Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Maida Vale
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Maida Vale restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 4 restaurants in Maida Vale and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Maida Vale restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Hero of Maida British, Modern restaurant in Maida Vale 55 Shirland Rd - W9
2021 Review: This gentrified Maida Vale boozer, which was one of the Harcourt Inns’s original properties, opened to great acclaim in 2018 thanks to its “great Henry Harris menu”. But reports after its first year of operation were mixed. For its supporters, “churning out dishes like sweetbreads, rabbit and brain shows it isn’t your average pub”, and its “famous Sunday lunch is hard to beat”. But a number of former fans scent “a steady descent to mediocrity”: they feel staff can appear “unconcerned” or “ditsy”, and think the food is “priced as something very special but sub-par”. In late October 2020 Henry Harris announced he was moving on from the group.
2. The Summerhouse Fish & seafood restaurant in Maida Vale 60 Blomfield Rd - W9
2021 Review: “The perfect summer canalside fish restaurant” – this Little Venice charmer makes the best of “a delightful waterside setting”, with “well-spaced tables and a calm atmosphere”. The cooking is barely mentioned by reporters, although there are no complaints beyond the suggestion that it’s “a bit overpriced”.
3. Maguro Japanese restaurant in Maida Vale 5 Lanark Pl - W9
2021 Review: This “spot on” Japanese near Little Venice wins consistent high ratings for its ultra-fresh sushi, sashimi and maki rolls as well as cooked dishes. Do book because it’s “small and often overcrowded, but worth it for the food and welcome”.
4. L’Aventure French restaurant in St John's Wood 3 Blenheim Terrace - NW8
2021 Review: “A romantic hideaway obscured, by climbing plants, from passers-by” – Catherine Parisot’s St John’s Wood institution has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, serving “classic French cuisine” that is “unchanged in years”. “It is old-fashioned but never boring, conventional but not too formal, simple but not too basic, traditional but still progressive”. To the relief of her many fans, Madame C is targeting her half-century here: “she is always there to come and talk to you, the waiters are very friendly and they want you to have a good time”.
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