Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London West Hampstead
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best West Hampstead restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 14 restaurants in West Hampstead and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing West Hampstead 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 Wet Fish Café British, Modern restaurant in West Hampstead 242 West End Lane - NW6
“A West Hampstead standard bearer”: this converted 1930s fishmonger is not, despite its name, a fish restaurant – it operates as an all-day bistro, and fans say it’s “hit the spot for the last 15 years, with the high-quality food, great ambience and friendly service you’d hope for from a great local”; or that it’s “busy most of the time, especially at weekend brunch” when “you may need to queue”. The critiques of last year weren’t repeated this time: the worst anyone says is that it’s “nothing special but OK”.
2. Nautilus Fish & chips restaurant in West Hampstead 27-29 Fortune Green Rd - NW6
“Delicious fresh fish”, “battered or crumbed in matzo meal”, and “friendly” service make this classic West Hampstead chippy stand out from the crowd. Even regulars who’ve “been coming for years” point out that “the restaurant could do with a makeover”… but we’ve been saying that for nearly three decades now, so are not exactly holding our breath!
3. The Petite Coree Korean restaurant in LONDON 98 West End Lane - NW6
Not far from West Hampstead station, this well-established, modern bistro serves “small but delicious portions” of distinctive, “Asian-French fusion cuisine”: no doubt a legacy of chef-owner Jae’s stints working for Nobu and Hélène Darroze at the Connaught. The “limited ambience” may represent a “missed opportunity” for cooking of this style and quality – the vibe is “nice local” rather than “romantic” – but it’s a “hidden gem” worth discovering.
4. Ham British, Modern restaurant in West Hampstead 238 West End Lane - NW6
“A brilliant neighbourhood restaurant: actually far better than a typical neighbourhood restaurant!” – so say fans of Matt Osborne’s West Hampstead yearling, serving a “changing (if limited)” menu of small-plates. Ratings overall are undercut, though, by those who find its performance “overhyped” or “disappointing after a great start”.
5. Guglee Indian restaurant in West Hampstead 279 West End Ln - NW6
This pair of “quirky”, modern curryhouses bowl up “terrific food” including some “great Goan dishes” to happy customers in West Hampstead and Swiss Cottage. They win solid praise even from reporters who generally “don’t like the new wave of fancy Indians”.
6. The Cedar Restaurant Lebanese restaurant in West Hampstead 202 West End Lane - NW6
Understated trio of “good neighbourhood Lebanese” in Hampstead, Maida Vale and St John’s Wood; “consistently tasty food” is served “in huge portions for the hungry at reasonable prices”.
7. Rosa's Thai restaurant in West Hampstead 152a West End Lane - NW6
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.
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