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Read Time Out's list of the best restaurants to visit in Shepherd's Bush

Kricket White City
Andy Parkington
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August 2019: We’ve added four recent arrivals in revitalised White City: The Allis at White City House (a slick, corporate brasserie), Bluebird White City (little sister to the landmark Chelsea venue), Anglo-Indian small-plates star Kricket and Shola Karachi Kitchen – a Pakistani lunchtime canteen serving White City Place. Back in Shepherd’s Bush itself, we’ve listed the Albertine Restaurant (now run by Allegra McEvedy of Leon fame) and that oldie but goodie, Adams Café (greasy spoon by day, North African bistro by night).

Busy Shepherd's Bush is a veritable hub of eateries, ranging from the cheap and cheerful to more expensive and elegant fare. From Polish to Chinese, Malaysian to Spanish, Shepherd's Bush restaurants have got it covered.
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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Albertine Restaurant

Shepherd’s Bush

Located above the homely Albertine wine bar, this cosy little restaurant is now owned by TV chef Allegra McEvedy (who co-founded Leon, FYI). Expect lots of ‘healthy’ Italian influences on the menu and plenty for vegetarians – from courgette ‘carpaccio’ to a winning plate of smoky aubergine topped with sharp caponata. Otherwise, go for something meaty such as an Ibérica presa pork steak with chips and chimichurri, washed down with a glass or two from the tasty wine list.

Restaurants, Greek

The Athenian White City

White City

The first proper restaurant from The Athenian street-food chain is a big beast within White City Place, serving its signature souvlaki wraps (with salad and oregano fries) alongside a whole host of new ideas – from bespoke Gyros burgers to courgette fritters, tomato croquettes with Athenian sauce and desserts such as flourless brownies. They also do breakfast (try the wild boar sausage muffins) and now offer an extended selection of Greek craft beers and regional wines.  

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Restaurants, Syrian

Abu Zaad

Shepherd’s Bush

Big helpings, low prices and a rollickingly relaxed setting are the draws at this vast Syrian restaurant near Shepherd’s Bush Market – no wonder young families and couples head here for a quick, fuss-free meal. Sharing nibbles give way to mighty tagines, couscous, grills and dishes such as tomato and rice maklouba packed with chunks of lamb and aubergine. Otherwise, load up on freshly baked breads and meze at the all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet. Abu Zaad is unlicensed, but ayran (salted yoghurt) and mint tea do their job.

Restaurants, Moroccan

Adams Cafe

Shepherd’s Bush

By day, this Shepherd’s Bush classic is a redoubtable greasy spoon with a fry-up menu to match; by night, it morphs into a cosy North African bistro with clothed tables, moody lighting and a line-up of exotic Moroccan and Tunisian specialities. Mix and match from a great-value menu that moves from crisp little briks, briwats, cigares and doigts de fatma (delicately spiced savoury filo pastries) to heart-warming tagines, couscous, stews and grills. Complimentary appetisers and the option of BYOB add to the feelgood vibe.

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Restaurants, Contemporary Global

The Allis at White City House

White City

If you’re looking for something slicker and more corporate than the usual W12 vibe, this portal to White City House (formerly BBC Television Centre) should fit the bill. Dark, glossy, laidback and trendy, with ’70s detailing nodding to its previous tenant, The Allis deals in brasserie fare with strong US overtones – expect the likes of burgers, pies and Caesar salads alongside pumpkin ravioli, paprika-scented smoked-chicken croquettes and hugely moreish choc-chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt. Live jazz too.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Bluebird White City

White City

Little sister to the Chelsea stalwart, this well-dressed all-day drinking and dining rendezvous spot is a useful addition to the local scene, with a lovely terrace for alfresco breakfasts, lunches and cocktails. Located within the revamped BBC Television Centre building, it’s a genuinely cheerful spot with a lovely ambience and some pretty confident contemporary cooking – the chicken milanese with crispy green beans and herby mayo is a must-order comfort-food classic.

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Kricket White City
Andy Parkington
Restaurants, Indian

Kricket White City

White City

Following the success of its branches in Brixton and Soho, Kricket has found yet another home – this time within the old BBC Television Centre in White City. The food is everything you would expect and more – a succession of killer Anglo-Indian small plates ranging from samphire pakoras and duck leg kathi roll with peanut chutney to tandoori monkfish with smoked aubergine and courgette pickle. Spicy cocktails are big sellers in the bar, and the Indian-themed Sunday roasts are worth knowing about.

Restaurants, Thai

Esarn Kheaw

Shepherd’s Bush

A SheBu favourite, Esarn Kheaw has been serving north-eastern Thai food to appreciative locals for more than 25 years. The dark dining room may be starting to show its age, but the cooking is as good as ever. Witness marinated chargrilled beef with a minced catfish, anchovy and green chilli dip or a blisteringly hot vegetarian jungle curry. Also don’t miss the boiled and deep-fried ‘son-in-law eggs’ – a delicious mouth-cooling foil to the spicy food.

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Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness
Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness
Restaurants, Malaysian

Penang!

Shepherd’s Bush

Penang! (which opened in late 2012) takes its name from the food-oriented island on the west coast of Malaysia, and is intended to be the first of a chain of outlets. Dining takes place over two floors, and on an outdoor terrace.

Restaurants, North African

Red Sea

Shepherd’s Bush

Once famed for its ramshackle quirkiness and working men’s café aesthetic, the Red Sea is now a relatively smart cookie complete with a chequered black-and-white tiled floor, chairs covered in white linen and yellow walls emblazoned with ethnic artefacts and tapestries. The look may have changed, but this Shepherd’s Bush joint still woos locals with a wilfully eccentric menu of Eritrean, Ethiopian, Somali and Yemeni cuisine – plus the odd plate of spag bol or chicken curry. Signature dishes include burem (literally ‘boiled meat’), steamed lamb mandi and grilled sea bass (blackened, splayed open and served with a pile of rice of salad), but also note the various ‘fata’ breads served with dates or banana, cream and honey. Sides include chips as well as floppy injera, while kids are offered chicken nuggets or fish fingers. Unlicensed, but you can BYO for a nominal £1 corkage.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Shikumen Shepherd's Bush

Shepherd’s Bush

Housed in the classy Dorsett Hotel on Shepherd’s Bush Green and named after the Shanghainese architectural style, Shikumen’s handsome interior doesn’t disappoint. Neither does its line-up of exquisitely crafted and reasonably priced dim sum, especially the signature xiao long bao and sophisticated scallop siu mai topped with tobiko. The kitchen also turns out to be a faultless rendition of stir-fried seafood ho fun in XO sauce, while its Peking duck is correctly served in two stages.

Restaurants, Pakistani

Shola Karachi Kitchen

White City

Recommending a Pakistani canteen for its builder’s tea might seem perverse, but the sweet, spicy doodh patti chai served at Shola is the real deal. Open weekday lunchtimes, this light, roomy place serves as a refuelling point for workers at the new White City Place creative hub – and the food is bang-on excellent. Trawl through the line-up of ‘bites’, ‘bowls’ and ‘coals’ to your heart’s content but don’t miss the crunchy chicken pakoras, the khatti daal with buttery parathas or the tender lamb shoulder wrap.

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Restaurants, Iranian

Sufi

Shepherd’s Bush

Taftoon flatbreads are baked in a clay oven by the front window of Sufi, a peach of a Persian restaurant on SheBu’s Askew Road. Glorious stews, spot-on kebabs and beautiful meze are the main attractions, such as the superb kashk-e bademjan (a smoky whey-based aubergine dip with walnuts, garlic and onion). Overall, Sufi is just about smart enough for a date, with rugs and musical instruments contributing to the exotic vibe.

Restaurants, Spanish

Tapas Revolution

White City

Westfield shoppers are lucky to have this honest-to-goodness tapas bar as a stopgap and refuelling point after a heavy bout of retail therapy, especially as it delivers great value across the board. There are no surprises or molecular gastronomic fantasies here, just down-home jamón croquetas, punchy pan con tomate and delectable churros dipped in top-notch hot chocolate to finish. Tip: don’t miss the ‘happy hora’ jugs of sangria or the stonking daytime ‘menu rápido’.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Tian Fu

Shepherd’s Bush

There’s no shortage of budget chop suey joints in SheBu, but this is a proper Chinese restaurant serving more than the usual takeaway scoff. Huge portions of uncompromisingly fiery Sichuan cuisine are the big draw, backed by gentler items such as steamed scallops with glass noodles, Hunan-style red-braised pork belly or scrambled eggs with Chinese chives. Fans of tofu, luncheon meat and chicken gizzards are in for a treat here.

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