8 Of The Best Latin American Dishes And Where To Find Them In London
Latin America makes up 13% of the Earth’s total land surface area and this vast expanse is home to some of the most exotic and extraordinary foods in the world, and arguably the tastiest!
Unique ingredients and spices are what give Latin American cuisine such amazing flavour, clearly noticeable to any professional foody.
The question is, what are the best dishes Latin American has to offer, and where can you get a taste in London?
Originating from Venezuela, Arepa is a delicious light dough-based meal in the shape of a saucer. It can be filled with various ingredients like meat, beans, vegetables and whatever takes your fancy.
Where better to go than Arepa & Co, who offer 5 different Arapa dishes on their menu, catering to vegetarian, vegan and meat dietary requirements. Located in Haggerston, by Regents Canal, you can dine in style right next to the river.
(Source: Healthier Steps) Arepa & Co: 58A De Beauvoir Cres, De Beauvoir Town, London N1 5SB
2) Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado is a traditional Peruvian stir fry style dish. This popular meal is full of flavor from marinated strips of meat and most often served with rice, tomatoes and a combination of other ingredients that vary from restaurant to restaurant.
Moving into fine dining territory, Pisqu, named after Peru’s national drink, ‘Pisco sour’, serves an array of significant Peruvian Cuisine. Despite Lomo Saltado being a meat-based dish, Pisqu has plenty of vegan and veggie options.
(Source: Serious Eats) Pisqu: 23 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HZ
Think of an Empanada as a cut-up piece of pie or bitesize pasty style dish, sounds great right? This pastry comes from the Philippines and originates from the Spanish verb ’empanar’, meaning ’embreaded’.
Comedor Grill and Bar, which is also a cookery school, serves Empanada as a starter for only £3, alongside many other traditional South American dishes. It is located in Islington and one to put on your eating out list!
(Source: bon appetit) Comedor Grill and Bar: 176 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1RG
This traditional Mexican dish is another dough-based meal that is filled with various ingredients such as cheese, beans or meat, similar to an Arepa. It is cooked in a corn husk or banana leaves which are removed before eating.
Mestizo Restaurant & Tequila Bar offers fine and authentic Mexican cuisine, with the mission of bringing the finest Mexican food to London. They serve food which is nut-free, vegan, wheat/gluten-free and lactose-free, so you have no excuse to not check this one out!
(Source: The Spruce Eats) Mestizo: 103 Hampstead Road NW1 3EL London
5) Brazilian Churros
A Brazillian Churro is a sweet delight. The long-prism shaped doughnut exceeds the likes of regular churros, so much so that you will stand for nothing less after you have tried one!
The Brazillian Churros stand in Greenwich Market, undoubtedly makes the best Brazillian Churros about, using dough that is vegan and minimises the impact on the environment by using biodegradable, recyclable materials, organic, fairtrade and local producers.
(Source: Greenwich Market) Greenwich Market: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ
Brazillian Churros: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Alfajores are small sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche (caramel). These sweet treats are made from milk and sugar, originating from predominantly in Argentina, but also present in Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Andorra, Spain, Venezuela, and Southern Brazil.
They are extremely hard to find in London, but luckily we know a place. Lima London serves Peruvian cuisine and attempts to capture gastronomic expansion that has taken place in Peru during the last few years, through food. Close to Tottenham Court Road Station, it is nice and easy to find.
(Source: BBC goodfood) Lima London: 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JH
Made from unripe plantains and twice-fried, Tostones are a type of Latin American cuisine from the Caribbean. It is a popular Dominican side dish that is sold as street food and eaten at the dinner table.
Tostones are served on the Tapas menu of Mi Cocina Es Tuya among other traditional Venezuelan dishes. Located on the outskirts of the city, it is a great opportunity to catch a break from the crowds and experience new foods.
(Source: Girl with the Iron Cast) Mi Cocina Es Tuya: 61 Westow Street, Crystal Palace SE19 3 RW, London
8) Pina Rellena
Pina Rellena is a traditional Cuban food that involves a pineapple being hollowed out and stuffed with seafood, cheese, and other ingredients – interesting right?
Located in East London, Escudo De Cuba serves authentic Cuban cuisine, tapas, and classic cocktails. Before moving to Dalston, they operated in Islington for over 20 years, so they have plenty of experience.
(Source: Demos La vuelta al dia) Escudo De Cuba: 20 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XN, London
Well, it’s time to explore the city and eat lots of food!
Why not combine your love for food with one of our Spanish Courses, and learn how to recommend your favorite dish and where to find it to a friend!