I was first introduced to this place as being the 'go-to' place for a splash out breakfast or brunch. If you're just looking for a greasy spoon there are much cheaper (and greasier) places you can visit. If, however, you're looking to spoil yourself (last night's date) or just want to treat your hangover, then this is the place to go. Discovering they also do dinner, I went back to try out the largely Argentinian menu (empanadas, steak etc.) and had an equally lovely dining experience. If you're on a date, a tip is to try and get a table upstairs at the back.
If someone were to invite me back to Lola y Simòn in a smaller group, I would try it again. If someone asked me to organize a big meal in Hammersmith, I would rather try one of the many other interesting-looking places on King Street over trying this restaurant again, cute as it is.
I went in a group of 20+ people for a friend's "see you soon" gathering. I didn't get to order what I ate--I was at a trade show on the day that my friend gave us the set menu options, so I went with my friend's three default courses because she needed to know on that day. I don't think this detail matters, however--I think a good restaurant wouldn't allow for patrons to "order the wrong thing," and really there is no excuse for a bad "steak."
The garlicky soup started off well enough, but was a little one-dimensional. I felt like it accomplished in five spoonfuls what it would have for the remaining fifteen, so I was happy to let 3/4s of it go when the server came to take plates and I had been talking too much to eat it all. I might have held on to it if I had anticipated the main being as terrible as it was, however.
The Milanesa Napolitana with Argentine beef and fries looked and tasted like it came out of a freezer. My friends likened it to "kid's food" (ie canned alphabet pasta and boxed macaroni). The formerly fresh tomato slice for garnish was wilted in the way that indicates the food had been sitting in the "keep warm" oven for a while. I ate under half of it. My friends swooped in on the rest, but it was more out of them still being hungry than the fact that it looked tantalizing.
I had a bite of a sympathetic friend's pan-fried sea bass, which smelled fishier than it should have been, and tasted good but not great.
The rich chocolate brownie was really a joy to eat. The texture was almost like a melting fudge mixed with finely chopped walnuts.
I tried--and enjoyed--two very different Malbecs. One was my pick--spicy and bold, the way I like it. The other was very full-bodied and dangerously drinkable. I wasn't such a fan of the Sauvignon Blanc that was also on the table, but maybe I couldn't taste it as much after the Malbecs.
The service was impressive--they wrote our names down and remembered our faces, even when we kept switching chairs.
The ambiance was perfectly warm, worthy of our beloved friend whose send-off it was. Adele, we'll see you soon. Lola y Simòn, I'm not so sure.
Had brunch here the other day and it was still tip top. A really lovely warm atmosphere, some good fare too. Great chorizo and egg on sourdough and I ordered extra mushrooms. Lovely. This place feels like it should be in Seattle not Hammersmith. I'm sure I saw Frazer and Niles enjoying a coffee in the corner.
lovely food and really friendly service. Great spot for a weekend brunch, but bear in mnid its very family friendly which may put off those recovering from the night before who want to read the papers in peace.
Dog friendly too which I enjoyed but not for everyone I guess.
This is the best brunch I've had so far in London. Quinoa pooridge and eggs and toast is unreal. Great coffee. Feels like a real New Zealand kiwi brekkie.
Amazing brunch here, the big puku breakfast and pancakes are fantastic. Good coffee too. One of our favourites.
Lola and Simon was the perfect spot for an early brunch. We stopped in at about 10am and were seated right away. We tried the poached eggs with pork and leek sausage (YUM) and sourdough bread as well as the 'really good bacon sandwich'. Both dishes were excellent as was our coffee. We ordered two chocolate chip cookies for takeaway...the baked goods display was too good to resist!
At the time I was living at Hammersmith I've visited this restaurant quite often. They have a good choice of nice wines and the food is delicious. I like the atmosphere and the changing menu.
Hope to come here the next time I visit London!
Attentive service, great steaks and sides, pleasant but cool music, and an awesome house liqueur. I am totally coming back here!
This is a local place filled with love. Lola and Simon were there--Lola catering to the guests and Simon overseeing the food.
The food was good--we shared a tomato soup, I had a salmon salad and then we had some walnut honey ice cream.
I thought the food was good, but things that I could cook when I am at my best, so not gourmand.
It is a really nice restaurant with a beautiful atmosphere, good service and good food. Just not mind-blowing!
I read every review before coming to Lola & Simon.
I salivated over the idea of Mars Bar muffins, mushroom risotto balls and hot provaleta cheese. ('Cause who wouldn't?)
I got excited over sipping some amazing coffee
I even prepared myself to use the correct names of Kirstin and Nico (the owners) not Lola and Simon (their dogs).
But then I went rogue.
the warm honey-roasted fig arugula salad with marinated feta, walnuts and balsamic dressing,
the soup of the day which was asparagus, and
the BBQ roasted chicken with lentejas - a lightly spiced Argentinean stew of puy lentils with chorizo and vegetables (which I have conveniently copied from the menu just for you).
It all went down smoothly with the recommended Argentinian Chardonnay, since wine is apparently what they do best.
And I didn't even communicate with the servers other than to slip in a few hedonistic guttural monosyllabic grunts of enjoyment.
In conclusion: You really can't go wrong.
A friend took me to this restaurant recently for dinner, which seems to have won an enthusiastic following quickly amongst the locals. It's described as the world's first Argentinian/New Zealand fusion restaurant, reflecting the origins of its owners, Kirstin (Kiwi) and Nico (Argentine), who run front of house. Lola and Simon are actually their dogs though apparently, Kirstin and Nico have got used to answering to Lola and Simon!
The split level dining room offers an intimate atmosphere with a nice looking bar downstairs. In fact, being teetotal, I was very impressed with their range of interesting homemade non-alcoholic drinks. My friend was very impressed by the New Zealand wine that he ordered, courtesy of Kirstin's recommendation.
The menu is quite short and sweet, offering 5-7 choices amongst starters, main courses and dessert. I started in Argentina with empanadas with different fillings. The pastry was crispy though I struggled to clearly identify the components of the fillings.
I continued in Argentina with my main course with Milanesa Napolitana (crumbed Argentinean rib eye steak topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese) . I was sold on this by Nico who told me that this is the sort of food that Diego Maradona would have grown up on! The steak was good quality but perhaps stilton would have been a better foil.
My dessert of warm ginger cake came with a special portion of home made vanilla ice-cream rather than the advertised ginger cream (thanks, Kirstin!). It was yummy.
Being honest, the food was probably worth 3 stars but the overall atmosphere was great, especially with the hospitality of the owners. Hence the overall 4 stars. I that Kirstin and Nico's aim to create the kind of place that they liked going to: somewhere with a great atmosphere, delicious food, really good coffee, and great value and interesting wines has been realised. I notice that they also serve breakfast, brunch and lunch and I can see it becoming a real community hub for the local area.
Hammersmith is an odd area that actually doesn't have a great selection of fine dining restaurants, which is a pain when you're trying to suggest places to eat to colleagues and clients running through your offices. i usually recommend Lola and Simon as it's the best and most reliable of the restaurants around here.
I've had the potato soup on one occassion (sooo good) and the chicken ceasar salad, which was also excellently prepared. The desserts are what makes it though, the coconut cake was perfect and there are a wide array of other cakes, sweet treats and nibbles. While in the area, it's a 4-star place...but it's not a place I would travel specifically for.
I had a really lovely dinner with family last month at Lola & Simon, and I'd really like to go back and try some other dishes.
I sampled the items on a sharing platter (sweetcorn empanadas, mushroom risotto balls, hot provaleta cheese and marinated olives), an Argentine ribeye, and a side of mushrooms.
While my steak wasn't the best I've ever had, every other dish I tired or sampled off other's plates was very tasty. My mushroom side was a huge portion and had such fantastic flavor that I seriously contemplated coming back and ordering it as an appetiser. The sampling platter was a lovely way to get a small taste of their offerings and the plate was clean by the time our mains arrived. My dessert is no longer listed on the menu, but it was a lovely rhubarb crème brûlée.
We also had some beautiful white wine, and the service was attentive and unobtrusive. The atmosphere would be lovely for a date, though it was a slow evening with only 2 or 3 other tables when we were there, so I'm not sure how intimate it would be with full tables. Overall, I really enjoyed my meal.
YUM! Such a cute place and great food. Very cozy spot for a nice weekend brunch or intimate dinner. We only tried the breakfast so far but we cannot wait until we come back for dinner. After reading some of the reviews, I am already starting to drool thinking about it.
We tried the eggs benedict and the poached eggs with pork & leek sausages on sourdough toast. Both were delicious and the eggs were cooked perfectly. Sausage was really tasty and the bread was crisp and toasty! We ordered a muffin to-go and loved it. Not too sweet with touches of chocolate and dried apricot. It really hit the spot for a late afternoon snack.
I've been here a couple of times for brunch.
Pros: Banana and Mars Bar muffin. The best coffee in London.
Cons: Slightly weak vegetarian selection: my eggs florentine was ungarnished and unaccompanied but quite expensive.
Also there is sometimes a bit of a wait for a table unless you book ahead and the service can be a bit ditzy. For example, last time we went, we got side dishes we didn't order and our neighbours at the next table got the wrong thing altogether.
Great little place a stone throw from Ravenscourt Park. Wood, funky wallpaper, loads of bottles... It's super cosy and friendly, and with a few tables outside it becomes an absolute winner for a quiet night with mates or your other half.
The menu is small but well formed with an argentinian-kiwi theme. Try out the empanadas, always a winner in my book. The wine list is exhaustive with some great choices of both Argentinian and New Zealand wines. They have different prices by the glass, giving you loads of options for tasting a few bottles.
In short: a great neighborhood restaurant.
Named after two dogs that belong to a lovely couple who own the restaurant.
Highly recommended for a romantic dinner with your better half or a light lunch on a sunny day with outside tables available.
My favourite dish from the menu must be Milanesa Napolitana (Argentinian beef). Yum!
Came in for brunch last weekend and my poached eggs and sausage on sourdough bread was delicious. The iced coffee was strong and sweet (I believe they use condensed milk), the way I like it if calories aren't an issue. My companion polished off her steak sandwich and raved about it too. The only problem was the family sitting next to us with a child who thought it was okay to lie down on the bench and kick, almost nailing my friend in the side.
I went back a few days later for coffee and carrot cake in the late afternoon and had the whole place to myself. Cake was chock full of great flavors including raisins and lemon! Will be back more often!
this has quickly become my favourite local hangout.
coffee is great, cakes and muffins scrumptious and service friendly and easy. I really value a place that pays attention to atmosphere - with a combination of outside dining, table service and also a comfy couch - they cater for whatever your comfort requirements may be.
furthermore, I am very impressed with the bathroom: clean, spacious, stylish and with flowers to boot.
you can find me here for brunch, afternoon coffee and cake or a late night bottle of champagne!
Outstanding breakfasts with generous side orders ....perfect weekend brekkie location with outdoor tables great during sunny dayzzz
The food and service are nice enough but the place is way overpriced for what's on offer.
Came to Lola and Simon on a whim last week while visiting London from the US. The location was great, ambiance was lovely. The food was AMAZING! Best meal I had in London, and I had some really great meals. I had empanadas to start, with the soft cheese and herb chicken as the main. Incredible! Dessert was gingerbread cake - so good. The service was fantastic, just the right pace, and our server was so nice. Regardless of if you live in London or are just visiting, Lola & Simon is a "must do". Perfect! I will be coming back to London just to eat here again.
Good cafe in hammersmith.
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