Britain's capital is full of exciting eateries, with cuisines from across the world ready to satisfy any appetite. One of the newer additions to the dining scene of London are Latin restaurants, bringing the colour and verve of that fascinating continent to the city. From Mexico in the North to the extreme south of Chile and Argentina, Latin restaurants in London offer new tastes and dining options that are sure to go down well with capital diners. Here are some typical dishes, and some less well known ones, to tempt you.
One of the first types of Latin American restaurants seen in London was the Argentinian steak house. The quality of the beef from the pampas is legendary and when you add the skill of the chefs to that open flame grill, you have a real winner for meat lovers. There is a huge variety of cuts on offer, from fillet to sirloin, rump and rib-eye and the steaks are typically sold by the weight to satisfy even the hungriest diners. These grills will also often offer pork lamb and chicken to add a little variety. In Brazil, the churrascaria is the equivalent, adding some interesting Brazilian seasoning to the mix.
Food from Mexico is another popular option in London's Latin restaurants. There is a new wave of cooking from the country which is lighter and perhaps a little more authentic and this is helping to restore the popularity of Mexican cooking in the capital. The diverse landscapes of Peru, meanwhile, have resulted in some extremely tasty cooking. Look out for dishes with Peruvian asparagus, which is some of the best in the world. Ceviche is another favourite as is the local cobia fish. Chile, with its huge coastline, is also renowned for some excellent seafood.
There is obviously a lot of variety to explore in Latin restaurants across London but one thing that binds them together is a certain love of life. You will find a lively atmosphere, informal service and a focus on enjoying some great food. You can also look forward to some of the world's greatest wines and sample some wonderful cocktails to help you wash down the tasty food.