Lola & Simon

278 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 0SP - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8563 0300

Lola & Simon Restaurant In London
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Overall 3.0
Food 2.0
Service 2.0
Atmosphere 4.0
Value 4.0
Based on 1 reviews

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A cautionary tale to anyone thinking of booking a party at Lola’s – don’t!

The management have unreliable terms and conditions – changing it to suit their convenience at will.

After booking a party I had to pay a large deposit which I was assured would only be retained if party’s number reduced significantly without notice. Fortunately, on the day, everyone arrived. Shockingly, as one person arrived unwell and was unable to eat, a portion of my deposit was retained !! We were a large party and overall spent a significant amount, but clearly Lola felt this was not enough! Food-wise, I would not recommend ‘The Big Puku’ – big it is not! It was mediocre at best – I have had a more satisfying, and better value, cooked breakfast at my local transport cafe! Overall, what seemed as a promising venue turned out to be a disappointment.
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za
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4
Sunday, January 20, 2013

A very good neighbourhood place, simple but tasty food (best breakfasts in the area) using good ingredients. Works well as daytime cafe, the atmosphere not so good for an evening place (often the case with cafes). Several bottles of wine from a good list have, however, been enjoyed in the evening. This is not by any means the 20th or so best restaurant in London (as it's ranking in Trip Advisor gave it a few months back!!! - I feel sorry for anyone who made the journey from central London to eat here for this reason) but is a great place that is in a similar league to the other good King Street places - Zing, Tosa, Saigon Saigon etc

Major issue for me here is the inconsistent coffee. In the 18 months we have been coming here I have had some excellent coffees and some below average ones. People who know about expresso coffee making know that many factors effect how a coffee comes-out – amount of coffee in the each shot, adjustment of the machine valves, adjustment of the grinder valves, ratio of froth to milk…..I have ordered 2 flat whites here within 1 hour of each other that have arrived with different strengths. With a typical coffee having a 75% profit it is reasonable for customers to expect it to be good, and consistent. The 3rd (Aussie and Kiwi led) wave of cafes in London is producing some excellent places (e.g. Kaffeine, Tapped & Packed, St Ali, Flat White….) so stuff the passed as OK a couple of years ago will (I hope) become increasingly less viable. And what an opportunity for a local cafe to excel over its competition if the copied the leaders! Maybe some of the staff here need professional barista training (which is becoming a bit more standard these days).

Staff - very friendly, most of the time.
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CoffeeM - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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