Camden isn’t just street food. Here are the best Camden restaurants for a sit-down meal, with cuisines from all four corners of the world.
Fish and Chip Shop, Restaurant, European, $$$
Hook offers a modern twist on an English classic with a menu full of creative variations of fish and chips, including crispy sea bass with pancakes, seaweed-salted chips and Southern-style fried sardines. With humble beginnings as a Dublin market stall, it wasn’t long before the popularity of new-school fish and chips caught on and Hook evolved into the busy restaurant it is today. Diners share long, communal tables in a stripped back space – it’s the food that takes centre stage here.
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Step inside this intimate venue on Kentish Town Road for delicious pan-Asian cuisine. Bintang’s menu samples dishes from Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, with classics such as nasi goreng and pad thai served up alongside szechuan jackfruit nuggets and Bintang’s own signature curry. The restaurant is BYOB and has a great outdoor courtyard.
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
London’s first – and for a time, only – Cambodian restaurant, Lemongrass has been a Camden institution since 1988. Head here for delicious, fresh and affordable Khmer cuisine – be sure to sample chef Thomas Tan’s recommended dishes, lok lak steak and fish amok. The restaurant also serves up a handful of recipes from wider Southeast Asia, including Thai banana cake and crispy duck.
Restaurant, Argentina, $$$
La Patagonia brings Argentinian flavour to Camden with a barrio-style restaurant and an exceptionally meaty menu (perhaps not a great choice for vegetarians). There’s an impressive selection of steaks on offer, from sirloin to short rib, accompanied by a long list of Argentinian wines. The restaurant also hosts regular tango music nights.
The Blues Kitchen
Bar, Nightclub, American, European, $$$
One of three branches across London, The Blues Kitchen in Camden is the place to go for classic American soul food and boasts London’s largest whiskey collection to boot. There’s also live music seven nights a week. Blues and buffalo wings: name a better duo.
Andy’s Greek Taverna
This much-loved Greek restaurant has been a Camden Town institution since 1967, and although threatened with closure, owner Petros Ochtaras has managed to keep customers coming back for homely, authentic Greek cuisine.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
While Shimogamo does nothing audacious with its menu, it gets the fundamentals right; the sushi is moreish and the sashimi beautifully sliced. The decor is as simple and satisfying as the menu.
Ma Petite Jamaica
Restaurant, Caribbean, Jamaican, $$$
Ma Petite Jamaica is the go-to place for rum cocktails, jerk chicken and a reggae soundtrack. If you’re after a tropical fix, London’s first Caribbean diner won’t disappoint; just keep in mind that portions (including the small plates) are big. Go hungry, leave satisfied.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
As it offers a mouth-watering selection of contemporary Indian dishes, including oxtail rogan josh, pistachio chicken korma and tandoori portobello mushroom, it’s no wonder this snazzy Indian restaurant has won so many awards. It’s an ideal choice if you’re tired of chicken tikka and want to spice things up a bit.
Restaurant, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Here’s one for the vegans: Purezza serves 100 percent plant-based pizza. Their large pies are topped with rice-based mozzarella, and other ingredients on offer include wood-smoked tofu, kalamata olives and smoked beetroot carpaccio.