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As London continues to grow in population and diversity, so does its restaurant options. Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy chicken vindaloo or a hearty Italian pasta, London has so many unique and authentic flavours from around the world that you can taste on your next trip to the Forest City.
Aroma of India brings the authentic flavors of India to London with a menu that features both traditional and original recipes. Despite being quiet on social media, Aroma of India is known across the city by its supporters for having some of the best Indian cuisine locally. Whether you’re a butter chicken lover or crave more of the spice that Indian food is globally known for (their vindaloo is sure to have your nose running), their menu has something for every palete. They offer flavorful fragrant curries, a wide range of vegetarian options, traditional Indian desserts and so much more. This is a crowd favourite and a must visit if you’re looking to try something new.
Thaifoon, located on Dundas Place, has seen massive success locally and recently opened their second location inside of Masonville Place. With a stunning interior, exceptional food and quality service, Thaifoon offers a top-notch dining experience that keeps its customers returning time and time again. Their commitment to excellence is evident in everything that they do from using home grown herbs to importing select ingredients directly from Thailand to provide diners with truly authentic flavors. While everything that they serve is delicious, their street style Pad Thai is a fan favorite and their chicken satay served with warm peanut sauce makes for the perfect appetizer. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that they also have an excellent list of inventive cocktails.
Named after the popular Chinese dish, Congee, a type of rice porridge popular in many Asian countries and the ultimate comfort food, Congee Chan serves up true authentic Chinese cuisine. The menu is diverse and leans towards Cantonese style dishes. The staff here are very friendly, attentive and are multilingual in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Served family style, the food is high quality yet affordable with large portions that are sure to leave you satisfied. If you’re feeling something unique, we recommend the different types of Congee offered, the Beef Internal Delicacy Noodles in Soup or the Chu-Hou Beef Tendon. You can taste the wok heat flavours in most of their dishes. Just thinking about this restaurant has us excited for our next visit!
What started out with a food truck, is now one of London’s top spots to get some Latinx inspired cuisine. Ivano Poblano is such a warm and inviting place that truly makes it feel like you’re dining in a home kitchen in the heart of Mexico. Owners Ivan and his husband Chris are two of the kindest people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and their passion for the food that they serve is apparent in everything that they do. All their dishes are 100% organic and never sacrificed in food quality. The quesadilla options are all spectacular, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you have room for dessert at the end of your meal, they make a Mexican chocolate bread pudding that will change your life.
Located in Old East Village, Yaya’s Kitchen is operated by husband-and-wife team Maryam and Malvin Wright. What started as a few pop ups here and there has transformed into the beloved supper club that it has become today. Their mission is to tell the story of black excellence through food. This supper club offers a unique dining experience and while each event offers something different, you can typically expect 6-7 courses. Every dish is rooted in their identity and culture as African people and every aspect of their events are curated to tell a story from the music to the tablecloths and everything in between. This is not a restaurant, this is an experience.
As the name suggests, Michael’s on the Thames is located on the banks of the Thames river. Since 1983, the restaurant has been a predominant spot for fine dining and French cuisine in London. Nowhere else in the city can you experience tableside cooking like this. Their fantastic Caesar salad, chateaubriand and flaming cheesecake are just a few of the dishes that they prepare right before your eyes. This restaurant has definitely evolved throughout the years and while it remains upscale, the atmosphere has certainly become more casual.
Yasmine’s is a beautifully unique restaurant that offers both modern and traditional dishes which reflect the amazing flavours of the region’s cuisine. They use only the freshest ingredients and all of their dishes are presented beautifully. You can smell the fresh pitas coming right out of their Insta-worthy pita oven within the first few seconds you step foot in the restaurant. Yasmine’s takes great pride in the food that they serve which is apparent in just about everything that they do. A must try is their Mulukhieh with Chicken - a traditional and delicious Middle Eastern dish that includes Stew of Jute’s Mallow leaves, Chicken strips, onions and herbs. It is served in a tangy sauce over Basmati Vermicelli rice that’ll have you wanting seconds.
Located across from 100 Kellogg Lane is Vietnam Restaurant which has been serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine to hungry Londoners since 1994. They’ve received multiple awards locally and glowing reviews from the public. While the interior isn’t overly flashy don’t be fooled because the food is remarkable. With an extensive menu, Vietnam Restaurant offers something for even the pickiest eater who may be skeptical of trying new dishes. We highly recommend the fried salted shrimp or the BBQ pork chops. There’s no shortage of incredible food to choose from.
Who doesn’t love Italian food? Dolcetto is an aesthetically pleasing restaurant with a bright open concept interior. The dishes they serve are hearty yet upscale with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. They offer consistent, quality service and the staff is always knowledgeable about both the menu and the extensive wine list. This is the type of place that’s great for date night or any special occasion. We typically start with the roasted prosciutto, which is prosciutto wrapped baby mozzarella with basil, served with tomato sauce and topped with a balsamic reduction. Dolcetto has also perfected their lasagna as if it is straight out of Italy - definitely something to write home about.
While this is just a taste of the great options that are available locally, we hope that this list allows you to take your taste buds on a trip around the world without ever having to leave the Forest City. Did we miss a country you want to try in London? Give us a shout on Tourism London's socials: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.
Jesse Walker started @dinein519 in February of 2021 as a way to support local restaurants that may not have the time, resources or skillset to properly market their business. Dine in 519 supports restaurants by providing them with a professional photo shoot free of charge, writing about the experience and then marketing the photos through their digital channels. A lover of food and all things local, Jesse has been working as a marketing professional and photographer for nearly a decade. As the platform grows, Jesse looks to expand into other regions that may benefit from similar services.
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