Home to some of the finest restaurants on the planet, London is a melting pot of cultures, characters, and cuisines, and because of this, the city is chock-full of choice when it comes to dynamic dining out experiences.
Over 20% of Londoners are of Asian and mixed-Asian decent – the highest percentage in the country – so if you’re searching for the most authentic Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine you can find this side of the world, you can’t go wrong in the nation’s capital.
Here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve made your choice that much easier with our list of five of the very best Asian restaurants in the city.
Bang on trend and full of ambition and spark, the Asian-inspired food served at 100 Hoxton is guaranteed to wow. Expertly balanced flavour combinations drawing influence from Asian flavours and textures are what keep customers flocking to this establishment time and time again. From pork belly, papaya salad and adobo sauce to Singapore soft-shell crab paired with peanut and lime or katsu tofu, edamame, aubergine, and enoki mushroom, no matter what Asian fusion dish you’re in the mood for, 100 Huxton has more than enough choice to keep your entire party happy.
Located in the centre of the venue, the bar serves invigoratingly fresh-pressed juices, gourmet coffees, inventive cocktails, and a wonderful choice of wines. Try the 100 Hoxton cocktail made with lychee, lemongrass, chilli and ginger topped with bubbling Prosecco to cleanse the palate before choosing from the creative menu of small plates.
Despite only opening in autumn 2016, Kiri has already received high praise from diners all across the capital for its captivatingly colour food, immaculately presented in elegant ceramic and lacquered dishes. With its relaxed and informal décor and second-to-none service, you’ll be charmed by the restaurant and the choice of delicious dishes on the menu.
The evening menu will entice you with exciting fusion dishes such as kaisen ceviche, pork belly with kimchi, and tomatoes and mozzarella with sesame dressing. The restaurant also serves Japanese classics such as sashimi, maki sushi and miso soup.
True to its izakaya origins, Kiri serves Asahi beer on tap, Nigata by the bottle, an exclusive selection of imported sake and a wide variety of wine, as well as Japanese tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Update: Kiri Restaurant closed on 12th May 2018. They reopen as Chisou on 27th June 2018. To book a table at Chisou, please call 0207 629 3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Situated in Soho, the stylish Ping Pong restaurant serves bite-sized dim sum dishes that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Perfect for sharing with friends and family and traditionally eaten over a long brunch with tea, Ping Pong prepares these little parcels of joy throughout the entire day. Steamed, fried or baked and filled with seafood, meat or vegetables, relax in this charming Chinese restaurant with a cocktail and let the day’s stresses melt away.
Some of the best Chinese cuisine outside of the country itself, snack on edamame with honey garlic sauce or salted cashews while you decide which dim sum dishes you wish to devour. Whether you’re in the mood for crispy duck spring rolls, Shanghai chilli wontons with a dressing of chilli oil, Chinkiang vinegar and sesame seeds, or beef kimchi gyoza boasting flavours of ginger, chestnut and chilli, the dishes here won’t disappoint. The drinks menu is just as delightful, with show-stopping flowering teas and an exclusive range of cocktails including the Honk Kong Colada and Hibiscus Spritz.
A winner at the Time Out Love London Awards in 2015 and 2016, North China on the Acton-Ealing border has successfully been in business for over 41 years, seeing such longevity in an industry that often sees a lot of businesses fail. With its focus on excellent Chinese cuisine and first-class service, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if the restaurant were still here in another 41 years.
A family business, diners adore the restaurant’s unique atmosphere and distinctive neighbourhood-restaurant feel along with the consistently great Chinese cuisine on the menu. Start with the sticky ribs or crispy aromatic duck then dig into the sizzling lamb paired with spring onions or the flash-fried king prawns accompanied by monkfish and scallops.
Great-value Thai cuisine and perfectly presented dishes are among the many reasons Londoners keep returning to Thai Square time and time again. Going from strength to strength since its opening, the restaurant takes great pride in serving modern, authentic plates within Thai-inspired décor that will make you feel like you’re in southeast Asia. Thai ornaments and artefacts adorn the walls and help to enhance the stylish and modern interiors.
The menu is divided into seafood, curries, noodles, stir-fries and salads, with dishes made from authentic hand-picked ingredients sourced directly from Thailand. Start with traditional tom yum soups and crispy butterfly prawns then move onto the massaman curry or pad Thai. There is also plenty of choice for vegans and vegetarians including spring rolls and papaya salad.
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