This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 17/03/2018.
The 9 best restaurants in Croydon according to Tripadvisor
There’s some familiar names on the list and some restaurants you might not be so familiar with.
Choosing from the countless restaurants we have on our doorstep in Croydon can sometimes be tricky to say the least.
From Italians to curry houses and burger bars to fine dining restaurants, it’s fair to say that we as a borough are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out.
With this in mind, we decided to check out the latest rundown of the best restaurants in town, according to Tripadvisor reviewers.
On its website, diners are able to leave reviews to say whether their meal was excellent, very good, average, poor or terrible.
And it’s not just the quality of the food that is up for review, as many take pleasure in rating the level of service and atmosphere.
The scores and the number of reviews are then taken into account to rank the restaurants in order.
So here, in reverse order, are the top nine Croydon restaurants according to Tripadvisor, at the time of writing.
9. Little Bay
Little Bay, on Selsdon Road, in South Croydon, is known for its beautiful interior (it looks more like an opera house than a restaurant) but also for its profiteroles, mussels and plaice.
It is regularly marked as excellent by those who dine there, with just one per cent (14) of its 885 reviews being terrible.
One reviewer, who gave it a five-star rating, said: “Meal for six and everything was excellent. Food was great. Drinks are great. Decor is lovely. Would defo come again as it’s a little gem. Staff were on point so overall an excellent time.”
8. KK’s Texan Grill House
The Mexican and American grill house, on Croydon High Street, offers a wide range of Tex-Mex favourites such as fajitas, nachos, chilli con carne and, of course, tacos.
An impressive 155 out of 195 reviews rate KK’s as excellent, while it is yet to be rated as poor or terrible by a single reviewer.
One reviewer said: “This is a great place with a very friendly atmosphere. Waitress was happy to advise on food choices and the service was excellent. Generously sized portions of very tasty food. I couldn’t finish my burrito! Very impressed on our first visit and hope to return soon.”
The popular Indian restaurant, on South End, has made a big impression on the borough since chef Manoj Karnavar opened the business in 2014.
The restaurant prides itself on serving traditional Indian cuisine with a twist, such as a dish called the Seafood Sacramento which features black tiger prawns, mussels, calamari and sea bass.
Out of its 591 reviews, 437 are excellent and 99 are very good.
One reviewer said: “The five-course tasting menu was interesting and impressive, as well as very well priced. If you want a little bit of class in Croydon, this is ideal.”
The restaurant, based in Boxpark, serves Indian street food and prides itself on serving food “to savour and remember”.
Whether you go for the tasty chaat bites, delicious tandoori kebabs, full-flavoured biryanis, grilled tikka wraps or a fragrant curry, one thing is for certain, those entering Indi-Go won’t leave hungry.
More than three quarters (123) of its reviews are excellent, with one person saying: “Some of the best food in Boxpark, Croydon. The service was quick and the food really hot and fresh. Enjoyable.”
Based in Mathews Yard, off Surrey Street, Brgr&Beer has been reviewed as being excellent 75 times out of its 98 reviews.
While offering a range of beef, chicken and veggie burgers, the restaurant, run by friends Tom Yip, Daniel Esteban and Adam Jackowski, has become popular for its double cooked fries, which are sprinkled with rosemary salt.
A wide range of international and local craft beers can also be purchased at the restaurant.
One review reads: “I had a beef burger which was cooked fresh and full of taste [and there were] also a great selection of beers to wash it down with. Price is justified by the quality.”
4. McDermott’s Fish and Chips
The highly rated restaurant, based in The Forestdale Centre, in Forestdale, has been going strong for 30 years and offers a traditional fish and chip shop menu and prides itself on selling freshly caught fish which include cod, haddock and plaice as well as skate and rock when they can be found.
Of the 530 reviews for the restaurant, 429 have been excellent, while a further 72 are good.
One reviewer said: “This fish and chip shop is the best by far. Fish is fresh and chips are delicious. It isn’t cheap but well worth it.”
3. Anabella’s Kitchen
The popular eatery, on Croydon High Street, specialises in Mediterranean food and prides itself on its “unbeatable reputation for food”.
Dishes served include a mixed grill, chargrilled garlicky tiger prawns and lamb moussaka.
One review left on Tripadvisor reads: “Food was excellent and you couldn`t ask for better service.Very good for families or [if you are] just out with friends. Highly recommended!”
2. Thanh’s Bistro
The Vietnamese restaurant, on Lower Addiscombe Road, serves a wide range of Asian cuisine, including the Cari Do, which is a red curry with coconut cream, fine green beans, potatoes and bamboo.
The eatery also serves different noodle, stir fry and slow cooked dishes.
Out of its 148 reviews, 109 are excellent, 30 are very good and six are average, with it yet to receive a poor or terrible rating.
One review said: “This restaurant is a gem! Don’t miss it if you’re in Croydon. It was quite a find. We’ve visited Vietnam and this was real Vietnamese food – summer rolls, broths and fresh noodles.”
1. Yaalu Yalu
Yaalu Yalu, on Addington Road, in Selsdon, has taken the crown as Croydon’s number one restaurant, according to Tripadvisor.
Its rich, original offering of Indian, Sri Lankan and Asian cuisine has made it a popular choice for those that dine out, whether it be regularly or for a special occasion.
Dishes such as crab cakes, lamb stir-fry and barbecued glazed ribs have ensured that an impressive 182 out of its 226 reviews are excellent.
One review said: “Yaalu Yalu is simply the best restaurant. I had never tried Sri Lankan food before visiting Yalu and now I visit the restaurant at least twice a month for my Sri Lankan fix.
“Not only is the food absolutely delicious, the staff are very warm and welcoming too. I love this place and cannot recommend it highly enough.”