Ola Lola Cafe & Eatery

by Meghna Bali

When you turn off industrial Alexandria’s main strip into the lesser known Doody Street, the last thing you expect to find is a llama named Lola above an authentic Latin American eatery. Step inside, and you’re transported into a world of delicious empanadas, searing chilli and of course, fútbol.

When friends and owners Hector Fernandez and Miguel Cajias opened up shop in 2012, they aimed to bring good quality, home-style food to Sydney’s brewing Latin American café and catering scene, and they’ve succeeded with great panache. The focus here is on sustainability and health, with a majority of the menu featuring fresh, locally sourced vegetables. In fact, there’s no deep fryer on premises, but by no means does this amount to their fare tasting anything but delicious.

Featuring the usual suspects, the eatery serves quesadillas, burritos and tacos, but Ola Lola’s signature dish is undoubtedly their golden empanadas, coming in as many as four varieties including beef, chicken, tuna or spinach, all served with a side of pico de gallo (salsa), chimichurri (finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and vinegar) and chili. Another popular dish includes their Pastor, roast chicken marinated overnight with achiote paste and served with chipotle mayo and quinoa salad.

For those who fancy life on the dangerous side, Ola Lola also serve up their version of the Chicken Mole, made with five kinds of spices, toasted sesame seeds, premium quality Mexican chocolate and rice. Definitely not for the faint hearted. If you’re feeling the heat, the eatery also stocks Mexicos’s favourite soda, Jarritos, in Mandarin, Guava, Tamarind and grapefruit.

A truly unique experience, Ola Lola does daily $10 lunch specials, taking diners on a culinary journey through South America from the comfort of their Alexandria eatery. Mondays are reserved for chipotle meatballs and salad, Tuesdays mean Mexican quesadillas, nachos and tortilla soup and we’d skip breakfast on Wednesdays to take on Ola Lola’s seriously grande burrito. On Thursdays the venue serves up original Colombian eats and end your week with a bang with Paella Valenciana on Fiesta Fridays.

Ola Lola also regularly features on Sydney’s festival circuit on the weekends, serving their famous paella and sangria amongst other dishes. In fact, the only thing these guys do wrong is not open on Sundays, but we have the festivals for our weekend dose of delicious Latin fare.

Where: 39/101 Doody Street, Alexandria
When: Monday – Friday 6am – 4pm | Saturday 9am – 3pm
Contact: olalola.com.au | Facebook | 8540 7282


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