You don’t have to hop on a plane to experience another culture; these local eateries serving authentic foreign cuisines from all corners of the globe can transport you away just for the evening…
Pukka Himalayan dishes served with plenty of veggie options. The modern bistro setting is filled with Nepalese artifacts and the staff are keen to introduce you not only to Nepalese cuisine, but to the manners and customs of Nepalese society. Home delivery and takeaway service also provided.
1 the Boulevard, Balham High Road, Balham SW17 7BW
020 8675 1188
A bit futher out into Surrey is another gem of a Nepalese restaurant. Its cuisine embodies the ethos of Nepalese food: the heart of the meal is daal (lentils), bhat (rice) and achar (chutney), infused with other ingredients and spices to create a delicious array of traditional meals. Sherpa Kitchen is loved by its local Esher community.
132 High Street, Esher, KT10 9QJ
Named after an ancient port city on the Red Sea, Adulis is fondly referred to as Little Eritrea, and serves many traditional Eritrean foods, such as Injera (leavened pancake made with sourdough of Taff flour), Tsebhi (stew) and various vegetarian and vegan dishes. Be prepared to eat with your hands; the stew and flatbread are traditionally eaten without the use of cutlery.
112 St John’s Hill, London, SW11 1SJ
020 7223 3663
A small but exquisite gem of a restaurant, with attentive staff willing to explain about the cuisine on offer. The meat is served raw and grilled in front of you to your taste, and you plate is accompanied by a beautifully carved piece of fruit into miniature statuettes of ballerinas, fish, and horseback riders. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
27 Coombe Road, New Malden, KT3 4PX
020 8949 1623
Tucked away on Merton High street is a little piece of Brazil, with authentic Brazilian beer on tap, friendly staff and consistently rated 5* food. Once you have been once, you are hooked and can’t stop returning to try out more of their outstanding menu.
222 Merton High St, South Wimbledon, SW19 1AU
020 3581 8220
If you are up for a loud and busy atmosphere, then try out A Toca. Started by two Portuguese friends with a passion for sharing the cuisine of their homeland, A Toca is frequently recommended as one of the best Portuguese restaurants in London. There is a wide selection of food, all of which is relatively inexpensive and served in large portions.
343 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JH
Texture in Central London is a bit further out, but well worth the trip. This Michelin-starred restaurant serves modern European cuisine laced with ingredients sourced by the Icelandic head chef from his homeland. They aim to serve meals which involve all the senses, with carefully chosen wine pairings, and each plateful is presented as a work of art.
34 Portman Street, London W1H 7BY
020 7224 0028
MIDDLE EAST / LEVANTINE
Complete with a Bedouin tent at the back of the restaurant, Mora gives you a full Middle Eastern eating experience. One can order hummus, kibbeh, mutabil, lamb skewers and much more and expect friendly service, generous portions and reasonable prices, and enjoy them in an authentic-feeling environment with a pleasant ambience. A local favourite.
17 Approach Road, Raynes Park, London SW20 8BA
020 3583 7148
Don’t miss the option of eating al fresco at Korykos on a sunny day. The restaurant is named after a historic Turkish castle, and the interior is complete with mosaics and Turkish designs. Turkish cuisine involves a lot of kebabs, skewers and chargrilled meat, so you will find plenty of that on the menu, alongside some other traditional options. The food always tastes fresh and is served in hearty portion sizes.
29 Manor Road, Wallington, SM6 0BW
020 8773 1128