Top Exotic Eateries in London Chotto Matte

Top Exotic Eateries in London Featured

A selection of new, very novel international interpretations.

by Logan Ariza

Once upon a time, if you wanted exotic international cuisine in London, you’d scratch around Soho for a Chinese, Italian or Indian, and it probably wouldn’t be much good when you found it. Everything has changed. Try poke, Hawaiian raw fish salads, or Nikkei, Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine. Spanish cooking has had a big decade, and its rougher Basque cousin is booming in the metropolitan oasis this year. London is the city with the best claim to have it all, and 2017 is the best year ever to come and try.

Samarkand

samarkand 3 fullSamarkand

Uzbek cuisine might spring a surprise on even your most seasoned foodie, splicing Slavic traditions with Asian ones. Try the plov, a heart mix of meat, rice and vegetables, as well as the delicately flavoured kebabs. The elegant interior of Samarkand is carefully thought out, while the selection of vodkas is something special. Take the edge off your choice with some pickled vegetables and salty caviar. Then finish with some baklava, the flaky, sugary dessert pastry found all along the Silk Road.

Related Article: Chic fromageries in London

Aladino’s

Aladinos-frontdining-1Alexandrie


Founded by Alexander the Great, captured by Caesar and Napoleon, cultures have been mixing in Egypt’s Alexandria for centuries. Aladino’s brings its cuisine to Kensington, offering a homely feel in a crisply smart dining room. The okra is intriguing, the mussels superb, and the meat literally falls off the bone. Linger in the quirky bar downstairs.

Related Article: The flavoursome fusions of London

Lurra

LurraLurra


Cooking from the Basque Country is all about peppers, salt cod, and – especially at Lurra – beef. Memories of the steak, carved from a 14-year-old Galician cow, will stay with you for years. Dive deep into the Iberian wines. Also try Sagardi, doing similar things nearby.

Related Article: London, the panoramic restaurant guide

Dickie Fitz

Dickie-Fitz-643-775x600Dickie Fitz

The food here is Austral-Asian, mixing solid fare from Down Under with delicate flavours from Japan and elsewhere along the Pacific Rim. Try the lamington, an Aussie twist on the petit four, and the lobster.

Related Article: Top rooftop bars in London

 

 

Chotto Matte

Bento Box-1Chotto Matte


Nikkei – as well as a stock index, it’s also the name for Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Yes, really. Think sushi and ceviche, tempura and anticucho. One of those places where you’ll want to try everything.

Related Article: Best Barcelona Beach Bites.

For more ideas on how to Do, Dine and Spend in London and beyond, check out our Destination pages.