Paddington has a wide range of restaurants, with everything from casual Italian pizzerias and chic fine French restaurants to an authentic Ethiopian eatery and even an opera-and-dinner concept spot!
Pearl Liang – Paddington | Image credits:- www.londonfoodfreak.com
Ignore the current Crossrail chaos and take a trip to Pearl Liang, a sophisticated Chinese restaurant on the lovely Sheldon Square. Serving up speciality dim sum and traditional dishes in a pretty dining room, it’s always packed full of locals who come for the delectable Peking duck and succulent steamed scallops.
Address: 8 Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London W2 6EZ
Phone: 020 7289 7000
Despite all the fabulous fine dining options across the city, sometimes all you want is a great pizza. When the craving hits head straight for Villa Rosa, a friendly Italian restaurant serving unpretentious pizzas, seafood and antipasti. Throw in a bottle of wine and you’ve got the ingredients for a great weekday dinner.
Address: 9 Craven Rd, London W2 3BP
Phone: 020 7402 2995
Book yourself into this Bathurst Street Brasserie for an unforgettable date night this summer filled with fabulous French dishes in a cosy dining room complete with chandeliers. Request a table tucked away in the corner of the Art Deco room and feast on gazpacho, guinea fowl and pan-fried Gigha halibut.
Address: 4 Bathurst St, London W2 2SD
Phone: 020 7402 0083
Queen of Sheba
Step away from your usual favourites and their Mediterranean menus and try something new at Queen of Sheba, an exotic Yemeni restaurant on Bouverie Place. Filled with Middle Eastern antiques and decorations, this family-run eatery is one of the best spots in London for trying authentic Yemeni cuisine such as Mandi Laham, Moutabal and Batata Harrra.
Address: 3-4 Bouverie Pl, London W2 1RE
Phone: 020 7402 6667
Assaha – Paddington | Image credits:- www.timeout.com
Transport yourself to a traditional Arabian house in Lebanon at this underground restaurant in Paddington, complete with stone walls, Lebanese decor and a mouthwatering menu of tabbuleh, grilled meats, mezze and falafel. You’re guaranteed to feel thousands of miles from London in this cavernous gem.
Address: 29-31 Craven Rd, London W2 3BX
Phone: 020 7402 4985
The Monkey Puzzle
Weekends in July call for long, lazy afternoons in a pub garden, and fortunately for residents of W2 The Monkey Puzzle on Southwick Street offers just that. They’ve also got a tasty Modern British gastropub menu with sharing boards, beer-battered fish and chips, mussels in white wine and much more.
Address: 30 Southwick St, London W2 1JQ
Phone: 020 7723 0143
If you’re the type who likes to know where your food comes from (and no, ‘the kitchen’ doesn’t count), you’ll enjoy the ethos at Frontline, where almost all of the ingredients on the British menu come from the family’s own farm in Norfolk. The room is also fascinating, with photographs by brilliant photographers covering the walls and quick access to the Frontline Club, a long-standing journalist haven, next door.
Address: 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
Phone: 020 7479 8950
Prefer your dinner with a side portion of live opera? Bel Canto on Bayswater Road offers the best of both, with a menu of fine French cuisine including braised pork cheek, foie gras and chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, as well as classically-trained ‘singing waiters’ who perform opera to a rapt dining room every fifteen minutes.
Address: 67 Bayswater Rd, London W2 3LG
Phone: 020 7262 1678
Seafood fans will adore this contemporary, light-filled restaurant on Union Canal with a large sun-trap terrace. Get a table outside on a sunny afternoon and enjoy dishes such as New England clam chowder, seared scallops, Canadian lobster and grilled swordfish while watching the canal boats drift by.
Address: Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PA
Phone: 020 7286 6752
The Village Organic Bakery Pizzeria
Pizzeria, bakery, cookery school, cafeteria and deli…is there anything this cute Paddington venue can’t do? With a dedication to organic produce and a relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place to pop in for a bite or brush up on your skills in the kitchen.
Address: 43-45 Porchester Rd, London W2 5DP
Phone: 020 7221 7787