Lolla is a cozy little restaurant located in the middle of the very busy Ann Siang Road near Telok Ayer MRT. Once you’ve managed to navigate your way through the cars and people standing around in the nearby bars and restaurants you’ll be greeted with a very warm welcome in this haven of a restaurant and shown to either a seat at the counter in front of their open kitchen or at the communal table on the floor below.
The seats at the open kitchen are by far the more desirable as you can see your food cooked right in front of you and it’s actually quite chilled out and relaxing as the chefs hardly make any noise! Be sure to request your seats there in advance though or get there early as they’re the first to go.
The food served in Lolla is Mediterranean style and comes in small portions that are supposed to be shared. They use the freshest ingredients and have a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. Their Sea Urchin Pudding is probably their best known dish and is a thick creamy custard made with black squid ink and is served chilled with sea urchin and spring onion on top. $22 gets you a half portion which comes in a tiny little pot but although it’s small you’re given plenty of fresh melt-in-the-mouth sea urchin and the squid ink custard is so rich that the amount is just right. The sea urchin is the freshest that I’ve had so far in Singapore but I felt that the flavour of the custard was so strong that it overpowered the delicate flavour of the sea urchin. If you eat the two components separately though it works out well and is absolutely delicious.
The Beef Tongue Escalopes ($28) were surprisingly tender with a chargrilled smoky taste which went well with the pickled cabbage and red jalapeno sauce that accompanied it. The Grilled Octopus ($28) was also perfectly cooked, incredibly tender and juicy and served with a delicious roasted red pepper sauce.
We finished off with a scoop of smoked chocolate ice cream and a scoop of peanut butter and jelly ice cream ($9 per scoop). The peanut butter and jelly ice cream was nice but I couldn’t really taste the jelly (or jam as we Brits call it!) and the smoked chocolate ice cream was really good and unusual as I’ve never had or seen this flavour before. It had a good amount of smokiness to it which went perfectly with the chocolate. I was tempted to try their doughnuts with lemon curd too, but after seeing a tray of doughnuts that had been sitting around for an hour being reheated in the oven, I decided against it.
The coffee at Lolla is a blend of Brazilian, Ethiopian and Guatemalan beans and you can get it as a single shot ($7) or double shot ($9) in a latte, cappuccino or whatever you prefer. It’s a very nice coffee and perfect as a nightcap.
Food at Lolla is by no means cheap, it’ll cost an average of around $100 per person with a drink. The food is simple but it’s made with good quality produce which is perfectly cooked every time. The restaurant has a casual and relaxed ambiance and the waitstaff are very attentive and make you feel at home.
Address: 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702
Tel: 6423 1228
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm, Sunday: closed
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Lolla review, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!