I really love how London has abounded food to offer. That’s why it is called the international city! When you mention any country, there must be a restaurant in London.
Well, what are you waiting for? This is my curated list of restaurants around the world in London:
1. Iran: Sinuhe
4 Hereford Rd, London W2 4AA
This halal restaurant is located in West London. A rather small resto but all of the food we ordered tasted so nice. The bread is fresh, and the hummus is delicious. Best of all is the “Momtaz” a combination of skewed fillet lamb and chicken. It’s my first time eating Persian food and I am not complaining! It cost each of us £13 for this.
2. Vietnam: Cay Tre, Soho
42-43 Dean St, London W1D 4PZ
I am a big fan of pho because it’s so warm, full of spices and the corriander makes a fresh sensation at the same time. And in Cay Tre, I got what I expected. I ordered the “Saigon Pho” because it was recommended by the waiter haha. But the specialty is that the beef brisket has fat on its side. Yummy! I also tried my friend’s “Wok Pho” which is basically fried pho. It was delish too! The pho was £13 and the Spring Roll was £7.
3. Indonesia: Bebek! Bebek!
103-105 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1DB
This is London’s new hype food hall in Central London. Although Bebek is Indonesian food, apparently, the owner is not Indonesian. They own the whole food stalls here in the Arcade Hall, jks_restaurants. Amazing foods are offered here, I tried the Shatta & Toumi’s chicken shawarma, and they are also good.
Speaking of the Bebek Goreng (fried duck), I think the crispiness of the duck is pretty good! Meanwhile, for the sambal, there is “Sambal Korek” (red chili) and “Sambal Hijau” (green chili). Both of them are not spicy and savory enough hehe. I like the green paste more. However in general it is so different from the authentic Bebek Pak Slamet or Bebek Tepi Sawah from Indonesia. I’m so sorry I have such a high standard for Indonesian-style Bebek Goreng (fried duck) hehe. But all in all, it could treat my food craving.
The Bebek and Nasi Kuning (yellow rice) costs me £18. It’s so pricy compared to buying at the Indonesian price, it will only cost around £2. Haha, London, oh London.
4. Italy: Franco Manca
98 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 4TR
Ordered a classic Margherita pizza, and it was so good! Also tried its spicy lamb sausage with potato and British mozzarella. The staff is welcoming and the atmosphere is so nice. Despite its rather fancy interior decor, it surprisingly has such a very affordable price! My friend and I only spent £14 on the two menus that we ordered.
5. Japanese: Ramo Ramen
This halal restaurant is so famous for moslem in London. It’s a tad bit pricy for a student, it costs £12 – £15 for the ramen. It’s the fusion of Japanese staple food with Philippine’s.
6. Lebanon: Chamisse, Holborn
55 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8PP
First of all, I love the service here. And the food is also amazing. Grilled chicken, Kofta (minced lamb), and cow meat. All the meats are so tender and the seasoning is absorbed really well. I love it! I also ordered “Hummus and pita bread”. What a combo! Anyway, according to Google, hummus is a Middle Eastern dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. I really like the combination with Pita bread. I suggest eating the Pita Bread while it’s warm because it gets soggy when it’s cold.
Next is “Falafel”. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty-shaped fritter made from ground chickpeas, broad beans, or both. For the appetizer, I ordered “Tabbouleh with a twist”. Basically, it’s a salad (I think there is kale, coriander, etc) and pomegranate on top.
7. Spain: Tapas Brindisa, South Kensington
South Kensington is such a London touristy place, especially for those seeking a museum trip. You can find Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria & Albert museum in one neighborhood. After a tiring museum trip, go down to the Exhibition Road, you will find one of the best Spanish restaurants in London. The taste of all of the menu that I ordered was so perfect. I love strong food taste therefore salt and garlic are just key.
For example the king prawn Gambas has a spicy taste from the chili oil and the sliced garlic, they are just perfect when eaten together. Moreover the patatas bravas with aioli sauce. The sauce is mayonnaise with garlic and the potatoes are fried with a sprinkle of salt. Ah! And the asparagus, although it looks not that “special” I guess the Galmesan cheese improved the taste.
Have you been drooling? So, do you have any recommendations on where should I go next?