[SG] Lola's Cafe - a brunch spot popular with beer go-ers

Friday, August 16, 2013

Brunch has been more popular than ever and it’s almost a weekly ritual for some to go cafe-hopping during the weekends! Chancing upon this hidden spot along ulu Kovan, thankfully we found it conveniently located just across the street from Kovan MRT Station, probably about a 5-minute walk away.

It was full when we reached at about 12.30pm, but the staff there was kind enough to ask us to take a seat by the side table first while waiting for the bigger spaces to be cleared and move us over when other brunch-ers are done.

Heads-up, here's one of our favourites that caught our attention!

Not knowing what to order, we decided to ask for recommendations and ended up getting these that they said was ‘really really good’.

 Farmer’s Bratwurst Roll ($8)

Making it to their recommended list, we weren’t quite impressed with this slightly ‘atas’ hotdog bun. In fact the fragrance of the spiced fries greeted us first and got us digging in soon after! Settling down in our stomachs were piping hot crispy fat fries well complemented with the spiced seasoning. It tasted familiar, a simple yet satisfying side to go. 

The main star, however, got overshadowed. Cutting open, it seemed like just a plain old sausage, with a tinge of cheese, covered with lots of tomato sauce and nacho cheese sauce to add flavour yet doesn't overpower the taste of the sausage itself. I loved the cheesy taste of it and thought it went well, tasting just like those oozing cheese sausages but better! An ordinary bun, though I'd have preferred it to be toasted slightly to give a crisp bun skin and warm insides before serving.  

Verdict: 7.5/10

 Lola’s Full Monty Breakfast ($15)

Not sure if it's just me, somehow the sight of a full breakfast with scrambled eggs just makes me feel that it's gonna be a bright and sunny day, albeit feeling too full after that. Somehow the big breakfast always seems like a combination of simple things put together but often not in the best form to do justice to the meal, which was the same case for this as well. With overly creamy scrambled eggs, there was just a very slight tinge of the natural egg taste and fragrance. There was also what seemed like hollandaise sauce that came with the egg, making it even creamier and masked the taste of simple scrambled eggs that I was looking for. I'm not a creamy eggs person so this didn't really manage to satisfy my cravings.  

Another huge sausage on our plates, we thought this was going to be the same as what we’ve had in the bratwurst roll, but was surprised with a slight savory one that was bouncy enough and tasted good on its own without any sauces.

Top on my list is of course the bacon which has disappointed me in most cafes with its excessive salt and over-cooking to give that hard texture. After a taste of this, I couldn’t stop and this is probably the my favourite out of all I’ve tried so far! Not just the plain bacon you’d usually get, there seems to be some honey coating and it was nicely pan-fried to the right texture, and tasted a tad like bak kwa as aptly put by my companion, though the softer kind which I actually prefer. Besides the bacon, they also mixed the selection with honey baked ham, done in the same way as their bacon. An addictive side that got me popping non-stop!  

Verdict: 7.5/10
(though the bacon strongly deserves a 8.5!)

Truffle Fries ($12)

This was a killer as we realised how much fries we've had for 2 pax, on top of the fat fries which we swept clean earlier. The portion is probably good for 4 pax sharing and we struggled to finish half the basket of fries. A little over-fried, it had a distinct oil taste to it, while the truffle taste took a backseat. First 'fry-ful' and we decided that the fat fries from the Bratwurst Roll set was a better one and we regretted not choosing the Honey Paprika Wings.

Verdict: 7.0/10

Rich Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Tart with Kahlua Coffee Cream ($5)

We were deciding between this and the Caramelised Banana Earl Grey Tart with Pistachio Topping since these were the 2 that sounded different and interesting with the combination of flavours. Eventually with their recommendation, we settled with this and was gladly satisfied! With the dark chocolate used, it wasn't overly sweet nor gives the jelat feeling, and had a thin crumbly crust that complemented the chocolate well.

I was personally bought over by the Kahlua Coffee Cream on top. Typically not a cream person, this managed to get me back for a second mouthful, and third and....finishing it. The coffee kahlua flavour was very subtle and matched the chocolate well, being slightly on the sweeter side, and the cream was done so lightly that it didn't feel like you were tasting cream.

Topped with the sea salt, I thought it was quite an odd pairing initially as I had a taste of the sweetness then suddenly greeted by the salt bits but after a few mouthfuls, I realised it was quite a smart combination to have the contrast of flavours so you don't feel jelat so easily and it's an exploration of taste each time with different levels of sweet and savory combined. Nicely executed dessert!

Verdict: 8.0/10

Spoilt for choice with brunch spots, I wouldn't say this is a must-try (so please lower your expectations!) and I was quite surprised to find most people going there for beer rather than brunch itself. They have quite a selection of beer and ciders, and the quieter ambience there is probably perfect for a good chill-out session with some great friends!

Cosy homely corner by the door for great people-watching/chilling moments

A cosy space, we loved the comfy seats and tables made out of those old-school sewing machines with a lever to place your feet on and swivel, great for those with itchy restless legs like ours! Oh and one thing good about them, the prices listed are all nett prices, hence no need to worry about how much it'll end up eventually, easy for splitting bills too! 

Overall Verdict: 7.5/10
5 Simon Road
Singapore 545893

Tel: 6343 1808
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (Closed on Mondays)

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