World Cuisine

Archipelago

This has to be the quirkiest restaurant in London! An eclectic offering in the menu from signature kangaroo dishes to Alpaca and bugs…this place is not for the faint-hearted. If you love adventure in your life and want to try out some adventurous food, then this is the place to visit. Stepping into the venue you would never have thought you were on a London side street. Expect to find everything exotic, from buddhas and palm trees, to peacock feathers and quirky table decorations from the African and Asian continents. A lot of time and effort has been taken to prepare the exclusive menu. Some exotic meats may not always be available, if the camel slider is on offer do try it, it is lovely. If this cuisine is new territory being explored then the lunch sharing platter is highly recommended. In this you will get the chance to try kangaroo, crocodile and alpaca, my favourite! There is the option to try some bugs, yes you read right, bugs, which for obvious reasons may not appeal to most, all I can say they were crispy. Yikes! The ambiance of the restaurant is perfect for a date and both the ground floor and basement are decorated fabulously. Even the menus are served in a quirky fashion. Enjoy the experience and enter with an open mind! You will be pleasantly surprised.

Bibigo

A contemporary style Korean restaurant in Soho which provides a fresh and healthy selection of mainly grilled cuisine. The presentation and quality of food is superb. A true fine dining experience in relaxed surroundings at affordable prices.  For lover’s of beef this would be paradise, there is a vast beef selection on the menu. There is also a collection of sauces, marinades and cooking ingredients available to buy, so that you can try the cooking experience at home.

Bodean's Barbeque

A popular American deli-style restaurant where the policy of ‘smoke it low and cook it slow’ for all their meats gives the juiciest meats with enhanced flavours. Several locations ins Clapham, Fulham, Soho and Tower Hill. Definitely have the best ribs in London. Take home barbeque packs available so that you can cook at home. The restaurants have numerous TV screens showing all the American sports events.

Kenza

Kenza, found in the City, means 'Treasure' in Arabic. This Lebanese restaurant has been lavishly decked out with Middle Eastern decor which include beaded lamps, satin cushions, incense burning and fountains. There are some cosy, romantic spots and specific group areas. The whole area is dimly lit creating a spectacular, seductive atmosphere. Popular belly dancing features throughout the evening.

Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar

A stylish, elegant and authentic Euston establishment where the owners, staff and chefs are all Mexican. The cuisine is traditional mexican and the bar offers over 240 types of tequila and has been rated as the 'sexiest' tequila bar in Europe.

Rodizio Brittania

This Wandsworth Brazillian steakhouse has a range of 12 different types of meat to choose from, which are freshly prepared daily. The service is a buffet which serves other hot dishes, salads and desserts. 

Rodizio means barbeque and was discovered in Southern Brazil by the camping gauchos. By being on the road for several days, the only way they could eat was to make fires on the ground and roast meats using wooden sticks from the forests. This gave the meat a more natural flavour and was very healthy, hence the tradition continued with a modern approach.

Senor Ceviche

This quirky Peruvian eatery is found on the first floor of the unique Kingly Court in the heart of Carnaby. The founder originally had a pop-up which was a success and with some financial backing has opened this venue. Offering a Peruvian tapas experience where small dishes from the compact menu can be shared with friends. There is a good selection of ceviche and barbeque dishes which is a great way to sample Peruvian cuisine if it’s unfamiliar. Highly recommended dishes are: Chifa Chicharonnes, slow cooked pork belly, which just melts in your mouth; BBQ chicken anticuchos and the Spaniard sea bream and king prawn Ceviche which has crispy chorizo! If you still feel hungry the ‘Patatas Fritas’ (chips) is always a good filler. The best is always the last and that is the Peruvian chocolate brownie served with crackling coconut icecream. The best brownie I have had, served warm, perfectly crisp on the outside and gooey in the middle. Yum! Coming to a Peruvian you have to try the iconic Pisco cocktails. The traditional Pisco Sour is served well, but my favourite was the Barranco Babe! If you like a ‘spicy’ cocktail the Mamacita is the one to go for, with fresh jalapeno…hot, hot, hot. Enjoy this quaint restaurant which represents the street vibes of Lima with the colourful rustic tables, bright posters and flavoursome food.

Shaka Zulu

This is London’s largest South African restaurant, set over 2 floors in Camden's Stables Market. It offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge, restaurant and night club. The kitchen is open plan and the cooking from world class chefs can be witnessed by the diners. With a focus on Zulu culture, the restaurant has even received a royal blessing the from Zulu King when it opened, there is an elaborate display of African masks, warrior statues which can be 20ft tall and carved wooden murals cover all the walls and even the ceiling.

The food is mainly South African but there is a variety of international dishes also on offer so every taste is catered for. An amazing variety of meats are available to try, such as Zebra, Ostrich, Crocodile and Springbok. It is also the only restaurant in the world to be able to offer diners speciality meats from the Royal Estate in Sandringham, such as the British Red Poll Beef and Dorper Lamb. There is a very reasonable Sunday roast, where kids under 12 eat free when accompanied by a paying adult. There is some family entertainment provided during the day. It is very rare for any high end restaurant to have an offer. So grab it while you can!

The Alchemist

Found in the heart of the pressurised City, this quirky venue brings an enjoyable element to working life. Open early from 7am for breakfast and only closing late at night, this is an ideal place for informal gatherings and celebrations.  The venue has a very spacious bar area on the ground floor and on the mezzanine floor is the restaurant. Leather banquet style seating makes it very cosy and there is a huge projector screen which shows various classic movies and music videos. At dinner time the lovely fairy lights all along the floor to ceiling windows gives a nice warm ambiance. Make sure to visit the sleek washrooms.

The menu is very diverse offering classic world cuisine dishes to suit every taste.  From British, Thai, Japanese and even Jamaican choices, it does make the selection difficult. The prawn and coriander filo pastry was very tasty and served in a unique way for a starter. If you like Jamaican food, definitely try the jerk chicken! Wow, it was cooked really well with the flavoursome meat just falling off the bone and melting in your mouth. Yum! Make sure to leave room for dessert, the classic sticky toffee pudding was just perfect. Despite its city location, the prices are very reasonable. The Alchemist bar is renowned for its cocktails and the mixologists use a variety of techniques to create dramatic effective flavours. Read the review here.

Trader Vics

A truly exotic restaurant in Mayfair, decorated to the highest standard with the intention of whisking you away on a tropical getaway. Polynesian cuisine is served, which is a range of French, Oriental and American combined. This stems from the various cultures and heritages found on the Polynesian islands. All ingredients are sourced from around the globe. Trader Vic's is found in the basement of the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.