Forget Brexit, get away with our favourite exotic London Restaurants!
A summer holiday in the heart of London!
With Brexit looming and nobody knowing exactly (what’s going on, or) how this will affect going abroad this summer, we have decided to take it upon ourselves to list some of the best restaurants in our wonderful capital, offering a wide range of international cuisines! Meaning you’ll know exactly where to go to experience the best of exotic food right here in England - taking away the hassle of long flights, busy airports and dreaded extra charges for heavy luggage, you won’t even have to pay extra to choose which seat you want!
So, it’s time to *close tab* on the package holiday sites and instead, book yourself a trip to London… Because this is where the food magic really happens.
According to The Independent, Italian is the most popular cuisine for British people to choose when it comes to eating out. This sounds about right to us! But what are your thoughts? If you were originally planning to head to Venice, Rome or Sorrento this year for the sole purpose of the pizza, pasta, and fresh fish, perhaps we could sway you to save your hard-earned money and visit some of our suggested restaurants instead! Starting with TripAdvisor’s highest ranked Italian Restaurant in the whole of London:
Located on 49 Crawford Street, London, W1H 1JZ, England.
This little European cafe is killing the game, with an incredible 98% of their rankings being 5 stars (excellent) and the other 2% being ‘very good’! Not only this, but they are famous locally for their homemade pasta! With the majority of their customers having shared reviews such as “one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had“, “enchanted by the fresh pasta dishes” and “very authentic, Italian pasta”.
So, if fresh, homemade, Italian pasta is your thing and you’d love to experience it first hand, this is absolutely your place. It has been stated many times that their portions are extra generous too, which gives you even more of a reason to visit!
Fancy a trip to the mediterranean for a taste of Spain, specifically the Basque region? Think rich Iberico ham, Idiazabal cheese, and Piquillo peppers all tantalising your taste buds whilst overlooking the Bay of Biscay from a cliffside near Bilbao. Tranquil yet exciting, this region of Spain can take any foodie on a delightful adventue, so why not start this journey at home!
1 Aldwych, London WC2B, England
This tip is a personal favourite of ReallySocial Marketing Manager, Nathan, having visited the restaurant throughout its journey from inception in 2016 and has tried its continually evolving menu on numerous occasions since. Eneko is the brainchild of 3 Michelin star Spanish chef, Eneko Atxa, whose food is both affordable enough for the average day-tripper to enjoy and refined enough for those well acquainted with the Michelin-standard dishes and its warm and modern interior.
Catering for those who want a spot of Basque brunch, an affordable pre-theatre set menu, a rich and filling lunch, or those out for a really special occasion wanting to be wined and dined with the tasting menu, Eneko really does take you on a journey of culinary discovery- The Bay of Biscay small plate being particularly impressive, along with the Torrija dessert (Basque vanilla sponge and sheep’s milk ice-cream).
The next type of cuisine we’re going to discuss is Chinese. Being voted the third most popular choice of cuisine for Brits (after pub food and Italian), it’s got to be good! And seeing as though a long haul flight to China would be a little on the pricey side - we’re going to ensure that you know exactly where to go to experience the best and nothing less! So, we come on to TripAdvisor’s highest ranked Chinese Restaurant in London…
16 Garway Road, London W2 4NH, England.
This street food style restaurant is a Notting Hill treasure and is highly recommended by travelling foodies. Renowned for their oriental tapas size Chinese food and their tea based cocktails, customers have described Chojo as “an absolute ‘must’ restaurant to visit. The small dishes are creatively presented and will truly tease your taste buds.”
Now we move onto some wonderful Indian food - voted fourth most popular choice of cuisine by British people! With this next restaurant being a Really Social client too, we are very excited to recommend this from first-hand experience:
44 Battersea Rise | Battersea, London SW11 1EE, England.
This restaurant has pioneered the use of natural ingredients instead of artificial colouring. Their chefs are hand selected to become specialists in making dishes using only fresh and organic produce. As a result of which, every dish at Indian Moment becomes unique in its essence and ultimately a signature dish! With lots of recent customers talking about the “fantastic flavours” and the use of “fresh ingredients”, this is definitely not one to miss out on. So, what will it be? A 9 hour flight to India or a quick trip to London? The choice is all yours!
Fancy sticking a little closer to home? We couldn’t avoid the allure of a staycation and a trip to the good old British seaside now could we?! Britain’s most traditional dish, dating back to around 1863, Fish & Chips is a crowd favourite not only with locals but tourists visiting the UK as well. Battered Cod, divine chips (not fries!), and a side of mushy peas is enough to please anyone’s pallet when done well.
30 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NP, England (2 other locations - Soho & Spitalfields).
With locations in Camden, Soho, and Spitalfields, Poppie’s has been the jewel in the crown of London’s Fish & Chip scene for decades. With founder ‘Pop’ breaking into the industry in the 1950’s and emblazoning his chippies in decor from this era, this feast of nostalgia will take you back to childhood trips to the seaside and family Friday night dinners.
Poppie’s also ensures that all of its seafood is sustainably caught, collecting it from London’s world famous Billingsgate Market to ensure that only the best and freshest fish will hit your plate, or newspaper!
Finally, one of our favourite holiday destinations and the cuisine that Brits would like to try more of when dining out... *drum roll, please*...
Caribbean - with a fifth of diners saying it was on top of their “to try” list.
Again, we are so lucky to be able to work very closely with a client who is rated very highly on TripAdvisor and who we will happily recommend from a delightful, personal visit:
2 Nether Street | North Finchley, London N12 0EL, England
Described as “a warm, welcoming family run business” by a foodie on TripAdvisor and loved by us, it really doesn’t get more authentic or traditional than this place if it’s Caribbean food you’re after! The team at Pandaberry are dedicated to serving you hot, delicious and nutritious food whether you are eating in or taking away. They are committed to providing you with the best Caribbean dining experience, prepared in their own kitchen and relished by customers.
We truly hope that this will have given you a few places to add to your ‘food bucket list’! We really believe there is nothing more reliable than genuine word of mouth recommendations when it comes to dining experiences. So, why not consider passing on a holiday abroad this summer, and instead, saving yourself the hassle (and a whole lot of money) by heading to one of these highly suggested restaurants to explore foreign cuisine at its finest? Trust us, you’ve got everything you’ll ever need right here on your doorstep!
Do you have any suggestions for fantastic exotic restaurants in London? Let us know in the comments and let word of mouth and social media help with restaurant marketing!