Lola's Latin Bistro Metuchen NJ
- shabbystorm Apr 15, 2009 04:55 AM
Passed by this during my travels, cannot have been here too long.
Did not see any chow information. Looks interesting.
Let us know if anyone has tried this place recently.
The name is actually LOLA
Checked it out for a tapas lunch.
Cozy restaurant about 12 Tables
Good background music, felt worlds away.
Bread - OK - They did serve the bread in a cigar box which was very creative...
Olive Oil Garlic Sundried Tomato dip - Very good
Orange Fennel Salad - good
Beef Skewers with Orange Glaze - good
Yuca Croquettes - OK
Garlic Shrimp - Good
Everyone in the restaurant seemed very happy and was praising the food.
Maybe I need to return with hubby and a bottle of wine.
Keep in mind one of my favorite restaurant of all time is a Tapas Bar, so maybe it is difficult for me to say more than it was good?!?
Would be interested to hear other opinions...
On a recent visit to Lola, I was somewhat disappointed. This cramped restaurant is boisterously loud—in the realm of a bar atmosphere, without the bar. The music was decibels too high. There was BYOB (one plus for the place) but mainly, the service quality lacked tremendously. There was unnecessary confusion amongst the wait staff in getting orders correct. Additionally, the overaggressive waiter's and busboy/girls' urgency to remove plates before we were done eating became annoying after the third time. The modern latino menu appeared interesting, and my marinated skirt steak was tasty although COLD and lacked any vegetables other than a small dollop of guacamole and a small serving of salsa relish on the plate. Without appetizers or tapas, we would have left a bit on the hungry side. The black bean & tostone appetizer was very tasty and a generous serving. The flan for dessert was however disappointing. It was very curdy; and not at all smooth in texture. The presentation was nice, but did not deliver. Generally, the food and service was not up to our expectations and disappointed. It seemed as though the restaurant had just opened that day and there were just too many kinks and errors to be fixed. The table we ate at was haphazardly constructed and somewhat unstable! We spent $50 per person for dinner (entrees average $22), with a few appetizers, desserts, and coffee. I definitely would not run back.