London has only recently earned a reputation for wonderful food. The city's large ethnic community as well as its top chefs have brought diversity and class to the city's cuisine.
Fish! Cathedral Street, in Bourough market
Don't expect typical British fish and chips. Fish! serves only sustainably "grown" fish. Choose from a daily fresh sheet, then decide whether you would like your fish grilled or steamed and which of four sauces you would like. If you want something more British, try the classic fish pie. Expect a long line on Fridays and Saturdays. Expensive.
Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Place, London
Don't expect greasy, mass produced dim sum at this Chinese restaurant. All dim sum is prepared to order and elegantly presented. Flavors are delicate and highlight the best of Chinese ingredients. Don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation from the extensive tea menu.
Rasa Samudra, 5 Charlotte Street
Before London earned its current reputation for wonderful food, it had a reputation for offering some of the best Indian food outside of India. Rasa Samudra is a wonderful place to sample traditional Indian food. Focusing on seafood dishes and the freshest ingredients, you're likely to eat dishes here that you've never had before.
Yas, 7 Hammersmith Rd, Notting Hill
Chalk another one up to London's varied ethnic communities. Yas serves delicious Persian food. Kabobs are wonderful, but the real treat are the Persian stews and rice dishes. Try vegetable stew (Gourmeh Sabzi) or Pomegranate and Walnut stew (Fessenjun)
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