Excellent Night at Lolita!
After reading all of the reviews regarding Lola & Lolita, we opted for Lolita due to price point and the desire to have a more relaxed Friday evening meal. We knew we wanted to try one of Chef Symon's restaurants, and while Lola looked amazing, the menu at Lolita was exactly what we wanted. Our reservations were for 8:00 p.m., but due to traffic, we were running late. (We drove in from Dayton, OH for the weekend, which is about 3 hours away.) I called and Anna, the hostess, was more than accomodating when I explained our situation. She let us push the reservations back to 8:30 p.m. Upon arriving, she knew exactly who I was and was so incredibly warm and welcoming! Before we were seated, Will, one of the bartenders, gave us the rundown of the menu and was one more person who made us feel right at home. I know there have been some complaints regarding the service at Chef Symon's restaurants, so I shared these details with you to provide the opposite perspective. This team is well-trained and they know how to take care of their patrons.
We had an excellent server who took care of us all night and paced the entire meal perfectly for us since she knew we were there to enjoy ourselves. We had time to peruse the menu, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and catch our breath before ordering. The experience was fantastic, but there were several highlights that I wanted to share in event you were wavering. about trying Lola. The roasted bone marrow was out of this world for me! The crostini pieces were a little large, but I figured out my bread to "meat butter" ratio pretty quickly. Thank goodness we're only 3 hours away! The fried brussel sprouts were the side to my entree and managed to be sweet and salty due to the anchovies and balsamic without losing the brussel sprout flavor. That combo put a new twist on sprouts for me and got my fiance to actually eat them! I had the lamb steak entree, which reminded me of a reverse salad due to the arugula, fennel, olives, and feta sprinkled on top. My finance had the pork chop and he raved about it all night. It was a huge portion and he was mesmerized by the polenta and greens, so he spent a lot of time creating the perfect bite with those flavors. He loved it and is still talking about it! After all of that, we were pretty full. But we love our sweeties and couldn't pass up dessert. We concluded the meal by sharing the Chocolate Pot de Creme, which included the chocolate base, a little chantilly cream, and a dollop of caramel with sea salt. It was the perfect portion to share and topped of a great meal with the desired level of sweetness.
It was a delicious meal and excellent service, so we can't wait to come back!
900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113