Italian or Asian? Mediterranean or Peruvian? With so many delicious cuisines on offer across the capital, it can be hard to pick just one – but luckily there are some places where you don’t have to. With unique flavour combinations (banana sushi rolls, anyone?), these fusion restaurants offer something different to your local pizza joint…
On a Saturday night soujourn down Clapham High Street, you could easily mistake Mommi for just another South West boozer. But on closer examination, you’ll discover something quite unique: a true hybrid restaurant with a fun party vibe, which serves really good food. Japan meets Latin America at Mommi: the vibrancy of Miami mixes with the upbeat rhythm of Peru, the eclecticism of Venice Beach with the refinement of Japan. Dishes are designed to be shared, and packed with flavours from around the world: pan-fried king prawns with spiced garlic yuzu buter, sticky miso glazed chicken wings, crisp-fried belly pork bites with smoked corn and caramelised sweet potato, and tuna tartare with pickled ginger. Quirky flavour combinations continue into the dessert menu, which includes a salted caramel ice cream with agave syrup and puffed quinoa, a passion fruit, yuzu and ginger cheesecake, and a Pisco spiked jelly with lychee and kumquat. On weekends there’s live music, and their cocktails are especially good – we recommend the Passion Pachamama: a punchy number mixed with dark rum, passion fruit, ginger & vanilla and almond.
With its palm print walls and brightly coloured caipirinhas, Temakinho brings a taste of South America to London’s Soho. A fusion of Japanese and Brazilian cuisines, this buzzy spot offers an array of eclectic dishes which are sure to surprise your taste buds: banana sushi rolls, tuna and coconut milk, and scallops and passion fruit all feature. The restaurant – which has branches everywhere from Milan to Formentera – was the first in the world to be given a ‘Friends of the Sea’ certification for dedication to top-quality sustainable fish, and you can really taste the difference. Go with an open mind – and don’t hold back on the caipirinhas!
With its whitewashed walls, marble floors and brass fittings, Soho-based Nopi is worth a visit for the interiors alone. But it’s Ottolenghi, so you know the food will be top quality too – and equally artistic. The menu is based on a mixture of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines, so expect healthy, tasty food with lots of spices. Think soy cured smoked duck, roasted aubergine with sorrel yoghurt, turmeric pickled cucumber and chickpea pancakes with yuzu – all packing plenty of flavour into small portions.
Putting a fresh spin on fusion dining is Stork, opened earlier this year in Mayfair by young couple Michael Adjovi Kalu and Nadina Grigoras. The concept is based around the journey of the migrating Stork bird, which flies from Eastern Europe to Western Africa, picking up flavours from the countries it passes – from crushed yams to tarragon. Head Chef Adebola Adeshina then crafts these into unique dishes, such as shredded lamb shoulder with jollof cous cous and smoked aubergine; baked polenta with wild garlic, peas and deep fried Arlington white egg; and salted cod with crushed yam and pee puree.