Restaurants, Mediterranean Norwood

A splash of bright paint, vibrant sun-drenched pictures and a clutch of Sardinian knicks-knacks don’t quite match up to the slick decor of the new wave of Crystal Palace restaurants, but this local eaterie has allure where it counts. The staff are immediately welcoming and enthusiastic about their food – and for good reason. A caponata starter was surprisingly delicate for a predominantly onion-based dish and didn’t overpower the creamy buffalo mozzarella it was served alongside.

Sardinian fish stew was laden with shellfish and seafood: a hearty feast served in a subtle oregano-flecked tomato broth. Pasta with sausage ragu was again understated, but in the best way – satisfying yet not in the least heavy.

Mediterranea is a great venue for families too, with a warm approach to children and pizzas from the wood-fired oven have a light, crisp crust, and again avoid the flavour explosions that often mask a lack of culinary skill. The restaurant is sometimes not as busy as it should be; we hope it continues to thrive, as this is somewhere to return to time and again.



Venue name: Mediterranea
Address: 21 Westow Street
SE19 3RY
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3.30pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Thur; 6-11pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Crystal Palace or Gipsy Hill rail
Price: Main courses £9.90-£18.90
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We had a lovely meal there today. We had meat balls and fried aubergines as starters and they were delightful. As a main mallsuredos and hers tagliatelle both were delicious. Finishing with a yummy pannacotta. The staff was friendly with a family feel to the restaurant.

We had supper there tonight. Sicilian bread and olives were wonderful. Pizzas were authentic, thin crust tasty and generous. Delicious veggie dishes, house wine was reallly good. My brother, who lives in Italy, was very impressed, and there were lots of local Italians, always a good sign. Go try, you won't be disappointed!!

Food is always delicious, very fresh, we love the seasonal changes, and there are usually interesting specials on at weekends. Staff are great, very knowledgeable and welcoming, and they cope well with large parties too. We have been coming here regularly since it opened - definitely our favourite restaurant in the area. Long may it continue to thrive!

I went with my husband on a Sunday night, we were served the food immediately and the pizzas were really good just like Sardinia, I recommend this restaurant! You have to order their special bread with rosemary very delicious. We will definitely return.