Around the World in London
London offers an amazing choice of restaurants serving food from countries all over the world. I have now reviewed restaurants from every continent. These are some of my recommended restaurants in London which I have discovered as part of my ‘Around the World in London’ theme…
Click on the name of each of the recommended restaurants in London, to read my full solo dining review…
1. European Restaurant in London
5 Canvey Street, London SE1 9AN – 10 minutes walk from London Bridge Station
Award winning Camino is a gem of a restaurant tucked around the back of the Tate Modern. Following an inspirational road trip across Spain in the 80s, there are now 3 branches open in London.
The outstanding vegetarian, meat and fish dishes here are mainly mouthwatering tapas and charcuterie platters. They are also reasonably priced to suit all budgets. Cocktails are made from Spanish spirits, liquers and wines.
My personal favourite bite to eat was the ‘Arzua Ulloa’, cheese fritters with sticky tomato jam. The cheese was warm and soft inside, coated in a crisp crumb, served atop sweet and sticky tomato jam.
As a solo diner, the seating areas were ideal. There were plenty of window seats available and the less formal part of the restaurant has small tables with high stools. The service was efficient and friendly and with so many tempting dishes to try, it is somewhere you just have to return to. Camino is also well placed to combine dining with another activity in the local area.
2. North American Restaurant in London
Big Easy BBQ & Rib Shack, Covent Garden
12 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA – Close to Covent Garden and Leicester Square tubes
The 3 Big Easy restaurants in London were inspired by crabshacks and barbecues of the American Gulf Coast in the 19th Century. They were lively, friendly places offering good wholesome food with friends getting together over great food, drinks and music. They have certainly achieved this!
Big Easy BBQ & Ribshack is a place to come to for pure comfort food. I chose the ‘home-smoked bar.b.q. taste-o-rama’ from the express menu. This included pulled pork, chicken, Texas hot link sausage, pork rib, beans, slaw and cornbread. Alternatively, if ribs are your thing, prepare to get messy and get kitted out in a plastic bib!
It is a great restaurant to dine at solo as well as with friends, in my opinion. There are tables set for one person overlooking the restaurant and the atmosphere is vibrant with country and blues music playing. Downstairs offers live entertainment in the evening too.
3. South American Restaurant in London
73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LN
If you are a big meat eater, this is a fabulous ‘eat as much as you like’ unique dining experience. Plenty of window seats make it a good choice for solo dining so you can watch the world go by as you eat. Set the pace of your meal with double sided cards which advise the waiters if you require more food or a rest!
Preto is a friendly, brightly coloured restaurant with Latin American music playing. The focal point is the extensive buffet offering a selection of hot and cold dishes that you can visit as often as you like! For an additional cost of £2 you can enjoy an unlimited amount of succulent, marinaded spit roast meats, carved table side by the well trained passadors. An absolute must for meat lovers!
4. Asian Restaurant in London
Pan Asian Cuisine
Banana Tree, Soho
103 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UG
Banana Tree is the place to head to if you enjoy Vegan food. One of a chain of 6 in London, inspired by the owner’s love of Southeast Asian food, he has recently added more ‘non meat’ dishes to the menus. A donation of 25p is made to the charity Veganuary for every vegan dish purchased. Staff are friendly and the high stools next to the window make it a great place to come alone.
The food here was out of this world. I had trouble choosing as there were so many dishes that sounded good! Finally, I chose the Chilli, Kafir Lime and Cashew Nuts with Vegan Bites. The moderately spiced curry was crammed with crunchy green beans, chunks of red onions and beansprouts. This was complemented by the soft vegan bites, (seasoned, soya nuggets), not that dissimilar to chicken in texture. To the side was a portion of mixed salad and fragrant lemon rice. It really was out of this world!
5. African Restaurant in London
Souk Medina, Covent Garden
1a Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AT
On entering Souk Medina, you could be mistaken for having arrived in Marrakesh! Beautiful, ornate decor, colourful lamps, candles and soft Arabic music in the background. During the evening you might be lucky enough to see belly dancing around the tables too!
Whether you prefer meat, vegetarian of vegan options, there is plenty to tempt you, ranging from soups, salads, mezze and tagines. I chose the chicken saffron tagine which was full of flavour and different textures.
6. Oceanic Restaurant in London
Lantana, London Bridge
44-46 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN
Had the sky been blue, I may have thought I was back in Australia. Lantana is another of my recommended restaurants in London. It is a bright, airy restaurant with super friendly staff and modern pop music playing. The food is reasonably priced and portions are generous. The menu is very enticing with so many unusual dishes, you just have to revisit! The pan fried whole edamame beans I chose for starters with vegan cashew mayo were the best I had ever had. They were served piping hot, a little scorched in places, with a sprinkling of spice and salt. Accompanying the beans was a serving of creamy, smooth mayo. I can’t wait to return here.
Suggested Further Reading for other recommended restaurants in London as well as solo activities…