Looking for Battersea restaurants? Here are our favourite restaurants in Battersea. The best foodie spots include contemporary Italian at Fiume, Battersea Rise wine bars and plenty of pizza. Check out our ideas for eating and drinking locations in Battersea, from Battersea Power Station to Battersea Rise and beyond…
Restaurants in Battersea
Inspired in name and nature by chef Robin Gill’s jazz musician father, Earl ‘Darby’ Gill, the grand space houses a bakery (with bread, pastries, bagels and sarnies ready to take away), open kitchen (complete with open-fire stoves) and oyster bar. With a 1950s Manhattan feel, there are bottle-green tiles, fluted velvet banquettes and booths, herringbone floors, dark wooden tables and colonial-style chairs. Seating spills out onto the terrace, looking up to the embassy.
The menu’s split into snacks, oysters, starts, sharing mains, daily specials, and sides. Things start off well with Dooncastle oysters (served with shallot vinegar, lemon, black pepper and Tabasco – depending on your penchant) from Galway Bay. They’re some of the best bivalves you’ll get in London (and we’ve done the rounds). Then, in quick succession, we make our way through “‘Gilda’ little perverts, witty and spicy” which we learn are Robin’s take on Basque skewers of pickled chillies, slivers of eel, juicy olives and chives.
Depending on your level of restraint during dinner, the dessert list tempts with sorbets drowned in East London Liquor Company vodka, homemade croissant and tonka bean ice cream sandos and Pump Street chocolate mousse that is as light as it is full of flavour.
Battersea Power Station
Wind around the edge of the Thames, ducking under the colourful ‘Power’ archway as you do, and in the shadow of Battersea Power Station is where you’ll find Fiume. Translating as river, the contemporary Italian sits in front of a water feature that reflects the golden hue of the recently renovated chimneys towering above.
This is Calabrian chef Francesco Mazzei’s third restaurant in partnership with D&D London. Inside, the restaurant’s décor reflects the menu – it’s smart but relaxed. There’s counter dining and high chairs by the bar for quick plates of cicchetti (fried calamari to crostini draped with mozzarella, anchovies and roasted peppers) and homemade breads from the wood-fired pizza oven.
The menu proper focusses on the recipes of southern Italy, or Mezzogiorno, jumping around the eight different regions. Think wobbly burrata and slow-cooked octopus to start, with classic mains such as aubergine parmigiana and seafood fregola, along with a handmade pasta menu.
Mother has managed to bring a slice of cosy ‘hygge’ from its original home of Denmark to its new branch in a railway arch in Battersea Power Station –little log stools are scattered outside, there’s a draft preventor so the huge doors can be folded back even in winter, and David, the extremely charismatic owner, has a friend who owns a forest in Lithuania, so long tables are carved from oak trunks.
To start, skip the deep-fried bacalao, and opt for vegetarian antipasti that comes with a huge sourdough focaccia. Mozarella is from Oxford and sun-blushed tomatoes are dried in-house, on the top of the pizza ovens to be exact, drenched in olive oil from Calabria. A highlight was the supplí al telefono, a croquette-shaped ball of risotto from the streets of Rome, filled with risotto rice and tender meat finished in the wood-fire oven with red wine and herbs.
Pizzas are all made from sourdough and sea water. Porcella homemade sausage and porcini mushroom pizza was a little bland considering the bold ingredients chosen, but pepperoni and peperoni benefited from David’s Roman mother’s marinated pepper recipe, blistered and then soaked in oil, garlic and vinegar or 24 hours.
Wines are natural, and sourced by the team from small producers in Italy. Mother gives some more unique varieties a try, such as super smooth sparkling Franciacorta (easy on the bubbles) and an orange wine blended by an Italian/Spanish husband and wife team in Sicily.
Restaurants in Battersea Rise
A relaxed neighbourhood restaurant serving Neapolitan-style pizzas on Battersea Rise.
As you’d expect, pizzas are the focus, with the option of splitting toppings half and half or into thirds. Portions are hearty (choose between a 12 or 20-inch pizza), with a selection of starters and sides including creamy burrata with sticky caramelised black fig, a mixed bruschetta board to graze on or a simple side of tomatoes drizzled with basil oil.
The Humble Grape
Originally founded as a wine importer in 2009, Humble Grape built a strong following based on wine tasting events and private sales. It has now found a permanent home on Battersea Rise as South London’s newest wine bar and shop.
Unsurprisingly, the focus here is wine. As Humble Grape import their wines directly from the vineyards, they don’t have to pass on the hefty middlemen mark-up to their customers. This means that their fantastic selection of wines is available to take home or to drink in by the glass, carafe or bottle, at bargain prices. Food is divided between snacks such as salted cashews and smoked paprika peppers, whole baked camemberts, sourdough toasties and sharing platters.
There’s a great selection of wines from small, lesser-known vineyards around the world, although the big-hitting regions are still included. Read more about the wines below…