Around the World in 8 London Restaurants

By Malika Dalamal  |  November 18, 2013

Who needs a passport when you can sample hundreds of different cuisines without leaving London? From Burmese to Pakistani, Greek or Chinese, here are a few of our favourite international restaurants on home turf.

  • Spain: Barrafina

    There's always a queue at this no-reservations tapas bar in Soho, where fresh seafood dishes are prepared in front of diners while they perch at the counter. The menu changes slightly depending on what is available in the market that day, but gambas and razor clams are always a good idea.

    54 Frith St., W1D 4SL; 020 7813 8016

  • Pakistan: Salloos

    Pakistani food is similar to Indian but spicier and with more meat options. This hidden gem in Belgravia is not much to look at and a lot more expensive than your regular curry house, but the tandoori lamb chops and seekh kebabs make it worth a visit.

    62-64 Kinnerton St., SW1X 8ER; 020 7235 4444

  • Chinese: Hunan

    Leave it to the chef at this no-menu Chinese restaurant in Pimlico where you give your waiter basic instructions (vegetarian, not too spicy) and they will bring you a selection of what some say is the best Chinese food in town. Don't miss the marinated pork belly stuffed inside super-soft steamed buns and drizzled with hoisin sauce.

    51 Pimlico Rd., SW1W 8NE; 020 7730 5712

  • Burmese: Mandalay

    If you're looking for something different, this South Asian restaurant on Edgware Road will hit the spot. Traditional Burmese dishes like spring rolls, exotic soups (red lentil or chicken, shrimp and lime), and spicy noodle and rice dishes are mind-blowing and affordable even if the restaurant itself is a little staid.

    444 Edgware Rd., W2 1EG; 020 7258 3696

  • French: La Petite Maison

    Simple flavours and sharing plates give this high-end French restaurant in Mayfair an unusual twist, while well-heeled Mayfair diners and sky-high prices add an authentic Riviera feel.

    54 Brook's Mews, W1K 4EG; 020 7495 4774

  • Australia: Granger & Co

    Portions are big at Aussie chef Bill Granger's popular all-day dining room. Breakfast and weekend brunch draws huge crowds so be prepared to queue around the block for the full Aussie breakfast.

    175 Westbourne Gr., W11 2SB; 020 7229 9111

  • Argentina: Zoilo

    It's more than just steak at this cool, industrial-feel Argentinean restaurant in Marylebone - there are small plates of stuffed empanadas, chorizo and sweetbreads to start, as well as a classic asado (flank steak), beef filet and rib-eye.

    9 Duke St., W1U 3EG; 020 7486 9699

  • Greece: Mazi

    Take a trip to Mykonos via this Notting Hill Greek restaurant complete with whitewashed walls, blue shutters and a charming grapevine-sheltered terrace. Tempura-style feta and other modern Greek starters are served in quirky Kilner jars, while main courses are seasoned with herbs grown in the garden.

    14 Hillgate St., W8 7SR; 020 7229 3794