Not long ago, I found out about the existence of several months old Lola’s Cafe. It’s hidden on Simon Road which is a mere 5 minutes walk from Kovan MRT Station. Despite passing by that area countless of times en route home, I have never ever noticed it, probably being distracted by the busy row of coffee shops facing the main road.
On a particular Saturday I had thought of reaching at 10am (when they open) on the dot to avoid a crowd but the (occasionally) tardy me ended up being a few minutes late. It was quite of a surprise to find that all the tables indoors were taken up already, even though it can only fit no more than 30 people. The decor of the place is ever-changing, with furniture being shifted and added in often since my first visit. Somehow I preferred it’s very first look but I agree that change is refreshing.
Cappuccino ($4.50) and Mocha ($5). Not exactly a big fan of their coffees. Brunch is served everyday from 10am to 3pm, excluding two options which are only available on weekends and coincidentally the two main courses we had. Lola’s Poached Eggs Benedict ($15) consists of poached eggs, honey baked ham and the unconventional avocado mayo on wholemeal toasts. Initially it seemed weird to me to replace very savory greens with avocado in eggs benedict however it made a good substitution. The avocado was smooth and along with the 2 poached eggs oozing with runny yolk, it enhances the taste of the eggs pretty well. Would just be better if the hollandaise sauce was drizzled more generously.
In contrast, Lola’s Big Brunch ($15) was alright in general and had nothing much to shout about. That roll of sausage was a tad too tough, though.
You mustn’t leave without trying their homemade desserts. They’re mostly smaller in portion than the standard sized dessert, great for ordering a few and sharing them. Or having one all by yourself and not feel bloated and sick of it. The petite Lemon Meringue Tart ($4) was neither too sour nor sweet, while the Honey Panna Cotta ($7) feels more like a silky soy beancurd than the traditional panna cotta. Still, both are equally good homemade desserts with equally tempting counterparts on the menu such as earl grey tart, dark chocolate sea salt tart and wasabi white chocolate mousse.
If brunch is too overrated for you, head down for dinner from 6pm onwards and choose from a variety. Expect duck leg, halibut, avocado chicken burger and more. This relatively small, cosy restaurant-cafe is perfect for heartlanders especially as a weekend respite. The place to go for comfort food at comfort prices. Note that even the main courses on the dinner menu, whose portions are not stingy at all, are reasonably priced below $20!
5 Simon Road
Tel: 6343 1808
Tuesdays 3pm – 11.30pm
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 10am – 11.30pm
Saturdays 10am – 12am