emerges from the shadows of Chelsea to become a bright, bustling, and ever-so-slightly sloaney borough in its own right, its residents find themselves increasingly surrounded by an array of great restaurants; often with a culturally authentic take on the classic BBQ. If you want to avoid the Byrons but still have a reliably tasty meal out, check out our list of the best restaurants in Fulham.
Bodean's BBQ Smokehouse
Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouse
Making a name for itself as a London institution, Bodean’s evokes the feeling of a proper American diner. TVs play basketball games all night long, everyone sits in booths, and the muted decor is punctuated by bright neon signs. A great place to chill out and tuck into some pulled pork so tender it practically melts in the mouth. Not a place for vegetarians.
Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouse, 4 Broadway Chambers, London, UK, +44 20 7610 0440
A mangal is a traditional Turkish way of preparing meat over a wooden BBQ. Bringing a relaxed dining atmosphere to Fulham, Best Mangal restores the humble kebab from a late-night snack gobbled down on the drunk walk home, to its rightful place as a delicious main meal. Enjoy a range of meats alongside salads, Middle-Eastern flatbreads and rice.
Best Mangal, 619 Fulham Rd., London, UK, +44 20 7610 0009
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
This classic pub has been given a modern update with the addition of brightly coloured wallpaper and over-the-top chandeliers. Enjoy the old pub vibe whilst tucking into a rib-eye steak, amazing burgers, or the chef’s speciality of Catalan stew. The menu varies depending on what’s in season, but there’s always a range of excellent ales on tap.
The Pembroke, 261 Old Brompton Rd., London, UK, +44 20 7373 8337
Rodizio Lebanon has created a beautifully simplistic idea: expertly barbecued meats carved in front of you by experienced passadors and served alongside colourful drinks and tasty sides. Vegetarians are easily accommodated for as well, and the friendly Brazilian vibe is sure to win you over.
Rodizio Lebanon, 11 Jerdan Place, London, UK, +44 20 7183 6085
Fulham seems to be full of BBQ restaurants, and Brasa is probably the best. Nestled on the second floor between private members’ club Broadway House and Broadway Bar & Grill, Brasa has an almost painfully stylish interior with an authentic Asador grill imported from the Basque Country. Meat is sourced from Dorset, and the menu changes with the seasons.
Brasa, 474-476 Fulham Road, London, UK, +44 20 7610 3137
A favourite with Fulham locals, El Metro has been serving traditional Spanish tapas to Fulham foodies for 25 years. With a relaxed atmosphere, decor of terracotta tiles, wooden chairs, and plenty of greenery, El Metro is like a little slice of Spain just off Fulham Broadway’s main road.
El Metro, 10-12 Effie Road, London, UK, +44 20 7384 1264
The Fulham Wine Rooms
Cafe, Wine Bar, British, $$$
The River Café
The River Café
With an open-plan kitchen and dining room, incredibly friendly staff, and wholesome Italian food, The River Café feeds the soul as well as the stomach. Enjoy fresh seafood, creamy mozzarella, and wafer-thin prosciutto all washed down with a wine from the restaurant’s carefully selected, Italian-only wine list.
The River Café, Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, UK, +44 20 7386 4200
The Harwood Arms
Pub, British, $$$
The Harwood Arms
If you really want to treat yourself, pop in to The Harwood Arms, the first London pub to be awarded a Michelin Star. Whilst others have now followed suit, Harwood remains the original and the best. The pub offers a daily lunch menu offer for two courses so a Michelin-star menu doesn’t have to leave you completely out of pocket.
The Harwood Arms, Walham Grove, London, UK, +44 20 7386 1847