I always tell my foodie friends that I find it hard to review establishments near my place because I will always tell myself I have time to check it out another day. Instead I will make all sort of efforts to travel to the other end of the island for good food. It is contradicting isn't it. Nevertheless, thanks to Charleen and Kimberley who have journey down to my hood, I managed to drag my lazy feet to meet them and finally get to check out Lola's Cafe at Simon Road which is like a bus stop away from where I am staying.
Lola's Cafe uses coffee beans from Dutch Colony. The blend that they used is pretty smooth drinking but the Latte ($4.50/$5.50) was lacking that sweet bitterness body that I personally preferred.
Organic Chai Tea Latte 4/5
Charleen is not a coffee drinker so she has gone for the Organic Chai Tea Latte ($5). Bonus point for the beautiful latte art.
Honey and Paprika Wings 4.2/5
I have been very skeptical about cafe food because it usually turns out bad rather than good. I can't really blame them because their focus is different. However saying that, there are cafes that are worthy of going back for the food and one such place is Lola's Cafe. We started off with the Honey and Paprika Wings ($9 for 8 pieces). Most cafe will probably just marinated the chicken, deep fried it and served with either ketchup or chilli sauce. I applauded the effort behind the menu and creation to pair it with honey and paprika. The chicken was deep fried to a nice crisp while retaining the juiciness inside. The spices and honey further lifted the flavours for a common finger snack.
Avocado Eggs Benedict 4.2/5
Brunch at Lola's Cafe is served between 10am to 3pm. Basically there are only 5 items in the brunch menu. We had the Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15) that has 2 beautifully poached eggs resting on slices of avocado, ham and a very soft brioche bread. Very delectable combination that was beaming with sunshine.
Mushroom and Cheese Toast 4/5
The Mushroom Melt ($10) is a good change to the usual French Toast or traditional Kaya Toast. The melted mozzarella cheese with mushroom and brioche bread did surprise me how 3 simple components can come together to be an excellent dish.
I am glad that there is such a nice cafe in the heartland near my place. Besides the friendly service, the friendly pricing of not more than $16 on the menu is very reasonable with the portion and delicious offering. I do look forward to try their dinner items in the very near future if I managed to drag my lazy feet out of the house.
5 Simon Road
Tel: +65 62840349
Nearest MRT: Kovan (NE Line)
Tue-Thu: 10am - 1130pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 12midnight
Sun: 10am - 1130pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Kovan MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk straight to the traffic junction of Upper Serangoon Road and Simon Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]