There are places where you know you went and had a bad experience but do not remember why. And then suddenly it comes back like a flashback. This is how I felt when we had dinner at Lola’s, a tapas restaurant in Hoboken: wait staff overwhelmed, kitchen backed up, and few vegetarian choices. And a classic Spanish dish not that good, quite dry: yes, I’ll pass on the tortilla española. Too bad because some of the food was really good there. Here is what we had:
I started with a glass of red sangria:
Tortilla española: no comment as you already know what I am thinking about it.
Goat cheese with wild mushroom over pita: very good, with a nice amount of cheese, goat pairing very nicely with mushrooms.
Chipirones en su tinta or young calamari cooked in their own squid ink: the best dish of the evening that brought back some memories when I was a kid; my grandmother used to cook that dish exclusively for my grandfather and my dad. But, as my dad knew I loved it, he always gave me a small portion. The calamari was perfectly cooked, not rubbery, and the sauce was delicious.
Chorizo en cerveza or Spanish sausage cooked in beer. Very good if you like chorizo.
Espinaca con garbanzos or spinach with chickpeas: just ok for me, especially knowing that I am not a big fan of spinach.
For dessert, they had quite a wide selection that they bring at your table to make the choice even more difficult. But no churros, my all time favorite Spanish treat, so we went for the flan that was delicious, dense and not too thick, served with whipped cream (not homemade) and vanilla ice cream.
With the bill, they brought us a shot made with some alcohol I could not remember, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon.
So overall, the meal at Lola’s was good. They would fix the kitchen, it would be great as the wait time (more than 25 minutes before the goat cheese on pita and the rest) spoiled the experience. I also saw they paella that looks very good. So, I may go back there...
Enjoy (I kind of did)!
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Lola’s - 153 14th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030