In Chinatown but don’t fancy Chinese? Here’s some of the best international restaurants – not just in Chinatown – but in London itself.
When you’re in central London and hankering for some delectable dim sum or ravishing BBQ roast duck, there’s only one place to make a beeline for: Chinatown. Obviously. Now, while the area serves up a crazily diverse wealth of Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine, there are acclaimed restaurants of a more international persuasion too. So if you’d like to take your taste buds on a gastronomic tour round the world via only a handful of streets, pay a visit to one of these fabulous non-Chinese restaurants in Chinatown.
A cool Peruvian street-food joint, Butifarra takes its name from the eponymous slow-cooked meat sandwich beloved of Peruvians. A traditional Mercado snack stuffed with lovingly tendered beef, chorizo chicken or pork, the mighty meaty sarnie makes a perfect on-the-go lunch solution. Must tries are their Anticucho Beef Short Rib and Pachamanca Pork.
Butifarra also present the freshest of ceviche – from sea bream to king prawns, scallop and octopus – all served with Peruvian corn, sweet potato, red onion and coriander. The vibrant, colourful restaurant throws a riot of authentic Latin American flavour into the mix of Chinatown’s Asian eateries.
Butifara, 24 Rupert St, London W1D 6DQ
A place needing little introduction, the prestigious Palomar has countless awards to its name thanks to a progressive, contemporary Israeli cuisine. Head chef Tomer Ademi, fuses traditional flavours from his home town of Jerusalem with Spanish and North African influences – all with modern a flair and flourish. Expect delicious Middle Eastern ingredients like harissa, ambah yoghurt, aubergine with grilled meats like lamb and chicken, presented in an artful manner.
Sophisticated environs and a killer rep make reserving a table at The Palomar in advance a must. Out tip: want some theatre as you dine? Plot up at The Palomar’s show-stopping zinc bar and witness the chefs in action at their open plan kitchen.
The Palomar, 34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN
A relatively recent addition to Chinatown’s ever-growing collection of Pan-Asian eateries, The ShanState is a first for the area, being the only Burmese restaurant. Part of modern day Myanmar (formerly Burma) the Shan State itself is bordered by China, India and Thailand meaning its cuisine is informed by a plethora of different styles from its neighbouring countries.
Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, the funky restaurant with hipster-friendly vibes presents a small but sweet menu with dishes including Myanmar’s national dish; laphet. A hot, spicy salad made with fermented tea leaves, and dried prawns it’s a uniquely original taste sensation. The ShanState serve plenty of tasty traditional desserts and bubble teas as well.
The ShanState, 102 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5EF
Rustic yet modern, Morada Brindisa Asador brings a taste of classis Spain to Chinatown. The stylish restaurant’s USP is roasting suckling pigs and lamb in an ‘asador’ – a giant, wood-fired oven in Castilian (northern Spanish) tradition. Owner Monkia Linton has a history of importing the finest Spanish foodstuffs to the UK so you can be sure every dish on Morada Brindisa Asador’s menu has been crafted with the best and most authentic ingredients.
From small tapas light bites like Grilled Chorizo on Toast and charcuterie meats (impressive Iberico ham legs hang tentatively over the amazing 360° bar) to drool-worthy weekend roasts, Morada Brindisa Asador is the ultimate destination for any discerning carnivore.
Morada Brindisa Asador, 18-20 Rupert Street, W1D 6DF< Go Back To Food