Lola’s Gourmet Spanish Restaurant
As you might know I often rely on my Yelpers to find new places to dine in my city of Miami, Florida. I had seen Lola’s Gourmet pop up often with very good reviews thus awakening my interest.
So this past Saturday, my family and I took a drive to 8 Street and 55th Avenue, to a small little restaurant in a small shopping center. I usually don’t like to write blogs on restaurants that don’t meet all of mine or my family’s expectation and in no way am I stating that Lola’s Gourmet did not meet my expectations, but if I write a post, I have to be honest and try to give my likes as well as my dislikes.
From the outside the restaurant is not much to look at, I can see how parking might be an issue at night time when they seem to me the most busy due to their Flamenco shows. But, we overlooked the location and the parking issue(people were parked where they should not be parked, therefore, blocking potential customer’s parking) and went inside the restaurant.
Lola’s Gourmet is a restaurant offering Authentic Spanish (Spain) cuisine. Very colorful inside with the beer flags, which I am assuming they belong to the traditional beers of Spain. The place is small, cozy, I would almost say that it can be romantic. Chairs could be updated and more comfortable. Being this our first time, we were not sure whether we sit ourselves or wait to be seated, but, no one came to greet us. Mind you, toward the right of the door there seem to be the owners of the restaurant taking care of their take-out or deli side of the restaurant. They could have easily said, we will be right with you or acknowledge us, but such was not the case. My family and I were just looking at each other and I of course being the opinionated in the family, I was not a happy camper. Forgive me if I am wrong but if I am going to spend my hard earn money on your establishment, I expect great service along with great food and ambiance.
We were finally directed to the table of our choice but we were not given any menus. In the waitresses’ defense, I think she was the only one working there. The waitress finally came and left the menus but no drink order was taken. It seemed that everything was done in steps. It just wasn’t efficient.
This being our first time trying food from Spain(no, Spanish food is not the same as the food from Spanish restaurants, every Latin country has their own food) we wanted to get the waitress’s help so that we din’t order something that we didn’t like. We asked the waitress what some of the dishes ont the menu were before ordering. Okay, you are probably thinking that this post is a negative one, but it is not. Just keep reading….
Being that some of the dishes were in $$ range specially the meats and fish courses and not wanting to order something that we might not like, we opted for small plates, tapas style dining.
Our fish dish was called “Pulpo en Aceite” Octopus in olive oil, it was delicious!
Our next tapas was a dish called Chiripiones, a squid in its ink with white rice(this was brought to us in error as I had not order this) but since we did not know what we had ordered and when the waitress came to tell us that she had brought the wrong dish, we had already eaten it. It was very good too.
Our next tapas was a traditional tabla with Jamon, Manchego cheese and Chorizo- I love the presentation and the ham, cheese and chorizo were outstanding.
Our next tapa dish was a traditional salad that is served in the South American community, Ensalada Rusa. It is composed of cooked potatoes, mayonaise, green peas, this one was a little different as it had tuna. I am a mayonaisse lover; therefore, I loved this salad. Be forewarned, this salad has a lot of mayonaisse.
You are probably saying, Wao! how can they keep ordering, well, there were three of us and these were shareable dishes. Only two more to go.
As you might know Spain is known for their Tortilla Española or Potatoe omellete, so we ordered one with chorizo, it is served cold not warm. As you can tell by the picture below, it is thick portion.
If you are not a fan of chorizo, you can order a traditional Tortilla Española, it is made with egg and cooked potatoes. I would say that it resembles a Quiche or fritata.
Okay, you probably thought that this post was going to be a negative one; however, it is not. Although, I think Service can be improved, I found the restaurant to be cozy, quaint, delicious food and I think at night, this little restaurant is a happening place with their live Flamenco dancers and music.
So, I invite you to have a taste of Authentic Spanish Cuisine at Lola’s Gourmet.