If you want an experience that is half-way between a casual pub and a gastro-pub, Bollo House is just the place.
It is quite high-end, with fine quality food and good service, but still retains a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
The pub is spacious and well-lit with a part-glass ceiling allowing natural light to shine through - a lovely touch.
A large chandelier also hangs above - a strong feature customers always compliment, I'm told.
Bollo House is great for summer afternoons and evenings, with a very pleasant surrounding outdoor seating area.
A new chef took over last month, and my housemate and I were impressed by the options on the menu, many of which sounded delicious and made the decision a tricky one.
In the end, to start I went for the crayfish and prawn cocktail, avocado, Marie rose, at £8.00. I thought it was a very fresh option, perfect for not filling you up too much. The avocado was puréed which I hadn't expected and made it taste different, but I thought the crayfish was high quality, which I think is important with seafood.
My friend chose the pan-fried mackerel, Jersey Royals, gooseberry compote, at £7.50, to start. The fish received rave reviews, it was full of flavour but actually not too strong for those who are usually put off by mackerel being too 'fishy'. The potatoes come cold and the dish is well-presented.
For the main meal I tried the pan-fried sea bass fillet, crushed potato, samphire, cockle and clam veloute, priced at £16.50. The sea bass was amazing, and the sauce was a beautiful flavour. I couldn't finish the dish as the sauce coupled with the potato base was too rich, but I have no criticism of the taste.
My dinner partner ordered the ricotta tortellini, peas, broad beans, asparagus, herb oil, at £12.50 - a good choice. It's no ordinary tortellini but rather, 'posh tortellini' with really flavoursome ricotta and herbs.
My favourite part of a meal is often the dessert, as I have a massive sweet tooth.
I thought options on the menu at Bollo House had a nice twist to them and were interesting.
We shared a white chocolate brulee with shortbread, at £5.50, and the chocolate tart, orange puree and salted caramel ice cream, costing £6.00.
I thought the brulee was a bit different to most as the chef used white chocolate, and the chocolate tart - contrary to my expectations - was actually reasonably light. The accompanying ice cream was indulgently brilliant.
For things to settle down, I ordered a mint tea, which our friendly and efficient waitress Issie kindly added fresh mint to - another nice touch.
Bollo House is not cheap, but it is certainly a lovely treat and a guaranteed chilled and enjoyable evening.
Call 0208 994 6037 to book or visit www.thebollohouse.com.