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Top 10 Best Restaurants in Battersea - Love SW London!

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You may be forgiven for thinking of Battersea in SW London as that bit between Clapham and Vauxhall, but since the American Embassy moved in, Battersea Power Station became an attractive living option, and plans for the Northern Line extension to Nine Elms were put into action, things have been looking up. Obviously a trip to Battersea Dogs Home and Battersea Park are always great reasons to visit the area, but there are stacks of exciting restaurant options as well. From the new celebrity chef-lead restaurants near the aforementioned Battersea Power Station redevelopment, to restaurants on the river, and Battersea Rise restaurants, the area is booming when it comes to delightful food choices.

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

This exciting concept in Nine Elms is one of the best Indian restaurants in London. The first class food is focused on the royal region of Rajasthan alongside wider Indian influences. Discover modern twists to traditional dishes such as palak paneer (spinach is presented three ways with paneer) and rediscover favourites including butter chicken and gigantic tandoori grilled tiger prawns, on picture perfect plates. The decor is opulent; the atmosphere is fun and vibrant with free entertainment every Thursday-Sunday (from live music to magic). If that isn't enough, the restaurant also overlooks the river Thames and has a heated terrace where you can partake in more than 60 varieties of shisha.

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Battersea
Restaurant
British

If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting either Rabbit restaurant on the King's Road or The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill (if not - get to it right away!), then you'll know all about the farm-to-fork ethos that runs through this small chain of family restaurants. Nutbourne is the name of the family farm and vineyard in Sussex where one of the Gladwin brothers grows the grapes, the cattle, the sheep, the pigs and the vegetables that are then transported to his brother's three restaurants in London. The third brother is the chef who creates these wonderfully rustic, seasonal, sustainable menus filled with delights such as the popular beef cigar. Order a glass of their white wine too!

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant
Seafood

If you've ever enjoyed the bustling Wright Brothers restaurant in Soho, there's now reason not to love its slightly younger, quietly sister restaurant in Battersea. The location of Wright Brothers Battersea next to Battersea Park, Battersea Power Station and across the bridge from Chelsea, provides west Londoners on both sides of the river Thames with a winning seafood restaurant that doesn't require an Uber to the West End. During warmer months and lunch visits, try to get a table on the lovely outdoor terrace. From the menu, the seabass, the ceviche and, naturally, the oysters are all favourites to order; perfect with a glass of Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut sparkling wine from Sussex.

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Battersea
Restaurant
Italian

Fiume restaurant near Battersea Power Station is headed up by Italian chef Francesco Mazzei, who also runs Radici and Sartoria. If you need more frame of reference, Fiume belongs to the same group who run Quaglino's, Skylon, German Gymnasium and Madison. It's fair to say, then, that your experience at this restaurant will be stylish, well planned, and just the right amount of posh. This riverside restaurant and terrace is the sort of place you go to take your time; don't rush. Plan to be here for a while. In fact, we'd go so far as to suggest booking a brunch or lunch here rather than an evening meal. Order antipasti, primi, secondi and dolce courses for premium Italian authenticity.

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Battersea
Restaurant
International

London House restaurant in Battersea is the creation of an up-and-coming chef called Gordon Ramsay. Yep, that Gordon Ramsay. This is the closest restaurant to where Mr Michelin Star himself resides; not an indication of how delightful the experience will be, but merely the heightened opportunity to bump into him, perhaps? Whilst the decor and ambiance will not get your eyeballs popping or your heartbeat fluttering, the first-class menu will (both for the exquisite tastes and punchy prices). The simple menu is made of classic favourites but you can't go wrong with the steak and the sticky toffee pudding. Look out for the cheaper mid-week set menu to keep expenses to a minimum.

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Battersea
Restaurant
French

Picture yourself in the French Alps, sharing some l'escargots with garlic cream and parsley butter plus a carafe of French Carignan wine, as the candlelight flickers across the face of your loved one. A splendid idea, if it weren't so hard to get there. And so the mountains have come to you instead, with Augustine Kitchen near the river. This cosy French bistro offers amazing value for money, especially when choosing the a la carte set menu or mid-week lunch menu. There aren't many options on the menu, which means less thinking for you to do. This is one of those simple, hidden gem restaurants that should be more popular. So do everyone a favour: keep it a secret!

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Battersea
Restaurant
Tapas

Take a trip to Spain without ever leaving south-west London. Boqueria Spanish tapas restaurant in Battersea provides a lively afternoon or evening filled with great freshly-made food, fine wine and excellent, authentically Spanish service. The menu at this modern retreat near Battersea Park consists of sharing plates - West End prices (around £5-£9 each), but of West End quality. The only tough part is knowing what to order. With a lexicon of choice, the tapas at Boqueria caters for all foodies preferences; definitely the suckling pig, and then huevos rotos, carpaccio de atún, jamón Ibérico puro bellota and the croquetas. Sit inside if possible as the main road terrace can be a tad noisy.

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant
French

Gazette is an authentic brasserie in the style of local French village cafes, hidden away in the backstreets of Battersea close to the river walkway (maybe a stroll along the water to work up an appetite?). With true hospitality, one can find something to suit the occasion at anytime of the day at this neighbourhood restaurant: an early breakfast, brunch (until 6pm!), a comfortable chill out with a glass of wine, a business lunch or a romantic dinner for two. The wine list and the food menu are classically French. If you live in the area and need variety in your repeat visits, look out for the midweek deals such as chateaubriand Mondays and the £10 1kg moules challenge on Tuesdays.

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant
Meat

The Draft House in Battersea is place to eat for anyone with a love of beers. This modern pub has an eye-popping array of lagers, pale ales, IPAs, stouts, ales and bitters in a variety of sizes. Located near to the Royal College of Arts Battersea campus, it sits on a busy road junction. As such, the small beer garden has been given a barrier of foliage and awning to protect it from the elements. The food menu is mainly hand-held so think Scotch eggs, nachos, whitebait and halloumi fingers for beer snacks, plus burgers, fries and chicken wings for the main event. Aside from that, the larger dishes are traditional favourites such as fish and chips, and steak and ale pie. Sunday is roast day!

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant / Club
Brasserie

This charming Parisian brasserie tucked away in the Battersea back streets takes its inspiration from Django Reinhardt, boasting a calendar of live gypsy swing music events. The seating is cosy and arranged around a small stage, and the cute garden is the perfect place for the romance of a personal tête-à-tête. The interior is beautifully decorative, adding to the jazzy mood. Expect to stay a while and appreciate the music. This is not an in-and-out dining experience, and, as such, the prices reflect the "long stay". It is a romantic event, after all. Book ahead, expect an unhurried level of service for your food and wine, and check the listings ahead of time to see who is playing.

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