Lola’s, Holland Village, Singapore

Address: 48 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277699
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am – 9:30pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:30pm
Official Website:
Lola’s Cafe Menu

Lola’s Cafe opening at Holland Village should make me overjoyed, because I’ve been wanting to try it out, but Kovan is so out of the way for me most of the time. It’s not a cafe that I would really go out of my way to try.

As is most Singapore cafes nowadays. It’s either they serve Chicken and Waffles, Shakshuka, cold truffle sobas with salmon roe or sandos. Lots and lots of sandos.

So Lola Cafe, it seems, is another permutation of Hello Arigato, the one who popularized sandos for all of brunch aficionados in Singapore to enjoy. I find Lola Cafe’s sando tasty and filling with its fluffy tamago and chicken patty, but the shokupans are too thin to hold the sando together.

Lola’s food philosophy: you don’t have to pull out your hair to decide which fork or spoon to use. We serve honest and simple comfort fare which in our opinion is best enjoyed with your fingers.

That philosophy doesn’t make any sense to me. No customer will beat his head picking which fork and spoon to use. In the first place, this is a simple cafe, not a Michelin star restaurant. Of course I’m going to eat the sando with my hands.

Except it was a very lousy (and messy) sando experience. And because everything was falling apart, you need spoon and fork.

At SGD 17, Lola’s sando is a contradiction. Cheap with respect to the rest of its menu items. Expensive when zoom out and look at the bigger picture.

The coffee in the meantime has less crema, but strong as the mountains of Colombia.

I think Singapore has reached peak cafe trend. I’m over it. How about you?