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“Amazing food”
Review of Il Girasole

Il Girasole
Ranked #1,539 of 23,697 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Can't get enough of this fabulous little restaurant in Earlsfield - the food is delicious and the atmosphere fantastic. Be sure to pay it a visit!

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Thank IsobelSmith90
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Located in Southfields--which from central London is much further than it appears on the map--a trip to Il Girasole is not for non-citified folk. The journey and neighborhood are a bit dodgey and the 45 minute ride to and fro does tack a hefty sum to the dinner tab. It is a tiny restaurant with 10 tables in the front room and perhaps half again as many in the rear. The acoustics are atrocious, the chairs uncomfortable and the tables too tiny. But, if these have not deterred you, you are in for a treat. Service is swift and sincere. Menu choices are many and varied. The wine selection is small but very well sorted. Our Barolo was a delight to the eyes, nose and palate. Prices are significantly lower than restaurants just north and the quality is on a par with the same. Our appetizers of fried calamari and zucchini, served in a brown bag on a wooden board were steaming and crispy, lightly battered with a satisfying crunch. An entree of rabbit ragu, while a bit salty, was extremely good, the pasta particularly yummy. The roasted duck breast with lentils was beautifully presented and equally delicious. A shared dessert of pear and chocolate torte was average, but the accompanying cappuccino was perfection as was the shot of house Limoncello. There are definite pros and cons to a visit to Il Girasole, there are fabulous Italian restaurants more easily accessible. But somehow this small entreprise is inspiring in its attempt to bring true regional Italian cookery to a neighborhood in need of updating and the owner/chef should be applauded for his vision. So if a couple of taxi fares can be donated to that cause, it is a very small price to pay. Support these guys--make the trip and make your tastebuds smile. N.B. Taxis after dinner are non-existent, but the staff will order one for you.

Thank Rebecca D
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Very surprised to find such a great restaurant within a stones throw of my house. The menu had some delicious sounding dishes, and the choices ordered were delicious. We had a pasta starter portion and this was actually brought to us on two plates as we had said we were going to share the pasta. This level of service was unexpected but set the standard for the rest of the night. Mains ordered were the Pork Saltimbocca and the special grilled fish followed by a dessert of Pear and Chocolate cake. All meals ordered were mouth watering and well matched with a reasonably priced bottle of white wine. When the bill arrived it was clear that the value for money was unsurpassed!

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Thank Chris R
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Went with my girlfriend Katie we could not believe this little dancer of a Resturant was in our doorstep, I could not stop eating !!!

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Thank Kieran O
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice, interesting menu with some good feature dishes..
Good service and reasonable prices...
Great food and nice ambience, recommended..!
Would definitely visit restaurant on another visit to City..

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Thank Neil C
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