Saturday, August 14, 2004

Lola

Okay, got around to trying Lola last night, which is a much ballyhooed Greek restaurant from Tom Douglas. It's actually more like pan-Mediterranean. I wrote a review of this for egullet, the text of which is here for Seattleites.
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All four of us were a bit disappointed. Summary: little was really wrong, but little was really right. It was... okay.

We started with the spread sampler where we found quality to be mixed. We generally liked the creamy feta, the tsatsiki, and the eggplant, and we found we roasted red pepper and especially the carrot to be lackluster. The griddled pita was great -- too bad there wasn't nearly enough of it to go with the (not particularly generous) portions of spreads. Just charge me more and throw in more pita, for goodness sake (instead of making me order more later).

We moved on to Jackie's Greek salad, dolmades, pork kebobs with harissa and honey, and mushroom kebobs. I liked the meze more than I liked the kebobs. I thought the dolmades were particularly good -- the hint of coriander worked well. The much vaunted Greek salad was good, the feta topping it was creamy and delicious, and it looked beautiful. For $9 I would have liked a little more of it. The pork kebobs were okay, but the mushroom kebobs were very disappointing. The mushrooms were very dry and not very flavorful.

For our main meal we shared the mixed seafood tagine and the roast rabbit, complemented by the horta (escarole and chard) and the fried garlic potatoes. Everyone agreed that the potatoes were superb and the mixed seafood tagine was also very good -- excellent seafood simply prepared. The horta was okay but not very interesting. Our group was split on the rabbit, with one person really liking it and the rest of us disappointed. I thought the rabbit itself was very dry, but the broth it was in was light and flavorful.

At the behest of one of our party we tried some of their house wine that is apparently made especially for them. Both white and red were drinkable but unremarkable, so I don't have much more to say about the wine. The wine list looked reasonably interesting.

For dessert we shared the doughnuts and the goat's milk pie. Doughnuts were okay and goat's milk pie was wonderful (but again, at $7 a pop it would have been nice to have a little bit more).

We didn't have the service problems that everyone else is talking about, although we did have a very long gap between our meze/kebob course and our main course. The place was way too noisy, as everyone has said.

All in all I thought it was okay, but for the same money we could have had a truly fabulous meal at several other places around town. I'd go along on group expeditions in the future, but otherwise I don't plan on returning any time soon. There are too many better places to eat.
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This all makes me feel like an unspeakable yuppy.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

On becoming a yuppy:

After my taupe microsuede couch was delivered, I realized that I had become a yuppy. I started wondering at what point I had stopped being a hip young college student and started becoming a yuppy. Was it when I committed myself to a 9 to 5 job at a large corporation? Was it when I made my first Pottery Barn purchase? Perhaps when I was able to start keeping my plants alive? Or maybe it was...when I made my first Pottery Barn purchase? (I think that I am onto something there.)

Not that I've completely accepted my yuppy status, mind you, but I definitely am not the same person I was ten years ago. That person who, back then, lived with a lot less stuff and had more time to gather knowledge about the coolest bands around, eat in much less expensive restaurants and limit my shopping as much as possible to random vintage stores.

Erin

9:27 AM  
Blogger Kieran Snyder said...

The question is, how do you feel about the change? And would you have seen it coming ten years ago?

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, like any change, I feel a little mixed about it. But overall I think it's a good thing. I buy nice things for my home to have a place to come home to that feels like, well, my home. And having a nice home is an important part of my being happy. But it doesn't replace other things in my life, like personal relationships. So, as long as I keep my yuppy needs in balance with my other needs, I'll be OK.

So...yeah. I'm a yuppy these days. And that's fine with me.

Erin

7:02 PM  

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