Hawaiian: Kua’ Aina
Lava rock chargrilled burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu, though their breakfast menu is a must-try. They put the Hawaiian spin on breakfast foods, such as the bacon, sausages, eggs and pancakes, cooking everything on their lava rock grill that gives an unmistakable smoky taste. Their Aloha breakfast come with homemade smoky beans. Kua’ Aina serves deliciously smoky food at a reasonable price.
Kua’Aina 40 Goodge Street, London W1T 2QP 020 7287 7474
Italian food is popular and well recognised but Sardinian cuisine is lesser known. Italian owned Sardinia is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea; try the Sardinian Flatbread (Pane Carasau) is served upon being seated, along with fluffy salty olive bread. Their pastas are slightly different from the regular spaghettis and tagliatelles, and fresh seafood is often an emphasis. Sardo are generous with refilling the breadbasket and have a good selection of wines.
Sardo 45 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DQ 020 7387 2521
Nizuni takes Japanese food in London to an even greater level – their Katsu Curry Don (breaded pork cutlets served atop Japanese rice and Japanese curry), their Sake Don (salmon sashimi on a bed of Japanese rice) comes with mini potato croquettes, a mini salad, even salmon roe. Small plates are well done, impressing not just with the quality of the food but also its presentation. The dimly lit space is filled with warm woods, and the resulting ambience is perfect for quiet romantic dinners, and also for drinks when you want a break from shouting above thumping music in noisy pubs and bars.
Nizuni 22 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NB 020 7580 7447
German: Herman Ze German
Bratwursts and currywursts are synonymous with Germany. Herman Ze German‘s sausages are gluten free, lactose free and made in Germany. Try the Chilli Beef sausage, Bockwurst (smoked pork sausage) or Bratwurst (pork and veal sausage).
Herman Ze German, 43 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RS 020 7323 9207
Thai: Thai Metro
Thai Metro serves up brilliant Thai food and other Asian dishes in large portions. Try ‘drunken fried rice’, an intoxicating spicy fried rice served with egg, fresh chilli, basil and meat of your choice. Alternatively, opt for the pineapple-fried rice, served in a pineapple half.
Thai Metro, 38 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NN 020 7436 4201
Tzatziki, moussaka, souvlakia, dolmathes, keftethes delicious staples of Greek cuisine, bursting with flavour. Andreas is a nondescript restaurant featuring simple decor with a pleasant green colour scheme. It serves Greek and Mediterranean food, perfect if you want to chase the remains of summer but are still stuck in London.
British: Fish and Chips
What is a quintessential British dining experience without a hearty serving of fish and chips? Gigs Fish and Chips impress with both their food and service. They serve battered cod, haddock, rock salmon and plaice, and grill sea basses and breams along with other seafood like scampi and calamari. They have more than seafood and fish and chips, also serving kebabs and houmous served with warm pitta bread.