London is a rich melting pot of culinary delights, with the capital’s global restaurants serving up everything from Korean to Ethiopian, Peruvian to Polish fare.
Peruvian restaurants have been popping up at lightning speed across the capital to cater for an insatiable demand for Ceviche and Pisco Sour. Recent openings have included Ceviche Old Street, Senor Ceviche and late-night Pisco bar Pisco Embassy. Ceviche Old Street is the sister restaurant of Soho’s popular Ceviche, named after Peru’s refreshing national dish of fresh fish marinated in citrus juices. As well as a lively pisco bar, the restaurant has an open grill which sizzles with barbecued meats on skewers. Señor Ceviche recently opened its doors in Carnaby’s dining destination Kingly Court. With walls splashed with Peruvian street art, diners can feast on fiery barbecue, fresh ceviche and punchy pisco cocktails, which blend pisco, lime juice, sugar syrup and egg white.
Enjoy a taste of the East in Dalston’s Kingsland Road, which is crammed full of Vietnamese cheap eats. To the thrill of the tabloid media, comedian Russell Brand famously took his then-girlfriend Jemima Khan to budget eatery Song Que Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland Road a few years ago. If you’re looking for something more upmarket, head to the sleek House of Ho in London’s Chinatown, which offers modern Vietnamese fare and amusingly-named cocktails, such as Ho’rny Devil (vodka, lemongrass, chili and coconut water).
North London’s Green Lanes is famous for its Turkish eats, with popular choices including Devran, Antepliler and Gokyuzu, which was hailed Trip Advisor’s second best restaurant in London in 2013. For hearty soul food, grab a table in one of London’s many Polish eateries, where you can have your fill of delicious pierogi (savoury dumplings) and bigos (cabbage stew). Top picks include The Knaypa and POSK, both in Ravenscourt Park, and the grand Ognisko in Kensington. From cosy bistros to Michelin-starred venues, French restaurants can be found across the capital. Dine in style without breaking the bank at the lofty, art deco-style Brasserie Zedel off Regent Street, or eat like a king at the Michelin-three-starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.
For a touch of spice, be transported to the balmy beaches of Jamaica and Barbados by enjoying jerk chicken and saltfish, goat curry and roti, in the chilled-out surrounds of a Caribbean restaurant, many of which can be found in Brixton, Tottenham and Hackney. For an authentic taste of Jamaica, visit the family-friendly Bamboula’s Kitchen in Brixton. In Central London, visit Dub Jam to feast on the comically-named Peppa Pig (jerk pork) washed down with libations of rum, or Caribbean-inspired beach shack restaurant and cocktail bar The Rum Kitchen, in Kingly Court, which has more than 100 varieties of rum to choose from. Join revellers in August’s Notting Hill Carnival for lashings of Caribbean fare as numerous stalls offer delicious-smelling goat curry, ackee, saltfish and more.