Enjoy trying international cuisine, but often struggle to find somewhere truly authentic? Well, look no further!
Earlier this week, avid Redditer u/blastedin posed the question, “Non-UK born Londoners, what’s the best restaurant of your native cousine that you know in London?” [sic] and the result was a really useful thread of the most delicious and authentic international restaurants that London has to offer. So, next time you’re looking for somewhere to eat, perhaps this list would be a good place to start.
pattiaa recommends Passyunk Avenue on Cleveland Street if you’re after “the best Philly Cheesesteak outside of Philly”. Meanwhile, GoToSleep_Bitch (solid username) reckons The Fat Bear near St. Paul’s has the best gumbo, jambalaya and cornbread in any city outside Louisiana.
Sembazuru458 likes Casse Croûte on Bermondsey Street for its “good reliable simple food (by French standards!)” [sic]. Also representing London’s French community, wyrednc says that Chez Elles on Brick Lane “never disappoints”.
The Germans LOVE Herman ze German. So much so that, abodyweightquestion describes it as “the dog’s bollocks”. Kuukuluku also vouches for their vegan sausage, and says the sauce is almost like the one you get in Germany. Almost.
imagir0 raves about Diwana Bhel Poori House‘s “excellent lunch buffet for £7.49”, which you’ll find in Euston. Dishoom also gets a HUGE amount of praise, although everyone admits that it’s slightly westernised.
ThisIsParadise reckons Behesht (Kensal Green) and Senator (Hendon) are the best Persian restaurants in London. But, if you’re after something more central, Aureliella recommends Simurgh between Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
The Italians generally didn’t approve of our attempts at Italian cuisine, but Pappagone in Finsbury Park did get a special mention from 54108216 for being “as delicious as it’s loud, it’s just like walking into every small town Pizzeria”.
JJlondon says you might think you’ve tried falafel but you haven’t really tried falafel until you’ve been to Ô Gourmet Libanais in Battersea, L’Oriental in Acton, or Beirut Express in South Kensington.
sister_sister_ and samclifford have only good words to say about Mestizo in Euston. The tamales and the mole are supposedly very nice, and the “Sunday brunch buffet has good variety”. sister_sister_ also says that El Pastór in Borough Market, although a bit pricey, has some of the best tacos in London.
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There are lots of recommendations for Portuguese food in London, starting with Canela Café in Covent Garden for its excellent “alheira” and O Tino in Camden for its simple, traditional dishes (nata79 particularly recommends the cod). rmvt suggests trying A Toca as it’s “the most authentic restaurant in London”, or Bar Douro for “a somewhat modern take on northern Portuguese food”. A few others mentioned Grelha D’ouro in Stockwell and HighFivePuddy made sure we didn’t forget Nando’s.
For great Russian food, plasticine_idea says you should head to Zima in Soho or Mari Vanna if you’re feeling fancy. howsweettobeanidiot, who appears to like a party, says Borscht N Tears is “good fun if you like loud cheesy 70s Russian music, cold vodka, and pelmeni”.
michaelsamcarr admits that he is in fact London born, but his partner is from Singapore and Melur on Edgware Road is their favourite restaurant. The food is “lovely” and he particularly recommends the Nasi Lemak.
segagamer is from Galicia in Spain and highly recommends Galicia in Croydon: they “serve a variety of dishes as well as some Tapas if you’re having a large gathering. The prices appear somewhat high but the portion sizes are generous – two to three tapas dishes would be enough for one person I think … Make sure if there’s a bunch of you that you all pick something different and then you all pick from all the dishes – you’re not supposed to order and eat individually lol”
?? Sri Lanka
Garlic and Shots supposedly serves up some of the best traditional Swedish comfort food. According to ilovemrmiyagi, the place is very small and cosy and there is a LOT of garlic (no dish is served without it). SirSwede also mentions Bageriet Swedish Bakery, if you’re after a little treat!
“Order a “Hot Double”. It’s two fried flat breads with a spoon of “Chana”, which is a great chickpea dhaal.
Also Stew Chicken with “Buss-Up-Shot”. Buss-Up-Shot is Trini patois for “Busted Up Shirt”. They take a buttery fried flatbread and cook it on a hot plate while hitting it with a stick. It pulls apart all the layers in the bread creating this awesome multi layered “torn shirt” bread that you use to dip into the rich Stew chicken. Its just awesome.”
Apparently there are a lot of great Turkish restaurants in London. Ratach name drops Istanbul Cafe & Bistro on Great Portland Street and says that it’s “comparable to above average restaurants in the city it’s named after.” A few other Redditers mention Selale in Harringay, which is supposedly London’s ‘Little Istanbul’. Also, for baked goods, go to Simit Sarayi, but be aware that it’s quite expensive.
Kosmiks‘s girlfriend is Vietnamese so they’ve tried a fair few, and they say Viet Baguette in Woolwich is the best by a long way, but agree that Sen Viet in King’s Cross is also pretty good. BúnBúnBún, Sông Quê Café, Mien Tay and Phở Thuy Tay all had positive reviews, too.