The name is Lola,
It is a restaurant,
With lots of tasty fare,
And a whole fish over there...
|Baja Style Whole Fish|
As we walked into Lola Mexican Fish House, we were really nervous. You see, we here at MenuManiacs Headquarters are not what the kids call, "fish-type people". In fact, before we started this blog, we mostly frequented steakhouses and burger joints. That being said, after a brief retrospective we realized the one reason we started this blog was to try new places and different types of food. Good plan, us. If we let the name of the restaurant and the type of food they serve scare us away, we would have missed one of the most interesting, unique, and delicious restaurants we have reviewed to date.
Forest Room Five. The space is on the smaller scale so we do recommend reservations. We were lucky enough to be seated in front of the open kitchen and were continuously entertained while watching the chefs prepare a myriad of dishes. There is a full bar with ample seating and a cold bar that serves all types of seafood. They do have a downstairs area used for both overflow as well as private parties. Dinner starts nightly at 5pm, brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and Happy Hour all night Monday through Friday from 4pm-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:30pm-5pm. They have a slew of special events including weekly specials and live music so check their website for a full listing.
|Fresh made guacamole and cocktails|
Because of their varied drink menu, we chose a few unique adult beverages. The Cucumber Lemonade consisting of cucumber infused vodka and fresh lemonade was very refreshing; however, the Lola Colada was by far our favorite of the evening. It is made with pineapple-fresno chilie infused espolon blanco, Malibu rum, and agave. This was an interesting flavor combination that started out sweet and was followed up by a spicy kick. They offer an extensive tequila list as well as tequila flights if that's your poison.
From the Cold section, we ordered the Shrimp Ceviche served with tomato, avocado, onion, cilantro, and a boat load of lime. For those that do not know, Ceviche is a process where raw seafood is cured in citrus juices. We really enjoyed this dish. Fresh lime juice is the key and it seemed to be the element that tied all of our food choices together.
|Crispy Fried Chicken Mole|
|Pan Roasted Red Grouper|
|Tres Leche Cake|
|The amazing Jacquie!|
It is so exciting to find a place like Lola. Especially when it's an establishment that we would never have visited if it wasn't for Denver Restaurant Week. Fellow MenuManiacs, remember to step outside your comfort zone every once in a while to try something new. Invite your friends and make it an adventure. After all, that is what life is all about.
Thank you Lola for reminding us why we do this blog. We'll see you soon for a double batch of guacamole and a whole fish. Jacquie, save our table by the kitchen. We can't wait for round two!
The Officially Unofficial Voting Legend
Take it with a grain of salt, we're not professionals.
Awesome place, we’ll shovel more food in our face!
It was okay. Not our favorite, but we’ll take another stab at it.
Didn’t make the cut.