Wondering where to eat in Leicester? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and Indian to Japanese and Thai, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Highcross that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
From pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
How about something shareable like antipasto? It’s a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as soft and nutty Gorgonzola. Or perhaps you’re after a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen like a rich Bolognese? (Perfect for scarpetta – the Italian word for scooping up your food with some bread!)
And thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and maybe even a little digestive con caffè!
Try this at Zizzi: Antipasto grande board (coppa ham, Spianata Piccante salami, speck, smoked scarmorza cheese, buffalo mozzarella, mixed olives, tomato and pesto crostino, bread, rocket and riserva, cheese salad and smoked chilli dip)
In traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Yo! Sushi: Prawn gyoza
Vietnamese food is all about nourishment and, like many other Asian cuisines, it follows traditional cooking techniques which favour balance and a finely-tuned palette. So expect to indulge in dishes bursting with dynamic flavour pairings like salty soy sauce and slightly-sweet and spicy ginger.
Famous dishes include their fragrant national dish, pho (a noodle-based soup) and their much-loved, herby bánh mì (hearty baguettes usually loaded with fresh vegetables and meat like thịt nguội, a cold, cured pork, and thịt nướng, a grilled pork).
Try this at Pho: Phở Xào (wok-fried rice noodles with lemongrass, chilli and Asian greens)
Indian food is packed with tradition and wildly loved and celebrated around the globe. The cuisine is heavily influenced by regions, meaning you get vastly different dishes depending on where you are in the country.
The north celebrates rich dishes like tandoori chicken and tikka masala. The east is known for desserts including their creamy rice pudding called kheer, while fish curries are enjoyed in the west. Then there’s the south, where you can discover stew-style curries such as Kerala-style beef.
Try this at Tamatanga: Chicken khurana
Caribbean cuisine is all about fusion and is a melting pot of tastes influenced by a variety of cuisines like African, Creole and Cajun. Think hot, soulful dishes packed with fiery flavour and colours like the iconic spicy jerk chicken. The meat is rubbed with a spice fusion that includes Scotch bonnets and nutmeg, then roasted or barbecued to succulent perfection.
And you can’t talk about Caribbean cooking without mentioning savoury patties (pastries), packed with either meat or vegetarian fillings and combined with potatoes. As it’s made up of a collection of beautiful islands, from Cuba to Jamaica, seafood is a staple of many Caribbean’s diet with flying fish being the national dish of Barbados!
Try this at Turtle Bay: Jerk chicken (pit grilled spicy jerk, coconut rice ‘n’ peas and Caribbean slaw)
Famed for its comforting classics like clam chowder, apple pie and grits (kind of like porridge but made with boiled corn), alongside its supersized hamburgers, barbecue grills and ‘pizza pies’ (thick or thin crust, depending where you are) – when it comes to American food it’s definitely a case of go big or go home!
If New York’s your dream destination, then what better dish than the famous New York cheesecake, known for its rich and dense texture. Or if the deep south is more your vibe then Cajun/Creole-inspired jambalaya (one pot chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice) would definitely tantalise your tastebuds!
Try this at TGI Fridays: Classic ribs with legendary TGI glaze, served with crispy fries and spicy chargrilled corn