Lola's

Lola’s on Long Street

Open Mon - Sun 7:30am - 5pm
Last orders 4:30, Bar/shop closes 5pm
 
+27(0)21 423 0885
228 Long Street Cape Town
www.lolas.co.za
hello@lolas.co.za
Lolasonlong
Lola's

Lola’s on Long Street

This iconic Cape Town restaurant and café is all grown up

Holding court on the corner of Long Street and Buiten Street in Cape Town’s city centre is a lovely dame called Lola. Well, to be correct, Lola’s. The restaurant - it’s on the ground floor of a converted Victorian - is an institution, and has been serving the hustle and bustle of this busy corner for years. However, with a change in ownership in 2011, the eatery has completely transformed, from the menu right down to the décor.

Interior designers Gillian Goodwin and Brenda Hart have created a space that’s airy and white, with wide windows that let the sun stream in. While the palette is mostly neutral, the designers have injected vibrancy with the colour block bar and eccentric light fittings. Local contemporary art decorates the walls, and a smattering of outside tables hug the exterior. The look now is decidedly young, fresh and clean: the perfect canvas for the rustic bistro food. Think of creamy risottos, elegant soups, and beautifully cooked steak and fish—it’s classic fare reinvented with fresh South African flavour. For a lighter meal, there are also gourmet sandwiches and salads on offer. While many dishes on the menu change at least every three weeks, certain mainstays – like the popular fishcakes that come served with garlic mash and aioli - have won hard-earned permanent status.

Something’s cooking on Long

Once the private culinary maestro for hotelier Sol Kerzner, chef and co-owner Craig Wobbe is passionate about his craft (Bret Kramer is the other owner). He believes in sustainability, organic produce and fair trade principles, so from the carrots to the coffee, he’s sourced the best option possible.

Case in point? Craig heads down to the harbour himself most days to get the morning catch so that he can scribble fresh linefish onto the ever-evolving blackboard menu. He works daily with his right hand chef, Daniel Heyns, to conceptualise new dishes with the influx of seasonal ingredients.

“The staff is suffering under my purists values,” he says with a wry smile. We’re chatting over frothy cappuccinos at a table by a window while colourful Cape Town streams past. “We’re doing everything we can out of the tiny kitchen, even baking bread and pastries.” (The freshly baked cheesecake is already famous in the city.)

Needless to say, the breakfast menu is as long as the lunch offering. The restaurant does a roaring early morning trade, and the diversity of the menu reflects this: from simple scramble and fruit salad to smoked kippers with eggs and indulgent Eggs Benedict. The health conscious can tuck into a fluffy egg white omelette and trade the coffee for a freshly squeezed juice: try the apple, cucumber and spinach flavour.

Lady of the night

No longer just a breakfast and lunchtime destination, Lola’s is open once per month on First Thursday (during the winter season) for dancing, drinking and casual dining. The dame serves up all-night drink specials, affordable up-styled street fare and free beats to boot. Visit Lola's Facebook page for more information on its First Thursday events.

So, next time you happen to be on Long Street, whether it’s for breakfast before work, a business lunch or a much-needed fuel-up for a night out on the town, give Lola’s a try—she’s one class act.

For those looking to use Lola's for private functions, a minimum booking of 20 is required.

Please note that Lola's website is still under construction.

---

Other inspiring restaurants on Long Street can be found in our cafés section. Subscribe to our popular weekly newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cape Town Events Calendar
July 2015
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Reach for a dream slipper dayReach for your Slippers Campaign

Help a child fight a grave illness by simply exchanging your slops and ...

Shiza Ikapa at Theatre at the RockwellShiza Ikapa Theatre and Dining ...

See proudly South African performances with this upbeat show that celebrates ...

Auditorium orchestra chamber music festivalChamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch

Feast on classical sounds performed by local and international pros and ...

Lola's Winter Lunch Specials BurgersWinter Lunch Specials at Lola’s in ...

Get two main meals for only R95 any weekday during the chilly season at this ...

madiba-knysna-headsThe Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

Get ready for another instalment of the mother shucker of Western Cape food and ...

King Tut in GrandWest Casino King Tutankhamun Exhibition in Cape Town

Explore the golden treasures of ancient Egypt’s famed pharaoh when this expo ...

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist ...

Be sure to add this exhilarating escape game challenge to your Mother City ...

Gordon's bay milkwood trail harbourGordons Bay Winter Wonderland Festival

Head to this not-so-sleepy town for warming food, wine and family friendly ...

offline lifestyle storefrontLadies’ Gym Clothes Special at ...

Get a 20% discount on women’s fitness apparel at this sportswear store every ...

The Piano Bar Tapas in Cape Town2-for-1 Tapas Lunch Special at The ...

Pick one item off the tapas menu, and get another absolutely free at this De ...

Ways of Wellness Spa ExteriorMonday Teeth Whitening Special at Ways ...

Start the week with a lustrous smile thanks to Cape Town’s only organic ...

HQ Monday night steak special logoSteak Dinner Special at HQ Restaurant

#2For1Unplugged Mondays: get twice the sirloin, salad and chips at Headquarters ...

WorldArt Gallery Street Level Exhibition Worldart Gallery: Lady Skollie ...

Ask for What You Want is a complex exploration of the nature of human sexual ...

Commune.1  Load Shedding ExhibitionLoad Shedding Group Exhibition at ...

Apparently turning out the lights is not always a bad thing as this expressive ...

Spartacus of Africa 5A Spartacus of Africa Ballet at ...

The Roman tale of a slave gladiator takes on an African twist in this ballet

HipHopFest 4Cape Town Hip-Hop Festival Auditions

Calling all hip-hop acts in the Mother City, this is your time to show off your ...

School of Rock CampSchool of Rock Winter Camp

Let your little one learn to jingle and jive while hanging out with other mini ...

Nature's Best Photography Africa ExhibitionNature’s Best Photography Africa ...

Witness the evocative beauty of the African wilderness exquisitely photographed ...

Tidy & Co. Pop-Up Shop Long StreetTidy & Co. Pop-Up Gift Shop in Long ...

Buy the perfect present to suit your loved one’s personality and tuck into ...

Artscape6Children’s Mini Drama Festival at the ...

Keep your kids entertained these holidays as two new children’s theatre shows ...

Art Jamming Holiday WorkshopsArtjamming Winter Holiday Programme at ...

Unleash your little one’s inner Picasso with this series of fun, educational ...

The Piano Bar Tapas in Cape TownDate Night at The Piano Bar in Cape Town

Enjoy your choice of four delicious tapas plus a bottle of house red or white ...

Fairview Goatshed Food and Wine Themed EveningsFairview’s Goatshed Restaurant’s ...

Get your hands dirty and make your own pizza, or taste something new at these ...

The Point Shopping Mall Sea Point Cape TownHair Extensions Special at Yemaya Day ...

Save some moola at this upmarket salon and house of beauty with this exclusive ...

Conquest School of Driving Cape TownConquest’s Driving Lessons

Cruise through your K53 licence test with the help of one of Cape Town’s most ...

hudsons burger joint sliders2-for-1 Happy Hour Food & Drinks ...

Wind down from a hard day’s work with buy-one-get-one-free appetisers, beers ...

avontuur wine estate entrance 2Self-guided Tour & Wine Tasting at ...

Indulge in a super affordable farm walk and sip-and-swirl session at the ...

2-for-1 burger special on Monday at they odysseyMonday Burger Special at The Odyssey ...

Tuck into two prime patties for only R100 at this handsome Bree Street bar