SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER) One of Singapore's coolest restaurants has started a Sunday brunch service.
Lolla has been serving its much-loved small plates for the past few years, and has now decided to reward early risers with simple dishes that are brimming with confidence.
Eggs are only a small part of the offerings here, sharing space with an array of dishes ranging from vegetables to cured meats.
One highlight is the addictive deep fried radishes and parsley ($11). It's as plain as described, but the crunch is seductive.
Lolla's favourites are available too - after all, if they're so good, why not have them for brunch? From that, the grilled avocado ($17) is another winner for me.
It's nearly impossible to get a table here and it's the same situation with brunch, so plan ahead. Go with a group of friends and be prepared to leave very satisfied.
Lolla's signature dish has to be the sea urchin pudding (from $22). It's a large dollop of love in the form of uni, with a squid ink custard beneath. It's as simple as it is pleasurable. Your Sunday will instantly improve after the first bite.
Squid stuffed ($26) sounds basic, but it's stuffed with squid head. This squid-in-squid combo makes for good conversation, but you'll probably be too busy eating.
I love the beef tongue hash ($28) so much, I could eat it all day. I'm usually disdainful of anything with an egg on top - I think it's a crutch for a lack of imagination - but here, the creaminess of the yolk works well with the saltiness of the hash.
The bacon steak ($19) is perhaps the only dish I didn't enjoy. I prefer my bacon with more fat, and I find this too lean.
The doughnuts with lemon curd ($12) is on the regular menu, but I can understand why it's been brought into the brunch menu. The mix of textures - crispy doughnuts, creamy curd - is pleasing, and the deliciously sharp lemon flavour is what you'll need after you overeat.
22, Ann Siang Road
Sunday, 10.30am to 3pm (for brunch)
This article was first published on July 13, 2016.
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