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Apr 15, 2009 04:55 AM

Lola's Latin Bistro Metuchen NJ

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.

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  1. This DOES look good! I can't picture where it is. Anyone know?

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    1. re: nyebaby37

      It is right on a corner of Durham and Central Ave in a stand alone green building/house on the right side, this used to be a wonderful Italian restaurant years ago. On your way to Mr Pi's Sushi - St Joseph's High School - Metuchen Golf Course...

    2. Would like to see prices on the menu ! Pet gripe of mine .

      But the music is great !!!!

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      1. re: arpad

        I called them and asked about pricing, the gentleman that answered was very helpful and kind.

        Tapas are 4.50 and the entrees range from 16.95 to 23.95

        It is a BYOB

        1. re: shabbystorm

          Their downloadable lunch menu has prices.

          Lunch served from 11:30-2:00

          140 Durham Avenue
          Metuchen, NJ 08840
          732-548-LOLA (5652)

        1. re: shabbystorm

          According to this link, Lola is run by the same people who operated Trattoria Nicola in Somerset. I have fond memories of that place, which started life in an old Stewart's joint, so I will have to visit Lola.

          Unlike arpad, I find the music on the web site annoying!

          1. re: ambrose

            Random Side Note: Just listened to the music on the web site, that was not one of the songs they played while I was there...

        2. 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...

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          1. 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.