Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Balham
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Balham restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 restaurants in Balham and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Balham restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Balham Restaurants
1. Haché Burgers, etc restaurant in Balham 37 Bedford Hill - SW12
“Doing what they do very well” – “top burgers” are presented with a veneer of Parisian sophistication at this seven-strong chain, popular not just for their value but their “lovely” styling too.
2. Milk Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Balham 20 Bedford Hill - SW12
“Be prepared to queue for the delicious and original brunches” at this Antipodean champion that has had devotees beating a path to Balham for 11 years (It’s “achingly hip, which I’m emphatically not, but the food is so good I love it anyway”).
3. Megan’s on the Hill British, Modern restaurant in Balham 43 Bedford Hill - SW12
With its inviting décor, this fast-expanding group has been a big “winner” since the pandemic, mushrooming to 18 sites, all of which have generally proved useful additions to their respective areas. But while “it certainly looks the part, and the staff look after you well enough”, the brunch-friendly fare can be hit ’n’ miss, with reports ranging from “surprisingly good” to “formulaic and really abysmal”. Top Tip – “always a top option for feeding the family”.
4. Indian Room Indian restaurant in Balham 59 Bedford Hill - SW12
“Very helpful staff” add to the appeal of this Balham High Street Indian, of over 15 years’ standing. Whether it should be a perennial inclusion in TripAdvisor’s top 10 London restaurants is debatable, but the (limited) feedback we receive says it’s worth a visit.
5. The Red Duck Chinese restaurant in Balham 1 Ramsden Road - SW12
“Top-class Chinese food, served in canteen-style surroundings” has arrived in Balham with the pandemic-delayed opening of this first solo project from Chi San, former right-hand man to Alan Yau of Yauatcha and Hakkasan fame. The relatively short menu is filled with standard dishes from the Cantonese culinary canon, modernised through the use of high-quality produce, and there’s an interesting selection of beers, wines and teas.
6. Taro Japanese restaurant in Wandsworth 193 Balham High Road - SW12
“It’s easy to walk past” these “unassuming” Japanese canteens, but “don’t – go on in!” There’s a “great choice on the menu of both cooked plates and sushi”; “the food is always delicious” and prices are keen for a cuisine that can be very expensive. After two decades in Soho, the group has now pushed into Balham, Kennington and Finchley, with Pimlico and Walthamstow scheduled for late 2022.
7. Dynamo Pizza restaurant in Balham 16-18 Ritherdon Road - SW17
2022 Review: “Great pizza in a cycle-themed restaurant”, alongside high-energy breakfast and brunch, washed down by decent coffee, fuel the peloton that passes through Putney on the way to and from Richmond Park – “what’s not to like?”. The branch in Balham closed down in 2020.
8. The Avalon British, Modern restaurant in Balham 16 Balham Hill - SW12
2021 Review: “A great pub!” (part of the Three Cheers Pub Co) down Balham way, with smart interior and gorgeous, big outside garden, and where steaks and ‘artisan pizzas’ are mainstays of a comprehensive menu: “even if the pub was boring, I’d come back time and again for the fantastic food!”
9. Yard Sale Pizza Pizza restaurant in Balham 63 Bedford Hill - SW12
“Such good pizza in very decent sizes for the price” earns this (south) east London chain some of the highest ratings for pizza in the capital and they’re “consistently quick” too. The latest addition to the group is a branch in Crofton Park.
10. Zia Lucia Pizza restaurant in Balham 65 Balham High Road - SW12
“Love the different pizza-base options such as charcoal and gluten-free” (there’s also wholemeal and ‘traditional’) at these popular pizza pit stops, where the dough is fermented for 48 hours then cooked in purpose-built gas and wood ovens. Two branches were added in 2022: in Stoke Newington in April and in Canary Wharf in summer.
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