Lola Rojo

78 Northcote Road , London, SW11 6QL

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Lola Rojo, a tapas bar for the post-modern era, puts its emphasis on food and wine rather than San Miguels and sangria. It’s a deli as well as a restaurant, so customers have their tastebuds titillated by an attractive display of nibbles. Tapas clichés are a rarity. Yes, there are boquerones and paella, but you’re unlikely to see deep-fried squid rings or boiled mussels. The menu instead offers ‘excellent’ piquillo peppers with garlic prawns, ‘fab’ chorizo lollipops with quince aïoli, and mojama (smoked dried tuna) with a tomato dressing. For a proper Spanish experience, accompany your choices with a glass of fino or amontillado; otherwise, there’s plenty to interest wine enthusiasts on the all-Spanish wine list. Compared to other tapas bars, the bill may seem large, but for the quality of cooking, it’s fairly reasonable.

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Food & Drink: 8.3

Service: 8.7

Atmosphere: 9.3

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

JAH. bronze reviewer 23 August 2013

Lola Rojo is one of our favourite local restaurants. The food is inventive and delicious and the menu changes often enough to keep it interesting (while the usual favourites retain their place!). Service is good also. Don't go if you are looking for traditional, rustic tapas – even the patatas bravas have a twist in this restaurant! The sister restaurant Rosita & The Sherry Bar just up the road serves more traditional food and is also excellent.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Claire V. 12 May 2011

When you walk into Lola Rojo, it's immediately apparent that this isn't your average tapas bar. The sophisticated decor is cool white, with flashes of red – sort of art gallery meets boutique hotel. The food is an adventurous, modern take on tapas. There are some of the old classics but usually with a creative twist. I've eaten at the restaurant several times since it opened in 2006 and have always been impressed with the presentation of the dishes. Most also taste fantastic but occasionally some miss their mark. The crispy aubergine with orange blossom honey was good but I didn't taste the honey. The chestnut mushroom with manchego was a big let down. This was one of the dishes I'd picked out on the menu earlier in the day and had been drooling over. The dish looked lovely but the mushrooms weren't cooked through – part warm part raw – the accompanying sauce was bland and the taste of manchego didn't shine through. Shame. The cheese croquettes were a triumph. Ok, so nothing particularly unusual about them but they were presented well, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Oh and really, really cheesy. Delish. If there's octopus on the menu, I'll order it. And I did. In this case, grilled octopus, roasted potatoes and onion with aioli sauce. The octopus was excellent, very tender. The roasted potatoes appeared to be boiled and the aioli lacked oomph. The baby squid with honey and spinach was really good. We ordered it without the chorizo but it was still flavoursome and tender. Not sure the spinach added much though. The all-Spanish wine list is excellent with lovely categories and descriptions to help you choose. Most of the bottles are reasonably priced too, in the £20 region. All in all, a meal at Lola Rojo is an experience. You definitely feel like you've been somewhere different, it's just a shame that a couple of the dishes let them down.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Carol R. 08 October 2010

We had a private party at Lola Rojo's Fulham branch. At the weekend, at lunchtime, you can take over the whole restaurant. It's a bright and stylish venue; the food was very good and bountiful; the service was excellent. It was perfect for us and I recommend it to others. Foodwise, don't miss the padron peppers, potata “brava” or the paella. The wine list is extensive and well-chosen.