Isn’t She Lovely, LoLa 41…Palm Beach Restaurant Review

A white elephant is a possession that its owner cannot dispose of, whose cost is out of proportion to its usefulness.

If I unpack this description, it does not hold true for the fabulous new White Elephant Hotel located in Palm Beach along with the appealing restaurant, Lola 41.

I first bumped into the White Elephant on a trip to Nantucket many years ago. It was a divine vacation experience.

Expansion is, once again, on the horizon with a Naples White Elephant opening very soon and an Aspen White Elephant opening in the near future.

The White Elephant is a real draw in Palm Beach situated away from the pretension of Worth Avenue and its plethora of New York City transplanted pinkies up restaurants.

LoLa 41, offering a global bistro and sushi bar, is charming.

Dining outside under the black and white striped umbrellas is highly recommended. Inside dining appears to be a tight fit with a bar, sushi bar and intimate seating.

We were swayed by the sushi menu so we ordered a delicious Drunken Whale sake ($75 bottle) to accompany a Chirashi Maki comprised of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shiso leaf, cucumber Yuzu avocado, topped with citrus aioli and ikura ($28).

I would have liked a thicker cut of the various fishes so that the roll which appeared to be quite delicate would have more substance thus, more flavorful.  The overall taste was a bit diminished. The ikura and shiso did add pronounced tang.

The Tuna Poke Nachos was a delightful surprise. Not only is it plentiful and made for sharing, but the ingredients comprised of tuna, salmon, red wakame, avocado, unagi sauce, shiso aioli layered over crispy wonton chips was fresh and a unique merging of flavors ($26).

The Pan Seared Whole Branzino served with marbled potatoes, confit of artichokes, charred broccoli rabe, pistachio and garlic aioli was a fabulous dish presented deboned and headless. The crispy skin and tender, white flaky meat was delectable ($48).

We shared recommendations with our female dominated neighbors.

Our server, Julio, was attentive and helpful.

The menu is wide ranging, further highlighted by the LoLa Burger ($25), Lobster Fried Rice ($72), Baby Back Ribs ($24) and an extensive array of sushi offerings.

LoLa 41 is such a pleasant alternative to the ostentatious posse that regularly dine a short drive away.

The menu is diverse, the food appetizing, enjoyed in a lovely environment adjacent to the hotel.

LoLa 41 290 Sunset Avenue Palm Beach, Florida. Open for Breakfast Tuesday-Sunday 8-11am. Lunch 11am- 3:30pm Tuesday-Sunday. Dinner is served Sunday through Wednesday 5-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 5-11pm. Call 561.599.LOLA for reservations. Street and Valet parking.



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