Eating the World: an A-Z of London Cuisines

Eating the World

London is a bit like New York.  You could eat at a different restaurant every night of your life and never go back to the same one. It’s a melting pot of cultures, so there are many weird and wonderful cuisines to choose from.

Somewhat unfairly, I think, London doesn’t quite get the kudos for being as much of a global culinary centre as NYC, perhaps because of the urban myth of British cooking being rubbish. Fish and chips might not be up everyone’s street (although when it’s done well, it should be!) but that doesn’t mean that London’s thousands of non-British restaurants should take the blame for that.

I’m aiming to taste the world’s finest food without leaving my home city, in Eating the World: an A-Z of London cuisines! In addition I’d like to highlight the role that migrants and migrant cultures and cuisines have played in making London one of the best cities to live and visit, on the planet.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Each month,starting with the each letter of the alphabet, I’ll pick a cuisine and a restaurant associated with that country/cuisine. So for example: A is for Argentinian restaurant! 
  2. The restaurant has to be in London (within the M25)
  3. I must never have been to the restaurant before
  4. I will try and avoid the same continent or area in succession.  So Brazilian can’t follow Argentinian!
  5. I can be flexible to an extent that it doesn’t need to be the country that starts with the letter, it can be the type of food – eg Asian, BBQ, Creole, D…er…Dumplings?
  6. I may need some creative licence; especially with Q, X and strangely, O. 

Join me on my first trip to “Argentina” shortly!


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