I wonder if Sushi Lola’s is going for the same mystique of a restaurant I read about recently in New York that doesn’t have a sign out front. I guess the idea is that if you don’t know where it is then you don’t really need to be there. Whatever.
I walked up and down the small strip mall twice looking for Lola’s. I knew that it had moved from its original location, but it was supposedly just a few doors away. It wasn’t until my third pass by a mostly dark window that I noticed someone inside wielding chopsticks.
This must be the place.
When I stepped inside, the sushi chef shouted a greeting from behind his station. I nodded my hello as a server approached to seat me.
Lola’s is a simple place. There’s nothing fancy about it, which unfortunately extends to its sushi rolls. I ordered two: a spicy tuna and a yellowtail. They were presented wanly on a white plate. Even the pickled ginger, usually a pinkish hue, offered no color as Lola’s is a pale yellow. Part of the allure of sushi is the preparation and presentation.
The composition of the rolls themselves was a bit disappointing, too. The tuna wasn’t so much chopped as it was pulverized, a pasty mush. The rice-wrapped coins were loosely formed.
The nori on the yellowtail did not wrap all the way around, as though a half sheet had been used. The flavor of both rolls was fine, and the spicy tuna actually was — it needed no extra heat from the small wad of wasabi.
The rolls came with a choice of soup or salad. The miso soup I chose was so salty that I couldn’t sip but a few spoonfuls.
Service was minimal. So is the decor. Music is provided by a boombox behind the host stand that plays a local radio station. There are attractive pendant lights that run through the kitchen as well as the dining room, which leads me to wonder if they were left by the previous tenant, whoever that was.
I know that Sushi Lola’s has a loyal fan base, so I’m sure they’ll be glad to find the place open again. That is, if they can find it.
Sushi Lola’s is at 2902 Corrine Drive, Orlando. It’s open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 407-898-5652.