Part of any language learning experience is Immersing yourself in the culture of the country. Food is hugely important in every culture and will help you gain more of an appreciation and understanding of that language you are learning. We realise that not everyone is going to jet off to South America, Spain or France, so here at Immerse we have put together a list of foreign restaurants in London that you HAVE to check out!
Ready for a Peruvian taste explosion? Peruvian food is famous throughout South America and having been there and tried the national dish Guinea Pig myself, I can understand why! However, for those less adventurous, do not fear, Ceviche is on offer too. If you want to spice things up and get out of that comfort zone, head down to Mommi Raw Bar and Grill on Clapham High Street. The food will not disappoint and neither will their astonishing array of cocktails. You may be lucky enough to catch one of their secret happy hours – Pisco Sours galore! If you’re looking to really push the boat out, there is a special “Mommi and Movie” offer on…which does exactly what it says on the tin!
London being France’s sixth largest city with 300,000 – 400,000 French men and women living here, you might say that is enough French immersion for you, however you can never get enough French cuisine! Have you been to Le Mercury in Islington? Super cheap (for London anyway) and one mouthful will make you feel like you are sitting out on the Avenue des Champs Elysées enjoying that classy Parisian life. The Magret de Canard comes highly recommended.
On we move to Germany. If you have been craving a Currywurst or Schweineschnitzel lately, we have found just the place for you; Bierschenke, based on Blomfield Street that has an array of classic German dishes that are sure to blow your mind. And what self respecting German restaurant would be complete without a fine selection of beer! Certainly not Bierschenke – get a pint of Bierschenke Weißbier, or if you are feeling particularly crazy go all out and order a stein!
Last but not least, Argentina. Why, you ask? Well, because once you have had an Argentinian steak there is no going back. Having spent a year living in Argentina I am forever sceptical about Argentinian restaurants in London living up to their namesake, however Casa Malevo on Connaught Street did just that! Go for the Bife de Chorizo and never look back. Don’t get me started on that red wine!
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more ways to Immerse yourself in language. Next week we talk about foreign film!