What started off as a small takeaway restaurant, Solly's Exclusive in north west London's Golders Green has emerged as one of the biggest kosher restaurants in Europe.
It's original small premises has been expanded to cover two floors, a private banqueting room and of course a takeaway section.
Named after the late Solly, this little piece of Israel in London offers an eclectic menu of food inspired by Solly's middle eastern background.
As well as the usual shawarma (lamb and chicken) and shishlik (grilled cubes of meat), Solly's also offers Indian inspired food in the shape of chicken tikka.
Despite the expansion of the premises, punters have not been subjected to increased prices to by for Solly's growth. For around £12-£15 a head, a main course consists of a massive amount of meat with a choice of chips or rice and of course the ubiquitous Israeli salad - chopped cabbage, cucumber, tomato and some herbs.
With the introduction of an expanded ground floor restaurant, Solly's is now even easier for those with limited mobility who wish to sample the fare without traipsing several flights of stairs as used to be the case.
Freshly made Iraqi pitta which is about three times the size of the regular pitta is made on the premises.
On a recent visit, we were delighted with our selection. Chicken shawarma with chips and salad was the perfect filling meal. The schawma was freshly cooked and cut and seasoned to perfection. While, the chicken tikka with rice and salad provided a taste of India. Like, the shawarma, this was freshly prepared and tasty without being overspiced. it was served with a mild curry dipping sauce.
Service was attentive without being pushy. The pace of the place was relaxed but busy. Music, or muzak was not your usual Israeli tunes but instead, a secular selection of easy listening from the 50s and 60s. In a very surreal way, this works well and we hope this wasn't a one-off.
Israeli restaurants have come and gone in London, but Solly's has managed to pull off one of them most difficult task any restaurant can achieve - keep prices stable, maintain quality and grow your business by keeping your customers loyal and attracting new punters.
Solly's is located at: 148A Golders Green Road, London, NW11. tel: 0208 455 2121