No need to book a flight to taste the world’s most exciting cuisines – simply book a table at one of these London restaurants
OMAR’S PLACE Kudos to London design duo Sella Concept, whose polished terracotta walls, pistachio-coloured terrazzo and end-grain wood flooring make arriving at Omar’s Place in Pimlico akin to stepping into a sun-soaked tavern. Egyptian chef Omar Shabaan has brought the very best of eastern-mediterranean dishes from his homeland to this Grade Ii-listed Victorian former pub – the squid tartare and fresh lemons perched on a slab of marble is as much a sculpture as it is a starter (omarsplace.co.uk).
LAHPET Over in Shoreditch, you’ll find Burmese kitchen Lahpet, which started as a stall on nearby Maltby Street Market and serves gloriously fragrant dishes, such as mohinga (catfish and lemongrass chowder) and tea leaf salad. Plus, the interior’s fantastic tiles are a real feast for the eyes ( lahpet.co.uk).
JIDORI You can now find a pocket of Tokyo in Covent Garden at Jidori, an ode to yakitori chicken skewers and Japanese style. Tiny izakaya bars inspired British architect Giles Reid’s design for the space, which resulted in intimate rooms, palest pink walls and bleached pine furniture. Don’t miss the ginger icecream with miso caramel or the kitsch karaoke room ( jidori.co.uk). ➤
Omar’s Place, Pimlico
Jidori, Covent Garden