LOLLA @ Ann Siang Road – Small Plates with Exceptional Produce
I don’t frequent Ann Siang Hill much because there are too many food choices in Chinatown, I am always full before I can reach there. So when Shilin suggested going Lolla for lunch, it’s a double yay for me. I honestly don’t think small plates take off very well in many restaurants but for Lolla, they are definitely one of the more successful ones that serve simple yet confident small plates, that focuses on exceptional produce. Plus, they were featured in NY Times, how can I not give it a try?
Drawing from its underground supper club roots, we sat at the bar to see the chefs getting busy with our orders in a compact kitchen. If there is one dish that makes this restaurant famous, it’s definitely the savoury squid ink custard with creamy sea urchin that was mentioned in NY Times. It surely doesn’t look like the most appetizing appetizer, but trust me, you will love.
The Char Grilled Coquelet ($28) does full justice to Lolla with a nice smoky flavour and tender meat. The Slow Cooked Short Rib ($18) is a worthy choice, comprising a nicely pan-grilled short rib. It has an excellent texture – tender without breaking up under the knife. And it tastes marvellous too, with silky-smooth smoked potato. To assuage the guilt from the beef and chicken, we also ordered a small salad of Beetroot Carpaccio ($15). It is a brilliant idea for a vegan starter. It’s simple but a power salad with lots of vitamins and antioxidants. Not forgetting the Sourdough with Kombu Butter. They use fresh bread from Maison Kayser.
The creamy Angel Hair ($32) with slow cooked egg is ultimate brunch. Special on the menu, it is finished with winter truffle and aged parmesan. If I am not wrong, they get their cheese from Ceneri, a family-run cheese refiner in France. With truffle added in, this dish is quite pricey.
Food here is simple but well executed. I have tried most of their items on the seasonal menu, look forward to coming back to try their permanent ala carte menu. I heard the Scrambled eggs with Bottarga di Muggine is one of the must-trys!
Address: 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 609702
Tel: +65 6423-1228 (please make reservation)
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays for lunch (12pm to 2pm) and dinner (6pm to 12am).
Closed Sundays and public holidays.
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