We understand that it is very difficult to focus on anything when wandering down the streets of chaotic Camden
, especially on an empty stomach. The good news is you can continue to lose yourself among the labyrinthine market alleyways without having to worry about a worthwhile dining experience. We bring you Camden Town’s top 10 restaurants.
This place offers a modern twist on Fish & Chips with a menu made up of flavorful variations that add perfectly to the all-time English classic. We tried the ‘Lime, Mint & Wasabi Tempura of Seabream with Seaweed Salted Chips & Basil Chilli’ and left the place in complete satisfaction. The interior is very casual -channeling the marine washed-out whites and blues of a dock on the English coast – the staff are extremely friendly and the beer was evidently chosen with care.
Hook, 63-65 Parkway, NW1 7PP
Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
Upon entrance, this place seems to be a funky Caribbean restaurant suitable for a quick snack or a tasty cocktail. These things are indeed present, but Mango Room also offers a full-out dining experience; something you realise upon seeing white cloths draped over tables surrounded by a collection of stunning art pieces. We recommend trying the goat curry and finishing your meal with a Jamaican Mule. This place is perfect for celebration with a few friends over some unusual cuisine or just a lunchtime treat on a casual weekday.
Mango Room, 10-12 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NH
If you sometimes wish you could appear in Victorian London, indulge in the railway culture and eat food with a slight taste of charcoal, then Q Grill is your perfect destination. This place serves moreish locally-sourced meat and fish grilled over charcoal. Order the classics over a glass of wine and enjoy this carnivorous feast.
Q Grill, 29 – 33 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ
This place looks like a tiny Asian restaurant that you wouldn’t go into without any prior knowledge. However, since 1987 Bintang’s Pan Asian-fusion cuisine has been surprising visitors with its small and quirky environment resembling a run-down family restaurant – a conscious decision that contributes to the experience. The cuisine is unusual, and we wouldn’t recommend it to someone who is not used to experimentation, but if you have guts, this food is pleasantly surprising.
Bintang, 93 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8NY
Restaurant, Argentina, $$$
This restaurant is perfect for a good Argentinian steak served on a hot slate stone; a rare find in London. We recommend going here with a couple of friends and enjoying an evening of authentic cuisine in a very private, small restaurant.
La Patagonia, 31 Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Regardless of Camden’s hip environment, it is still a part of the famous fish net that England’s restaurants are renowned for. In this case Simply Fish is very special because it allows you to create your favourite (in this case sustainable) fish meal with choices from the style of preparation to the sauces and sides that it comes with. This ‘make your own’ fish comes perfectly made at affordable prices. We recommend this place for a lunchtime break, located slightly off the main roads it is definitely worth the walk.
Simply Fish , 4 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ
The Blues Kitchen
Little beats an evening of blues and rock-n-roll music accompanied by a delicious, classic American soul food dinner. This place also serves 80 different types of Bourbon that pours over live music seven nights a week. If you’re looking for a bit of dancing after dinner, come here on the weekend to take a break from nightclubs. They also serve a delicious American breakfast, ideal for the morning after.
The Blues Kitchen , 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
Shimogamo provides a welcome retreat from Camden’s hectic atmosphere; and this stillness is reflected in the food. While it does nothing audacious with its menu, it gets the fundamentals right. The interior’s simplicity is reflected in the presentation and the quality of the sushi on offer. Even though the à la carte menu isn’t overly complicated, the set menu is still worth going for.
Shimogamo , 108 Parkway, NW1 7AN
Feed Me Primal
Restaurant, Healthy, Gluten-free, Steakhouse, Street Food, $$$
Feed Me Primal
The ‘Paleo Diet’ can be a challenge at times. Nevertheless, this stall in the middle of Camden Lock’s Market has stumbled across the key factor many other health-conscious restaurants lack; taste. It also provides a welcome change from the surrounding stalls’ equally delicious but artery-clogging meals, and will leave you with an air of moral superiority as you stroll along to our final recommendation.
Feed Me Primal: Camden Lock Market ,Unit 215 – 216 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB
Chin Chin Labs
Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
Chin Chin Labs
When at one (or several) of the above recommended restaurants, we suggest you skip desert and walk over to the Camden Lock Market and enter one of its permanent venues, Chin Chin Labs. The place calls itself ‘Europe’s First Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream Parlour’. The interior resembles a laboratory with dry ice pouring down the floor into the streets of the market. Though not priced as your usual ice cream, each flavour has been developed by some sort of team of ice cream scientists. We tried the ‘Scones, Jam & Tea’ ice cream composed of Earl Grey flavoured scoops, frozen white chocolate and delicious jam – and we were blown away by the incredible flavour combination.
Chin Chin Labs, 49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF