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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Oct 31 2011
The regulars at Solly’s keep returning for reliable, Israeli-style food, crowding on to closely packed tables. Takeaway options are appetising, with crisp falafel and spicy shwarma, but once you sit down, prices shoot up (and it’s cash-only).
You’re spoilt for choice with starters; there are kibbe and vine leaves and several varieties of houmous, plus an array of deliciously oily aubergine dishes. But the best pick is crunchy, lamb-filled Moroccan cigars, accompanied by a spicy tomato dipping sauce. Traditional dishes include chicken, bean or goulash soups – all served with puffy laffa bread baked in the oven at the back.
Main courses are mostly grills: lamb (on skewers or as chops), steaks and burgers. Chicken comes with the breast fried in crumbs or as boneless thighs marinated and chargrilled to tender succulence. All main courses are served with chips (ours were unexceptional) or basmati rice (generous portions cooked in the Iraqi way with vermicelli). A slightly incongruous mixture of vinegary cabbage and lettuce fills the rest of the plate. We found service surly, and staff didn’t think to offer us dessert (baklava, perhaps) or coffee.
Solly's 146-150 Golders Green Road
- Venue phone:
020 8455 2121
- Opening hours:
Lunch served 11.30am-1hr before sunset Fri. Meals served 11.30am-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun. Winter 1hr after sabbath-1am Sat
Tube: Golders Green tube
Main courses £10-£16. Set dinner £32 3 courses
- 146-150 Golders Green Road
- 020 8455 2121
- 146-150 Golders Green Road
Average User Rating
2.8 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:1
Ridiculously expensive for a salt beef sandwich and that was take away! Most staff are unwelcoming and surly this is most definitely NOT Israeli hospitality, why don't restaurants learn that customers are the most important factor in their success apart from the food that is. Not recommended at all.
Up till now (12.01.13) I thought that this is one of the best Israeli restaurant in London, after today's experience I defiantly won't go back there!! The service was poor- two Russian girls which one of them was lovely and the other a nightmare served us with very basic English- didn't know what was on the menu set... Nor what is Israeli hospitality not to mention that I wanted to speak to the supervisor and he didn't even bother to visit us... So we ordered 3 sets menu and we got one plate only of each salad and once I requested more falafel I got an answer that this is all we get in the menu and I replied well there are 3 sets menu we order and yet the comment was with an unpleasant facial expression. I am so disgust by the way things went down since I last cost on October 2012. If you want a true feeling of good service food and atmosphere it is defiantly not the place!
Went there with friends to enjoy a nice dinner we were extremely dissapointed when the food was served. The salt beef served was basically not even a quarter a portion of a proper sandwich with no filling whatsoever. This was brought to the attention of the waiter, he replied this is what you get. Very dissapointed with the service and food+ behaviour. Will not recommend and have no intention of returning.
I went there with a friend quite recently hoping for a bite to eat. We arrived at 6:50 on a Sunday and it was less than half full. We ordered starters, which we received within about 15 minutes. After an hour, we still had not received our main course. However, a waitress arrived bearing a small dish of sliced gherkins which, she said, would be 'on the house' if we agreed to move to the next table, as she needed ours so that she could move it against the next one for a party of four guests. She assured us that our food would be with us very soon. Believe it or not, after two hours we stil had not received our food and the place had filled to capacity. At that point, I cancelled the order and told the waitress that we were leaving. The 'manager' came to speak to us and when I told him what had happened, he complained that lots of people had arrived at the same time!!! I thought that this was what restaurateurs wanted. In the end, he agreed to waive all charges but told us never to come back as we didn't understand his system!!! Needless to say, we won't. This guy and his restaurant makes Fawlty Towers seem like the Dorchester.
I have eaten in all Kosher restaurants in North London. Food wise - they are the best, it's true! But if exceptionally cheap prices are what you are looking for, i would suggest staying at home. If quality is what you are after.... There is no better!