Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London South Kensington
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best South Kensington restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 36 restaurants in South Kensington and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing South Kensington restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured South Kensington Restaurants
1. Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei & Bar Japanese restaurant in South Kensington 85 Sloane Avenue - SW3
2017 Review: A Chelsea hideaway serving an eclectic range of Japanese dishes – from Wagyu beef to sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu (hot pot); reports are still too few for a rating, but very upbeat.
2. Nocturne British, Traditional restaurant in South Kensington 158 Old Brompton Road - SW5
A Prohibition-inspired underground cocktail bar with top cheese and charcuterie from Xavier Rousset and Steve Pineau; see also Old Brompton, which sits above it.
3. Ognisko Restaurant Polish restaurant in South Kensington 55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road - SW7
“What a wonderful oasis of calm in the hustle of London’s museum area” – this “elegant dining room of a Polish emigrés’ club” (open to the general public) has a “wonderful 19th-century vibe” and is a “civilised and reliable” setting that’s both “cosy in winter” and with a particularly “beautiful terrace for summer”. Its “authentic traditional Polish fare” is “charmingly served” in “huge portions” with lashings of vodka and some interesting wines.
4. Flora Indica Indian restaurant in South Kensington 242 Old Brompton Rd - SW5
“Really delicious modern Indian cooking” is making its mark at this three-year-old in Earl’s Court, which is further differentiated by its “surprising steampunk decor” – a tribute to the intrepid Scottish botanists who catalogued the flora of the subcontinent in the Victorian era. There’s a “good selection of wines by the glass as well as bottle”.
5. Dinings Japanese restaurant in South Kensington Walton House, Walton St - SW3
“Crazy combinations, truly awesome at times” continue to wow all who taste the “meticulous” sushi and other modernised Japanese dishes at this duo of venues – an “awkward and tired-looking basement” in Marylebone (under chef Tomonari Chiba) and a “much-cooler-than-the original” setting in Knightsbridge (under chef Masaki Sugisaki). “I’ve wandered all round the menu with friends, and each bite was terrific”.
6. Macellaio RC Steaks & grills restaurant in South Kensington 84 Old Brompton Rd - SW7
“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.
7. Tapas Brindisa Spanish restaurant in South Kensington 7-9 Exhibition Rd - SW7
Acres of pavement seating are the most eye-catching feature of this “buzzing” operation (run by the well-known Spanish food importers), which sits on the ant-trail between South Kensington tube station and the museums (go on a sunny day). It’s “reliably enjoyable” for a “cheap ’n’ cheerful” meal as the dishes are reliably good, but it’s mostly chosen for its convenience rather than its foodie potential.
8. Da Mario Italian restaurant in South Kensington 15 Gloucester Rd - SW7
Near the Royal Albert Hall and needing a “reasonably priced” bite? This fun Italian is surprisingly smart given its affordable prices, and its food – majoring in pizza – is consistently well rated. It claims to have been ‘Princess Diana’s local pizzeria’ (and is not shy about promoting the connection via pics on the walls). Top Tip – budget party cave in the cellar.
9. Go-Viet Vietnamese restaurant in South Kensington 53 Old Brompton Rd - SW7
“Refined Vietnamese food” – “with clean, fresh flavours” – is showcased at this three-year-old South Ken flagship of former Hakkasan chef Jeff Tan, who also owns Viet Food in Chinatown. Top Tip – “the weekend lunch menu is a steal for the quality”.
10. Wright Brothers Fish & seafood restaurant in South Kensington 56 Old Brompton Rd - SW7
“The best and freshest oysters by far, with seasonal varieties from time to time…”; “superb plateau de fruits de mer”; and “super-fresh fish” from an “ever-changing selection of specials”, all make this small group of seafood bistros “easy to love”. The style is “busy and jostling” throughout – “be prepared to share your table with other diners” in some locations – in others “some of the tables are so close, you’ll make new friends whether you want to or not!”. The Borough Market original and South Kensington spin-off attract most (and most favourable) reports – other branches (including at Battersea) can seem “a welcome addition but nothing remarkable”.
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