This Portobello Road café and restaurant has a firmly Nordic feel – the food and drink is Swedish and the staff are all Scandinavian. Well, except those describing themselves as 'wannabe Swedes'. Blonde hair, great skin and an affinity with social democracy is all a state of mind anyway, right?
The eponymous Lisa has departed for pastures new but a focus on traditional Swedish home-style cooking remains. Expect, then, meatballs, Swedish fish stews, 'koldolmar' (a white cabbage roll with red lentils, mushrooms, onion, garlic and herbs) and 'pytt i panna' (a Swedish hash of pork sausage with ham, potatoes, onion, pickled beetroot and raw egg yolk).
And outside of those classic Swedish options? There are chicken sandwiches, beetroot and blue cheese salads and granola with yoghurt and poached pear. Keep an eye out for live music and DJ sets, too.
305 Portobello Road
|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|
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Average User Rating
3.2 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
Nice food but nothing special. Overpriced soup of the day was £9 with a tiny morsel of bread. It took over 30minutes for coffee to be served. Won't go back.
This restaurant is the best thing to open in Notting Hill in years. Totally delicious and ambiance great. Really pretty interior and service friendly.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.