Thursday, 10 December 2015

Lola's Bistro

I was very privileged to be invited along with another 9 bloggers to Lola’s Bistro last Monday night (30/11). Lola’s Bistro is situated at the Quarters Hotel Florida Road in Durban and from what I have seen mentioned on social media it is getting rave reviews. 

The bistro is owned and run by the food passionate Lisa Morel. Before the bistro Lisa owned and ran the very popular Lola’s Coffee Shop which she had to close when the owners of the premises she rented decided to open their own coffee shop. Instead of re-opening the coffee shop again in a different premises Lisa decided to stretch herself by moving into the realm of fine dining. Helping her make her new dream is the talented Chef Mitch Clark who has worked in Gordon Ramsay’s as well as other great chef’s kitchens.

Lola’s Bistro has a wonderful courtyard area to sit in, a beautifully decorated bar and a room that reminds me of a glass hot house for flowers (don’t worry it is air conditioned). On the night we were there the room had been hired out for a private function.

Beautiful decor

 Well it is time to get on with the important part of this blog post – the food! Oh the food!

We had a chance to look at the fabulous menu while we had our welcoming drinks and there was lots of chatter about the Smokey Bacon Soup topped with shaved biltong. Everyone was thrilled when our first taster portion of the menu for the evening was this soup and it tasted just as amazing as it sounded. Lots of oohs and aahs from the table.

What a divine soup

 Next up to taste was Seared Tuna with sesame seed crust served with deep fried wasabi mash balls and coriander pesto. Wonderful tuna and the wasabi mash balls were a delicious surprise.

Tuna and Wasabi Mash balls

Then we had Chicken Breast wrapped in bacon and served with butternut pieces and deep fried zucchini noodles. The chicken breast was soft and succulent with the bacon providing an extra taste sensation – as bacon always does.

Succulent chicken breast

The last part of the taster menu for the evening and known as The Grand Finale on the menu is of course dessert. This was the difficult part as a table was set up with various desserts and we could choose which ones we would like to try. Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake, A Light Crème Brulee with an espresso kick, Peanut Butter Shortbread Balls with a creamy salted caramel ice cream and a Panna Cotta.

Choices, choices. I decided on the Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake and the Light Crème Brulee. Oh my, oh my they were so amazing! I especially loved the crème brulee with the espresso kick and the chocolate bomb came in a close second. I also had a taste of the Panna Cotta and it was smooth and creamy with a refreshing vanilla flavour.

Oozy chocolate that tasted as good as it looks

Creme Brulee with coffee - yes please!

Thank you Lisa Morel for a delicious evening and I can’t wait to visit again for more divine food.

Lisa is very happy to help creative entrepreneurs. So if you have a small business, speak to her about setting up in a section of her courtyard.

Lola's Bistro 
Quarters Hotel 
101 Florida Road

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