London is a melting pot of a city with influences from all over the world. Nothing reflects this better than the fantastic international cuisine that you can find here. With plenty of interesting tastes and flavours to try, you’ll find World Cuisine in London all over the city. Here are a few of the best places to find international dishes in England’s capital.
If you are looking for a taste of the exotic then why not try one of the many adventurous or traditional African restaurants. When it comes to World cuisine in London you might not think of African flavours as your first choice. However, there are some fantastic venues offering flavourful food in well thought out surroundings.
For an adventurous dining experience try exotic dishes such as crocodile, wildebeest and kangaroo as well as tasty vegetarian options or more conventional meats. The setting is one of romantic luxury, find your table amidst Buddhas, dwarf palm trees and beautiful peacock feathers. Find Archipelago at 53 Cleveland Street
London W1T 4JJ.
A glamorous Moroccan restaurant decorated with typical Marrakesh style decor. Sit under ornate metal lanterns and try classic dishes such as the lamb tagine with pears and prunes and cumin and vegetable couscous with chicken, raisins, chickpeas, and harissa. Definitely a perfect taste of Morocco. Find Momo at 25, Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH.
As the name suggests this restaurant’s roots lie with Durban’s South African street food. As well as the hollowed-out loaves filled with spicy chilli curry, you’ll also find traditional mutton on the bone, meatballs and masalas. What was once a street food truck can now be found at Boxpark Shoreditch Unit 55, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road.
It’s quite difficult to summarise European cuisine as it is so varied in tastes and styles. There are many influences and each country has its own favourite national dish. Well here are just a few different European restaurants you can find as part of World cuisine in London.
Snaps and Rye
This Danish restaurant in Notting Hill provides you with all the specialities of Scandinavian tastes. True to Scandi notion of ‘hygge‘ or being beyond cosiness is practised here so you are sure to feel good during your meal. There’s plenty of fish to try but a favourite is the Smørrebrød. An open sandwich with various meat or fish toppings served on dark rye bread. Find this Danish delight at 93 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NL.
Mimmo La Bufala
Traditional southern Italian food at its best. The setting is bright and airy but there is a more cosy section at the back too, with a grand piano for occasional entertainment. Try the orecchiette with fresh spinach, ricotta and tasty sun-dried tomatoes or choose one of the pizzas from the long list available. Wash it down with the great house wine for an authentic Italian treat. Mimmo La Bufala can be found at 45A S End Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 2QB.
A Greek restaurant which serves traditional dishes with a modern twist. Make sure you taste the taramasalata and the deconstructed Pastitsio os another great choice too. Dessert might be the best course with tasty little cakes or pastries to choose from. It also turns into a pretty lively bar of an evening, perfectly pairing drinks with meze snacks. Find Opso at 10 Paddington Street W1U 5QL.
There’s a big Caribbean influence in the UK and when it comes to World cuisine in London, Caribbean dishes are popular and easily found. Different islands have their own flavours and styles of food but most pack a punch of fruit and spice.
More of a takeaway snack bar than a restaurant but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t as good. Roti Joupa offers simple Trinidadian cuisine such as doubles, a roti filled with chickpea curry, curried goat and pholourie which are fried dough balls served with a tamarind sauce. Sound tasty? The food here is great value too starting at just £1.50. Find this little place at 12 Clapham High Street SW4 7UT.
Ma Petite Jamaica
The long narrow brightly coloured restaurant offers large portions of tasty Jamaican cuisine. Jerk chicken filled dumplings, salt fish fritters and curried goat on the bone are just some of the delicious traditional dishes to try. Sides include rice and peas and coleslaw to compliment the spicy mains. Although it can be crowded and loud you won’t be disappointed by the food. Find Ma Petite Jamaica at 4 Inverness St Camden NW1 7HJ.
Not only will you find excellent good old Chinese takeaways in London but there are lots of other Asian influenced restaurants too. From Thai to Japanese and even dishes from Azerbaijan. If you’d like to try a different style of Asian cuisine then here are a couple of examples to choose from.
This Burmese restaurant now found in Kilburn High Road not only offers food from Burma but also dishes inspired by neighbouring countries India, China and Thailand. Try the delicious fish noodle soup or the hot sour curries on offer here. A great value family run establishment.
Yak and Yeti
Although this is a chain restaurant and you’ll find three different restaurants in the London area, it doesn’t detract from the great food. Authentic Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cooking offers dishes such as Gurkhali Chicken, Achari Gosht and Lamb Chettinad. A real treat for your senses and a change from your regular Indian takeaway. (Although they do deliver too!)
If you do fancy taking a culinary journey around the world whilst staying in one city then a visit to try World cuisine in London is a must.
It’s easy to get to the central London, with reasonably priced flights always available and eco-friendly London airport transfers too. Wherever you are coming from you can enjoy the great food London has to offer. So make your next trip an around the world food adventure in London.