5 Of London’s Best International Restaurants
5 Of London’s Best International Restaurants
Food in London can quickly become very samey – the streets are dominated with fast-food eateries and budget takeaways. Finding a good meal in the capital can be tricky if you don’t know where to look, especially if you want to try something that is a little different from the usual offerings.
London is home to some of the best and most famous international eateries in the UK. With such a diverse culture, the city is sure to be home to some great restaurants and cafes teaming with delicacies from all over the world. Here are 5 of the best international restaurants that London has to offer.
Food From Portugal
If you’ve ever visited the 18th-century streets of Lisbon, with the iconic yellow trams rattling past and a warm breeze passing over you or even the Algarve’s stunning red cliffs and tried fresh seafood right on the beach, then you’ll know just just delightful Portuguese food is.
The true joy of Portuguese dining lies in the casual-ness of it all, from the hospitality to wines. If you’re looking to recreate that feeling in London, then Estrela Bar on South Lambert Road is great place to pass time whilst sipping cold beer and ordering different forms of grilled and fried fresh seafood. From the casual service, Portuguese speaking staff and the seriousness of which the football is taken, you’ll feel far from the hustle of the London streets.
Australia – Australian Food In London
Most people think of Australian dining as more of a mindset than what is on the menu. A good starting point is Chelsea’s Granger & Co, which is the newest of four named restaurants throughout the city.
Founded by Bill Granger, who is from Australia himself, the restaurants serve dishes which most Brits will be used to seeing in American and European restaurants, but the distinctively laid back and unpretentious approach and setting will give you a true Australian vibe, no matter the weather outside. For ambience, it is a true winner and is a relaxed and comfortable place to dine.
Denmark – Danish Food In London
Tucked slightly around the corner from Portobello Road and flanked on either side by a Moroccan and Austrian restaurant is a small slice of “hygge”. The popular Danish concept describes a warming and cosy atmosphere, and Snaps + Rye has it in large abundances. With flickering candle light, an array of potted plants and a pop playlist, the restaurant is full of smiles from the staff.
Pastries and open sandwiches are on the breakfast menu, but three nights a week the menu opens up to something a little more refined. Dishes vary with the season, from cod to crisp asparagus and new potatoes with goats curd, a five-course menu is just £38.
Switzerland – Swiss Food In London
If you’re a fondue fan, then St Moritz is one of the very few remaining true Swiss restaurants in the UK. For a more boozy dining option, this restaurant is the oldest fondue restaurant in London.
St Moritz has been serving fondue and carbs in the capital since 1974. Genuine Swiss cuisine is served everyday and features fresh seasonal dishes, from veal, spatzli and traditional bratwurst. If your sweet-tooth is calling, then be sure to order the fondue au chocolate, which is a pot of fine melted Swiss chocolate served with fresh fruit.
South Korean Food
For flavorful and, more importantly, affordable, Korean cuisine, Bi Won in Bloomsbury offers the finest South Korean dishes in a friendly environment. The restaurant is both run and favoured by Koreans, which is a sure-sign of authenticity. The menu offers all of the classic Korean dishes, from bulgogi (grilled slices of beef), bibimbap (steamed rice with sautéed vegetables and fried egg) and kalbi (marinated ribs) all served with side dishes, including the famous kimchee (spiced pickled cabbage).
The deliciously spicy tofu casserole and savoury seafood and spring onion pancakes are a must try, along the with the black sesame ice cream for dessert. Be sure to wash it all down with a Hite beer or a shot of soju, which is Korea’s answer to sake.
Setting up an international restaurant in any city can be quite a challenge. For the restaurant owners, they have to get used to a whole new lifestyle and way of living if they are moving over from the city where they are originally from. Often, it can be a lengthy process and one which, unfortunately, isn’t guaranteed success.
Message From The Author…
Getting the right information and documents together can take years and a lot of people have to apply for British citizenship as it can be uncertain as to how long they need to stay for. This is why, when possible, it’s always good to try out new cuisines and dining experiences, as you’re not only experiencing something new but you are also supporting a local business and independent owners.