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Alternative Eateries in Greater London

London offers a wealth of cultural and culinary experiences so combine the two with a visit to one of the capitals best international restaurants.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of sampling Bitochki (meat balls), Soljanki (Fish soup) or any other food from the Soviet but would like to give it a try, head to Primrose Hill, North West London. Here you will find Trojka [map] , one of the few restaurants in the capital to successfully serve a menu of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian cuisine.

At Benihana [map] in Swiss Cottage you can experience wizardry first hand as each table is assigned their own chef to cook your meal choices right in front of your very eyes. As the Japanese cuisine sizzles on the Hibachi Grill you can chat to the chef or simply sit in awe of the skills on show while you soak up this alternative restaurant experience.

North London has a lively flavour and Santa Fe [map] in Islington offers you an individual Mexican eating experience. As soon as you walk through the door you’re greeted by the welcoming authentic décor. The food on offer has its roots in South Western America but borrows from other influences. Amongst the choice of tortillas and enchiladas you’ll also find dishes like char-grilled chicken galistea (chicken marinated in citrus and chilles served with spicy salsa fresca) to enjoy.

Sometimes it’s the whole experience that makes going out to eat a memorable experience and at Anda De Bridge [map] in East London this is likely to be the case. As you tuck into the Afro-Caribbean delicacies like jerk pork, fried plantain and steamed Snapper you’ll be surrounded by the reggae sounds of the Caribbean islands, so don’t expect an intimate meal at this eatery.

The South East has a decidedly Far East flavour. Experience the whole of Asia in one sitting by paying a visit to Champor–Champor [map], Weston Street, SE1. Here you’ll enjoy Malaysian, Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisine in warm and welcoming surroundings.

Staying in Bermondsey, a jewel of a restaurant is close by. Enjoy some unusual Peruvian dishes at Fina Estampa [map] , Tooley Street, SE1. This South-American themed restaurant offers diners a unique taste of an eclectic and fiery cuisine.

If you want to eat where the rich and famous socialise head for Sloans Brasserie and Lounge Bar [map], Sloane Avenue, SW3, which is right in the heart of fashionable Chelsea. Offering a menu inspired by the French Riviera this is the perfect place for dining in style as well as taking advantage of the bar – including many continental beverages – that stays open until 1am.

The very chic head to the den of iniquity: Opium [map], which is based at Dean Street, Soho, W1. Opium is all about flamboyant luxury and there’s a definite air of sophistication about the venue. Choose from a selection of French/Vietnamese dishes and soak up the dark and moody atmosphere.

Vegetarian cuisine is about so much more than shoots and leaves and places like The World Food Café [map], Neal’s Yard Dining Room, Neal’s Yard, WC2, are on a mission to convert even the most ardent carnivore with their globally-inspired veggie cuisine.

Check into China Town for some of the very best Chinese and Cantonese cuisine in the UK. The central end of China Town has a range of excellent restaurants and one of the best is Mr Kong [map], Lisle Street, WC2. This is the place for a unique and unusual taste of China in a comfortable and friendly restaurant. Ignore London prices and head here for a reasonable alternative.

If you like an original fish dish head to one of the premier seafood restaurants in Central London. The Fish Shop [map] , St John Street, EC1, offers unusual dishes including red snapper on a rustic mash with salsa and sea bass on a bed of tagliatelle topped with deep fried leeks. Book well in advance though as The Fish Shop’s excellent reputation means that it is always full to capacity.

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