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Alternative Eateries in Cental London You might be in the heart of London but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a cultural culinary treat. Let your taste buds take a journey across the world with the extensive variety of excellent international and European restaurants available.

Vegetarian cuisine is about so much more than shoots and leaves and places like The World Food Café [map], Neal’s Yard Dining Room, Neal’s Yard, are on a mission to convert even the most ardent carnivore with their globally-inspired veggie cuisine.

Check into China Town for some of the very best Chinese and Cantonese cuisine in the UK. The central end of China Town has a range of excellent restaurants and one of the best is Mr Kong [map], Lisle Street. This is the place for a unique and unusual taste of China in a comfortable and friendly restaurant. Ignore London prices and head here for a reasonable alternative.

If you love sushi you’ll think that the Miyabi [map], Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street, is simply divine. The Great Eastern Hotel is a hotel of great reputation and Miyabi is equally stylish. Offering dining for just 28 people the clean lines and dainty touches of the décor compliment the crisp and light menu. For those that aren’t lucky enough to get a seat, there’s a range of bento boxes and sushi-takeaways for those on the move.

Enjoy seafood in style with a visit to The Livebait Restaurant & Bar [map], Wellington Street. Combining the traditional with the creative, The Livebait chain combines a winning formula of prawns, lobster, crab and an array of different fishes from around the world to tantalise taste buds.

Regarded as one of the premier seafood restaurants in Central London, The Fish Shop [map], St John Street, offers unusual dishes including red snapper on a rustic mash with salsa and sea bass on a bed of tagliatelle topped with deep fried leeks. Book well in advance though as The Fish Shop’s excellent reputation means that it is always full to capacity.

Enjoy some unusual and authentic African cuisine at The Calabash [map], located at The Africa Centre, King Street. A menu of spicy and sweet food including dishes such as friend plantains and the ever-popular yams make this a particularly popular venue for visitors to Covent Garden.

Proving that Italian cuisine is a lot more than pizza and pasta, there’s a range of excellent authentic restaurants in the area.
Elegance is key at Caravaggio [map], Leadenhall Street. This stylish Italian restaurant is regularly voted into the top ten list and boasts a buzzing atmosphere and a wide selection of dishes from every region of Italy.

El Barco Latino [map], Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, offers diners a typically lively venue perfect for those in a party mood. With drinking, good food and a busy dance floor, El Barco brings a fiery passion to Central London.

For an altogether quieter evening find serenity in the ambient surroundings of an exceptional Spanish restaurant. Cigala Lamb’s [map] on Conduit Street, invites customers to soak up the authentic atmosphere and choose from a daily-changing menu.

The fashionable enjoy French cuisine at Coq d'Argent [map], No 1 Poultry, the Sir Terence Conran restaurant. Mixing cosmopolitan with traditional diners can expect an extensive menu and wine list and an atmosphere of definite chic.

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