BATTERSEA RESTAURANTS & BARS
Bold open kitchen at the back, big glass doors at the front, exposed ducting and brickwork everywhere – this is the very model of a modern-day restaurant, with the rejuvenated Battersea Power Station forming a dazzling backdrop.
The site boasts a large alfresco terrace next to the Thames, decked out with olives trees and potted herbs. Inside, the open-plan dining room is stylish and buzzy with a menu that draws from Southern Italy.
A life-size 14-foot-high bronze elephant greets you outside Chokhi Dhani, setting the tone for a menu and interiors inspired by the grand maharajahs of Rajasthan.
Fun, flamboyant and fabulous, Bunga Bunga gets the party started – and knows how to keep it going. It mixes all the clichés of Italian holidays with a sprinkling of euro trash to create a glorious tongue-in-cheek homage to the land that invented pizza. And seriously good pizza it is too: proper crispy bases loaded with quality toppings.
THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Graceful, in an updated Victorian sort of way, The Duke of Cambridge has Young’s Bitter on draught & more than half of the choices on its reasonable wine list available by the glass.
Soif is still streets ahead of the local competition. The daily menu doesn’t only base itself on Gallic soil – charcuterie features heavily, but Italian coppa is listed alongside rillettes and cornichons.
Oyster farmers turned restaurateurs, Wright Brothers specialise in fresh seafood – particularly oysters.
A modern Middle Eastern menu features meat cooked to blackened perfection on the Mangal grill.
Asian-inspired dishes come with Med twists at this vibrant, quirky venue with a big cocktail focus.