South London’s best restaurants and bars that you won’t have heard of before, chosen by Mina Holland, author of The Edible Atlas
1 Moorish Lounge, Norbury
My favourite restaurant in all of south London must be Moorish Lounge in Norbury. Chef/owner Ahmed welcomes diners into what feels like a Moroccan living room, low-lit and smoky. Enjoy BYO and Arabic music while you wait. For under £15 you can get merguez sausages and dips, followed by fluffy couscous or perhaps a chicken, date and cinnamon tagine or the veggie Tagine du Ri.
447 Streatham High Road SW16 3PH; 020 8764 6919
2 Silk Road, Camberwell
In Camberwell, I always enjoy Silk Road, specialising in the unsung cuisine of Xinjiang: there’s certainly nothing ‘medium’ about the medium plate chicken, which is plentifully loaded with ‘belt’ noodles and a fantastic star-anisey broth.
49 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell SE5 8TR; 020 7703 4832
3 Yak and Yeti, Crystal Palace
Yak and Yeti in Crystal Palace serves great Nepalese cuisine in an unpretentious atmosphere. It serves award-winning authentic Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cooking either in house, via door-to-door delivery or by take-away.
107 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2PR; crystalpalace.yakandyeti.co.uk
4 Lombok, Herne Hill
Lombok in Herne Hill is a great restaurant to have on one’s doorstep – it specialises in Thai cuisine but there are also Burmese and Vietnamese dishes; I love the vibrant flavours.
17 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill SE24 9JU; 020 7733 7131
5 Negril, Brixton
Near where my parents now live, I love Negril – on a summer’s evening, its front garden is a sanctuary of Caribbean calm as Brixton Hill beats past and the jerk chicken really falls off the bone.
132 Brixton Hill SW2 1RS; 020 8674 8798; negrilonline.co.uk