Nestled away in West London, between the famous Notting Hill and Paddington, is Maida Vale. It’s a quiet residential area with lots to offer. And if you’re looking for a hearty evening meal or a light lunch, Maida Vale has you covered! Here is our list of the best restaurants for you to try.
Since opening its doors in 2002, The Waterway has become a firm favourite with those living in and visiting Maida Vale, and with one of the most spectacular terraces in London, it’s not difficult to see why. You can dine on a number of delicious dishes from their à la carte, terrace, or weekend brunch menus whilst enjoying stunning views of the Grand Union Canal. During the winter months you can tuck yourself away in this cozy restaurant, choosing to watch the TV or the passing barges, in front of a roaring fire.
In a green corner of Maida Vale is Le Cochonnet. This lively Mediterranean restaurant is located just off busy Elgin Avenue and can be appreciated by couples, groups of friends, and families alike. At night the twinkling fairy lights that cover the leafy trees outside transform Le Cochonnet to create a relaxed dining experience. A selection of gourmet pizzas, incredible pasta dishes, and salads can be sampled whilst sipping a glass of wine or two. And if you’re struggling with making a decision on what to eat, we suggest the Fiorentina pizza, it never disappoints!
Ibuki Sushi, London | Courtesy of The Bridge House
If you’re a sushi lover, then Ibuki Sushi is the restaurant in Maida Vale for you. This modern Japanese sushi bar offers a great selection of dishes for you to try. Whether you love salmon nigiri or a bowl of steaming miso soup, you’ll find plenty of exciting dishes on the menu. You’ll also be pleased to know that Ibuki Sushi has a take away option, which is perfect for those with a little less time on their hands.
Situated in the gorgeous Little Venice area of Maida Vale is The Bridge House. Decorated with extravagant chandeliers and lavish furnishings, this pub is an excellent setting for enjoying a hearty, home-cooked meal. You’ll find traditional pub food on the menu, and behind the bar you’ll be spoilt for choices with eleven specialty beers and three real ales on tap. You may also find yourself rubbing shoulders with some of the thespians from the Canal Café Theatre during your meal, as the building is shared between the two establishments. A little theatrics with dinner? Yes, please.
Literally a stone’s throw away from the Maida Vale tube station is Thai Rice. Priding itself on fast, friendly service, this restaurant produces authentic Thai cuisine, which both looks and tastes great. You may just want a bowl of your favourite Thai curry, or if you’re feeling extra peckish why not try a selection of the noodle, rice, and stir-fried dishes available on the menu? Vegetarians need not fret, as there is a whole selection of vegetarian plates to choose from.