Asian food is very wide term. Asian food styles are so many, they couldn’t be described in one guide. This sensational diversity of tastes, flavours and spices is spread all over London’s districts, including expensive restaurants to local Asian eateries and great street food stalls. Whether you like Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai or Indian food, there is something for your at every corner.
We will try to help you find some the best Asian food spots in London considering the great variety of styles.
Chinese Food / Hutong
Address: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1
If you’re in love with Northern Chinese cuisine, make sure to visit this luxurious Chinese restaurant. Hutong is situated at level 33 at The Shard – the tallest building in Western Europe and has amazing breathtaking view.
They offer traditional cuisine, which you can taste at lunch or order dim sum- small bite portions of delicious specialties. At the menu, you can find spring rolls and ingredient like spicy pork, cuttlefish, lobster or scallops, all prepared in amazing Chinese style.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 12 am-2:45 pm, 6 pm-1:45 pm
Prices: Starters and Dumplings are bout 12, Main course and Seafood – from £20 to £40
Japanese Food / Dinings
Address: 22 Harcourt St, London W1H 4HH
Dinings is not completely traditional eatery, but selected it, because of its unique concept about food. They combine European cuisine with Traditional Izakaya Japanese style kitchen. Izakaya is informal style of dining, which can be compared to having a bite in a pub.
In Dinings you can taste Japanese hot and cold tapas, reimagined with some European accents. Seared A4 Japanese Wagyu beef tataki with porcini ponzu, Braised Wagyu beef cha-siu bun and Edo-mae style assorted tempura are some of the amazing dishes. There are also great sushi bites.
Dinings is small, but cozy place to eat, situated at ground level. The interior is simple and modest.
Opening Hours: Lunch 12 am-4 pm, Dinner 6 pm-10:30 pm. Tables with reservation.
Prices: All tapas are between £7 and £27, Fish and Sushi around £5
Korean Food / Bi Bim Bap in Soho
Address: 11 Greek St, London W1D 4DJ
Like its name, Bi Bim Bap is tasty and fresh! Modern Korean restaurant with informal atmosphere with fast service and delicious traditional Korean meals. Bi Bim Bap is Korean dish, a bowl of rise, vegetables , chili pepper paste and soy sauce, topped with egg served in hot stone bowl. Tasty right!
The eatery offers several types of this dish and also Korean Fried Chicken, soups and side dishes, like chicken teriyaki or seafood or kimchi pancake.
For vegetarians, Bi Bim Bap is preparing Tofu Rice and soup or veggie noodles.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, Lunch – 12 pm to 3 pm , Dinner 6 pm to 11 pm, Sat- 12 pm -11 pm, Sunday is closed
Prices: Most of the dishes are around £7.50
Thai Food / The Begging Bowl
The Begging Bowl is slightly new restaurant opened in 2012. It is unusual, as it offers street Thai food in portions for two. All dishes are meant to be shared with others, which actually is great chance to taste more than 2 dishes at once.
Let’s see the menu – Crab, galangal, palm sugar, Warm salad of minced duck, Stir-fry of clams, chili jam and many more interesting combinations of less popular ingredients. Don’t miss the curry- Green curry of Norwegian codor Boiled curry of monkfish, they are marvelous!
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 12 pm–2.30 pm Lunch / 6 pm–10 pm Dinner and Sun: 12 pm–3 pm Lunch / 6 pm–9.30 pm Dinner
Prices: All dishes are between £6 and £11
Indian Food / Gymkhana
Address: 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH
Gymkhana is Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair, serving contemporary Indian kitchen with the highest quality. Gymkhana’s interior is themed in the style of Raj-Era. It recalls the feeling of traditional Indian clubhouse.
As a restaurant with a star, it has several menus- Tasting menu, A la Carte, and Seafood menu. Some of the highlights are Black Pepper Fish Tikka, Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns, Green Chilli Raita, Achari Chicken Tikka, Ceylon Jheenga Curry.
All dishes are garnished with their unique approach to deliver fresh and classy cuisine.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat; Lunch 12 pm-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Prices: Price range – £12 – £25
Pan-Asian / Inamo Soho
Address: 134-136 Wardour St, London W1F 8ZP
Inamo is famous Pan- Asian restaurant chain in London, but the one in Soho is most impressive. They are popular with the interactive tablet ordering, directly from the table.
Inamo serves an interesting mixture of different Asian kitchen styles and all meal are prepared for sharing. Let’s take a look at the menu – sushi, Asian tapas, Korean rice dishes, Singapore noodles, Miso Soup or Thai beef salad.
The interior looks clubby, coloured with lights and decorated with ornamental and geometric elements.
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 5 pm-11 pm; Thu 12 pm-11:30 pm; Fri-Sat 12 pm-00 am; Sun 12 pm-10:30 pm
Prices: All dishes are at price between £4 and £8
If you decide to take a walk around London’s Markets you will find another amazing world of Asian cuisine, offered just on the street. We have selected three of the most visited and delicious food stalls for Asian food.
Bao can be found in Soho at 53 Lexington Str., Fitzrovia at 31 Windmill Str and at Netil Market, where is the original Bao Bar. They serve Baos- A Pillowy Soft Light Cloudy Fluffy White Milky Steamed Bun. Also yon can taste other different Taiwanese dishes, like Xiao chi (small eats), Pig’s blood cake and some vegetarian meals – mushrooms, aubergines garnished with eggs.
Kimchinary is moving food car, which offers delicious Korean burritos and tacos. Inside these yummy fast bites you will find Slow braised “bulgogi” brisket/ox cheek, Gochujang & soy pulled pork shoulder, Korean “Al pastor” pork, butter fried kimchi, Grilled bulgogi hanger steak, radish kimchi & sesame slaw. Truly traditional and exquisite street food.
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Banh Mi Bay
Banh Mi Bay is local street food café and food stall. Banh Mi is amazing fast Vietnamese food of crispy bread with carrots and daikon, beef or pork meat spiced with coriander and chili. There’s chicken meat option, and vegetarians are also respected with Banh Mi with tofu and mushrooms.
You can find Banh Mi Bay in Holborn, Fitzrovia and near St. Paul’s Cathedral at 33 Cannon Street.
No one can stand such a tempting snack, so in case you pass there, definitely taste it!