Dining Out In South London
The South London dining scene is starting to expand with new restaurants and eateries being opened up in the area. While still not as renowned for fine dining as well established areas like Central or West London, the South still has a lot to offer in culinary fare.
South East London
Antico, located on Bermondsey Street, close to London Bridge, is a buzzing restaurant which has a good line in seafood. Their fresh crab salad or sumptuously fried halibut fritti give a taste of the flavourful and ocean-sourced cuisine. There is also an Italian menu with something for everyone, and it is a good place to head if you have a vegetarian in your party.
Just down the road is Pizzaro, which offers Spanish food but in much more of a bistro or trattoria style setting than a formal restaurant. Here, you will find some Spanish dishes which you probably wouldn't find anywhere else in the capital. There is a huge choice of Spanish wines and sherry lovers will adore the wide selection that is available for them too.
805 Restaurant which is on the Old Kent Road, or the A2 as most people know it, is a modern restaurant which serves West African cuisine. Many of the dishes are fried and contain plantain - the larger cousin of the banana. Some of their more unforgettable dishes are the peppered snails and the okra soup with a fish stock base.
Levante Pide is a smart but uncomplicated Turkish restaurant in the heart of Lewisham. Although pide - a sort of Turkish pizza - can be found at nearly any doner kebab outlet, this is not your average hole-in-the-wall. Their hot mezzes and delicious pides are skillfully made and exceptionally flavoursome. Try their excellent Sac Tava, which is marinated lamb served in a traditional clay pot with onions and peppers.
South West London
The Harwood Arms in Fulham is one of those gastropubs you can find in the capital that is a cut above the ones elsewhere in the country. Here the food is Michelin starred and deservedly so. Expect to spend top end restaurant prices, despite the modest but smart setting. The cuisine is traditionally British but has a twist or two to keep diners surprised and delighted.
Chez Bruce on Wandsworth Common is - you will hardly be surprised to hear - a French restaurant. There's a set menu which has plenty of choice, so you don't really need to go a la carte for a unique dining experience, even after several visits. Their sommelier is adept at helping you to choose a good wine without being too pushy.
For a modern European menu in the heart of Southwest London, head for Bingham in Richmond. The smart surroundings wouldn't be out of place in the swankiest inner-city restaurant. There is an excellent set menu that is available at lunchtime, and the quality fare is backed up by service with a good reputation for being attentive.
Upstairs, which is midway between Clapham Common and Brockwell Park, is another French eatery that hits the right notes. Here, the cooking is uncomplicated but never fails to pack a punch in terms of flavour. The interior is small and intimate, so you'll probably need to book, but many Francophiles consider it to be the best French restaurant in the whole of London, north or south.
If you are fortunate enough to work in a South London business location then make sure to explore the local dining area to enjoy these and other incredible eateries.