For the adventurous gourmet, Connaught Village provides the most delicious opportunity, travel the culinary globe without even leaving London with restaurants from Europe, The Middle East, South America and Asia, all within this sophisticated, international enclave of London’s finest boutiques and restaurants.
Start in Italy sampling the very best of Venetian cuisine at Stuzzico, including Venetian creamed cod with polenta chips, exotic speciality red prawn carpaccio and tuna cooked in almond crust.
Persian cuisine is having a moment and Pardis showcases many of the most renowned dishes, giving them their own twist. Options include aubergine with crushed walnuts, whey and mint sauce and mouthwatering grills.
For a different perspective on Persian cuisine, Colbeh’s signature dishes include an appetizer of fresh herbs, walnuts and feta cheese, tahdig (crisp rice with stew) and chicken with barbarries, almonds and saffron.
Mezze is the order of the day at Iraqi restaurant Le Chef Masgouf with must-tries including foul modamas, fava beans with lemon juice and olive oil plus filo pastries filled with cheese, spinach or lamb. The house speciality is Masgouf grilled fish, Iraq’s national dish, seasoned with salt, pepper and tamarind.
Head to Japan by way of Kurobuta where hyper-creative chef Scott Hallsworth and his team wow tastebuds with highly unusual hybrid dishes including unmissable sweet potato fries with spicy dips, tuna sashimi pizza with red onion and chilli. From the robata bbq the well-spiced pork buns in steamed rolls with peanut soy and tea smoked lamb with spicy miso are always a favourite.
Ideal for diners with hearty appetites are the grass-fed Argentinian steaks on the menu at Casa Malevo. For a treat, pair steak and chorizo and order empanadas, Argentina’s answer to the Cornish pasty.
Newcomer Abasto is an Argentinian butcher, grocer and wine merchant offering specialist cheeses such as pungent Picos Blue and Monte Enebro goat’s cheese, as well as fabulous Argentinian wines.
Return to Europe with the highly creative menu at Salt & Honey. Exceptionally tempting dishes include bone marrow and saffron arancini, slow cooked duck with fregola, red cabbage and almonds and romero peppers, cauliflower, pickled lemon, tahini and walnut.
Cheese aficionados will be most impressed by the range of cheeses at Buchanans, in particular the unpasturised cow’s cheeses made with traditional rennet including Comte from Jura and St Felicien from Rhones-Alps. Equally irresistible is the adventurous cheese toasties menu encompassing Quickie’s cheddar with pickles, Comte with saucisson sec and cornichon and Brillat Savarin with beetroot relish.
For the sweet-toothed, Cocomaya, with its glamorous pale wood and marble interior and decadent displays, offers the best scones, flourless chocolate cake and quince and almond tart.
After such a gargantuan feast, a peerless coffee is a must. Markus Coffee have their own top secret Regent & Negresso blend of seven coffee beans that is in demand all over the world, attracting celebrity coffee lovers such as Jimmy Choo and comedian Jack Dee.