Lola by Cocotte
A playful take on Italian-American classics in a lively setting.
The buzz: Another alluring spot by the people behind Phrom Phong’s flashy, smash-hit bistro, Cocotte, Lola by Cocotte busts out Italian dishes with American twists, creating crossovers that are playful yet comforting.
The decor: Taking over a corner on Ekkamai Soi 12, Lola occupies an open glasshouse venue attached to its distinctive Mediterranean-style sister restaurant Pesca—a setup which aims to reflect Lola’s combined experiences of both Italy and New York’s Little Italy. It’s undeniably a fun eclectic setting, combining colorful chairs, flamboyant Portuguese-style tiles, neon-lit signs and vintage picture frames.
The food: The menu here is fun but well thought out, with playful twists on American favorites—the Cheeseburger pizza comes topped with ground beef, pickles, burger sauce and a generous drizzle of thick cheese sauce (B390), while the satiating XXL Burger “Say Cheese” offers a 600g wagyu patty, bacon, fries and a double helping of cheese (B1,190). The pasta is the real showstopper, freshly made in-house, with indulgent options like the Cheesy Ravioli with spinach cream, green peas and parmesan (B370), or the Truffle Heaven, with fresh tagliatelle, mushrooms, crispy bacon and truffle sauce (B430). To finish off, satisfy your sweet tooth with a creamy slice of New York berry cheesecake (B230) or an ultra-luscious vanilla-infused pannacotta (B230).
The drinks: The fun and imaginative signature cocktail list leans on the girly side, with offerings like the colorfully polka-dotted Modern Art (B300), which mixes amaretto, lemon, egg white, bitters and ground nuts, or the Polycat (B300), a light, aromatic concoction of Absolut vodka, elderflower and lychee liqueur, peach foam and grenadine. Wine by the glass is also available—try the Spanish Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2012 (B280) or the Australian Wyndham Estate Bin 222 Chardonnay, 2016 (B220).
Why we’d come back: The unabashed comfort food and eclectic decor make for a fun and energetic experience.