After seeing Josh Thomas last Saturday we decided that we were hungry and needed something to eat. As we were in Nedlands already, we decided to drive down Hampden Street and randomly pick somewhere. La Lola stood out to both of us, as it was dimly lit and the only place on the road that was buzzing with energy. We decided to try it.
As it was about 9pm, we were lucky enough to get a table for two without a wait. The food that was coming out of the kitchen looked and smelt great. The décor was beautiful. I loved the set out and the place was decked out really nicely. We spent a few minutes looking around and checking the place and the people out before we even glanced at the menu.
Even though it is based on an Italian trattoria, it doesn’t have the same feel. It doesn’t feel overly casual and the prices are quite high. However, you do get a lovely Italian vibe as the majority of the male waiters were Italian and the place looks like a modern take on an Italian ristorante.
The service the whole night was great. We ordered our wine and were given a bit of extra time to look over the menu. It all sounded good, and I liked the fact that the menu wasn’t too dense. I’d been craving ravioli for a few days previously, so it was an easy choice. My partner decided she’d like to try the linguine. Both of us decided to skip entrees due to the lateness of the meal and the fact that dessert could be an option, as a lovely tiramisu plate had gone by a few minutes before which looked very appealing.
The wait for the two dishes and the side salad was a little long. It would’ve been about 25 minutes. I did expect the wait though, as the place was quite busy and the menu gave a few hints that the chefs can’t handle too much. La Lola doesn’t offer takeaway, they don’t cater for a table more than 8 and the menu asks you not to make any variations to the dish you order.
The Linguine pasta dish was served with sautéed prawns, chilli, garlic, tomato concasse and rocket. A allowed me to try a little and it was extremely tasty. The good quality pasta and the beautifully cooked prawns were the standout of the dish and it is definitely recommended by both of us.
My spinach and ricotta ravioli served with Napoli sauce, fresh ricotta, grated parmesan was also really nice. The fresh pasta was great quality and the Napoli sauce was fresh, and all the ingredients could be tasted. My favourite part (besides the pasta) was the onions in the sauce. I don’t know why but it’s the one element I remember (and liked) the most.
All in all – La Lola has a great vibe about it, great service, a lovely wine list and really tasty pasta. The price at the end of the night was a bit of a shock for two pastas, two wines and a salad, as it came to be $95. In hindsight though, Perthites do seem to pay high for good quality food and after a week of mellowing over it, I think I would return due to the ambience, food and service provided and to try that amazing looking tiramisu!