My dining companion and I shared two items from the menu. We shared an appetizer of plantain chips topped with melted cheese, black beans and sour cream. The Chef explained that he got his inspiration for from the typical nachos and cheese. Visually, this comes across as innovative dish; however, the plantain chips had a rather thick cut. The cheese just didn’t congeal well to my taste to make it truly work. The topping of beans and sour cream is delightful. I have had my share of freshly prepared plantains growing up in New York and while spending time in Nicaragua.
The main course item of pollo barracho was stupendous. Honestly, this is one of the most flavorful dishes I have eaten in my years of reviewing. Every component of the dish was rich in flavor from the rice to the beans to the chicken truly masterfully drunk with the flavors of lime, beer and other ingredients. This review does go on record as the only review that I have left hungry the restaurant hungry. We were not given much to sample but if you have to leave a good impression with one dish then Lola’s succeeded. Whether you try one, two or three things from the menu, you will be hungry for more. I trust that while Chef Roberto is there that he can bring it with delectable food.
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Where: 328 W 20th St., Norfolk, Virginia
Telephone: (757) 314-1141
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