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26January

Lola's Bistro

Lola's Bistro

I was very privileged to be invited along with another 9 bloggers to Lola’s Bistro last Monday night (30/11). Lola’s Bistro is situated at the Quarters Hotel Florida Road in Durban and from what I have seen mentioned on social media it is getting rave reviews. 
 
 
 
The bistro is owned and run by the food passionate Lisa Morel. Before the bistro Lisa owned and ran the very popular Lola’s Coffee Shop which she had to close when the owners of the premises she rented decided to open their own coffee shop. Instead of re-opening the coffee shop again in a different premises Lisa decided to stretch herself by moving into the realm of fine dining. Helping her make her new dream is the talented Chef Mitch Clark who has worked in Gordon Ramsay’s as well as other great chef’s kitchens.
 
Lola’s Bistro has a wonderful courtyard area to sit in, a beautifully decorated bar and a room that reminds me of a glass hot house for flowers (don’t worry it is air conditioned). On the night we were there the room had been hired out for a private function.
 
Beautiful decor
 
 Well it is time to get on with the important part of this blog post – the food! Oh the food!
 
We had a chance to look at the fabulous menu while we had our welcoming drinks and there was lots of chatter about the Smokey Bacon Soup topped with shaved biltong. Everyone was thrilled when our first taster portion of the menu for the evening was this soup and it tasted just as amazing as it sounded. Lots of oohs and aahs from the table.
 
What a divine soup
 
 Next up to taste was Seared Tuna with sesame seed crust served with deep fried wasabi mash balls and coriander pesto. Wonderful tuna and the wasabi mash balls were a delicious surprise.
 
Tuna and Wasabi Mash balls
 
Then we had Chicken Breast wrapped in bacon and served with butternut pieces and deep fried zucchini noodles. The chicken breast was soft and succulent with the bacon providing an extra taste sensation – as bacon always does.
 
Succulent chicken breast
 
The last part of the taster menu for the evening and known as The Grand Finale on the menu is of course dessert. This was the difficult part as a table was set up with various desserts and we could choose which ones we would like to try. Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake, A Light Crème Brulee with an espresso kick, Peanut Butter Shortbread Balls with a creamy salted caramel ice cream and a Panna Cotta.
 
Choices, choices. I decided on the Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake and the Light Crème Brulee. Oh my, oh my they were so amazing! I especially loved the crème brulee with the espresso kick and the chocolate bomb came in a close second. I also had a taste of the Panna Cotta and it was smooth and creamy with a refreshing vanilla flavour.
 
Oozy chocolate that tasted as good as it looks
Creme Brulee with coffee - yes please!
 
Thank you Lisa Morel for a delicious evening and I can’t wait to visit again for more divine food.
 
Lisa is very happy to help creative entrepreneurs. So if you have a small business, speak to her about setting up in a section of her courtyard.
 
 
 
Lola's Bistro 
Quarters Hotel 
101 Florida Road

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19November

Cafe Society Awards KZN 2015

On 27 October I attended the Cafe Society Awards with Inge Loker. I was very excited to have won two tickets to the Awards through Illovo Sugar SA’s Facebook page. It is the highlight of the year for those coffee shops and restaurants who take pride in producing a superior cappuccino. It was certainly a highlight of my year to be there to see the winners firsthand. I love getting the booklet that the Sunday Tribune produces every year listing all the coffee shops and restaurants that the judges visited and reading what they have to say.
 
 
 
The Cafe Society Awards are sponsored every year by Illovo Sugar SA and the Sunday Tribune and a lot of hard work goes into organising the judges and receiving their feedback. Many meetings are held and sometimes a return must be made to a coffee shop or restaurant for final decisions.
 
This year the Cafe Society Awards were hosted by Duke & Duchess Motorcycles (motorcycles – coffee shop – clothing store). Duke & Duchess is situated at 2 Outlet Park, 59 Meridian Drive in Umhlanga and I definitely need to return for another of their cappuccinos and more of their food. The food was amazing! Mini Wildebeest burgers, tomato soup in shot glasses, pulled pork wraps, chicken skewers and mini beef bunny chows. There also was a fun sweet table. I had one of their cappuccinos and also tried an iced coffee which seems to be a signature drink as I saw so many people having.
 

 

 
 
The emcee for the evening was Kevin Minter-Brown of East Coast Radio and he was also one of the judges. We were also addressed by Aakash Bramdeo the Editor of the Sunday Tribune and Darrell de Wet the Market Manager of Illovo Sugar SA. They are both very pleased with the way the Cafe Society Awards has grown and the standard of cappuccinos produced in Durban and surrounding areas.
 
Aakash Bramdeo, Darrell de Wet, Lineage @ Stretta crew,
Musa from Lineage @ Stretta
 
We were not allowed to say who the winners were on the night as all the information and winners were going to appear in the Sunday Tribune magazine. I can obviously now safely say as it is Sunday and the newspaper is out.
 
Here are the winners of the various regions :
 
South
 
1. Beaver Creek Estate, Port Edward
2. Tea @ Baytree, Shelly Beach
3. Mojo’z Cafe, Shelly Beach
 
North
 
1. Duke & Duchess, Umhlanga
2. Republik, Durban North
3. Wonderland, Salt Rock
 
Inland
 
1. Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Curry’s Post
2. The Olde Duck, Underberg
3. Essence Deli Cafe, Pietermaritzburg
 
Durban
 
1. Lineage @ Stretta Cafe, Hillcrest
2. The Factory Cafe, Glenwood
3. Bean Green, Glenwood
 
Best Barista
 
1. Musa Magwaza from Lineage @ Stretta Cafe, Hillcrest
2. Sfiso Gumede from Republik, Durban North
3. Shawn Mushohande from Factory Cafe, Glenwood
 
Highly Recommended
 
Durban
Jacksonville, North Beach
Cafe Jiran, North Beach
Mark Gold, Morningside
Parc Cafe, Glenwood
 
North
Old Town Italy, Umhlanga Ridge
It’s All Good, Durban North
Science of Coffee, Ballito
Zara’s Cafe, Ballito
 
South
Jaxx, Port Shepstone
Burlesque Cafe, Ramsgate
 
Inland
Coffeeberry Cafe, Pietermaritzburg
Barbs Cafe, Nottingham Road
 
 
Well done to Craig Charity (Lineage @ Stretta Cafe) for this amazing achievement of winning two years in a row. Big congratulations also to Musa Magwaza (Lineage @ Stretta Cafe) for picking up the title of Best Barista. Hillcrest is officially the place to get the best cappuccino so head to the Colony Shopping Centre 50 Old Main Road. You can also get divine cappuccinos at Lineage Coffee in Waterfall at the new Watercrest Mall.
 

 

 
Thanks so much Illovo for the fabulous evening and for my new Carrol Boyes mug and for the syrup that is perfect for homemade waffles.
 

 

Thanks for the photo (Illovo Facebook page)
 
 
*Wink wink I would love to attend next year*
 
#lovecoffee
 
Illovo Sugar SA
 
Sunday Tribune

 

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