Paddington lies at the heart of one of the most exclusive and cosmopolitan areas of Greater London in the City of Westminster and, as a result, visitors looking for a great place to eat are truly spoilt for choice.
Whether individuals are in search of an authentic taste of the British Isles or something a bit more exotic, there are restaurants and eateries to suit every taste when visiting Paddington.
The Frontline Club
Focusing on the best seasonal ingredients to provide a taste of exemplary British dishes, The Frontline Club can be found on Edgware Road and is open daily for both lunch and dinner bookings.
With stylish contemporary decor and a changing seasonal menu, a unique selling point of the eatery lies in the fact much of the produce comes from the restaurant’s own Norfolk farm, ensuring the provenance of every dish can be traced to its source.
Typical dishes to grace the extensive menu of the establishment include caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tart, grilled gurnard fillet with shallot puree and roast rack of Norfolk lamb with potato fondant and aubergine puree.
A true taste of Persia can be hard to come by even for visitors to one of the most cosmopolitan capitals in the whole of the world, but at Cheminee this is something guests can be guaranteed to receive.
The warmth and beauty of Iran are recreated in the enticing decor and atmosphere of Cheminee, with the eatery situated just three minutes walk from the busy Paddington Station on Edgware Road.
With an authentic menu of Persian dishes to choose from, visitors will be able to treat their tastebuds to a unique experience when eating here. Typical selections include lamb shish kebab, jujah kebab bedoone ostokhaan (grilled boneless chicken marinated in lime and saffron) and khoresh-e-ghormeh sabsi (slow-cooked lamb with red kidney beans, onion, parsley, chives and fenugreek).
The restaurant is open daily from midday until 11pm and tables can be booked in advance for those wishing to reserve their place at this busy establishment.
A true treat for gastronomes nestled in the heart of London, Angelus was founded by former chairman sommelier of Britain Thierry Tomasin and provides a delicious range of dishes for diners, be it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
The restaurant has been transformed from a former pub that prided itself on a long list of political regulars, including former prime minister Winston Churchill, and retains much of the original architecture from its 19th century design.
Featuring an unbeatable wine cellar – what more could be expected of an establishment founded by one of the top sommeliers in the country – the menu is tailored to ensure guests will always have something great to drink as well as eat.
Meanwhile, with a sumptuous lounge and elegant bar, guests could be forgiven for spending all day at Angelus and enjoying the luxury and hospitality that this establishment has to offer.
A fine dining Asian restaurant in the heart of the City of Westminster, Maximini offers a fusion of Malaysian and Chinese flavours to its discerning clientele.
The brainchild of renowned footwear designer Jimmy Choo, the eatery is located near to famous Hyde Park and has been an attraction for celebrities and food lovers alike since its opening in mid-2013.
An extensive array of traditional Malay dishes with a Chinese twist can be found on the restaurant’s menu, ranging from a wide selection of Malaysian curries to stir fries, seafood, soups and more.
Launching the restaurant, Choo stated: “Like shoe designing, whipping up a great dish is an art.”
This is a sentiment the chefs at Maximini have built their reputation upon, with the food both beautiful to behold and a delight for the senses. Maximini is truly a fantastic choice for anyone searching for a wonderful meal on the town when visiting Paddington.
Massis Grill & Bar
Offering authentic Lebanese cuisine to the London diners, Massis Grill & Bar is open daily from midday until close to midnight and can be found at Sheldon Square in Paddington Central.
The restaurant offers the chance for diners to enjoy a wide variety of dishes they might not have come across before, as well as providing a well-stocked bar with beers, spirits, soft drinks and more.
Traditional Lebanese cuisine is the order of the day for guests, with typical dishes ranging from rikakat (a filo pastry filled with herbs and halloumi and feta cheeses) to kafta khaskhash (skewers of chargrilled minced lamb on a bed of spicy rice).
A mixture of modern Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Western cuisine, Lebanese dishes are often highly spiced and a true treat for the senses.
Individuals with an adventurous palate will not be let down by the food at Massis, while the contemporary dining area and bar ensures guests can simply relax and enjoy a drink in the establishment’s inviting and well-turned-out surroundings if they’d prefer.
Kam Tong Restaurant
Described as “an oasis of calm and light on bustling Queensway”, Kam Tong Restaurant is a contemporary Chinese/Thai restaurant in the heart of busy Bayswater and close to Paddington.
With a dining room capable of seating more than 100 guests, the restaurant offers a delicious taste of traditional dim sum, as well as a full menu of restaurant dishes for diners to choose from.
All the traditional favourites are represented on the full restaurant menu – such as spare ribs, beef with oyster sauce or chicken fillet with sweet chilli sauce – but there are also some less well-known offerings that could tempt diners into being a little more adventurous in their choices.
Some of the more exotic and interesting options open to guests include stir-fried salt fish with pork belly in a hot pot, grilled lamb fillet in Tibetan sauce and deep-fried crispy battered oysters.
Kam Tong Restaurant is open from Mondays to Saturdays from midday until 11pm and on Sundays from midday until 10.30pm.
Located on Bloomfield Road, The Summerhouse sits on the impressive Grand Union Canal and is just a stone’s throw from Paddington Station.
Open all year round and serving a plethora of delicious seafood, the eatery prides itself on giving guests a fantastic experience, with some of the capital’s best fish and chips served daily on the extensive menu.
With brunch and a la carte evening dining both available, typical dishes on offer at the restaurant include smoked haddock, salmon and prawn fishcakes, a selection of Colchester rock oysters with shallots and red wine vinegar, as well as the catch of the day.
If authentic Spanish tapas is something visitors to Paddington are craving, then look no further than Don Pepe – a Paddington institution that has been operating since 1974 by brothers Jose (Pepe) and Alejandro Garcia.
With a commitment to remain true to their Spanish roots, the brothers have created a restaurant and tapas bar that is second-to-none in terms of its wide selection of authentic and delicious Spanish dishes and delicacies.
Guests can choose from a full menu of light bites or more substantial restaurant dishes, with the establishment also offering a wide array of tasty tipples to perfectly complement the food on offer.
Open for both lunch and dinner bookings, Don Pepe can be found at 99 Frampton Street.