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Pan global pancakes

Don’t put up with the same old crepe! Toss aside the sugar and lemon topping and go international with our guide to London’s best global batters

Global pancakes
Photo: Rob Greig
By Tania Ballantine |
Restaurants, Japanese

Japan: Okonomiyaki at Okan


Okonowhat? Master saying it, then you can get on with the important business of eating it. The word means 'as you like it’, and at this Brixton joint you can have the cabbageand- batter-based Osaka street-food snack with any topping you want, from basics like pork or beef, or more exotic things like kimchi, prawn and squid. Now practise saying ‘oishii’. It’s Japanese for ‘delicious’.

Restaurants, Indian

India: Dosas at Dosa n Chutny


Think your wheat/dairy intolerance excludes you from Pancake Day? Think again. South Indian savoury dosas are made from rice and lentil flour, and there's a full selection at this Tooting mainstay, from the spicy potato and onion masala sort to the 'paper roast' – a huge, ultra-flat version.

Rob Greig
Restaurants, Austrian

Austria: Palatschinken or kaiserschmarrn at Kipferl


At this stylish Camden Austrian café, palatschinken – rolls of thin, sweet crepes – come with apricots as well as vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for full-on calorific joyfulness. If you like things more thrown together, go for the kaiserschmarrn: chopped pancake chunks with raisins, cherries and a dusting of cinnamon. A much more exciting breakfast than muesli.

Restaurants, Turkish

Turkey: Gözleme at Hala

Green Lanes

Here in the heart of north London’s Turkish community, you can get half-a-dozen types of savoury filled pancakes, handrolled by an efficient team of hairnetted ladies, for less than the price of a pint. Kebabs aren’t the only late-night budget treats to come out of Turkey: if only ‘cheap as gözleme’ was as catchy as ‘cheap as chips’, they might be better known…

Restaurants, French

France: Crêpes suzette at Garnier

Earl’s Court

What could be a more ooh-la-la dessert than the crêpe suzette? This sweet, thin pancake, smothered in buttery orange syrup and orange liqueur before being set on fire, is well worth getting hot under the collar over. Try it at Garnier, a newish bistro with a timeless flair that makes it seem like it’s been around forever.

Restaurants, Diners

USA: Pancakes at Lucky Seven

Notting Hill

Across the pond, brunch ain't brunch without a good stack of pancakes. Mosey on down to longstanding, stylish west London diner Lucky Seven, where you can order plain, blueberry or banana varieties all day, every day. Cause when you want pancakes, you want 'em now.

Restaurants, Eastern European

Poland: Blinis at Baltic


In smart Southwark restaurant Baltic, blinis are a flippin' hit. Toppings include mushroom 'caviar', marinated herring or standard keta caviar all at reasonable prices, though if you've got the budget of a Russian oligarch, you'll be wanting yours with Royal Belgian Oscietra Caviar. A snip at £65 per pancake.

Restaurants, Vietnamese

Vietnam: Bánh xèo at Song Que


Remember Kingsland Road from ‘The X Factor’? The street that inspired last year’s most forgettable pop act has a claim to fame with greater staying power: its band of Vietnamese restaurants. Of the selection, Song Que shines brightest: its two types of bánh xèo (savoury crepe) have delicious fillings, both veggie (tofu) and non-veggie (pork and chicken). We don’t like them. We love them!

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Seoul food: a guide to eating Korean

Korean fast food joints, fusion food vans, soju cocktail bars… London is on a K binge. Here's our guide to the dishes that are this season’s biggest food trend Bibimbap (bee-bim-bap) It might sound a bit like a jazz scat, but bibimbap is a dish of rice with other bits and bobs such as beef, eggs, vegetables and fermented chilli paste (gochujang). Dolsot bibimbap, served in a hot stone bowl to crisp up the grains of rice at the bottom, is a real crowd pleaser. It often comes with minced raw beef and a raw egg, which cook as you mix it all together. For variety, Bi Bim Bap – which has just opened a second branch in Fitzrovia takes the golden gong. There are ten different versions on offer, including a few veggie ones. The student’s favourite is Seoul Bakery near Tottenham Court Rd tube, where the walls are covered in cutesie Post-it notes from appreciative customers and a standard bibimbap (served in a cold metal bowl) costs a paltry £4.50. Bulgogi (bul-goh-gee) Any barbecue restaurant worth its salt serves this sweet and savoury beef dish. Using sirloin, or other prime cuts, the meat is thinly sliced and marinated in ingredients including soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and puréed Asian pear before getting a good grilling. Korea Garden is one of our favourites for all things charcoal-cooked. For a filling fixed meal, order the bulgogi lunchbox – including rice, salad, pickles and more at Asadal. If you’re not in the mood to play it straight, there are plenty of jazzed-up fast fo

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Restaurants, Japanese

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Restaurants, Indian

London's best Indian restaurants

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