Restaurants & Bars 3

Lola's steaks

lb | Apr 27, 2006 01:15 PM

On Tuesday night, I took out my best friend to Lola's on Yonge just south of Eg for his bachelor party. The overall experience was great, but they could use some work on details.

The wine list that I got was short on selection, but bursting with content. There was only one page of wines, but the remaining pages had descriptions of each wine in detail. I think that this is very helpful to the average diner.

My friend has celiac disease and, even though we let them know when we reserved online and when I confirmed by phone, their knowledge of and ability to cope with it was limited. I'm not sure that our server even knew what celiac is, unexcusable in my opinion.

However, we had excellent starters of skillet jumbo shrimp with pina colada sauce for $9 and shrimp with lobster cocktail for $14.

My friend and I both ordered steaks. He had the gorgonzola-pecan crusted sirloin for $26 and I ate an 8oz NY for $24.

By the way, I absolutely despise the fact that my NY is called a "ladies cut" on this menu and many others. In today's world, is this really a valid descriptor of a menu item?

Anyway, our steaks were perfect. I cannot say the same, however, for our sides. Our truffle and roasted garlic mashed potatoes had excellent consistency but tasted of neither promised ingredient. Our vegetable were cooked to al dente perfection and consisted of patty pan squash, baby zucchini and carrots as well as haricots verts. The chef did not toss them with any oil or butter, though, and they were not seasoned. I cannot believe how many restaurants neglect to do this.

Only two desserts were offered, a chocolate cake and a maple walnut one. However, as my friend cannot eat wheat flour, we did not indulge.

We had some excellent coffee instead, but they had no cream so milk had to suffice.

Again, a mostly great meal but service and food seasoning need to be improved.

Dinner for 2 with $55 wine, was $240 with tip.

*They seem to have some good mid-week specials as an 8oz striploin or roasted salmon was being offered for $15.

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