Isola Bella

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Golders Green

There's certainly plenty of choice at this Kosher restaurant and cafe - you can traverse the much of the gastronomic globe without having to leave Golders Green. It takes its name from one of the Borromean Islands of Lago Maggiore, in north Italy.

And Italy informs much of the menu, with pizzas, pasta, ciabatta sandwiches and regional salads proving popular. Its diversity comes by way of shakshuka and sabich from Isreal, Mexican breakfasts, Greek salads, salmon teriyaki and fish and chips from good ol' Blighty. A selection of Thai dishes is most comprehensive, with tom yam soups, pad Thai noodles and Thai-style egg rolls alongside those employing a little geographical poetic license - fried wonton and garlic bread, mainly. 

The dessert list is nothing if not extensive. Sharers for two such as the 'oriental celebration' (fried banana and pineapple served with seasonal fruit, two scoops of ice cream and whipped cream) and the 'football' (a deep-fried coated scoop of ice cream on a slice of pineapple, with chocolate cream and maple syrup) are alongside tutti frutti, waffles, dulce de leche, tarte de noix, apple pies, cheesecakes and the 'Himalaya' - coconut layered with white chocolate mousse, tiramisu, meringue, caramel mousse, praline and milk chocolate ganache. It's suitably mountainous.

Venue name: Isola Bella
Address: 111a-113 Golders Green Road
NW11 8HR
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-1am Mon-Thur, Sun; 8am-4pm Fri
Transport: Tube: Golders Green tube
Price: Main courses £4.50-£18. Set lunch £12-£15 2 courses, £20 3 courses
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