Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Lola – Downtown, Seattle

Posted on: Monday 23 May 2011

We stumbled into Lola early Saturday morning, bleary eyed and in need of sustenance. It’s third time lucky for us to get a table but the restaurant is surprisingly busy, mostly with tourists from the hotel next door. We had enjoyed Tom’s big dinner served family style during our first month in Seattle. It’s a three course Greek dinner with an abundance of food – spread sampler with freshly griddled pita, chicken kebab, leg of lamb, salad and loukoumades. The highlight was the dips – a generous portion of each to spread thickly on the fluffy bread. The loukoumades, Greek doughnuts steeped in honey and sprinkled with walnuts, were also greedily devoured.

Our freshly squeezed orange juice and espresso coffee were served promptly while we perused the weekend brunch menu. Our brunch orders are unfailingly predictable – eggs Benedict for Mr S and pancakes for me. The Lola version of eggs Benedict has layers of Bavarian ham atop Dahlia Bakery English muffins, a glossy dill hollandaise masking perfectly poached eggs, with smashed garlic potatoes on the side. A steak knife is dramatically wedged in the middle of the plate. Wielding a steak knife is strictly a nighttime activity for me, as is eating potatoes but the ham is delicious and the hollandaise piquant.

My stack of golden brown pancakes came with pork-maple sausage, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup. True to the menu description, the pancakes are fried in butter to a golden brown. The vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup elevate the simple pancakes to gourmet level. The pork-maple sausages were plump and meaty but I found the maple flavour exceeded my sugar saturation, a more savoury sausage would provided the requisite reprieve from the sweetness.

The restaurant name reminds me of the German film, Run Lola Run. We were nourished by the brunch but like the eponymous character, we had to run as we were late for our appointment!

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