Lucky at Lola’s

I’ve known the brain behind Lola’s Bistro since she was a little sister to a rather fabulous friend of mine (spoiler: fabulous runs in their family). So it was with great glee that I, along with a selected crowd of Durban’s best blogger crew popped in for a tasting dinner menu at Lola’s this week.

Here’s the thing you don’t know about Lola’s: It’s been a lifelong dream for Lisa to own her own coffee shop. After travelling abroad and saving up, she came home and opened up Lola’s coffee shop. After an interesting turn of events, that saw Lola’s being highly successful and then shut down by the landlord, Lisa didn’t take this as a sign to kill her dream. Instead, she grew it, and snapped up an opportunity to open a full-scale restaurant at Quarters Hotel in Florida Road.

Lola's Bistro Bar

It was good catching up with her, and my fellow fun friends but, once the food came out, it was really quiet. Why? Because when you have great (not just good, GREAT) food set before you, it’s impolite to chew and chat simultaneously. Giving us a glimpse into the menu, and the thought processes that go into creating it, I’m very certain that this new eatery is in darn good hands.

Lola's Bistro Interesting spaces


The highlights, for me:

*Gin and Tonic on tap from Standeaven Brewery.

*Wasabi Mash Balls – I’m told she dreamt about this creation and now you can enjoy them at Lola’s

*Espresso Brulee – way to ruin every other brulee I’ve ever had.

*Chocolate Lava Cake – the most melty-on-the-inside-magnificent-on-the-outside one I’ve ever had.

*Watching up close as I see my friend succeed at making her dream come true, despite a range of obstacles. She’s not deterred by them – she’s inspired by them.


The lowlights, for me:

*That I woke up the next morning and didn’t have a healthy stack of Wasabi Mash Balls to feast on.

*Dinner at home the next night was terribly boring.


Lola’s sets out to create a fine dining menu that’s affordable, while guests enjoy an amiable setting that’s not frantic, but friendly. Catch up with Lola’s online here and here but, do yourself a favour and go eat there (also, invite me along, please). 


Disclaimer: I was invited to enjoy a tasting menu at Lola’s along with a select group of Durban bloggers during November 2015. This is not a paid-for review. 


Durban tastes delicious!

Suncoast Casino is coming to life from 25 to 27 July 2014 with the annual Pick ‘n Pay Taste of Durban festival!

Now, if you know anything about me, it’s that I have a not-so-secret desire to become a restaurant critic, and an all round foodie. I am the latter, because – seriously – just hand me the food, and we’ll worry about the rest later, but – maybe one day – I’ll get the former right! I guess it says a lot that I once (as a part time job in school) delivered pizza on rollerskates, and completely failed on my first day. That’s why I’d rather leave it to the experts, and just enjoy the food!

As you know damn well though, I love my home city, so a food celebration that’s Durban-proud, sounds like a little piece of heaven to me!

Except, this year, Taste of Durban is anything but little!


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Chefs from nine of Durban’s top restaurants will be on hand to create special menus of starter-sized dishes, including their signature dishes. Each menu will be designed to reflect their individual restaurant’s philosophies, whilst showcasing seasonal and premium ingredients. So, what Durban restaurants are participating? Here’s a list:

Not only that, but the three day festival will play host to an incredible bunch of exhibitors and I deeply suspect I’ll need to add on another few kilometres to my daily run routine for a few weeks thereafter!

Having been lucky enough to sample the fare of most of these establishments, I’d make a one recommendation to you if you’re keen on attending Taste of Durban this year:

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So, if you’d like to foodie it up, book your tickets for Taste of Durban here, check out their website for full festival information here or like their Facebook page.

Lucky for you, the organisers have offered me 5 sets of double tickets to give away, so you can get your foodie on!

To enter this lovely little competition simply:

Leave a comment below, telling me which restaurant of the above list is your favourite, and how many kilometres you think I’ll need to add on to my run routine! 

This competition is only open to South African residents and will close on 10 July 2014. Winners will be drawn from a hat, and winner announcement will be made via video. 

Let’s get the good food on! 

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to all the winners!

Food tag

Angel tagged me with something…considering i’m vegetarian and picky, this should be interesting (note, have not always been…) Anyhoot:

1. Bold the ones you’ve had
2. Strike through the ones that would make you keel over, die, reincarnate and then become the murderer of the person who created it
3. Italicise potential delicacies….stuff that you’d think about eating at 3am.
Here goes…

Nettle tea
Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs on corn chips, served with salsa)
Steak tartare
Crocodile (WHAAHAH but my brother says he has!)
Black pudding (sausage made from blood)
Cheese fondue
Borscht (beet soup with beef)

Baba ghanoush (mashed & seasoned eggplant)
Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)
PB & J sarmie
Aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower curry type thingy)

Hot dog from street cart
Epoisses (French cheese)
Black truffle (black, underground mushroom)
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

Steamed pork buns (Thai Pork Dumplings, basically)
Pistachio ice cream
Heirloom tomatoes
Fresh wild berries
Foie gras NEVER!!!
Rice and beans
Brawn or head cheese
Raw Scotch bonnet pepper

Dulce de leche
Bagna cauda (warm Italian dip)
Wasabi peas (roasted peas coated in wasabi)
Clam chowder in sourdough bowl
Salted lassi (it’s like salty Yogi-Sip)
Root beer float
Cognac with a fat cigar (ah the good days old days of cognac in the boot and )
Clotted cream tea
Vodka jelly (larcy!!!)
Curried goat
Whole insects
Goat’s milk in cheese form
Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (woot!)
Fugu (Japanese pufferfish)
Chicken tikka masala
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
Sea urchin
Prickly pear
Umeboshi (pickled Japanese ume fruit)
Paneer (Persian cheese)
McDonald’s Bic Mac Meal
Spaetzle (German egg noodle or dumpling)
Dirty Gin Martini
Beer above 8% ABV (waha)
Poutine (chips with cheese and gravy)
Carob chips

Durian (that smelly fruit from Thailand)
Frog’s legs
Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (some type of doughnut)
Fried plantain (some sort of fruit from the Caribbean)
Chitterlings, or andouillette (pig’s intestines)
Caviar and blini
Louche absinthe
Gjetost or brunost (Norwegian cheese)
Baijiu (liquor)
Hostess Fruit Pie
Lapsang souchong (smoked black tea)
Bellini (booze)

Tom yum (thai soup)
Eggs Benedict
Pocky (chocolate on a stick)
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
Kobe beef
Criollo chocolate
Soft shell crab
Rose harissa
Mole poblano
Bagel and lox
Lobster Thermidor
Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Random!!! I tag: Exmi and Msbehavn!