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. 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. Photo credit: Heron Pub
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. 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. 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