Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Balham
Hardens guides have spent 31 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. Indian Room Indian restaurant in Balham 59 Bedford Hill - SW12
Regularly ranking in the top 10 of TripAdvisor does no harm to the custom of this Balham High Street Indian of about ten years standing. Our reporters are not quite as mega-enthusiastic, but rate it consistently highly.
2. Haché Burgers, etc restaurant in Balham 37 Bedford Hill - SW12
A “go-to place for top burgers”, this upmarket chain offers a chic Parisian polish that its rivals would struggle to match, and operates seven outlets in Shoreditch, Chelsea, Camden, Clapham, Balham, Holborn and Kingston. Ratings softened this year, however, and one or two reporters feel it’s “not as good as it once was”.
3. Milk Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in LONDON 20 Bedford Hill - SW12
“Get in early to avoid long weekend queues” at this well-known Antipodean artisan café – a star of the Balham scene for the past 10 years. You’ll “always find good coffee and delicious food”, and “their brunches are great value for money”.
4. Megan’s on the Hill British, Modern restaurant in Balham 43 Bedford Hill - SW12
With their very “pretty interiors” and “great brunch” – this “reliable chain” of “cheerful” all-day hang-outs has emerged completely undaunted from the pandemic, expanding beyond its south west London heartlands as far as Islington, Marlow and St Albans. With new openings scheduled for late 2021 in Dulwich and Richmond, the roll-out shows no sign of slowing down. They’re very “dog friendly” too.
5. Taro Japanese restaurant in Wandsworth 193 Balham High Rd - SW12
“No frills but great food” is the deal at this small group of basic Japanese canteens, which has pushed south and east after more than 20 years in Soho, with branches now in the City, Balham and Kennington. They serve a wide range of sushi, noodle and rice dishes, with the best value to be found in the bento boxes and ‘set’ meals.
6. Chicken Shop & Dirty Burger Balham Chicken restaurant in Balham 7a Chestnut Grove - SW12
This once-thriving burger brand from Nick Jones’s Soho House group has been reduced to a single branch, under the arches in Vauxhall, and a supporting role at stablemate Chicken Shop in St John’s Wood. Fans reckon it’s “good for when you’re in a hurry” – perhaps they should hurry, while it’s still there.
7. Dynamo Pizza restaurant in Balham 16-18 Ritherdon Road - SW17
“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
“Yummy, doughy crusts” and “unusual but great topping combinations” have built a growing following for this “too cool for school” east London pizza multiple, founded in 2016 in Clapton. It now has eight outlets following a fast roll-out south of the river, with openings in East Dulwich, Balham and most recently Crystal Palace. Most of them are “small, busy crowded”… for good reason.
10. Zia Lucia Pizza restaurant in Balham 65 Balham High Road - SW12
“The stunning sourdough pizzas are a proper treat” at these “fast and delicious local favourites” which are a “great addition to the burgeoning London real pizza scene”. There’s a “particularly interesting menu with a variety of crusts including charcoal (looks burnt, tastes like chewy pizza heaven)”. The original Islington branch now has an adjoining home-made pasta specialist, Berto, from founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo, while the group’s sixth pizzeria opened on Balham High Road in autumn 2021.
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