From budget to blowout and everything in between, Clapham and Battersea are a foodie’s paradise and sometimes the choice can be overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down to just 10. Here are our ideal picks for great food in the Clapham and Battersea area.

Moxie’s Fish Bar

Not your average fish ‘n’ chips, Moxie’s Fish Bar uses the highest quality produce from the outstanding fishmongers, Moxie’s, next door. Served by Clapham South station, the menu is brief and on the more esoteric side of chippy, and all the better for it – think cuttlefish and house-smoked salmon alongside perennial favourites like battered cod. The fishmongers is really worth a visit alone, with the freshest product – they supply some of the other restaurants on our list – and some really interesting harder to find items like delicious smoked eel and braised, ready-to-grill octopus.

Nearest Station – Clapham South

Website: www.moxiesfishbar.com

Franca Manca

All conquering Franca Manca pizzeria seems to be on every street corner of London these days, but we’re not complaining – it is still one of the best priced, freshest and most authentic options around. The trick is in their sourdough base, with the addictive tang only a great ferment brings. Options are limited but inclusive, all part of the places’ charm, with no danger of being gripped by the paradox of choice when scrutinising the simple, streamlined menu. A place like this lives and dies by the pizza itself, and fortunately for all of London, Franca Manca appears to be immortal.

Nearest Station – Clapham Junction

Websitewww.francomanca.co.uk

Mien Tay

Mien Tay, a Southern-ish Vietnamese restaurant a short walk from Clapham Junction, offers the most authentic Vietnamese fare we’ve found without hitting up Kingsland Road out East. Restaurant Pho, just around the corner, offers accessible bowls of the iconic Hanoian dish, but Mien Tay just pips it for us – we love their rendition of Banh Xeo, a Vietnamese pancake / spring roll mash up which is a textural, flavor-balancing delight. Décor is pleasingly stripped back and functional, letting the food do the talking in typical Vietnamese spirit. All together now – ‘Tram Phan Tram!’ 

Nearest Station – Clapham Junction

Website: mientay.co.uk

On Café

The appearance of this gem of a dim sum outfit belies the intricacy of the cooking at work here. Located on a non-descript side street off Clapham High Street, with bright, stark lighting and a BYO policy, you’d be forgiven for thinking this spot churned out functional, factory-made fare. You would be so wrong – this is dim sum made with love and respect, and On Café is, deservedly, starting to get a real name for itself.  After a great meal, stay for the carefully crafted desserts, as utterly gorgeous as the headlining act. Read our full review of On Café here

Nearest Station: Clapham Common

Website: oncafe.london

The Canton Arms

Not exactly Clapham, but a short stroll from Clapham North station, The Canton Arms just had to make our list – the pub’s location on the corner of a busy road in Stockwell, does little to suggest the quality of great cooking going on here. That’s not to say it’s not well known, this place is packed most evenings – its no reservation policy only adding to the convivial atmosphere in the supporting bar area as hungry punters drink ale and wait eagerly for their table. The food is superb here, with an ingredients led menu with hints of intrigue far removed from standard pub fare. The sharing mains  and confident wine list add to the whole noisy, robust experience.

Nearest Station: Stockwell

Website: www.cantonarms.com

Nearest Station: Clapham Common

Honest Burger

Our favourite burger in London, served with our favourite chips in London, on one of our favourite streets in London – what’s not to love? The quality, attentive sourcing of the beef is clear from the first bite, McDonalds this is not. This attention to detail continues with the rosemary seasoning on the chips – a moreish masterstroke. Ditto the beer selection, with IPA brewed in the capital on tap completing the holy trinity of a great fast food joint.

Nearest Station: Clapham Common

Website: www.honestburgers.co.uk

Osteria Dell’Arte

Simple maybe, but Osteria Dell’Arte on Clapham High Street is an absolute joy – with freshly baked bread and homemade pasta taking centre stage. The kitchen is manned by an Italian family and the cooking reflects authentic Italian roots – ingredients are celebrated via clarity of cooking. The specials board is always worth taking note of, as some of the best fish dishes appear here. Local art adorning the walls and botanical decor only adds to the charm.
Nearest Station: Clapham common

May The 15th

A classy, independent restaurant with a European sharing plates menu, May 15th is located on the hip, foodie-focused Abbeville Road and caters for all with its eclectic selection of fine produce cooked thoughtfully. We particularly like the sharing mains, great for a Sunday when a traditional roast feels a little on the dull side. 

Nearest Station: Clapham South

Website: www.maythe15th.com

The Dairy, The Manor, Counter Culture

Chef Robin Gill is carving out something of an empire in London, with the Dairy, his original outpost overlooking Clapham Common, tiny British tapas bar Counter Culture next door, and the Manor just down the road. Then there’s Paradise Garage in Hackney completing the quartet, not to mention various supper clubs and events he is involved in.

They all share a mutual respect for the finest produce, some unique flourishes with Japanese flavours and ingredients, home cured charceutrie and the finest sourdough and butter we’ve had south of the River. All three of his Clapham restaurants are so uniquely exquisite, we were pushed to choose just one, so we’re afraid you might just have to try all three.

Nearest Station: Clapham Common

Website:  the-dairy.co.uk

Trinity

The Clapham stalwart, run by the effervescent, proudly classical chef Adam Byatt, has been given a new lease of life by its recently awarded Michelin star. This is not to say it wasn’t superb before the little red book finally recognised its exceptional celebration of British ingredients with flair and respect – but Michelins acknowledgment of Trinity as one of the best restaurants in London is pleasing nonetheless. The restaurant has a particular affinity with game, and a visit in grouse season is a must. If fine dining isn’t your thing, chef Byatt has recently opened a more casual, small plates affair upstairs – suitably named Trinity Upstairs – where the cooking is as attentive and precise as its big brother downstairs, but at a more accessible price.

Nearest Station: Clapham Common

Website: www.trinityrestaurant.co.uk