Originally published on the Lodego Blog: http://lodgeo.com/blog/london-new-food-capital-world/
I have been lucky enough to travel to many countries and eat lots of good food. With parents from Iran, I have been fortunate enough to grow up with the finest Iranian food and it remains as one of my favourite cuisines. My luck with fine food continues, I happen to live in London, which thanks to it’s ethnic diversity now has the honour of being the new world food capital.
There are many alcoves in London where you will find the very best examples of fantastic cuisine. One of the great things about the city is that you can ask anyone and they will recommend the best place to go for their favourite type of dish. Let’s go with Chinese food, China town seems like the obvious choice, from the fancy restaurants and dim sum places to the fast food joints and the casual dining experiences. However, my favourite Chinese restaurant is Goldfish, located in North London in Hampstead.
To find my current favourite spot for the best in what London has to offer, venture down to London’s West End. Follow the lights of Shaftesbury Avenue all the way to Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street. Here you will find both quantity and quality. The newest restaurateurs in town are flocking over to this part of London to set up shop, from fast food joints to classy establishments and fine dining.
The turn of the year saw the introduction of the Big Fernand, A French Burger restaurant which caters to London’s growing burger scene. The Big Fernand sits close to Charlotte Street, and new residents Barnyard (British Cuisine). Alongside these new openings come classics such as Cote,Gaucho, Roka and Wahaca. The options are plentiful almost to a point where it can hurt your head. However, this is a good headache to have and you would have to take some wrong turns and make some bad decisions to not have a good meal.
Is this the ultimate food guide for London, or me just pointing to one street and saying go forth and eat? I feel that Charlotte Street and its surrounding areas offer visitors all the options; quality food as well as all the best that central London has to offer. The British Museum, Regents Park, Oxford Circus and the West End are all within walking distance. Here, breakfast, lunch and dinner options are provided and the quality remains high during all times of the day. As one of the most expensive cities in the world, top chefs from all over are flocking over to London to treat us to their finest dishes. Michelin stars have been brandished about, celebrities come over in their droves and create go-to places like Chiltern Firehouse in Marlyebone (walking distance from Charlotte Street) so sometimes prices can be (some might say) unreasonably high.
At the beginning, I said that London’s greatest quality is that good food can be found everywhere. North, South, East and West London hold their own gems and their own local ultimate food guides. As a starting point, go to the city centre at Charlotte Street and work your way round. I’m certain that you will have a lot of fun sampling the food that each part of this great capital city has to offer the world.