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Mexican restaurant Mestizo make very good burritos here that are more in the Mexican style than the vast, fat, Mission district San Francisco style. The range of fillings includes options such as cochinita — pork roasted slowly with citrus juice and annatto seed which gives a bright red colour. Quesadillas, chimichanga, tamals, nachos and tacos are also available, and we can’t help having a soft spot for guacamole with tortilla chips, which always disappears too fast in front of the TV.
Available in the Euston area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
This independent restaurant serves some of the best Georgian food in town. We love the liberal use of fresh walnuts, vegetables and herbs in Georgian cuisine, alongside richer dishes like the cheese-stuffed bread khachapuri. Make sure to get some adjika on the side – a Georgian chilli sauce you'll want to put on everything.
Available in the Balham area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
The Maroush group have several Lebanese restaurants around town. Menus are long, which can be a bad sign, but not with Maroush. The Lebanese table is typically set with many different dishes, from cold mezza like hommos beiruity (a jazzed up version of hommos with ground chilli and parsley); hot mezza such as kibbeh (minced lamb wrapped in bulghur wheat and deep fried); wonderful Lebanese pastries filled with white cheese, meat or spinach and other classic dishes like fattoush, stuffed cabbage and shawarma.
Available in the Edgware Road and Chelsea areas. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
Regional Chinese cuisine is now happily, finally a ‘thing’ in London and this menu is packed with classics from the Shaanxi province that would have been hitherto virtually impossible to find. There’s rou jia mo, which is a kind of meat sandwich, usually spiced lamb in a split circular bread, and pao mo, a stew thickened with pieces of torn flatbread. Xi’an was an important point on the Silk Road, and so the food is the happy result of a mixture of cuisines.
Available in the Islington area. Check Deliveroo for exact delivery areas.
Ganapati is one of south east London’s best south Indian restaurants, and it’s been going great guns from a little corner site in Peckham long before the trendies starting moving in. The food is characterised by aromatic flavours such as mustard seeds and curry leaves and the spicing is always bang on. We love their ‘vegetarian street snacks’ starter, which consists of a bonda (spiced potato ball) and vadai (spiced lentil patty) served with chutneys, and crab thoran — which is the meat, stir fried with spices, fresh coconut and spiced yoghurt chutney. They do serve some chicken and lamb dishes, but mainly vegetables and fish, and we think that’s where they really excel. Their parathas are some of the best examples we’ve ever eaten, and their lassis are made with homemade yoghurt.
Available in the Peckham area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
Their website claims this is ‘the most authentic diner this side of the Brooklyn Bridge’, so they’re not short of bravado at this W2 restaurant. To judge for yourself if that’s empty bragging or justified swagger, steer clear of the fry-ups – decent but not even the best this side of Blackfriars Bridge – and try the Reuben sandwich, the High Roller burger or the Chilli Cubano dish, all forces to be reckoned with.
Available in the Westbourne area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
Durum is the place to satisfy those cravings for smoke infused kebabs and fresh bright salads that the Turkish do so well. Order some of their meze, perhaps ispanak tarator, a moreish dip of yoghurt and garlic mixed with spinach, or some califasulye — green beans in special olive sauce. Our favourite of their mains is the adana kebab – a highly spiced ground meat kebab packed with chilli, or the juicy tavuk cis — bouncy cubes of marinated chicken licked with flames from the grill.
Available in the West Hampstead area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
Cinnamon Soho is an Indian-British fusion restaurant, an offshoot of the higher end Cinnamon Club in Westminster. One of our bugbears with the place has always been the oddly shaped corridor-like restaurant, which makes receiving the food as a delivery just that bit more satisfying. Dishes include hake with Bengali mustard and spring onion, seared duck breast with sesame tamarind sauce and pilau rice, and masala mash, something executive chef Vivek Singh came up with when the restaurant opened; it has remained on the menu ever since.
Available in the Mayfair area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen
African flavours are finally getting noticed in London and at Zoe’s you’ll find curried goat with spinach, and classic West African dishes like jollof rice, which is rice cooked with tomato and chilli to make a rich and satisfying dish. There's also a range of Ghanaian beers, palm wine and desserts like puff puff — a Ghanaian doughnut rolled in sugar and cinnamon.
Available in the Brixton area. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.
First came the trend for ramen, then came ramen delivered to your door. The classic tonkotsu version is a 20-hour pork bone broth with Clarence Court egg, chashu pork, spring onion, bamboo and bean sprouts and it’s an intense, milky example. A big bowl of this, plus some gyoza on the side (chicken and prawn, or pork and truffle, perhaps) and you’ll be as warm and contented as a cat in front of the fire.
Available in the Old Street, Soho and Kensington areas. Check Deliveroo site for exact delivery areas.