Lisa's

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  • Swedish
Guy Dimond
Westbourne Park

A new Swedish restaurant is always something to look forward to, like lungfuls of fresh coastal air or a sight of winter sunshine. Breezing into Portobello is this all-white interior with huge atrium-roofed conservatory dining room at the back. It wouldn’t look out of place on the Swedish archipelago. The staff are Swedish and Norwegian, with the kinds of smiles and clear skin that are a great advertisement for all social democracies.

Rather than trying anything New Nordic in the kitchen, Lisa’s plays it safe with Swedish home-style cooking. The meatballs were of a mushy consistency that fell apart at the touch of a fork: not a good start. The treatment of vegetables was umnimaginative: potatoes were simply roasted, spinach leaves came with more than one dish. Ingredient quality has to be tip-top with Scandinavian fish dishes, yet the cured salmon was little better than Ikea standard.

There was a lack of care about the cooking on the day of our visit – accompanied by the crash of plates and Viking oaths emanating from the kitchen. Perhaps they were all having a bad day, as the service was also painfully slow.

It might be better to just pop in for a drink at the tiny bar instead, as the German-style, Swedish made Nils Oscar ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ altbier is almost as good an export as Abba.

Venue name: Lisa's
Contact:
Address: 305 Portobello Road
London
W10 5TD
Opening hours: Open 8am-midnight Mon-Fri; 10am-midnight Sat-Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:3
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Alex L

This restaurant is the best thing to open in Notting Hill in years. Totally delicious and ambiance great. Really pretty interior and service friendly. 

sarah

Ikea standard food, tiny portions, massively overpriced. As a local I love to support local, particularly new ventures. On my first visit the food was OK, but the ambience quite lovely with charm. Second visit; over 45 mins wait for food and when it came, we were left wondering how the tiny little portions of not much related to the menu were chose from. Such a pity as Lisa's could have been great.

My

Nothing Hill's new little gem for sure! Yummie! I'll be back

Henry

Lisa's is an absolute shocker of a restaurant. Have rarely seen anything worse. Menu very sparsely, but not a problem if dishes executed well and produce at highest quality. However this was not the case. We ordered three "tapas style" dishes. Firstly schrimps that were unpeeled (not an issue as common in Sweden, but tedious and on top of that still frozen) and served with mayo from a supermarket, secondly we had cured seared salmon that came three small slices that were so fatty that they were not eatable, thirdly we ordered a cod dish, which was the highlight of the evening even though fish was overcooked and very dry. As main ordered the Swedish meatballs thinking what can go wrong - but the meatballs were again very dry, the pickled cucumber and the lingonberry were not homemade but swedish supermarket stuff. Still being hungry we thought let's go for a pudding and asked for the menu, but there was only one option a strawberry/lemon cheesecake - we went for it, but 5min after placing the order we were told they had ran out (pls note we ate at 7pm and only one other couple there when we arrived), but was later corrected to "we must have forgottent to make one". As a Swede I feel embarrassed that this restaurant is allowed to call itself Swedish.

Sarah

I love Lisa's. The food is fantastic. I think the Time Our reviewer must have visited at a bad moment, because I've been to Lisa's five or six times now and it's always been great. Lisa's serve the best Swedish food in London, the staff are friendly, and the look, feel and vibe of the restaurant is First Class!

Greg

I think it is an amazing addition to the area and charmingly spotaneous in a way that makes it feel like your home. Lisa herself seems to live there, maybe normal for a opening, but still it further improves the homy feel. The Cod is always a safe bet and Friday's are great with live music and Karin behind the bar. -I would be proud if I was a Swede!

Josh

Total ripoff. Two small summer cocktails cost £20.25! Waitstaff disappeared and was unsure of pricing. This isn't mayfair and even if it was i would expect twice the service and decor for that amount of money.