Friday, May 22, 2015

Lovely Lunch at Lolita

Did you know Lolita on Munjoy Hill serves lunch? I didn't consider it as a lunch spot, but more for a special occasion dinner or a nice place to sit at the bar and catch up with a friend. But why not catch up with a friend over lunch? As the weather warms, their tables on the sunny side of Congress Street seem more and more appealing. 

I stopped in for lunch with Original Roomie A. earlier this week, and learned Lolita offers several daily $10 lunch specials. Side note: A. and I are practicing our "ladies who lunch" routine. We enjoyed the bento box lunch special at Miyake ($18!!) with some sparkling rose last month. This time we shared plates and loved the speciality cocktail: Hendrick's gin, Darjeeling tea syrup, St. Germain, lemon, and sparkling wine. Hello.  

Harissa sardine pot with sourdough

Another misconception of mine as it relates to Lolita is that it's fairly meat-heavy and rich. The last time I was in there, it was late fall, and I ordered a lot of rich meat dishes. But the menu has a lot of lighter dishes, yes, accented with meat, but with plenty of fresh vegetables too - especially in spring. Think chilled English pea soup, a spring salad, or Moroccan chickpeas. 

I, however, couldn't resist ordering meat and cheese: the Spanish sardines with harissa pot, the steak tartare and the burrata with lemon zest and Aleppo oil (3 for $10). 

One of the $10 lunch specials was an open-faced sandwich with a speck, arugula, and smoked tomato aioli on grilled sourdough bread. It's like Lolita in a sandwich: sliced Italian meat and a smoky flavor from their wood-fired grill. The sandwich came with a side of seared Shishito peppers, and I did encounter a few delightfully spicy ones. 

The other lunch specials were a rabbit stew with tomato, onion, and fennel, or a picnic board, where you selected one item from each of the meat and cheese selections, and it comes accompanied by spreads, pickles, and bread. 

So the next time you're getting your "ladies who lunch" on, consider heading up Munjoy Hill to Lolita for some small plates or the special (and definitely some wine). The Eastern Prom is waiting for you to relax on afterwards - and keep up the good work, weather!

Disclosure: I was treated to lunch by the PR firm that helps to promote Lolita. Thanks gBritt! 

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