This is the first in a series of “Culture-Hunting” articles by LondonFuse. Think of this as a Where to Invade Next? for London!
London is becoming a hub of diversity, bustling with a variety of cultures from all corners of the world. But just how many countries can you find in London? And, more importantly what they taste like!
LondonFuse set out to discover how many countries you can explore without stepping foot out of our beloved Forest City. We started our trip across the ocean to unleash the tasty European delights you can find in London.
1. Italy: La Casa Ristorante
Our first stop on this European tour are the rolling hills of Italy in La Casa Ristorante. Right at the heart of downtown London, you’ll find a lovely authentic Italian spot. Impress your tinder date by showing them just how classy you are; share some fresh pasta and finish it off with a fancy tiramisu – the night is yours.
We recommend: the infamous Caesar salad.
Location: 117 King Street across from the Covent Garden Market
2. Greek: Icarus Resto Bar
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Hidden along the Richmond strip, you’ll find a rustic sign that stands out from the crowd with its modern design. Icarus Resto Bar is a mediterranean fusion restaurant, featuring an open kitchen design, which will satiate the voyeur in us all. You’ll get to see heart throb head chef, Jack Agathos, serving up some delicious Greek dishes….seriously he puts the “fine” in fine dining
We recommend: Lamb Shepherd’s Pie
Location: 519 Richmond St, London, Ontario
3. France: Petit Paris Bakery
Oh la la…le fromage… tres bien..
The French-speaking novice to the Parisian elite can appreciate this gem in the convent garden market. Munch on some sweet macarons, savoury crepes, and marvel at all the beautiful cakes that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Take a quick lunch break along the Seine while tasting their delicious treats.
We recommend: Black currant macarons and the mac n’ cheese
Location: 130 King St, London, Ontario in the Covent Garden Market
4. England: Waltzing Weasel
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Brits (to us Canadians) are thought of as polite, weird, and prone to some pretty funky cuisine. If you’re in the mood…
Check out this family favourite North on Adelaide Rd. Imagine a warm, woodsy atmosphere without the mosquitoes but lots of beer. With hearty and authentic British cuisine, this place will please any real Brit who is looking for a little piece of home.
We recommend: Deep fried mars bar and a pint
Location: 1324 Adelaide Street North
5. Hungary: Budapest Dining Room & Tavern
Budapest is one of the oldest London restaurants still operating out of its original location. Marika, the owner has been running it for 59 years! And she’s hilarious. She’ll have her staff serve you authentic dishes while she dishes out sex tips. No joke.
Another bonus: The whimsy decor makes you feel like an extra from the Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
We recommend: Weiner Schnitzel
Location: 348 Dundas St
6. Germany: Marienbad/Chaucer’s Pub
An “unofficial” menu item at Chaucer’s Pub, the Holsteiner Schnitzel is an excellent choice for anyone who’s a fan of “breakfast for dinner” or brunch. Fried Prague ham and a fried egg sit on top of our signature Schnitzel, making for a delicious and comforting dish. #noms #chaucerspub #chaucers #marienbad #foodporn #igfood #instafood #getdtl #ldnont #breakfast #dinner #egg #schnitzel #delicious #ldnfood #foodstagram
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This German spot is located in a building that dates back to 1854. The authentic German dishes will please any carnivore with plates piled tall with only sausage and includes an impressive selection of beer to boot!
We recommend: Marienbad platter
Location: 122 Carling St
7. Poland: Helen’s Fast Food & Cabbage Store
What’s better than your Polish Grandma’s cooking? Stretch your imagination if you aren’t Polish.
Luckily for Londoner’s, Helen’s Fast Food staff will treat you like family, serving you some delicious Polish dishes that will warm the soul. She is the sweetest lady and you won’t be able to get enough of her cooking. She will fatten you up–like Grandmas always do.
We Recommend: Helen’s Polish sausage
Location: 1830 Wharncliffe Rd S (just north of Lambeth)
8. Portugal: Nova Era Bakery
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Take a break from your regular Starbucks routine and grab an espresso and Portuguese tart. Try to pick just one dessert. You can’t.
We recommend: Pastéis de Nata
Location: 460 Egerton St
What Does The World Taste Like? is the first in a “Culture-Hunting” series hosted by LondonFuse. This was our food edition, so stay tuned to Fuse to see where we take you next!
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