Lola pita spreads
I recently became acquainted with someone online, because a mutual friend of ours thought we should meet. Michelle Cheng is from Austin, TX and she and her husband were going to be celebrating their anniversary here in Seattle. We conversed a few times on Facebook, and then more over e-mail, and we decided that we had a lot in common and really needed to meet -- and over food.
She had a list of places she wanted to visit, but on her list was to visit one of the Tom Douglas restaurants. I had told her about my favorite of his six places (Palace Kitchen) but realized that I'd actually never been to Lola yet, and had heard good things about it. So, we decided on that, as our place to dine.
We were very happy with the service, the food, and the atmosphere. We started with a couple of fantastic appetizers--manti (lamb ravioli with yogurt, red sauce, and pine nuts), all six of the Lola pita spreads, and a lamb meatball plate. After that, we elected to eat family-style and enjoyed Tom's Big Dinner, which consisted of a veritable smorgasbord of flavors -- grilled asparagus, prawn and chicken kebabs, greek salad, smashed garlic fried potatoes (Michelle's and my favorite of the night), and a family-style pile of lamb, fennel, and olives. (Yes, we ate our share of lamb that evening.)
Everything was delicious, even down to the dessert, which was an interesting sweet/savory turnover filled with goat cheese, honey, and pistachios. I honestly have to say, though, that the best part was the company. I enjoyed Michelle and her hubby and I was happy to share a Seattle dinner with them! Come back again soon, you two!
Highlights from dinner!
A lovely evening with lovely new friends!