Away from the high street, Beckenham has been building a restaurant force to be reckoned with. Sadly, very few offer total non-smoking areas but here are some of the restaurants that are a must.
Mello is a Modern European restaurant and bar at the top of the high street. Its head chef, Allan Pickett has worked in a number of top class London establishments including Marco Pierre White's L'Escargot in Soho. Holder of 2 AA Rosettes for good food.
What was Vine Art, but is now Taste of Cyprus, along the Croydon Road serves fine a la carte food, with specialities of fish dishes served in relaxed modern surroudings. The waiters and waitreses are friendly. As they say themselves, a great evening out.
El Molino's is the locals hidden treat of Tapas delights. During the week it resembles the traditional taverna from the back alleys of a Spanish holiday town. During the week it is quiet, and service very much personal. A great place to unwind after a rough day at work. Come the weekend and the change is remarkable. Party's are the order of the day... that's Friday and Saturday.
L'Aragosta, translated is 'Lobster' provides top quality seafood dishes. A large restaurant that is very popular; a fine dining experience be sure not to miss.
Beckenham's ASK opened in Mid Feb 2000. ASK took the place of the notable Orange Balloon opposite the St Georges Parish Church. ASK Beckenham retains much the same superb styling and class as the Orange Balloon. The food is good thin crust pizza's and pasta dishes available. No more expensive than the rest, this formula has been super successful. Smoking and Non-Smoking areas are available. Booking advisable on weekends.
Pierluigi's is a stylish and extremely popular Italian restaurant serving simple [and some of the best] pasta dishes. Very good prices. Closely packed tables means room for more but booking is still recommended.
Mae Ping, previously The Lemongrass, is a popular Thai restaurant located close to Beckenham Junction station at the top of the highstreet. The feel is authentic and of quality. The selection of food is vast and very good quality. Spicy and non spicy foods are marked clearly on the menus.
Bibiotecca retains the memory of exquisite service - how refreshing it was to find a young waiter with impeccable manners. Ideal for a semi-formal family meal. The food is very good and the menu quite extensive. A good alternative to the many pubs and diners in Beckenham that cater best for the early twenties crowd. Vegetarians, meat lovers, sea food junkies are all well catered for.