My favourite Asian restaurants… in London

I’m a sucker for Asian food. A bowl of Vietnamese pho with a starter of Chinese dumplings, a side of Korean kimchi and a complimenting beer would be my perfect meal. Whilst Australia is brimming with quality Asian restaurants London is a bit more reserved with the number of quality restaurants that are in town.
Here are my personal favourites, a list of just three tried-and-tested restaurants I’d recommend visiting when you feel like something with a little bit of a zing when visiting London.

For the best Vietnamese food in London visit Pho - their broth and summer rolls are amazing along with homemade lemonade

A taste of Vietnam

A rise in the popularity of Vietnamese cuisine, particularly street foods, has resulted in many pop-up restaurants around London but none beats the original Pho, started in Farrington.
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup served with either beef or chicken, noodles and a selection of sides which you can choose to add for flavour – lime, bean sprouts, Thai basil, coriander, mint and fresh chilli.
Dishes are a little more expensive than what you’d find on Vietnam’s streets with a meal consisting of a starter (try the summer rolls!), main and drink costing around £15 – not bad for central London prices.
My favourite? Simple pho ga, that is chicken pho which I flavour with the sides to enhance the flavours even further.

Soju Korean BBQ in Soho, London has amazing Korean BBQ

Kimichi and BBQ in Korea

Korean BBQ has become my favourite meal since Chris from Aussie on the Road introduced it to me last year and Soju Korean Kitchen in the heart of London will not let you down if Korean BBQ on a budget is your thing.
All the usual favourites are here, such as bulgogi and bibimbap, or try one of their glass noodle dishes which are no fuss and will hit the spot. You can even choose to cook the meal yourself or leave it to the professionals in the kitchen; and don’t forget to wash the meal down with a shot of soju!
I recommend visiting during lunch as they have a lunch offer of £9.90 for a entrée, main, kimchi, and dessert (generally fresh fruit.)

Asian food in London at the delicious Masala Zone

Getting hot and spicy in India

Finding meals with decent portion sizes is easy in London. Finding meals with decent portion sizes and that will stay on budget in London is hard, and that is why Masala Zone is one of my favourite restaurants. Each restaurant, there are several located across London, is decorated differently with the dolls representing marriage in the Covent Garden restaurant being my favourite.
For those seeking a budget friendly option try one of the thalis. A regular thali includes a curry, two vegetable dishes, one dal (lentil) dish, papadum, chutney and a choice of rice or chapattis. A grand thali includes everything in a regular thali plus an Indian canape, raita, and kachumber (Indian salad) Thalis start at £9.50/£11.80, add in a beer and you’ve got the perfect meal which will leave you full and not put a hole in your wallet.

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Now it’s over to you:

Where’s your favourite Asian restaurant?
What cuisine do you like the best?

Photo credit: Dylan Lowe

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  • Reply
    The Life of Clare
    August 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I love love love Asian! And living so close to Melbourne, I have so many amazing options! These meals look absolutely wonderful!

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      August 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Melbourne is one of the great food capitals of the world. I live near the city as well and love exploring the range of cuisines we have on offer.
      I’ll have to come to you and find some new suggestions! 🙂

      Checked out your blog as well Clare – love it! Can’t wait to try those rice bubble and date treats 😉

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    August 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Awww how come Philippines’ San Miguel Beer or Red horse not included 😐

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      August 25, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Not sure. Might have to go take it up with Travel Indochina lovely. 🙂
      Asian beer 2.0 perhaps?

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    Audrey (@BackpackingTB)
    August 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Mmm, Thai and Indian are my favourite Asian foods. 😀 Korean is quite good, but I think I’ve eaten my fill of it over the past six months. I’m ready for some variety, except that can be difficult to find outside the ‘foreign’ neighbourhoods.

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    August 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You are just a terrible, terrible person for posting these food pictures. Don’t you know how suggestive they are? Think of the children! Also, can you send me some?

    I can believe that infographic about beer consumption in Japan… they really REALLY like their beer there.

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    December 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions, I am going to London soon and I love Asian food! So I think I won’t miss that Vietnamese restaurant. Yum!

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    June 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    This is amazing variety of asian food. Soon there will be Filipino restaurant in addition to that. Can’t wait.

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    June 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the ideas. Miss Vietnamese food

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