Seattle >Lola Seattle
Tom Douglas goes Greek, even for brunch with ouzo galore, meze and kebabs to more traditional options like granola (with Greek yogurt), eggs Benedict and Tom's Big Breakfast with Mediterranean octopus and peppers.
Octopus for breakfast? Hell yum! It's all part of the Greek-inspired fare at this Tom Douglas place at Hotel Andra. The spreads are a good place to start, moving the needle way beyond the standard hummus. Kebabs are sizzling haute and do not miss the stellar seafood specials, vibrantly seasoned and cooked with care. So healthy, you'll definitely want to indulge in an order of those made-to-order Greek doughnuts to end your meal.
With donuts being a huge draw for some, its the smashed potatoes that lure me! This may be a hotel restaurant but don't judge it as such. Greek inspired delicious modern fare you should try, especially for brunch and lunch.
There's a bidet, for chrissakes!. I visited Lola with a large group of friends to celebrate a special occasion. We were all extremely happy with the evening and had a memorable time, although my friend's father paid the bill so that might have helped our mood. The spreads are especially good and we also enjoyed the kabobs (we tried them all!), mussels, lamb burger, spiced squash, rabbit, beef ribs, squished potatoes, and Greek yogurt ice cream. Our server was fantastic and was not afraid to take charge of our large group and help us order. The bar is a great place to relax after work and all patrons are treated to an ample supply of delicious chick peas fried with rosmary. The restaurant was quite noisy on a packed Friday night, but it's better to eat tasty food in a din than bland fare in the solitude of an empty restaurant!
What is Middle of the Road?.
Let's name the heavy hitters:
Dahlia Lounge's fried doughnut holes with cream.
Etta's whole Tilapia
Palace Kitchen's Burger to end all burgers.
Depsite trying (5 dishes later) we could not seem to find the signature dish that exemplifies the over-the-top, way-too-busy, chicken-as-dry-as-a-bone, Lola.
Lola, in theory, is a great idea. The "newly resplendent" Hotel Andra is worth a visit and having a Tom Douglas restaurant should up the ante quite a bit. But the food/decor/service is disappointing. Although, I do have to admit that the hosting and service at the various mogul's restaurants has improved of late.
This is middle of the road Tom Douglas food. Furthermore, there are too many extraordinary eateries in Seattle that it should fall under the radar once the buzz dies down. BTW: don't go for breakfast.
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