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“Good but not great.... in no hurry to return”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Gola Restaurant

Gola Restaurant
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Ranked #1,103 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Contemporary, European
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Italian food from Puglia, (close to Chelsea stadium)
London, United Kingdom
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“Good but not great.... in no hurry to return”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

We found Gola recommended by many other TA reviewers and whilst we were happy with our choice we were not overwhelmed by Gola.

The decor of the restaurant is interesting and we liked it. Don't go expecting anything fancy as other TA's have warned. It is very much a well-organised hotch pitch of objects such as wine corks, paintings, mirrors, fairy lights and some interesting flattened gin and wine bottle clocks! Low level lighting and candles gave the interior a very romantic feel we thought and it was an intimate setting for couples which we liked. Though there are also larger tables in the back room for groups of friends. The Manager actually told us that 95% of the items used to decorate the interior were found in charity shops! We thought it looked unique and clever but as some other TA reviewers have warned it is definitely a 'shabby chic' looking restaurant and there are no table cloths so it this respect it is a modern italian compared to a more traditional formal restaurant. Make no mistake though we found the interior interesting and unique compared to the more formal setting and was definitely an attractive point to the restaurant in our opinion.

Food wise we found the food to be good hearty portions though not amazing. We had the calamari for starter which was average and the sea bass and pasta with beef ragout and veal for main. The sea bass was tasty the beef ragout was delicious but extremely rich and hard to eat as it was served in a bowl made from baking parchment which was I think to allow a bigger portion to be served but personally we would have preferred a smaller amount in a smaller bowl with no baking parchment! The dish was so rich that my boyfriend (who is a very big eater) couldn't finish it all. Would recommend the sorbet and chocolate soufflé for pudding both of which were delicious (pudding was definitely our favourite course).

The service was excellent the manager was extremely friendly and came over and introduced himself and checked on us throughout the night. Very helpful and attentive but not too much.

The whole meal cost us £85 for a shared starter, and a main, pudding and wine each. We had a really enjoyable evening and found the atmosphere and service of Gola great but the food was not special enough for us to visit again in any hurry.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Terrific find in Parsons Green”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

Food is incredible, authentic Italian. Owner is there all the time making sure everyone is happy. Atmosphere is great, love the crowd. Good music day & night (London-Soho feel to the place). We come all the time.

Visited May 2014
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Thank maseru13
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

Really nice atmosphere with good service.
Big portions... Food with great taste!!
Lemoncello in the skull cup taste even better

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Lilian_Rossi
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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Average”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

The food was badly cooked and overpriced, I had monkfish which I love and cook myself and have eaten here before, but this time it was fried in oil for so long it was reduced to mush and it was swimming in oil. My partner had the chicken which had not colour or flavour it looked like invalid food and tasted about the same, the prices are very high for the quality of the food served.

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank sebastian75
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396Owner396, Owner at Gola Restaurant, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Dear Sebastian,
unfortunately for you we don't have a monk fish in our menu!!!!! i think you went in a wrong place or you had to much drink.....
next time you pass in front gola come inside and we talk,because i know you,
P.S
buy a GRUPON voucher next time for your dinner
The Managment (MAN)
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“Couple for fun night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Best Resturant in Fulham without a doubt. Love the atmosphere, family run, the best Italian in London.

  • Visited April 2014
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