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Lola (not the Tasting Room) visit

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Lola (not the Tasting Room) visit

Dave R | Jun 30, 2003 08:59 AM

It had been too long since our last visit to the "regular" side of Lola, so we got another couple (who hadn't been to Lola before) to join us Saturday night. As soon as we approached the renovated home that houses Lola, one of them said why haven't we been here before? It was a question they would repeat frequently. Van greeted us at the door and we were immediately seated. Although I rarely give up the wine list, I passed it to the other husband because I knew he would appreciate Lola's list. He did. We started with an amuse of a good bite sized piece of a shitake mushroom spring roll with daikon sprouts and some type of chili oil drizzled on the plate. The appetizers ordered by the table were the day boat scallops with edamame puree and asian spiced broth, the black truffle souffle, the mixed greens salad with carmelized pears and stilton and the coffee rubbed quail with a morel sauce served on pecan grits (me). Everything was very popular with the person who ordered it. Moving on to the entrees, we ordered the (prime) tenderloin with cabernet demi-glaze and stilton, the lamb chops and 2 (including me) ordered the venison with a red and black currant sauce. We managed to pass bites around of these and all were excellent. The other husband remarked that those were the best lamb chops he has had since he moved back from Australia 10 years ago. My venison was excellent. Cooked just as I requested with good flavor and a great sauce to accompany a big red wine. Last up was the desserts. We ordered the carmelized pineapple tart (me), poached pear gratin with stilton sabayon and the chocolate bread pudding with a superb orange creme anglaise. All were very good, but the orange creme anglaise really set off the chocolate flavor of the bread pudding. Each couple also split a nice glass of a late harvest semillon from Australia. All in all, another great meal from Lola. The other couple was already making plans for a return trip. It's good to see that the Tasting Room hasn't caused any slippage on this side of the house.

Dave R

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