Tucked beneath the shadow of its well-heeled borough neighbour, you might easily overlook the gastronomic delights of Fulham. But for all the glitz and glamour of Chelsea, its next-door borough offers a more laidback approach to eating out, with plummy gastro-pubs aplenty, ambitious neighbourhood restaurants and a Michelin-starred establishment that the family dog can visit. Pull on your red chinos: here’s our guide to the best of Fulham’s eateries…
The Harwood Arms
A list of Fulham’s best restaurants wouldn’t be complete without mentioning its brightest star. And, despite being London’s only Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms offers a surprisingly affordable evening out. The juicy bill of £49.95 for a three-course set menu might be a tad more coin than your average gastro-pub, but thanks to head chef Sally Abé’s daily changing menu of decidedly British delights, it’s certainly good value. Dishes chases the seasons, so as autumn swings into view, expect plenty of game accompanied with vegetables harvested from the pub’s rooftop garden. Previous plates have included verdant asparagus blanketed in duck ham, blushing muntjac venison and devilishly rich prune-stuffed pheasant livers. Don’t leave without gobbling down a signature venison Scotch egg.
Walham Grove SW6 1QP
Market Halls, Fulham
Food halls are a thing now, and there’s few better in London than Fulham’s very own Market Hall. Located in the entrance hall of an old Edwardian station on Fulham Broadway, sit communally and eat speedily from a host of cuisines. Vendors include Texan BBQ grillers Hot Box (the weekend-only pepper rubbed beef short rib is perfect for sharing), fresh bowls of pacific poké, colourful plant-based salads from Kalifornia Kitchen and grab-and-go kebabs, stuffed with 24-hr brined chicken from Fanny’s Kebabs. The bar, located in a converted ticket office, serves best-of-British beer, including six on tap and over 20 cans and bottles. For quick-dash eats in Fulham, there’s nowhere better.
472 Fulham Road SW6 1BY
Save on the tube fare to Nobu or Yen – Parson’s Green’s Koji offers equally high-end Japanese blended with the sizzling flavours of South America. Dive straight into the sashimi – complete with a traditional calligraphy brush for ‘painting’ on your soy sauce – by ordering the legendary shrimp or the beloved ruby red strips of tuna tataki served with a mouth tingling spicy ponzu sauce, before picking out a selection of tacos. Our favourite is the Koji special of fillet mignon and summer truffle. Don’t leave without ordering a plate of famous Koji gyoza and a dramatically garnished cocktail – the suitably spicy passion fruit and chilli mojito is one of the best on the menu.
58 New King’s Road SW6 4LS
The Brook House
You could easily laze away long summer afternoons within the red-brick walls of this smartly styled establishment. Brought into being by the hospitality maestros behind some of Fulham’s favourite gastro-pubs, skip supper and head down on a Sunday to enjoy what The Brook House does best – an old-fashioned roast. Meaty plates of tender beef with rugby ball-sized Yorkshire puddings? Check. Homemade horseradish sauce? Check. Shaggy pooches lounging on artfully distressed Persian rugs? Check. Beautifully presented puds ready for an Instagram appearance? Also on the menu. Book a window-side table to enjoy views of Eel Brook Common and complete the bucolic Sunday experience.
65 New Kings Road SW6 4SG
Chefs don’t travel far in Fulham. Behind Harlequin’s pass, you’ll find Hardwood Arms alumni James Erasmus. But with creeping foliage, white walls and bespoke wooden furnishings, this is no gastro-pub replica. Head to the neighbourhood restaurant for exceptional seasonal British produce with a South African twist (thanks to the chef’s childhood roots). The quietly brilliant set menus offers five courses for the reasonable sum of £40 and you’ll be chowing down the likes of softly baked earthy beetroot doused in a green olive oil and cured venison carpaccio served with an aromatic caraway seed flatbread. And with a monthly changing menu, you’ve got a ready-made excuse for becoming a regular.
194 Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2UF
Fulham residents will recommend just one place for tapas within their bend of the Thames: El Metro. Still going strong after 30 years, don’t let the 80s-style neon signage sow doubt – there’s a reason this joy-filled establishment has hung on so long in London’s fickle hospitality industry. Goblets of sangria in hand, order up generous helpings of citrusy whole sardines, plates of gambas swimming in garlicky butter and salty slivers of Jamonfrom the tapas menu. Venture onto the à la carte for a selection of paella that areworth their 40-minute wait – after all, time flies with a well-balanced rioja in hand.
10-12 Effie Road, Fulham Broadway SW6 1TB
The Tommy Tucker
Stretching the term gastro-pub to its furthest limitations, you’re unlikely to find any regulars ordering a Guinness at Tommy Tucker’s metal-plated bar. With a hot mess menu that borrows inspiration from Levantine, British, Korean and Italian influences, choices are broad – but that doesn’t mean the quality suffers. Pick the market fish for Thai-inspired aromatic mouthfuls or head down on a hungover Sunday for their majestic claws-on, pan-fried chicken roast, served with a salsa verde.
22 Waterford Road SW6 2DR
Tucked behind Fulham Broadway, and a throw-in’s distance from Stamford Bridge, this tiny neighbourhood bistro serves up pretty plates of colourful summer salads and light but delicately decorated mains– all without a spoonful of honey in sight, bar for one dessert option. Portions are on the slim side and ingredients are minimal, but there’s a delicious crispness in the menu’s simplicity. Opt for flushed Bavette steak paired with a tantalising red chimichurri sauce and pecorino-sprinkled fries, curls of smoky grilled squid on a herby salad or soft-as-butter roasted pumpkin served with a smoked tomato sauce, pine nuts and not much else.
510 Fulham Road SW6 5NJ