FOOD & DRINK

Edible map highlights the food Londoners love to eat

Just about every cuisine from around the globe features

Almost 70% of Londoners agree that the city is home to the most diverse selection of cuisines and cultures from across the globe, so it’s no surprise to see the variety of international dishes regularly consumed at restaurant tables throughout the capital.

To champion this, the OpenTable restaurant booking service, is giving Londoners a chance to taste their way through the capital’s boroughs with the first edible map of the city. 

On Tuesday July 2, those visiting King’s Cross station between noon and 5pm will be able to take a bite into the flavours of London from OpenTable’s interactive edible map billboard. To celebrate London’s vibrant diversity of cuisines from Turkish to Japanese, the map will feature a selection of canapé-style dishes from around the world paired with the boroughs in which they’re most associated, for diners to take away.

OpenTable VP EMEA Adrian Valeriano said: “London is such an exciting city to dine in and explore. The choice of restaurants and cuisines available are ever-evolving, constantly delighting diners whether they are local residents or those visiting the city.

“Our research highlights how this diversity shows itself in every borough, with beloved dishes and world-class restaurants found the length and breadth of London. We are excited to bring this to life with the edible map installation and to ensure that whether you are looking for an award-winning restaurant, newly opened hot spot, or a casual dinner with friends, OpenTable can help you find the right restaurant for anything.” 

To determine the flavour of each borough, OpenTable conducted exclusive research among two thousand residents and frequent visitors to the city. With the majority of diners in Lambeth dreaming of Turkish delights and Tower Hamlets most associated with the best Bangladeshi biryani, OpenTable’s edible map will share Londoner’s love for global eats.

The foodie favourites across the city show West is best for Greek eats, while those in north-west London are most likely to enjoy Indian. Islington in north London is one of the most popular regions for Italian food, giving extra amore to Mediterranean pizza and pasta dishes, with nearly a fifth of the area’s restaurants dedicated to this cultural cuisine.

South London offers plenty of variety with those researched associating Bromley with Japanese and Greenwich enjoying traditional British cuisine. 

Research by OnePoll shows that 18-24-year-olds are the most adventurous foodies, with nearly 80% eating a meal from across the globe every week, London’s love for global cuisines shows no sign of slowing down. 

Before foodie fans decide where to head for their next great dining experience, they can visit OpenTable’s edible map in King’s Cross to get a ‘taste’ of the area. Food will be replenished in the billboard, but it will work on a first come, first served basis with limited food available.

EDIBLE MAP – KING’S CROSS, JULY 2
Borough Cuisine available
Kensington & Chelsea Greek: Honey & Cumin Hummus with Griddled Flatbread (v)
Lambeth Turkish: Dolma with Roasted Garlic Yoghurt (v)
Tower Hamlets Bangladeshi: Spiced Lamb Biryani
Bromley Japanese: Avocado & Cream Cheese Maki with Soy & Pickled Ginger (v)
Enfield Mexican: Short Rib Beef Taco, Sour Cream, Jalapeño Salsa
Harrow Indian: Onion Bhaji with Coriander & Mango Raita (v)
Hounslow Afternoon Tea: Scones with Clotted Cream Strawberry Jam (v)
Barking & Dagenham American: Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Sriracha Mayo
Wandsworth French: Baked Ratatouille with Goat’s Cheese (v, can be vg without goat’s cheese)
Greenwich British: Fish & Chips with Samphire Tartare Sauce
Islington Italian: Pork & Fennel Tortellini with Aged Parmesan
Kingston Italian: Truffle Arancini with San Marzano Tomato (v)
Ealing Indian: Pea & Potato Samosa Chaat (v)

Note: Not all boroughs are included. Those featured are the areas which resonate with a cuisine the most. The edible map won’t consist of all London boroughs and is not representative to size.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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