We discovered a gem in Long Street, Cape Town’s city centre on Saturday. And what a delight little Lola is. We came across this restaurant on the corner of Long Street and Buiten Street by accident. We were on our way to our hair salon, Swordfern, in Harrington Road, when we decided to have a quick breakfast somewhere in Long Street. But, as it was quite early, most of the restaurants were closed. Luckily we saw an airy and white space on the ground floor of a corner Victorian building and decided to give it a try. We later heard that Lola’s has been an institution for years, but had a change in ownership in 2011 and a makeover as a result.
What a delight – friendly waitrons; quick service, good view of Long Street and excellent food. Lola’s is a sheer delight. Contemporary art decorates the beautifully painted walls; the outside tables with people reading the newspaper while drinking coffee give you a real holiday feel, especially with travellers passing by, cameras in the hand. The ever-evolving menu is scribbled on a blackboard and the focus is on fresh, sustainable food.
Our breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon on freshly baked croissants, with coffee, was perfectly prepared. Lola’s is probably well-known for seafood, pasta and other bistro style food. We will definitely come back to try the lunch/dinner menus.