If you’ve a taste for food from across the globe but lacking in either the time or money (or both) to sample them all in the place they derive from, there may be an easier way to get try them as authentically as possible. The capital is home to an almost endless number of cafés, restaurants and eateries, all vying for your attention, meaning narrowing it down can be an almost endless task. With that in mind, we’ve selected a few of our favourites that’ll allow those who’ve booked train tickets to London to travel the world of cuisine without leaving the city or breaking the bank.
Head west to 10 Russell Gardens and you’ll find Alounak, a restaurant promising “the best Persian cuisine money can buy”. It’s hard to disagree with tasty starters costing a little over £3 and main courses all falling within the £7 to £14 price range. If you’re unsure of where to start, why not try the boneless Joojeh Kebab – a garlic and saffron marinated chicken breast skewer, served with bread, rice or salad and a grilled tomato? A delicious example of Iranian cooking. The surroundings are cosy and welcoming and although Alounak is not licensed to serve alcohol, you’re welcome to bring your own bottle.
Bi Bim Bap
If you’re well acquainted with Korean food you’ll know bibimbap is a popular mixed rice dish. What you may not know is at this London eaterie, located on Greek Street in Soho, you can choose from a decent selection variations of the dish – all served in the traditional hot stone bowl. It’s a perfect choice for colder weather and you’ll find fillet beef, spicy pork, chilli chicken and delicious meat-free options like Kimchi and Dol Sot. There are soups, salads and noodles too, with most things on menu available for under £10.
If your knowledge of Scandinavian grub only stretches as far as Ikea meatballs you could be in for a pleasant surprise. Of course, Swedish meatballs are available in a tasty sandwich or as part of a platter with salads, but those getting trains to London who decide to head there will also find a fabulous selection of seafood, cheeses, salads and desserts. Why not pop in for breakfast too? There’s a range of well-priced options – from sourdough toasties to pastries.
This Lebanese Canteen is a great place for a sit down meal, snack or even just a refreshing drink. As you might expect, a mouthwatering selection of tagines, wraps and salads are among the items served up and at reasonable prices. If you’re still feeling hungry, complete your visit with some baklawa (Lebanese pastries).
Thanks to clkao on flickr for the photo of Alounak, London