Lolo & Wren (Invited)

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Lolo & Wren is famous for the crispy croque madame because of the article that exposed Matt Preston favourite brunch dishes and he apparently loves their croque madame. I did travel far away with my husband driving the car from my home back then to try them.

After getting stranded somewhere in between the Essendon depot and East Brunswick by the unexpected termination of my tram (thanks, PTV), I somehow maneuvered my way to Lolo & Wren. With its unassuming exteriors and interiors, the restaurant is tucked in rows of residential houses which made it slightly hard to spot! Our waiters warmly greeted us, presented us with the menu, and I was excited to order by this time. Here's what I tried. 

The Pig Boss. Chinese slow-cooked pork with Schezuan pork crackling, peanuts, herbs, citrus slaw & Sriracha mayo on a white roll. This roll is simply packing in flavour. The sweetness of the pork is combined with the crispness of the pork skin crackling and the peanuts. The slaw, coriander and mint really gave the bun an almost a Vietnamese banhmi feel to it. I would have liked a less sweeter flavour, and a harder-type of bread as the roll was just overwhelmed by the toppings. Overall, a great roll!

Southern fried soft-shell crab with Louisiana remoulade. One of the halmarks of good soft shell crab, in my opinion, is not having too much of a 'shell' like texture and flavour. This burger nailed this and the special sauce just added into the flavours of the crab.

Patatas Bravas. Potato gems topped with tomato chipotle.One of my favourites in the menu. The potato gems were still crisp under the heap of sauce on top. The tanginess and slight spiciness of the chipotle won this dish for me! 

Candy Apple Pancakes with walnut praline, rhubarb and blueberry compote and vanilla mascarpone. I managed to get a bite out of these pancakes and they may not look like much, but they were awesome! I'm not sure how they cooked the pancakes, but I think they were slightly battered and re-fried, making this pancakes crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Wish I had ordered this for myself! 

Black Betty. Double espresso, chocolate ice cream, chocolate ganache, honeycomb toffee and freeze dried strawberries. Perfect end to our late lunch. This glass had all the flavours - bitterness from the coffee, sweetness from the chocolate and the acidity of the strawberries. Yum! Not to mention the crisp honeycomb toffee that just added a contrast in the overall texture.

I love their soft shell crab burger so much. It was delicious. For soft shell crab burger fans, this is a must try.

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Lolo & Wren
484 Albion St
Brunswick West, VIC 3055