Shepherd's Bush in West London has recently become the home of the Westfield Shopping Centre and as such has now increased the number of people visiting massively. Although the shopping centre itself has a number of restaurants inside they are mostly chains and I believe that there is far greater dining to be had in the surrounding area off the beaten track. Here are my tips for a few of the best and most interesting.
Patio restaurant is a Polish restaurant on Goldhawk Road just off the Shepherd's Bush roundabout. This restaurant has been known by locals for years but is now beginning to find recognition outside of the area to some good magazine and newspaper coverage and reviews. The restaurant itself is fairly modest and unassuming but the food is marvellous. I can strongly recommend the Bellini's or Dumplings/ Pierogi. You can get a 3 course meal for about £16 - £17 which is excellent value. Their vodka selection is also very good but it's easy to get carried away - be careful to avoid being carried away!
Parallel to Patio on the other side of Shepherd's Bush market on Uxbridge Road you will find Abu Zaad which is a Syrian restaurant. As such, alcohol is not permitted but they have a great selection of freshly squeezed juices all of which are magnificent but I would suggest trying the lemon and mint, especially to cleanse the palette. The food is similar in many ways to Turkish cuisine and the meat is fresh and well cooked. The mixed grill is always a good bet and the portions are huge. Other great dishes include a succulent lamb Kabseh but mostly anything on the menu will be a treat. One note of warning: this restaurant can get very noisy indeed. They play Syrian music at an almost grating level and parties there a frequent and very noisy indeed.
Further up Uxbridge Road is a great, authentic, real Greek restaurant call Vine Leaves. I went there years ago but remember it being a plate smashing, Zorbas dancingly good time! Food was magnificent with all your Greek favourites cooked as if in your favourite Paxos taverna. Service was incredibly friendly and very jovial.
Over to the other side of the green and off the beaten track is The Popeseye which is a wonderful no frills steak house on Blythe Road (off Shepherds Bush Road). Here they really do what they say on the tin as all you can eat is steak with chips and salad. These are grass fed Aberdeen Angus steaks and in my opinion some of the best available in London. If you don't eat beef or like steak, don't bother going. The red wine list is also pretty good.
Final mention must go to a restaurant that I have never been to but has become an institution and comes highly recommended and that is the vegetarian restaurant Blah Blah Blah on Goldhawk Road. I believe it's a bring your own booze restaurant and a little old fashioned but the food is excellent.
So, if you don't fancy tucking into a Westfield Wagamama then take a stroll (none of these will be more than 10-15 mins walk from Westfield) and find some culinary delights.