We're going to show you how to eat your way around the globe without even leaving Carnaby. No passport required for this culinary trip; the 14 streets are packed with diverse dining and drinking culture.
Check out our interactive Food Map here to plan your trip around the culinary globe:
Discover all the food options here:
1. Starting in Europe, Dehesa is a charcuterie and tapas bar inspired by the cuisine of Spain and Italy. Their hearty tapas including chorizo, lentils, spinach and paprika, risotto with Cornish crab and fennel, and their signature courgette flower stuffed with goat’s cheese and drizzled with honey is always a winner.
2. Healthy and authentic Greek food is celebrated at The Life Goddess. Classics like moussaka and prawn saganaki are showcased alongside an exuberant choice of salads beyond the expected feta and tomato. Stock up on Greek pasta, aubergine salads and cherry jam spoon desserts to bring the Aegean home.
3. What could be more British than sausages and mash? Comfort food is given a fresh spin by the clever Mother Mash in their posh caff with traditional marble tables. The mash is smartly pimped with cheese and mustard or horseradish and served with free-range sausages including lamb and mint and pork and chilli. Caramelized red onion gravy is always a favourite.
4. Venture to the Middle East via Le Bab with its vibrantly tiled interior. Start with hummus served with pickled and candied beetroot or a loma spiced doughnut with chicken liver and molasses glaze. Falafel kebab is fashionably served with pumpkin puree, garlic toum and pickled kale. In homage to the humble kebab van, fries are offered with cheesy fondue!
5. Based on downtown Lima, vibrant Señor Ceviche seamlessly transports diners to South America with a mesmerizing menu of street food snacks including chifa chicharrones, slow cooked, crispy pork belly with sweet soy sauce, seabass ceviche with tomato laced citrus-chili (tiger’s milk) and plantain, terrific anticuchos (chargrilled skewers), fiery barbecued papaya marinated.
6. Though the Hawaiian coast may seem far away, poke its’ speciality, is currently a BIG THING in London. Island Poke began as a street stall and now serves up takeaway definitive poke bowls: raw fish (ahi tuna, salmon and more) with spicy, soy based sauce or wasabi coconut broth on rice with leafy greens.
7. The gorgeous retro-kitsch design features of Dishoom with its whirring ceiling fans, low level lighting and walls adorned with vintage Indian magazine easily transport you to dinner. All day menu favourites include snacks such as Bhel puri (crunchy puffed rice with tamarind chutney) an intensely flavoured black dhal, masala lamb chops and spicy, eggy cheese on toast.
8. The colourful Stax Diner provides an exhilarating dip into American South cuisine courtesy of Virginia-born Bea Vo. Satisfying cravings for gourmet, house-ground burgers, shrimp popcorn and memorable deep-fried buttermilk chicken.
9. Dive into New York food culture too, courtesy of Dirty Bones. This is the place to come for a truly filthy menu of succulent meat on the bone dishes (short rib of beef with dark caramel sauce is a winner), mac ‘n’ cheese and experimental cocktails.
10. How could a whistle-stop global tour be complete without beach-shack style Caribbean drinks, roti pizza, jerk chicken wings, coconut rice courtesy of the decidedly cool The Rum Kitchen. Relax and tune into the Caribbean vibe and plan the next trip.
11. Originating in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, the acai berry is a superfood with an abundance of health benefits, due to being packed full of antioxidants. At Acai Berry you can delve into one of their fully customizable acai bowls, or delicious smoothies, all made with fresh fruit.
12. Asma Khan’s hugely popular supper club has set up home in Kingly Court. Darjeeling Express offers the taste of traditional North Indian and Bengali dishes, and with interiors inspired by Indian train station waiting rooms; you’re bound to get the authentic experience. Discover incredible flavours, from tender Methi Chicken, to mouth-watering Bulandshahr Rogni Roti.
13. Step into a true Western/Eastern fusion at Ugly Dumpling. Taking the traditional Asian street food classic, a dumpling, and transforming it with new and innovative flavours and ingredients. From Aromatic Duck and Pork Belly to Lamb, Harissa and Yogurt, as well some sweet treat options too, there really is something for everyone.
14. Dine in true Italian style, at Carnaby’s very own Venetian style barcaro. Polpo offers a range of typical Italian small plates and cicheti, including Fritto misto, Chicken cotoloetta, and Crab & chickpea crostini. All dishes can be paired with a wine from their wine list which mainly includes wines from the Venice and northern Italy regions.
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