Lisa's is a stylish contemporary Swedish restaurant and bar in London’s uber fashionable Notting Hill area. Located at 305 Portobello Road, Lisa's delivers a unique culinary experience coloured by owner Lisa Wallén's Swedish roots and childhood memories. Every dish is made with ingredients selected from Lisa's Scandinavian pantry and the menu is dictated by Sweden’s four distinct seasons of the year. The style is one of rustic food, prepared with a modern simplicity. The vibrant bar is proving a popular destination in itself, with amazing cocktails prepared by head bartender Ebba, exciting seasonal events such as summer crayfish parties and live music on Friday evenings.
Lisa’s love of food stems back to childhood memories of she and her sister being taken out to dinner by their father in Sweden and much of this was her inspiration for Lisa’s, “I used to love all the smells and listening to all the people. I remember seeing the restaurant owner sat at the end of the bar or at a little table in the corner with a cigar and a glass of wine or a whiskey, warmly shaking hands with each client who came over to him. For me, the owner was the person who created the whole atmosphere and everything inside was special because of him.”
Witnessing the rise of chain restaurants during her international career, Lisa was determined to recreate that unique warm, welcoming atmosphere when she eventually opened her own establishment. With heart and soul invested and with her own name above the door, Lisa opened her first restaurant and bar in London during the summer of 2013 and as she explains, “I chose the name Lisa’s so people can always relate to the place with a ‘face’ as I’m always here.”
The majority of the food at Lisa’s is served tapas-style which has proved an excellent way of introducing Swedish cuisine to Notting Hill and clients are presented with traditional Swedish food with a modern twist, including different types of meat, fish and seafood depending on the seasons. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available and Lisa’s is also able to offer gluten-free bread and desserts courtesy of Swedish gluten-free bakery Fria Gluten Free.
Lisa is keen to keep a local feel to her restaurant and as well as sourcing fish and seafood from the local fishmonger, George's Fisheries on Ladbroke Grove. Most of the chairs, tables and decorative items come from the famous Portobello market. Fabrics are from the cloth shop across the street and paint, pens and paper come from the local art shop. Lisa’s graphics are courtesy of Anthony at the Graffik Gallery in Portobello Road and the chocolate in the desserts come from a local lady who is an artisan chocolate-maker.
“We’re creating a restaurant and bar where locals can have their say about menus, live bands and what art is on the walls. We’re also keen to host more events to help local artists and businesses as well as just having a lot of fun.”
For further information visit www.lisasportobello.com