If you’re not jetting off for some summer sun, why not bring a taste of the globe straight to your plate. From Lebanese sweet treats and southern ribs to bite-sized bento boxes and seasonal southern French cooking, let your tastebuds do the travelling with our pick of the 10 best world food for families in London and the UK…
If a weekend treating involves meat-eatin’ then there’s only one place to go – Bodean’s. Serving up award-winning Kansas City style barbecue, their new kids menu is an authentic slice of low and slow smokehouse dishes small-style including baby back ribs, juicy chicken wings and southern style sausage and mash. With three courses and a drink for under a fiver, this affordable menu is a savvy slice of Americana in London. Top tip – sign up for the Bodean’s Q Card and kids can eat for free all weekend with a dining adult.
Various locations across London
British chef Tom Aiken has aced it when it comes to the best of British family dining. His popular Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf not only allows welcomes kids for free at weekends but tots can burn off a breakfast of champions thanks to their amazing playroom stocked with toys, games and children’s tv on loop! Tom’s breakfast menu features smaller serves of classic faves – mini berry pancakes, chopped sausage and baked beans a dippy eggs & soldiers and milk glugging babes can sip away on hot or cold milk by the gallon!
Canary Wharf, 11 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HD
If yakitori is your thing, head for the super stylish, yet family-friendly Covent Garden joint – Jidori. Bringing the spirit, atmosphere and fun of yakitori-yas to London, this summer tuck into their summer special where kids eat for just a fiver whilst mum and dad receive a much needed glass of wine. Kicking off from 22nd July, mini diners can enjoy smaller portions of Jidori classics including Yakitori Donburi – a rice bowl with Tsukune (minced chicken skewers), kimchee, spinach and onsen egg, plus a small soft drink. Grown up gastronomes can feast on Japanese delights including succulent thigh and spring onion, a veggie Kinoko – shiitake and shimeji mushroom skewers and why not sample the brand new Tsukune Cheeseburger Sando – a playful riff on their popular Tsukune skewer. A rich, sweet milk pudding with strawberries, shiso and cucumber granita is pud perfection. BTW…big kids, did you know Jidori Covent Garden has a private karaoke room offering a tasting menu and a sing-song powered by Lucky Voice (for 2.5 hours) all for £40 per person!
15 Catherine St, WC2B 5JZ | 89 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Making a nod to Indian tradition, mealtimes at Dishoom are centred around sharing. Whilst younger guests are welcome to order from our main menu, just like the grown-ups, Dishoom’s children’s menu has been designed with chote (little) Dishoom-wallas in mind – smaller portions, very little spice, but just as nice. Tender Murgh Malai – a sweet and mild tender grilled chicken thigh, traditional paneer cheese tikka and a meaty white talipia fish fillet marinaded in yoghurt are all served with moreish Bombay potatoes, Dishoom slaw and a glass of fruit juice. An accessible and adventurous foray into the world of Indian cuisine the whole family can enjoy.
Various locations across London
If you’re little ones are dairy or gluten intolerant but make a bee-line for pizza every time, then it’s about time we introduce you the UK’s first vegan pizzeria – Purezza. Founded in Brighton in 2015 and now nestled in the heart of Camden, their pizzas are not only topped with fresh artisan mozzarella delicately crafted from a fermentation of organic Italian brown rice milk but sourdough bases can be swapped for hemp flour or gluten-free options. The Cheesus is a true twist on the Quattro Formaggio and Pesto Manifesto a colourful veggie summer slice. Calzone, lasagne and pesto spaghetti have all been given a pretty impressive plant-based makeover. Oh and did we mentioned kids under 10 get a free mini pizza when you order dishes from the main menu…bravo!
43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN
The sun-drenched beaches of Nice may be a plane ride away but thanks to the clever folk at Sardine, family feasting French-style has just got a whole lot more accessible. With sharing the name of the game, Sardine’s Les Plats Familiaux are scrumptious seasonal taste of southern French cooking. Gastronomes Alex Jackson and Steven Parle serve up chicken, veal and lamb Plats Familiaux, each accompanied with a melee of tasting vegetables; be it peas and young lettuces in spring to a veg-laden ratatouille in the height of summer. The dishes are plentiful and the concept ingenious – what better excuse to round up the family for a lovingly cooked, seasonal, southern French feast.
15 Micawber Street, London, N1 7TB
Designed for little ones up to the age of 8, Wahaca’s kids menu is a brilliant bite of Mexico’s street food. Cheese toasted quesadilla sandwiches jam packed with guacamole are the gooey with goodness but we absolutely love the build your own tacos. Inspiring kids to craft their own meals, pick from chicken, steak, cod or veggies and layer up with crunchy lettuce, a zingy tomato salsa and mashed guacamole. Only £5.25 with a drink included, Thomasina Miers offers up a kids menu with a twist.
Various locations across the UK
The brainchild of Tony Kitous, is the man credited with putting the glamour into Middle East cuisine, Comptoir Libinais’ wholesome and healthy Lebanese food in as colourful as it’s souk-inspired interiors. Healthy, honest and affordable, Comptoir’s Children’s menu is a true feast at only £5.95 – main, dessert and drink. Dishes include moreish grilled chicken wraps, lamb kofta, halloumi cheese Man’ousha, oodles of falafels, fries and hummus. Sweet Lebanese milk pudding with rose water and pistachio is a dream as is the chocolate and tahina fudge brownie. Flavoursome, fun family dining across London and beyond.
Various locations across the UK
Inspired by Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, Hoppers serve up the best hoppers, dosas, rice and roast kothu in London. In two central locations, Hoppers Soho transports you to the backstreets of Sri Lanka whilst Hoppers St Christopher’s Place takes its inspiration from the Tropical Modernist movement associated with the late Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. It’s at this Marylebone spot that you can enjoy their epic vault family feasts. Whether you opt for the lamb shoulder or fish head kari, these generous feasts are resplendent with mutton rolls, goat rotti, devilled squid, a plethora of hoppers, dosas, chutneys and sambals…and that’s all before the main event of a 42 hour Sri Lankan lamb shoulder or rich fish head kari. At less than £45 per person, these memorable family feasts are assured to wow with their true taste of Sri Lankan fare.
49 Frith Street, London,W1D 4SG | 77 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1QE
Time for thai? The brainchild Wagamama creator of Alan Yau, Busaba Eathai has flourished since opening in the heart of London’s Soho in the late nineties. Founded on the principle of ‘Sookjai’, centring the soul to avoid everyday chaos and focusing on taking life as it comes, Busaba offers a welcome restbite from the craziness of family life and serves up a moment of mealtime bliss. For under a tenner, your little ones can explore the culinary delights of Thai food, from the crunch of prawn crackers, noodling their way through Pad Thai, dippy delight with satay chicken and Bangkok ice cream dreams are smattered with strawberry popping candy for a final hoorah. Oh and we absolutely love the child-friendly colloquialisms of the menu boasting ‘little broccoli trees’ and pick up veggies.
Various locations across London.