A guide to the top 10 Wandsworth restaurants
Our top 10 Wandsworth restaurants, from cosy pubs to Thameside bistros
Idyllically situated overlooking Wandsworth Common, Chez Bruce is a high-end French brasserie offering a taste of the continent. The interior is understated, with a minimalist white colour scheme that only draws more attention to the flavours on the plate. The menu is typically French, with a quality cut of meat or fish alongside tempting sides. Pick from the traditional côte de boeuf for two with hand-cut chips and béarnaise sauce, or opt for a stuffed chicken with garlic hasselback potato, bacon and creamed leeks. There is also a function room upstairs where private parties can enjoy a food in an intimate setting with views over the green.
Italian food in London isn’t exactly hard to come by, but sussing out great Italian food is more of a mission. At Il Girasol, as well as a menu offering an impressive selection of authentic Italian pizza, you’ll find tasy traditional Mediterranean dishes in a cosy, no-frills, and lively venue. While not exactly one of Wandsworth’s more fine dining establishments, the decor is simple and sophsticated and the real focus here is the cooking.
A contemporary restaurant with an open plan-style layout. The food is modern and eclectic, with Mediterranean influences as well as east Asian touches to the menu. The interior is light and airy with plenty of light flooding in from the nearby Common, and there is a delightful patio area with a roof that opens during the summer months. There is an excellent cocktail bar at the heart of the restaurant which offers an extensive and inventive cocktail menu.
The Good Earth
A standout Chinese restaurant that is thoroughly deserving of its reputation. The restaurant offers healthy and authentic meals with a traditional Chinese spice that brings a real taste of China to south west London. The setting is sophisticated and sleek and elevates the eating experience to a fine dining evening of food. Pick from popular favourites including steamed sea bass with spring onions and ginger, the sauteed fillet of monkfish, or ramp up the spice with a birds-eye chilly recipe for Shanghai chilli chicken.
Chit Chaat Chai
This Indian restaurant was born out of a love for classic Indian flavours and the traditional street food, chaat, and has evolved to become a hot spot for foodies with a penchant for all things piquant, conveniently close to Wandsworth station. The colourful exterior and interior is evocative of Indian culture, and the bold scheme is matched by the equally bright and eye-popping dishes. The menu heavily features classic Indian street food that is made to share, with dishes featuring spiced potato, beetroot patties, tangy chickpeas, puri balls filled with spicy chutneys, yoghurts and samosas. The sharing dishes are overwhelmingly vegetarian, but the menu has also evolved to encompass larger mains like lamb railway curry or the classic chicken biryani.
For Francophiles residing in Wandsworth, Chef Pascal’s Bellevue is a top choice. It serves up classic, seasonal French cuisine as well as a few surprises. You’ll find traditional escargots, fois gras and magret de canard on the menu alongside dishes with a modern twist such as the black burger with battered calamari. It also has a wide range of French wines and choice of cider from the Brittany and Normandy areas. Set in a former greenhouse, it offers diners a chic and relaxing setting to eat and drink. With earth-tone interiors such as brown-panelled wood and pale green banquettes, it delightfully reflects the tone and ambience of the nearby common.
The menu at Konnigans brings together a unique mix of old and new dishes, serving up contemporary British cuisine with influences from the Mediterranean and South East Asia. Some of the highlights include the vegan and vegetarian deli board, Asian bowl and the battered king prawn burger. You’ll also find an excellent drinks menu with a range of wines, cocktails and a selection of coffees. Located just a stone throw away from Wandsworth Town station, it’s an ideal pit stop after a commute.
The East Hill
Situated in the heart of Wandsworth is East Hill, a cosy, country-feel pub serving a variety of classic pub food and seasonal fare. On the menu you’ll find Camden beer battered cod, potted Devon crab and 28 days aged Angus sirloin steak alongside smoked garlic hummus and baked in the box camembert. There’s also a lengthy wine list and a separate dessert wine menu.
After a huge refurbishment, L’Affaire is back on the scene as the first pub brassiere in SW18. Located in the heart of Wandsworth, it boasts hearty and wholesome dishes, freshly brewed Bohemia lager and an extensive cocktail list. The menu has a selection of good quality French food made with seasonal ingredients. You’ll find Provencal lamb rump, gruyere rice cake and of course, snails. It’s the ideal place for a mid-week cocktail, or a meal with the family.
With an industrial chic setting under the blackened arches of Battersea, Mother offers a unique Scandi-Italian fusion that’s come all the way the red roofs of Copenhagen. The concept of the restaurant offers tasty pizzas with deliciously chewy dough that uses the unconventional technique of seawater as a means to deliver on pizza perfection. The venue is also known for its weekend brunches, and there is an intimate bar with a fabulous selection of Italian wines.