Strong performance from south and east London in Harden’s London Restaurants 2018

Restaurant openings in east and south London flourished in the last 12 months, according to the latest, 27th edition of Harden’s London Restaurants published on 9 November.

After central London, east London remains the capital’s prime area for restaurant openings, although almost as popular was south London this year (east had 39 debuts vs south’s 36). A particularly weak performance from west London made it the least interesting point on the compass: a distinction traditionally reserved for north London.

In east London the most notable newcomers were in the City and Shoreditch – Cabotte, La Dame de Pic, Luca, James Cochran, temper City, Popolo and Madame D’s – however there were also several Hackney newcomers that made the grade for this year’s guide – Laphet, Saiphin’s Thai Kitchen and The Vincent. Well-rated openings in south London in the last 12 months included Rick Stein in Barnes, Clapham’s Knife, Nutbourne in Battersea and Bar Douro and Bala Baya, both located in repurposed railway arches on Southwark’s Union Street.

Harden’s prestigious London restaurant guide reviewed 1,791 eateries in its 2018 edition, with a total of 314 restaurants listed in east London, 304 in south London, 230 in north London and 319 in west London. In terms of quality east, south and west outstripped north London this year. South of the Thames, 15 dining destinations received an outstanding 5/5 rating for food including: Adam Byatt’s Clapham landmark Trinity (which at last has a well-deserved Michelin star); Dastaan, a new Indian restaurant in the depths of the ‘burbs which has blown diners away; Wandsworth’s enduring favourite Chez Bruce; and there was much love for the “mind-bogglingly hot Sri Lankan and South Indian curries” at Jaffna House in Tooting.

East and west London both boast 14 restaurant with an outstanding rating for food in this year’s Harden’s guide. In the E postcodes top rated dining destinations range from the likes of Shoreditch’s world famous Clove Club, and Bethnal Green’s Typing Room (which amazingly still has not been recognised by Michelin) to the legendary Mark Gevaux AKA The Rib Man and his “extraordinarily good street food”, and Shoreditch’s “amazing”, “aromatic” Thai Som Saa.

Out west The Ledbury in Notting Hill once again received 5/5 for its culinary prowess, as did Marianne Lumb’s Bayswater-fringe restaurant Marianne (winner of Top Gastronomic Experience at this year’s Harden’s London Restaurant Awards). At the other end of the scale Ladbroke Grove’s Turkish kebab house Fez Mangal was also rated outstanding for its “exceptional” food, as was the “lip-smacking” Keralan cuisine at Hammersmith’s Shilpa.

In north London just six restaurants received the coveted outstanding rating for food, including: Anima e Cuore (a tiny, unassuming-looking Kentish Town Italian); Euston’s Malaysian basement dive Roti King; and Wembley’s grungy veggie canteen Sakonis. In fact within north London, none of the venues which scored 5/5 for food cost more than £53 per head, and the majority cost less than £40. Which just goes to show that quality food doesn’t automatically mean a big price tag.

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New restaurant openings by area


Alcedo N7

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele N16

Bang Bang Oriental NW9

Chai Thali NW1

The Clifton NW8

Dandy N16

Gabeto Cantina NW1

Humble Grape N1

James Cochran N1

Juniper Tree NW3

Lady Mildmay N1

Messapica NW10

Monty’s Deli N1

Oak N4

Passione e Tradizione N15

Pamban NW1

Piebury Corner N1

Plaquemine Lock N1

Quartieri NW6

Radici N1

Skewd Kitchen EN4

Summers NW6

Table Du Marche N2

Trawler Trash N1

Walnut N4

Westerns Laundry N5


Babette SE15

Bistro Vadouvan SW15

La Bonne Bouffe SE22

Brookmill SE8

Cartel SW11

Coal Rooms SE15

Dastaan KT19

Duckroad SW8

Fiume SW8

Jules SW15

Knife SW4

Louie Louie SE17

Made of Dough SE15

Minnow SW4

Mother SW11

Nutbourne SW11

Parlez SE4

Pizzastorm SW18

Plot SW17

Rick Stein SW14

Sparrow SE13

Spinach SE22

Tom Simmons SE1

Winemakers Deptford SE8


Aviary EC2

Bleecker Burger EC4

Bokan E14

The Bothy E14

Breddos Tacos EC1

Brigadiers EC2

Cabotte EC2

Campania & Jones E2

La Dame de Pic EC3

Dokke E1

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta E1

Gul and Sepoy E1

James Cochran EC3

Koya EC2

Laphet E8

Laughing Heart E2

Luca EC1

Mac & Wild EC2

Madame D’s E1

Mare Street Market E8

Mei Ume EC3

Nanashi EC2

The Ned EC2

Nobu Shoreditch EC2

Palatino EC1

Pomaio E1

Popolo EC2

Red Rooster EC2

Rola Wala E1

Saiphin’s Thai Kitchen E8

Smoking Goat E1

temper City EC2

Temple & Sons EC2

Tratra E2

Treves & Hyde E1

Tuyo E2

The Vincent E8

Waka EC3

Yolk EC2


108 Garage W10

Assaggi Bar & Pizzeria W2

Ceru SW7

Chelsea Cellar SW10

The Colton Arms W14

Core by Clare Smyth W11

Dinings SW3

Go-Viet SW7

Lockhouse W2

London Shell Co. W2


Megan’s by the Green SW6

Oree (W8, SW3)

Pomona’s W2

Rigo’ SW6

Southam Street W10

Stagolee’s SW6

Stecca SW10

The Truscott Arms W9

Zheng SW3


Arthur Hooper’s SE1

Aster Restaurant SW1

Bala Baya SE1

Baluchi, Lalit Hotel London SE1

Bar Douro SE1

Bleecker Burger SW1

Bon Vivant WC1

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack W1

by Chloe WC2

Café Murano Pastificio WC2

Chick ‘n’ Sours  WC2

Chik’n W1

Chin Chin Club W1

Cinnamon Bazaar WC2

Clarette W1

The Coal Shed SE1

Comptoir Café & Wine W1

Corazón W1

Darjeeling Express W1

Dean & DeLuca W1

Duck & Waffle Local SW1

Duddell’s SE1

Dum Biryani W1

Fancy Crab W1

Ferdi W1

Flavour Bastard W1

Frog by Adam Handling WC2

La Fromagerie WC1

Fucina W1

The Garden Cafe at the Garden Museum SE1

The Gate W1


Ginza Onodera SW1

Greenwood SW1

Hai Cenato SW1

Henrietta WC2

Honey & Smoke W1

Hoppers W1

Hot Pot W1

Ikoyi SW1

Indian Accent W1

Isabel W1

Japan Centre Food Hall SW1

Jean-Georges at The Connaught W1

Jugemu W1

Lao Cafe WC2

LASSCO Bar & Dining SE1

Lorne SW1

Lupins SE1

Machiya SW1

Magpie W1

Mayfair Garden W1

Meraki W1

Neo Bistro W1

Noizé W1

The Other Naughty Piglet SW1

Over Under W1

The Oystermen Seafood Kitchen & Bar WC2

Il Pampero SW1

The Pantechnicon SW1

Pastaio W1

The Petersham WC2

PF Chang’s Asian Table WC2

Pisqu W1

Rambla W1

Sabor W1

Santo Remedio SE1

Sibarita WC2

Sophie’s Steakhouse W1

Sticky Mango at RSJ SE1

The Stoke House SW1

Strangers Dining Room, House of Commons SW1

Street XO W1

Sumosan Twiga SW1


Tamarind Kitchen W1

Tandoor Chop House WC2

Test Kitchen W1

tibits SE1

Timmy Green SW1


The Wigmore, The Langham W1


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