The Best Restaurants In Fulham
The best bakeries, lunch, and dinner spots in SW6.
This area of south west London is rich. Not just in Made In Chelsea cast members and labradoodles that probably have more assets than you, but in neighbourhood restaurants and coffee shops that are worth your time. From rustic Italian trattorias and tiny taco spots, to one of London’s best bakeries—here are the 11 best places to eat in and around SW6.
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot, this Mexican kitchen in Fulham is one of those ‘if you know you know’ kind of places. Order from the window and try to nab one of the few seats outside while you wait, because the sooner you eat the crispy baja fish or chilli beef tacos after getting your food, the better. Everything is made fresh to order, so there's always a little bit of a wait. While you do, try not to stare as you watch others perched on the benches get messy with a steak fajita burrito. They also make very good churros, so save some stomach space for dessert if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Pure Indian Cooking
Whether it’s a Wednesday or Friday night, this neighbourhood favourite fills up fast. This Indian restaurant on Fulham High Street is ideal for a relaxed two-hour dinner—partly because it’s the kind of laid-back, comfortable place that you lose track of time in, but also because the food can sometimes take a while to come out. Head here for a low-key date or a group catch-up over creamy Manglorean chicken curry and the best dal makhani in London. Everything we’ve tried here, from the refreshing patra chaat, and tender malai chicken tikka from the tandoor, to the rich halibut fish curry is worth the wait.
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The margherita we had at this low-key Fulham Road restaurant is more than just a margherita. It’s immediately-order-another-pizza-after-one-slice kind of good. With a thick doughy crust, a rich tomato sauce with the perfect hint of basil, and a lot of mozzarella, this is the kind of pizza you should find the stomach space for. Trust us when we say you won’t want to split one. The cacio e pepe, which is served with a pecorino cheese wheel, is a real winner too. The dining room is intimate and cosy, and you’ll eat surrounded by walls lined with wine bottles.
Ta’mini Lebanese Bakery
A small Lebanese bakery slap bang in the middle of Fulham Road, Ta'mini makes excellent pastries. Their counter is full of freshly baked fatayer (a bready pastry with anything from minced meat to a tangy sumac-heavy spinach filling), and the menu of all-day manakish is perfect for a satisfying brunch. The bakery is bright and compact, with a small group table inside and a couple of tables out front. If you manage to get a spot on a weekend, know that you’ll be eating one of the best brunches in Fulham.
photo credit: Aleksandra Boruch
A meal at this Japanese restaurant on the New Kings Road should involve at least one round of crispy rice and spicy avocado bites, a crunchy prawn tempura roll, and a melt-in-the-mouth hotate nigiri—or three. With an inviting sunny yellow sunshade out front, and an open, spacious dining room filled with dark wood and groups splitting spicy yellowtail rolls, Koji is the spot to hit up if you’re craving Japanese small plates in Fulham. It also doubles up as a great date spot—just make sure you get a table in the front to avoid the larger rowdy tables at the back getting in the way of your very smooth chat.
You’ll pretty much always find this place buzzing, whether with parents trying to feed their crayon-wielding children some courgettes masquerading as fries, or with couples splitting a plate of golden calamari on an outdoor table. When the sun’s out, the alfresco setup paired with the fresh baby tomato-filled spaghettoni cavalieri, feels surprisingly Continental for being beside a busy road in Fulham. Inside the rustic, relaxed restaurant, the menu of Apulian classics is always reliable: order a couple of starters, a rich cacio e pepe risotto to share, and act like you’re in the south of Italy instead of west London.
A small bakery on Fulham Road with a couple of tables inside, if you spend even a minute on this cake shop’s Instagram page, you’ll understand why you don’t just rock up and get one cupcake to go. You might go in with that intention, but you’ll end up leaving with a box of assorted cupcakes, a Mars Bar brownie, a monster slice of red velvet cake, and a hot choc cookie for the road. And by the road, we mean your mouth. With fun combos like vegan Biscoff sundae, and brownie cheesecake cupcakes, you’ll want to try them all. And you should, because they taste even better than they look—which is impressive when they look that good.
If you come to this casual Indian spot and leave without trying the samosa chaat, we can’t help but judge you. The low-key restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road has a charming dining room with photos of Indian landscapes plastered on the walls and signs with names of regions and cities from ‘Goa’ to ‘Calcutta’—indicating that the menu has regional range. With a focus on street food, you’ll find things like paani poori, papdi chaat, and crispy kale chaat which are all worth a try. Our move here would be the £23 meat thali—it's great value.
The warm atmosphere of this homely Italian restaurant on Fulham High Street is evident when peeking through the window on a Friday evening. You'll see couples sharing arancini in the cosy-looking dining room, and servers rushing between tables balancing pizzas. But it’s even more prevalent when you’re sat inside Pappa Ciccia’s simple dining room with a bowl of piping hot mozzarella-filled aubergine parmigiana, while locals pop in and out for takeaway pizzas or bruschetta starters. It’s open every day of the week but if you want the best experience, come on the weekend when it’s most lively.
We’re tired of hearing everyone slam London’s Mexican food scene. OK, we don’t have excellent food trucks on the side of the motorway like LA. But we do have Yucca on Fulham Road. A loud and proud Tex-Mex restaurant with bright red walls and a bottle of Cholula hot sauce on every table, Yucca is serving some A1 pescado tacos, gooey quesadillas, and a DIY fajita situation that arrives sizzling in a cast iron plate. With plenty of pescatarian, genuinely tasty vegetarian options, and a Mexican beer list, this spacious spot is perfect for a big group dinner with picky eaters. Oh, and there’s a covered terrace out front too.
photo credit: Karolina Wiercigroch
Santa Maria Chelsea
Santa Maria on Waterford Road is a solid all-rounder, making great pizza topped with simple ingredients from both Italy and here in the UK. The hanging lights and casual seating mean it’s a great spot for chilled dates, catching up with mates, and for creatures who have small creatures attached to them (we think they’re called “parents” and “children”). Simple and delicious Neapolitan-style pizza that has enough variation on the menu to keep everyone happy, or “contento”, for those in the know.