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London’s top 5 world food restaurants

When the British Empire left Malaysia in 1957 they left behind infrastructure and social ideas that remain today. In return, Malaysia sent them off with culinary influences as a good-bye gift, as did many other parts of the world. These influences have combined with modern food culture to make London one of the greatest foodie cities of the world. Skyscanner has identified the true gems of world food London can offer.

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1. Delhi Grill – Indian

Offering authentic Punjabi food, including a wide array of vegetarian options, in a full range of spiciness from nearly bland to endangering tooth enamel, Delhi Grill is the city’s favorite for affordable and divine Indian fare. The Bollywood posters and Indian newspapers on metal walls give the place a real Delhi feel, as does the wraps stall on the sidewalk outside.

Address: 21 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7278 8882

Website: Delhi Grill

Indian food is sometimes called the national cuisine of London

Indian food is sometimes called the national cuisine of London. Photo credit: Miansari66

2. The Heron – Thai

You haven’t eaten Thai food until you’ve consumed it in a cramped hole-in-the-wall. Though that sort of thing is risky in England, this cosy basement eatery gets as close to authentic as you can without being in Thailand. Eat fried rice balls, green curry, sai krok esarn and papaya salad washed down with Chang or Singha (or both) while bombarded by Thai pop music surrounded by what seems like half the Thai population of London.

Address: Norfolk Cress, London W2 2DN, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7724 8463

Website: The Heron

Don't let the grungy location fool you. This is top-shelf grub.

Don’t let the grungy location fool you. This is top-shelf grub. Photo credit: Heron Pub

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3. Hunan London – Chinese

London is full of westernized-Chinese joints offering plates of breaded meat covered with sauce, and you should have some of these curious meats while there. Hunan London, however, presents more traditional Chinese fare, including Sichuan cucumber salad, xiao long bao, Peking duck and steamed sea bass.

Address: 51 Pimlico Rd, London SW1W 8NE, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 020 7730 5712

Website: Hunan London

Traditional Chinese fare with a modern twist

Traditional Chinese fare with a modern twist. Photo credit: Hunan London

4. The Palomar Restaurant – Mediterranean

Most Mediterranean restaurants specialize in a single region, like Greek or Middle Eastern, but Palomar includes dishes influenced by North Africa, the Middle East, Southern Spain… everything on the Med but Italy. Sit down for an eclectic selection of blended influences, or order from the cold bar for salads and dips.

Address: 34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7439 8777

Website: The Palomar Restaurant

Mediterranean fusion at the Palomar

Mediterranean fusion at the Palomar. Photo credit: The Palomar

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5. Ekachai – Malaysian

Yes, you’re loving your visit to London, but sometimes you just need a little bit of home in the form of some chicken kapitan, ayam goring or satay. Available in meal-sized portions, or “little plates” with servings you’re accustomed to from your favorite food courts, the dishes are authentic and reasonably priced. It’s the closest you’ll get to real makan until you get home.

Address: 9-10 Arcade Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7PN, United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7626 1155

Website: Ekachai

Ekachai bistro serves up tastes of home

Ekachai bistro serves up tastes of home. Photo credit: Ekachai

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Originally published July 2015 and updated on August 2016. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.