Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Brixton
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Brixton restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 23 restaurants in Brixton and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Brixton restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Only Food and Courses British, Traditional restaurant in Brixton Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road - SW9
Serving eighties and nineties dishes, this shipping container restaurant from former Shard and Chelsea FC chef Robbie Lorraine has been modelled on "a classic greasy spoon".
2. Naughty Piglets Steaks & grills restaurant in Brixton 28 Brixton Water Ln - SW2
Joe and Margaux Sharratt’s “distressed-chic Brixton/Brockwell Park fixture” continues to win “top marks” for its French-inspired “small-plates at reasonable prices” (“if I lived next door I’d get rid of my kitchen!”). The “friendly, chatty and informal staff” and “South London style” also go down well, although the occasional reporter is “not so sure about the natural wines”. The same team has opened a sister venue at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace theatre in Victoria (see also).
3. Kricket Indian restaurant in Brixton 41-43 Atlantic Road - SW9
2017 Review: “A brilliant and totally different, fresh and wonderfully subtle fusion of southern Indian and European food” is “served up with a smile and music in a metal container in Brixton” as part of a “fun” and “funky” community project; a Soho branch is set to open in the autumn of 2016.
4. Pop Brixton International restaurant in Brixton 49 Brixton Station Road - SW9
2018 Review: Over 50 traders help transform this formerly disused plot in Brixton into a funky community space with numerous street-food options (a partnership with Lambeth Council currently planned to run till August 2018). Survey favourites include Baba G’s Bhangra Burger (“a well thought out Indian take on burgers”, with “phenomenal mango chips and lamb jalfrezi burger”), Duck Duck Goose (“simple but excellent duck, rice and greens”… “if nothing else, come and marvel at how 3 not-small blokes manage in a kitchen that size in a sea container”), Donostia Social Club and Koi Ramen. See also Smoke & Salt.
5. Boqueria Spanish restaurant in Brixton 192 Acre Ln - SW2
2017 Review: “Bustling and busy” tapas bar between Clapham and Brixton, now with a Battersea offshoot. Both offer a “jolly” and “fun-packed” destination for “interesting tapas, drawing inspiration from the traditional (patatas bravas and tortilla) and beyond (tuna with almond and soy sauce)”.
6. Salon Brixton British, Modern restaurant in Brixton 18 Market Row - SW9
“Ambitious modern British cuisine” – an “interesting” menu of “trendy but unfussy dishes that are well-prepared” – plus a good list of natural wines win consistent high praise for Nicholas Balfe’s “buzzy spot in Brixton market”, although “it can get a bit manic”. The team has opened a second venue, Levan in Peckham (see also).
7. Nanban Japanese restaurant in Brixton 426 Coldharbour Ln - SW9
2019 Review: “Different and great flavours” are to be discovered at former MasterChef winner Tim Anderson’s “fun” fixture, where he cooks up his own distinctive and very alternative ‘Japanese Soul Food’ (incorporating eclectic ingredients from nearby Brixton Market).
8. The Joint American restaurant in Brixton 87 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln - SW9
2018 Review: “There’s a long queue but it’s worth it” insist fans of this Brixton Market BBQ, known for its “gorgeous pulled pork and brisket”. Service can be “brusque” though, and the odd reporter felt very short-changed here: “maybe they’d run out, because we were passed off with rubbish”.
9. Gremio de Brixton, St Matthew's Church Spanish restaurant in LONDON Effra Rd - SW2
2018 Review: Fun, “friendly” tapas haunt in the atmospheric crypt under Brixton’s St Matthew’s Church, fuelled by cocktails and a decent wine selection; DJs at the weekend.
10. Booma Indian restaurant in Brixton 244 Brixton Road - SW9
2019 Review: “Lots of small, tapas-y dishes to share, accompanied by a glass of craft beer” is the formula at this modern Indian café on the northern fringes of Brixton, which delivers “accurate, well-spiced cooking to a higher standard than one might expect”.
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