Tucked away on Lee Tung Avenue in Wan Chai, La Bo La is a cosy cocktail and tapas bar with a Southeast Asian twist. First of all, sip on some handcrafted cocktails whipped up by the talented mixologists. Our favourite is the Salty Chocolate Martini, a combination of vodka and baileys served with cream, Valrhona chocolate and a kosher salt rim. If that isn’t enough to tantalise your tastebuds, try some of La Bo La’s Vietnamese-influenced small dishes which range from tofu fries to boneless chicken wings, homemade truffle and liver pate with toast and soft shell crab rice-paper rolls. Inside the restaurant, stylish decor and a cosy ambience make it the perfect location for a romantic date, while the outdoor seating area is great for a spot of people watching accompanied by a cocktail or two. To guarantee a table, make a reservation at Hong Kong’s La Bo La in advance!
Food was good although the portion size could be slightly bigger. Service was also good. The washroom was clean and well kept. Will definitely go back again.
Excellent location at the beginning of Lee Tung Avenue, intimate atmosphere, good food but food portions are small considering the price. The bah mi sandwich is good with very crispy and fresh baguette.
A cozy little restaurant with nice decor and good music. The menu is quite small, but some nice vegetarian options. A large wine selection. Service was good, polite and not pushy.
A new Vietnamese restaurant in Lee Tung Avenue. Not wide variety in food , but relaxing environment which is a good place to hang out with friends.
La Bo La's drinks menu is a lot more sumptuous cos it has three pages while there's just this one single sheet for dinner menu. Not much food choice. We ordered two drinks : young coconut with Malibu that was refreshing ; calamansi with soda water was good but standard fare. Deep fried cheese shapes were hot and not greasy ; avocado shrimp rolls fresh ; soft shell crab rice paper rolls were fresh and comes with sweet and sour dipping sauce ; pork collar salad was nice but pork collar although juicy and tender could do a more generous serving ; liver pate with sliced bread was ok, a bit rather too greasy and could be smoother and the siz very thin slices of bread rounds were definitely NOT enough for the whole pot of pate so they should have more slices, and should be thicker ; deep fried prawn crackers were a bit over deep fried and better if it was done a minute less so it's not too deep coloured and less hard ; roasted chicken rice was served on a wooden board , generous with the whole breast and a big round of rice on the side and comes with a slightly chili sauce. Yet they could marinade the frozen chicken a bit better so it will taste less ' stiff and frozen ' ; lamb racks were the best ---three good sized racks on a wooden board with Brussels sprouts and cherry tomatoes and a mint sauce. Meat was tender and pink but could be better with the racks chargrilled a bit more so the rack edges are a bit more crunchy, Their dessert menu was almost ' not available' cos there's only lime panna cotta to choose and that's it. It was not overly sweet but not chilled well enough, could be a little bit firmer too. Ian the founder happened to be there and he walked over and was really amiable chatting with us. We told him it was very disappointing that there was no 'pho' on the dinner menu and he apologised saying he also wished it would be there for dinner really soon. Right now 'pho' is only served at lunch becos of some kitchen technicalities so we left the place feeling discontented as it's best to judge a Vietnamese resto by its signature noodle dish. Another thing is they don't have any washrooms in house so patrons need to walk out and use the public toilets run by the urban council or the property developer. If it rains you will definitely get wet if u try to go to the loo. It seems La Bo La aims more at serving drinks rather than shifting more focus on food.
First impression was how small the restaurant is and it looks really unfurnished. In the pictures it looks really trendy and modern, but the truth it was actually more like a cha charn teng but dark with a bar. The menu was really limited. With only a few things to choose. However food was actually tasty and price was reasonable. Not one of my favourite restaurant but deserves a reasonable rating
The soup of Pho Bo was a bit too sweet. Besides, there's only a very small piece of lime in the side dish, not enough! The crispy spring rolls were extremely disappointing! It wasn't authentic, not wrapped in rice paper ..... The best dish was crispy chicken wings, yummy!
A bit under staff. Food portion can be bigger. We ordered lamb rack, curry beef brisket and pho, the food quality is still good. House wine was not cold enough, but beer was good.
Good atmosphere and choice of wine and cocktails. Food is average and menu is limited. Only good for drinks and snacks but not full dinner.
Tasty food and nice environment. Main dishes' portion can be a little larger as the current served portion is small even for ladies. Staff can be more attentive to customers' request