You’ll find Maria G’s Fulham, like the original Maria G’s in Kensington, in a new housing development.
We know, it doesn’t sound particularly sexy. But it’s actually an extremely canny move by restaurateur Robin Gill (who is also responsible for Bottle + Rye, Sorella and several other great restaurants in London), because not only does it give him a totally new, blank canvas from which to design an extremely nice looking restaurant, but he also gets a built-in set of customers, too. Extremely local locals, if you will.
This sequel is actually in a particularly nice location, too – it’s one of (surprisingly few) riverside restaurants in London, looking out over the Thames. Wander off the riverfront and head to the floor-to-ceiling glass entrance, and you’ll be presented with an illuminated, wave-shaped ceiling made from curved, pure white wooden panels above your head. It’s rather unique. Below, the space blends seaweed teal walls with cloud-white upholstered booths, and an open kitchen backdropped by turquoise tiling. Dividing the room up are a couple of small mirror-lined walls which reflects the light beautifully, providing you with a truly glistening surrounding. Come summertime, ask for a table by their sliding doors that lead on to their terraced dining area.
If you’ve been to the OG Maria G’s, you’ll know that the menu is inspired by Gill’s time working in the South of Italy, in a beach village near the Amalfi Coast – and if you didn’t know, well, now you do. Along the water in Fulham, you can expect the same knock-out Italian inspired dishes, but with seafood taking centre-stage this time. Maria G’s Fulham has plenty of showstopper dishes, like the squid ink linguine with palourde clams and puttanesca butter, and the beef short rib braised in Chianti with soft polenta. For pudding, definitely try the fior de latte gelato drizzled with olive oil and sea salt –it’s a classic Italian combination, and we can assure you the flavours work very well here.
All of that can be washed down with a drink from their meticulously crafted cocktail list which has a special section dedicated to negronis. Or perhaps a glass of premium Italian wine. This drinks menu has been devised by Emmanuel Ferris-Hue (ex-Head Bartender at The Ned and Disrepute), so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing.
If your tide is up in the restaurant, you don’t have to say goodbye just yet. Head over to Maria G’s separate 50-cover bar complete with its own outdoor terrace with stunning views that spread across the Thames.
It sure is a catch.
NOTE: Maria G’s Fulham is open Wednesday to Sunday (the bar is also open Tuesdays). You can make a reservation right here.
Maria G’s Fulham | Unit 4, 20 Central Avenue, SW6 2QE
Want to see more of the area? Then you might want to look at our guide to Fulham