i liked this restaurant.
i had arranged dinner for a large group of friends and Sollys provided us with a lovely round table - that in itself was a Tick for me as most restaurants give long rectangular tables which are not as social as round tables.
some of my friends arrived late but the staff did not get irritable for the delay - another tick- and they served us very conscientiously through out the evening.
the ambience was pleasant - condusive for a nice catch up with friends.
the best thing was the shawarma- im a huge shawarma fan so eating a shawarma at solly's after MONTHS of not having one really hit the right spot for me!! :) hooray to that!
I've been coming here for years, and have weathered the storm of a fire that shut the restaurant down for months, inexorably rising prices and rude staff.
This place is a bit of an institution around the Golders Green area, but sadly, it doesn't really rate much more than a "meh".
Layout-wise, you have a takeaway counter facing onto the street that has some seating allowing you to quickly eat and go, or you can sit in the main part of the restaurant which is more of a knife and fork deal.
The food is really very good - it's standard Israeli fast food - shishlik, schwarma, falafel, etc, all very tasty and freshly prepared.
Now for the downsides - it's expensive. Really expensive. More expensive than surrounding restaurants. A large schwarma and coke will set you back about £8.50. While it is very tasty, and there's obviously the extra cost of having the restaurant certified as kosher, it's just too expensive. A portion of chips is £3 - I shudder to think what the markup is on that.
The staff also deserve a special mention. As a group, I've never met a more off-hand, rude group of people. Easily angered, and unfamiliar with the words please and thank you they add a certain something to each trip.
So, the food is good, but extremely pricy, and the staff are unfamiliar with the principles of customer service. What's not to like? 2 stars.
On a trip to London visiting family we went to this place to get some take out for an easy dinner. We all ordered falafels in Pita and some fries.
As it was takeout I can not really say anything about the atmosphere and since I did not pay I have no idea what it cost but I could not image in being too much.
Therefore the rating is sole based on the falafel in Pita. They were good falafels but when do not falafels with dressings a lettuce taste good? The reason is I only can give it a three is because even though they were good they were not the best and I most likely will never go back to that place for Falafels.
Really great if you like your meat, and a good range of fillings to go with it (though a little expensive). As a new veggy I have to disagree with the previous reviewer as the options are limited to fallafell, which is not of such a high quality (better to go to 'pitta' down the road which speciallises in fallafell).
I have to admit I've only ever had food from the takeaway section (this may colour my experience), but there are plenty of benchs around and nice high chairs to sit at.
The staff are often quite brusque and you might feel rushed if youre not used to the israeli business mentallity. But I quite like it.
I'd always suggest ordering a mango nectar whatever you have as they are heaven in a can.
I would have given this place 4 stars but for the lack of good veggy food and the pricey menu.
Sollys restaurant has a restaurant section and take away section too. You do get huge portions although the price is quite a lot. If ever i am in N London I make sure to visit. Their shwarma is top notch - something that i cannot get over in essex. They also have a more reasonably priced takeaway service which you can pick up a delicious shwarma pita with whatever fillings you like for around £5.
Great Israeli food. Perfect for vegetarians and carnivores. Go hungry as you will leave very full.
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