Lola’s Café – They Have Expanded With New Exquisite Desserts
Singaporeans who stay in the precinct of Serangoon, Kovan and Hougang will be very familiar with Lola’s Café, tucked along a quiet row of shophouses a stone’s throw away from Kovan MRT. Do not be deceived by its peaceful location as it can get extremely crowded, especially on weekends. With a casual yet vibrant environment where you could get unpretentious, comfort fare at reasonable prices, it’s no surprise that families and friends love gathering here.
Due to overwhelming positive responses from patrons, Lola’s café has expanded! There is an open-concept kitchen where you can observe the pastry chefs working on new plated desserts, which are more exquisite. The new dessert team, headed by a young and promising dessert chef, Travis, is very stringent about the quality of their desserts. Travis is the one who came up with Lola’s new menu and desserts.
Expect more exquisite items such as the Odd Fellow ($7), French Toast ($9) and The Debbie ($10). The Odd Fellow, made up of passionfruit curd, basil ice cream, cereal crumbles and meringue brittles, is very refreshing. Unlike Lola’s best-selling Lemon Meringue Tart, the meringue for Old Fellow is baked, instead of piped out. Fresh basil is extremely aromatic, with a scent of pepper, anise and mint. The taste is both sweet and savory, which makes basil a robust spice. The basil ice cream is not too overwhelming, yet it lingers and gives a refreshingly aftertaste. This dessert is the highlight of my meal at Lola’s.
The French Toast comes with brioche, milk ice cream, seasonal fruits and maple syrup. The uniqueness stems in its homemade milk ice cream, which enhances the fragrant buttery taste of the French toast. However, it is too oily and makes me a little ‘gelat’ after a couple of bites. It may be better to share among your friends.
If you’re wondering why their third new plated dessert is named, ‘The Debbie’, here’s why. The café named this dessert after one of their employees because the messy presentation of the dessert resembles Debbie’s messy lifestyle. The Debbie consists of peanut caramel ice cream, black cookie/brownie bits, peanut brittles and caramel-sautéed banana. I find the banana a little on the bitter side as there was a slight burnt taste. Being outrageously sweet, The Debbie is a perfect dessert for customers with sweet-tooth! I enjoyed the unique combination of peanut and caramel ice cream but it’s such a pity that the ice cream melts very quickly. However, I find it a tad too sweet for my liking. I opted for Citizen Pop’s Handcrafted Passionfruit Ginger Soda ($8) to go with my desserts.
Other Lola’s signature desserts include Lemon Meringue Tart ($5) and Seasalt Chocolate Tart with Coffee Cream ($5). Home-made ice cream such as vanilla and milk flavoured, are also churned out in Lola’s kitchen. The three new plated desserts are served after 5pm on weekdays and are available the entire day on weekends. Brunch begins at 10am and ends at 3pm while dinner is served from 6pm to 10pm. Starters and the usual desserts are served throughout the entire day. Read about our brunch experience previously.
Address: 5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893
Tel: +65 62840349
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu: 10am – 1130pm; Fri & Sat: 10am – 12am;
Sun: 10am – 11.30pm (Closed on Mon)
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Photos & text by Alexis Toh Mu Qin, a fellow food writer for Miss Tam Chiak. She loves exploring Singapore on foot and trying new recipes at home with her mother. In her free time, she reads regularly. Shakespeare is her personal favourite. Follow her at @tmooq on instagram for her latest food hunt.