International Food London – Where to eat in the Big Smoke!

London is a centre of diversity and culture in the UK. With so many people from so many different countries thrown together, there are bound to be some unique eateries. Whether you are a local or an international resident yourself, you simply must try London’s diverse cuisine. This blog hightlights the best international food London has to offer.

International Food London: The ‘Feast’ Food Festival

Feast is an annual food festival held in a variety of locations across London. In 2013 it’s taking place from the 4th till the 7th of July and is being held in an old warehouse once used to store tobacco. This festival brings together the best chefs, restaurants and market stalls. It has previously been called “Glastonbury for foodies”, perhaps because it also features live bands from across the country. Feast is the perfect place to experience some of the best international food London has to offer.

The Best International Food London has to Offer – Chinatown

Chinatown in London is a short walk from Picadilly Circus or Leicester Square tube stations. There are over 70 restaurants in Chinatown – a lot to choose from!  How about a delightful Dim Sum lunch? Or an evening of crispy duck and pancakes? Wan Chai corner and Mr Kong’s are some of the best restaurants in Chinatown. Visit the Londonist website for the Top 10 Chinatown Eats.

International Food London: China Town Photography by Ell R Brown on Flickr (Creative Commons 2.0)

International Food London: China Town
Photography by Ell R Brown on Flickr (Creative Commons 2.0)

Asian Fusion International Food London – Asia de Cuba

This stylish, upmarket restaurant combines, as the name might suggest, elements of both Asian and Cuban cooking. With bright, quirky interiors and a world-class specialist rum bar, Asia de Cuba is one of the finest places to eat out. It showcases some of the most unique dishes that are available in the UK’s capital. The prices might be a bit high for some diners, but it’s no doubt worth every penny.

The Best Syrian Restaurant in London – Abu Zaad

Abu Zaad is one of the few Syrian restaurants scattered across London.The original Abu Zaad Sryrian restaurant is in Shepherds Bush. It’s success has led to a second restaurant on Edgware Road.

It is in stark contrast to Asia de Cuba, featuring lower prices and considerably less elegant surroundings. However, it has a positive authentic atmosphere and seems to get great reviews from nearly everyone that visits. Serving full, flavoursome meals and not skimping on the portion sizes has already gained Abu Zhaad something of a reputation. It is often compared favourably to any of the many more well-known – and generally more common – Lebanese restaurants across the city. For international food in London with a Syrian twist, Abu Zaad is the place to go.

International Food London – Tapas at Kopapa

Kopapa is a restaurant/café that really shows off the diversity of London’s cuisine. It’s basically a kind of tapas bar run by New Zealander Peter Gordon, who is also behind Providores and Tapa Room. This restaurant has a focus on food that fuses together complex and unexpected dishes. The off-beat menu largely consists of tapas-sized optionsm although some mains are available. Kopapa is definitely recommended for those looking for some adventurous food and flavours that you surely won’t find anywhere else.

North African Food in London – Momo’s

Going for over ten years and still one of the best in the city, Momo’s offers authentic North African food in a friendly but stylish setting. Momo’s actually contains three venues – a proper restaurant, a café next door and the Kemia Bar downstairs. So it can accommodate you whatever your mood or preferences. With substantial and memorable main courses, excellent staff and service and a welcoming atmosphere, Momo’s is the perfect place to get a taste of London’s international cuisine.