Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Brixton
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Brixton restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 19 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. 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).
2. Smoke & Salt British, Modern restaurant in Brixton 53 Brixton Station Rd - SW9
“It’s a slightly mad room in a shipping container” – well, that’s Pop Brixton for you – but this “relaxed and friendly” 20-seater offers “the epitome of modern dining” with its “super-tasty and interesting” dishes: ‘on-trend small plates created using British ingredients and the ancient techniques of smoking, curing and preserving’.
3. 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).
4. Boqueria Spanish restaurant in Brixton 192 Acre Ln - SW2
“A really interesting menu” of “wonderful modern-style tapas and sharing plates” contributes to “a Spanish gastronomic experience” at this “vibrant” duo in Battersea and Clapham. “The young staff are always so friendly and welcoming”.
5. Kaosarn Thai restaurant in Brixton Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln - SW9
“Delicious food and incredibly reasonable prices” ensure that this family-run Thai trio in South London (Brixton, Battersea and Tooting) are “hard to beat – especially with BYO”. You eat “authentically, but very quickly!”
6. Mamma Dough Pizza restaurant in Brixton 354 Coldharbour Ln - SW9
“Delicious pizza dough” with top toppings have won a solid following for this “informal” South London group, now reaching as far as Sydenham. Home-made ginger beer and locally brewed craft beer, plus artisan coffee roasted in Shoreditch, complete the deal.
7. Rosa's Thai restaurant in Brixton 36 Atlantic Rd - SW9
The “lovely Thai food” at these reliable cafés is “impressively authentic given that they are a chain” – “excellent value” and “fast”, if occasionally let down by “iffy service”. Founded in 2008 by Saiphin and Alex Moore, who inherited the name of their first East End site, the group has 15 branches in London and expanded to Liverpool and Leeds this year following the sale of a majority stake to US investors. The couple also have two spin-offs, Lao Café in Covent Garden and the new Chinese noodle bar Hoh Sek in St Katharine Docks.
8. Kricket Indian restaurant in Brixton 41-43 Atlantic Road - SW9
Taking over the former site of Brindisa Food Rooms (RIP) this lauded, modern Indian makes its permanent return to Brixton (it started life with a residency at Pop Brixton). This is the third London site for the growing group, with a restaurant in Soho and a large outlet at the Beeb’s former White City home.
10. CHICKENliquor American restaurant in Brixton Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln - SW9
Part of the MEATLiquor family, this Brixton branch specialises - as the name suggests - in chicken; wings, bites and burgers.
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