Headed to Lolita for the first of their summer BBQ's last night. Pork was the feature and each and every part of the meal featured it, no other protein was ever used. For $35 a person you got a "family style feast' of the following.
coca cola glazed pork belly, pickled watermelon rind, salty peanuts
This amuse was amusing to say the least. It was way to small, and I know its supposed to be. Coca Cola was absent from the flavor, as was the watermelon rind. Not badly cooked, but not great. Served on very odd string-like toothpicks.
sweet and spicy baby back ribs, tamarind-busy bee farm honey glaze,morita chile, jicama slaw
Didn't taste anything on these except Morita chile. Way too hot for the other ingredients to even make an appearance on your palate. The jimaca slaw was good.
SECOND COURSE - mixed grill plate of the following:
-pickled pork tenderloin, mexican spice rub, mango chutney- again, a little too hot. and I can handle spice, cooked perfectly though.
-pork carnitas, canela-orange glaze, tomatillo salsa- tasty, but a little offputting to have such a citrusy bite after such hot stuff.
-grilled pork sausages, pomegranate molasses-mustard- they shouldnt have charged for these as they look to have taken no care in preparing them. the mustard was grainy mustard with a pool of pom. molasses on top.
-pork chop adobado, sweet and sour adobo marinade, avocado-tomatillo salsa- really really good. the adobo on top was very good, didn't have a trace of the salsa though.
ON THE SIDE
-grilled corn on the cob, roasted garlic aioli, cotija cheese, lime- best corn on the cob ive ever had.
-negra modelo drunken beans, chipotle, crema- too thin, but tasty.
-buttermilk coleslaw, grainy mustard, cilantro, mint- very good coleslaw. nice crunch, nice flavor and nice cooling aspect to all the fiery pork.
-cornbread with roasted jalapeno, fresh corn,chile-lime butter- very good cornbread, stayed moist at the expense of staying together and had to eat with a fork, but no complaints, it was that good.
mexican chocolate pot de crème with
fresh berries, cinnamon crème friache, applewood smoked bacon caramel - there is a smoking ban in philly restaurants, there should be a pot de creme ban too. this was , like they all are, a weird texture. it smelled like a candle and the bacon caramel actually wasn't that bad, it was some trace of cinnamon that put this over the top and neither of us could finish it, we headed to capogiro for dessert.
Service- most awkward server I have ever had. She was quiet, not assuring and took about 25 minutes to get us our check. I wish I had the guts to show that with the tip, but I know thats how they make their money and we were there long, so she got 20 percent. Valerie Safran helped out once in awhile bringing food and clearing plates, she really is charming and knows what she is doing.
All in all, I would recommend checking out their menu next week for this special. If the food looks good, give it a shot. They have some kinks in getting out the food because it all cooks at different times, the sausage was grilled, yet it was cold. they must have put it on the grill first, when it should have went on last. Oh well, check it out, its a good idea with some improvement could be a solid go-to monday meal in the summer.