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Church Street’s Lola’s Kitchen, located just south of Bloor Street, occupies a heritage building constructed in 1878. The three-storey former residential dwelling, built in the Second Empire architectural style, is the perfect edifice for a spacious and striking restaurant serving outstanding food and drink.

The name Lola’s Kitchen was chosen to honour a ladyan Aunt Lolawho is rumoured to have lived in the grand house in the late nineteenth century. “That’s the story and apparently the building is haunted, maybe it’s Lola, who knows?” front of house manager Alex Dooley says with a smile.

It’s hard to imagine a ghost haunting such an elegant and thriving restaurant in such a favourable downtown location. Alex, building and business owner Elliott Sud, general manager Courtney Pitchford, and kitchen manager Ben O’Brien work together to make sure the food and service honour the restaurant’s beautiful space.

That space is wonderfully embellished by artwork from Toronto’s Goodfellas Gallery. It also features chandeliers, high ceilings, comfortable seating, exposed brick and piping, a fireplace, huge windows, a mural, indoor seating for 79 guests and a huge elevated front patio.

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  • Atmosphere: 4/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 1/5
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I'm a transgender(male/female). I came into the restaurant the other day and was addressed as "Sir". I was clearly dressed feminine as I'm in transition and dress as a female. Even when I was seated the waitress again said "Sir"would you like a drink?...not once during the time there I was referred as a female...very disappointed that this was done by a staff member considering your in the Village...

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 1/5
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Lola’s Kitchen has been making good, wholesome comfort food in the Village for years now. Whether you want to keep it light with a Kale Caesar or Pan Seared Organic Salmon, or something heartier along the lines of Lamb Burger or the Sante Fe (brown rice, spiced black beans, guacamole, roasted corn, grilled sweet potato, romaine, green onions, crispy tortillas yogurt lime drizzle), you’ll find healthy, carefully crafted dishes using all house made ingredients. Just because it’s a party week doesn’t mean that you have to eat like it.

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The vegetarian starters alone are so enticing, it’s going to be awhile before you even reach the salads, bowls and mains: - Crispy cauliflower fritters ($8) served with a lime yogurt dipping sauce - Winter squash ($9) stuffed with brown rice, roasted cauliflower, sauteed leeks, black olives, toasted pumpkin seeds, cranberries and maple chili drizzle - Sharing Plate (415) of roasted beet puree, roasted cauliflower cranberry chutney, candied walnuts, roasted garlic, grilled sweet potato, green olives, pickled onions, fresh pear, frizzled leeks housemade organic flatbread.

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