Eat The EU In London, Part 1

European: snails at Le Pont De La Tour restaurant

European: snails at Le Pont De La Tour restaurant

So, UKIP did fairly nicely in each the local and European elections final week, then. But Londoners largely bucked the development, displaying the anti-EU social gathering a lot much less help than the nationwide common. Perhaps as a result of as a metropolis we’re cultural, educated and young.

If you loved displaying Nigel Farage a finger within the voting cubicles, then you may also like to point out him a knife and fork once you’re out and about. In this choice, we select the most effective methods to have fun the food and drinks tradition of the EU’s member states with out setting foot outdoors the M25.

Here’s the primary half of our choice, overlaying the primary 14 EU nations in alphabetical order.

Austria

Tuck into schnitzels at Fitzrovia restaurant Boopshi’s, the place the basic breadcrumbed meat dish is available in many guises, all matched with spritz, Viennese beers and martinis made with caraway-flavoured liqueur Kümmel. Alternatively, head to Fischer’s in Marylebone when it opens on the finish of this week. It’s the newest opening from restaurateurs Corbin & King (who initially opened The Ivy and have since launched The Wolseley and Brasserie Zédel) and is styled on a basic Viennese café and konditori.

Belgium

Drink your method via Belgium’s brewing historical past at The Dovetail on Jerusalem Passage in Clerkenwell. With greater than 15 beers on faucet and properly over triple that in bottle, there’s no scarcity of selection. And the types are numerous too, with historic trappist brews sitting alongside wheat beers, candy fruit beers, saisons, pilsners and lots of others. If you haven’t earlier than, do attempt the bitter purple beers that are described because the Burgundies of Belgium: they’ve an acidic and purchased style, however are nicely value a go. Traditional meals on supply consists of mussels, Belgian cheeses and a Flemish beer stew.

Bulgaria

Indulge in a meat feast at Arda 2 on Seven Sisters Road, one among a handful of Bulgarian eating places in London and doubtless the perfect. Expect loads of grilled meat, hearty stews, substantial salads and fried cheese accompanied by Bulgarian beers and stay music most nights. A shot or two of plum flavoured rakia spirit wouldn’t be uncommon, both.

Croatia

Get a style for this nation’s foodie aspect on the Taste Croatia store at Borough Market, the place you’ll discover artisan merchandise primarily from the Istria area. Oils, truffles, honeys and cheeses are all obtainable alongside smokvenjak: conventional fig muffins created from figs, lemon juice, almonds, herbs and raisins. You might additionally pay a go to to Riviera, a Croatian restaurant in Acton which we’ve heard good stories of, serving the nation’s Mediterranean-esque staples similar to grilled fish, calamari and steaks.

Cyprus

Tuck into Cypriot meze at Kolossi Grill in Clerkenwell, the place the likes of humus, dolmades and grilled haloumi are accompanied by all method of kebabs and grilled seafood. As Cyprus is split between its Greek aspect and its Turkish aspect (the latter not within the EU), London’s eating places comply with go well with. Cyprus Mangal in Pimlico is a really totally different delicacies with extra Turkish and Middle Eastern however much less Mediterranean affect.

This fearsome chap, with sawn-off thumb and 'wild bore' used to guard the Czech restaurant.

This fearsome chap, with sawn-off thumb and ‘wild bore’ used to protect the Czech restaurant.

Czech Republic

If consuming a few pints of Pilsner Urquell or Budweiser Budvar isn’t totally different sufficient for you, then pay a go to to the nation’s unofficial embassy: Czechoslovak restaurant in West Hampstead. Beef goulash, roast meats and stuffed potato pancakes type a big a part of the menu, and the truth that even the salads include toppings corresponding to goose or wild hog tells you one thing about simply how hefty a meal you’ll have.

Denmark

If you possibly can’t stump up the money (or get a reservation) to go to Noma in Copenhagen, which is at present rated as the most effective restaurant on the planet, then you possibly can nonetheless take pleasure in respectable Nordic meals in London. Visit Scandinavian Kitchen on Great Titchfield Street to refill on pickled herrings, rye breads and different specialities or keep and luxuriate in an open sandwich or two. There’s additionally Nordic Bakery for a Danish pastry repair, too.

Estonia

Eat prime-degree, trendy meals impressed by Estonia and its Baltic neighbours at Verru in Marylebone. Estonian chef Andrei Lesment cleverly combines the world’s conventional flavours with British elements and slicing-edge methods to create image-good platefuls reminiscent of juniper-smoked creamery cheese with beetroot, fruit purée, walnuts and lingonberries.

Finland

A shot or three of vodka is a typical Finnish libation, and should you don’t thoughts a raucous scholar vibe you possibly can take pleasure in it in Fitzrovia’s Nordic Bar with equally themed snacks. If that sounds a bit a lot, then pay a go to to the Finnish Church in Bermondsey the place you’ll be able to replenish on rye breads, cloudberry jam, salted liquorice and different Finnish staples. There’s a sauna, too.

France

There’s no scarcity of locations to benefit from the meals and wine of our continental neighbours round city. Take a take a look at our record of London’s best French restaurants for a decide of these with a little bit of je ne sais quoi.

Germany

Tucking into sausages and beer needs to be the most effective methods to point out your allegiance with Angela Merkel. Visit the superb Zeitgeist pub in Vauxhall the place you’ll discover loads of each, or attempt one in every of these choices from our decide of where to find German food and drink in London.

Greece

There are plenty of Greek tavernas throughout city, however extra refined Greek delicacies is in its infancy in London. Tipped to be firmly on the rise (by us a minimum of), two new spots have lately opened up within the West End which might be nicely value a attempt for a Hellenic hit. Ergon in Marylebone is the primary UK outpost of a Greek chain that blends being a deli and an off-the-cuff eatery, specialising in prime-notch produce. Over in Soho, 21 Bateman Street serves meat and vegetarian grills to take out or eat in, together with not often-seen beers brewed in Greece.

Hungary

A legend of London’s restaurant scene, The Gay Hussar has been round since 1953 and was the primary Hungarian restaurant within the UK. It even has its own Wikipedia page. The restaurant shortly gained reputation amongst Labour politicians and has been the location of many a celebration political deal through the years, now the caricatures of a few of its most well-known visitors nonetheless adorn the partitions. There was uproar late final yr when it appeared just like the restaurant was to close as a consequence of lack of commerce, nevertheless it now goes on underneath new possession. In most instances, we’ve discovered the parts to be quite greater than the flavours, however there’s one thing comforting and homely concerning the place all the identical. Especially in the event you like potatoes.

Ireland

Londoners haven’t any hassle embracing the tradition of our Irish cousins each day by means of the medium of a pint of Guinness. The Toucan in Soho, Crown & Cushion in Waterloo and The Auld Shillelagh in Stoke Newington are amongst our favorite Irish pubs throughout city, whereas the whiskey flows freely at Shebeen in Kentish Town the place the craic involves a hidden bar.

Can you recommend any extra locations to benefit from the cuisines of those nations? Let us know within the feedback under.
We’ll spherical up the culinary cultural delights of the remaining 13 EU nations 12:30 pm – Source: londonist.com
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