahlua coffee cream -phew, that was long- was decent, though I'd wanted a different dessert *cough, tiramisu, cough* but they were sold out for the night.
I might give Lola's Cafe another chance in the future. MIGHT. Perhaps try out their breakfast menu or some of their other desserts, but personally, I'll be steering clear of their dinner menu.
Located in the North East, Lola's Cafe prides in serving good restaurant quality food at affordable prices. When I chanced upon IronLadyChef's recommendation online, I decided to try it.
Finding the restaurant wasn't easy though. It was along a row of streets close to Kovan MRT station within a radius of 200m.
I managed to try the duck leg marinated in orange mustard sauce and its spaghetti. The duck leg was tender and had a tangy orange flavour. Not a big fan of its mustard though. As for its spaghetti, it was really good as it had a light milky taste. However, the portions were too small for me. Not filling enough in my opinion.
The staff were very courteous and friendly. As for the ambience, it was very cozy and had the feeling of home with its vintage styled sofas and tables.
Overall, Lola's cafe is a good place to go to for cheap restaurant quality food and also to munch on snacks and chill with your buddies. This cafe is definitely going into my 'to-eat-again' list.
The place may be a little hard to find and spot at first, but once you find it, it will be worth it! The rustic and vintage decor of this place will definitely appeal to many, and the place has that cosy and warm feel.
The furniture would probably the highlight of the place, with industrial bar chairs and tables made with sewing table legs and thick planks of wood. The walls are painted unevenly on purpose to get a rugged and cement effect, adding to the old vintage and industrial feel of the cafe.
The food, is so-so, as I only had the truffle fries and a cup of latte. I had wanted to try the tarts, which were supposedly very good, but I had cravings for truffle fries instead. However, the truffle fries, had no truffle taste, so I was quite disappointed. Well, at least the fries were hot and crispy.
The staff were really friendly, I happened to be there when the young female boss was in. The staff and the female boss were all smiles and laughter as they went about with their duties, so the place gave off positive vibes and the positivity rubbed off me that day as well.
I went on a weekday afternoon at about 5pm, and the place was quite empty. If you are driving there, you may have to park somewhere further as there is hardly any space to park in front of the cafe. Otherwise, Kovan MRT is nearby, so it is quite accessible if you go via public transport.