Europe 2006

London: A Truly International City

8/03/2006 07:53:00 PM

Whilst in London, in addition to cooking up a storm, I was lucky enough to try some awesome (and not too expensive!) restaurants around town.

Mr Jerk: Caribbean Cuisine
189 Wardour St
London, W1F 8ZD

Mr Jerk has a few locations across town; the one I visited was just off Oxford Street. I figure it must be really authentic, as my friend and I were the only people in there not of Caribbean descent. You order at the counter first, and either take-away, or sit down and eat it in there. They've also got signed photos hanging up of Caribbean stars, including Sean Paul (or "shawn-aa paul!").

We shared a portion of jerk chicken (the servings are HUUGE), with rice, and an extra serving of hard food (yam, plantain, dumpling).

Jerk chicken

It's hot, it's spicy, it's sour, it's great!

Jamaican hard food

I also had a bottle of juice (from a tropical variety of apple, I think), which I didn't like that much, and a fish pattie (i.e. corn pastry filled with spicy fish), which was delicious. It was so good, in fact, that I ate it before I got a chance to take a photo of it. And it's not often you'll hear me say that. So, head down to Mr. Jerk as soon as you can for some fabulous home-style cooking!

Regent's Park Road

I don't remember the exact address of this Russian restaurant, but if you want to find it, it's on Regent's Park Road in Primrose Hill, and here's a photo of it. Primrose Hill is, apparently, a celeb-studded area (e.g. the Oasis ex-wives live there), and Clarice even spotted Rhys Ifans when she went to fill up the meter.


They've got this lunchtime deal - 2 courses for 10 pounds.


My entrée - cold Borscht

Clarice's Entrée - Blini with Lumpfish Caviar and cucumber salad and smetana

My main: Coulibiak - an old Russian recipe - salmon pie of mushrooms, spinach, rice & kasha topped with smetana, served with fresh tomato sauce. It was absolutely fantastic.

Clarice's main - Pelmeni Dumplings filled with pork

Interior... babushka babushka

Brasil by Kilo
Oxford Street

Again, I can't remember the address of this restaurant, but it is on Oxford street (i.e. big shopping area), right near Tottenham Court Road tube station. It's on the 2nd floor, above a Brazilian electronics store. The window is painted with a massive Brazilian picture, and has loads of flags hanging (or at least it did at the time of the World Cup), so it's not too hard to find.

They've got all the food in bain-maries, all you need to do is get a plate, and pile your plate with whatever takes your fancy. Then, they weigh your plate, and charge you accordingly. This massive plate of food I had was less than 6 pounds - bargainous! - and I was stuffed afterwards.

Mmmm - rice, beans, brocolli, olives, cheesy vegetables

You can kinda see in the background these two little sweet dessert thingoes - they're called brigadeiro. They're made (I think) from chocolate and condensed milk, among other things, and are staple fair at Brazilian kids' parties. Very sweet, but very delicious!

Brazilian energy! A soft drink containing guaraná.

Inside Brasil by Kilo

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  1. Anonymous12:28 AM

    I'm taking my Mum to London in October so this has been very useful! Love the look of the Russian restaurant - will definitely try that. Sounds as if you had a great holiday!

  2. Wow, all the restaurants sound fantastic! (Not too sure about the 'hard food' though, LOL)
    Really enjoying reading your adventures!

  3. Thanks, Sarah. I am in England pretty soon and I'll be noting your restaurant suggestions. There's just so much on offer but it's good to keep finding new places!



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