Lola's

Lola’s on Long Street

Open Mon - Thurs 7:30am - 6pm
Fri & Sat 7:30am - 6pm | Sun 7:30am - 3:00pm
 
+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 carrot cake 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 every Thursday evening (during the summer season) for a seafood and paella feast; though, hearty dinnertime classics, such as beef fillet, pork belly and handmade pasta, are also on offer.

“I cooked seafood every day for five years,” says Craig, referring to his tenure at Olympia Café (he has quite the résumé). “Thursday nights will be a seafood feast—there’ll be freshly steamed West Coast mussels, beer battered linefish and, and the real ‘McCoy’ paella.” Plus, he tells me that for both dinners a complimentary glass of house wine or beer will be offered with each main course. The house wine is Stellar Organics, which ties in neatly with his food philosophy(Though bookings aren’t required for lunch or breakfast, it’s recommended you book for the evenings.).

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.

---

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
April 2014
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

Blood Brothers ActorsBlood Brothers at The Fugard Theatre

The local version of Willy Russell’s critically acclaimed West End production ...

Braai food at Backyard Grill Sea PointDinner Special at The Backyard Grill ...

Get two courses for R100 at this laidback Cape Town braai spot

Half Price Thursday Tapas HQHalf Price Tapas at HQ Restaurant

The legendary meaty eatery broadens its offerings with discounted delights ...

Startup Grind 01Startup Grind Cape Town

Starting your own business? Get some insider tips and motivation from ...

Stardust new venueDinner Theatre at Stardust Restaurant

The pre-Friday theatrical dining experience that will make you feel like your ...

Margaret Bourke-White Dawn of ApartheidFamed Life Magazine Photographer’s ...

See Margaret Bourke-White’s rare, striking imagery of life in South Africa at ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

Air Supply concert Cape TownAir Supply Concert in Cape Town

‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’ singers set to make magic for one night ...

Colours of Change Oom JanColours of Change Art Exhibition at ...

Head up the West Coast for a fascinating exhibit featuring work by San artists ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Joe Barber 6 LifeJoe Barber is Back

Prepare for a laugh-a-minute show that delves into the heart and soul of Cape ...

Andiamo Restaurant in the Cape Quarter Cape TownLive Music Thursdays at Andiamo

Kiss the workday blues goodbye with good food and great tunes at the magical ...

Quad Biking back safari Aquila Game ParkQuad Bike Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Get up close and personal with South Africa’s animal kingdom on an ...

Forex The Foreign Exchange Cape Town ObservatoryBeer Pong Night at The Foreign Exchange ...

Give this fun-filled drinking game a go every Thursday night in Observatory

Welcome to City Bowl MarketCity Bowl Thursday Night Market in Hope ...

Pop in to this quaint community market for a post-work meet and eat

Nelson Mandela 27 for Freedom half marathonNelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition

Cape Town pays tribute to Tata Madiba

The Galileo Open Air Theatre V&A WaterfrontThe Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A ...

Get your weekly dose of classic movies at these summertime outdoor screenings

Kids Bday Party at Two Oceans AquariumKids Parties at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Birthdays are better down where it’s wetter, take it from us!

Richard's Bistro supper and stage KaapstadRichard’s Supper Stage “Kaapse ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

Thursday Night Live Music at Jackal & Hide BarThursday Night Live Music Sessions at ...

It’s all about good grub and great tunes at this Cape Town hotspot’s FREE ...

Winelands Tea at La MotteWinelands Tea at Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an old-Cape high tea at La Motte wine estate

Wine and cheese platter from Peter FalkeSundowners at Peter Falke Wine Farm in ...

Toast dusk with fine wine and gorgeous cheese platters

Romantic Date Night & Movie at Twelve Apostles HotelDinner and a Movie Experience at The ...

Lights, camera and a three-course meal at one of Cape Town’s favourite fine ...

Vegetarian pizza from Festa WellingtonPizza Special at Festa Restaurant

Take a bite out of this delicious deal in Wellington every Thursday night

Lunch at Beyerskloof wine farm restaurantBeyerskloof Winery Pinotage Experience ...

Taste your way through the fine food and wine made from South Africa’s ...

James Bond Gun Fun After Hours Package007 Thursdays at Gun Fun

Get your kicks shooting the same guns as James Bond. For real.

Hugo cocktail for happy hour at Rick'sHappy Hour Restaurant Special at ...

Sip discounted sundowners, sangria and more atop one of Cape Town’s most ...

Pool deck at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & SpaHalf-price Sushi Special at African ...

Get 50% off this Century City restaurant’s sashimi, salmon roses and more ...

Beer Garden at the Waterfront Market Cape TownV&A Market on the Wharf

Treat yourself to a truly unique food experience at the Waterfront’s gourmet ...

Oriscolls City Centre pub Cape TownAll-week, Double-whammy Happy Hour at ...

Drop kick the stress of the workweek with not one but two hours of discounted ...

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips