Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Camden
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Camden restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 55 restaurants in Camden and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Camden restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Morso Italian restaurant in Camden 130 Boundary Road - NW8
“This jewel-like place in a faintly unfashionable corner of St John’s Wood exceeds expectations” with “fresh pasta”, “friendly service”, and “an exciting grappa list”, plus “grappa-themed cocktails that really hit the spot”. Downsides? “It is very noisy”, and “the small-plates format means that bills can add up alarmingly”.
2. Chai Thali Indian restaurant in Camden Centro 3, 19 Mandela St - NW1
2019 Review: “Cute and cheerful” pan-Indian street food and bar operation in a new development near Mornington Crescent. All reports are upbeat, if with a caution that you should “pick your way through the menu carefully to have a better-than-standard curry house experience”.
3. Phoenix Arts Club British, Modern restaurant in Camden 1 Phoenix Street - WC2H
Tucked beneath The Phoenix Theatre lies our charming escape from the London norm. Our lively and nostalgic theatre bar & Restaurant is located in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of The...
4. Ippudo London Japanese restaurant in Camden 3 Central Saint Giles Piazza - WC2H
“Top ramen with great broth and good combinations”, win fans for this genuinely Japanese chain (originating in Fukuoka), which has branches in Holborn, Embankment and Canary Wharf. Ratings, though, fall short of the top heights at the hands of those who feel its food is “not bad, but not memorable”. A fourth branch is to open in Fitzrovia in autumn 2019.
6. Locanda West Hampstead Italian restaurant in Camden 311 West End Lane - NW6
Starters include mozzarella in carrozza, which is deep fried breaded mozzarella with a spicy tomato sauce. Lovers of seafood will also enjoy dishes like the Gamberoni Piccanti, tiger prawns in a garlic and white wine sauce. The mains is also full of choice, with the tasty riso...
7. Parrillan Spanish restaurant in Camden Coal Drops Yard - N1C
“An experience as well as amazing food!” – the Hart Bros’ spring 2019 newcomer, in Coal Drops Yard, occupies a big, glam terrace, overlooking Regent’s Canal: “it’s outside only, partially protected from the rain, but with no protection from any wind”. Each table has its own DIY tabletop mini-grill (the eponymous ‘parrillan’): “you grill your own partially-prepared vegetables, meats and fish”; and there’s also a selection of ‘para picar’ (Spanish nibbles). All early feedback says the formula stacks up well, but one or two diners feel the bill ends up a tad pricey.
8. Macellaio RC Steaks & grills restaurant in Camden 6 Store Street - WC1E
“Quality Italian beefsteaks” – most notably from the Piedmontese Fassone breed – are showcased in style at Genovese owner, Roberto Costa’s, “unique” steakhouse group, where at each branch you “enter through the butcher’s shop” and “you can tell the staff which cut you want”. “The well-hung rump steak is absolutely delicious” and “a great selection of Italian wines” helps make it the perfect place to kill off an evening.
9. Patara Thai restaurant in Camden 82 Hampstead High St - NW3
“Andy Murray is a regular visitor (to the Wimbledon branch), and with good reason”, report fans of this “upmarket” group. Like Sir Andy, “great service” is a particular strength, while “the food is pretty authentic” too. Now an international operation, the first of its six London venues opened in 1990.
10. Purezza Pizza restaurant in Camden 43 Parkway - NW1
“Truly amazing tastes recommended for both vegans and non-vegans!” help win high scores for this year-old, Camden Town offshoot of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria (which first hit Brighton in 2015). Bases include sourdough, hemp and gluten-free options: “it’s the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time!”. Top Tip – kids under 10 get a free pizza when eating with their parents.
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