Gizzi Erskine’s Top 5 Asian Fusion Restaurants in London
Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine shares her top 5 Asian fusion restaurants in London.
Lucky & Joy. Gizzi says, ‘I went to the first pop-up and was blown away. Everything is delicious. This is regional Chinese food with an East London twist in its pairings, similar to San Francisco’s Mission Chinese. I’m so pleased it got its residency.’
XU. Gizzi says, ‘Just when you think Chinese fusion can’t get more exciting, the guys from Bao open XU, blending regional Chinese food with fine cooking. Everything is very simple and unique, and the ingredients are stonking.’
The Laughing Heart. Gizzi says, ‘Normally a wine bar with really clever small plates, on Sundays The Laughing Heart changes into an Asian fusion restaurant. The wines still flow and chaos ensues. It’s so fun and the food’s great.’
temper City. Gizzi says, ‘Most of my list has had a hint towards northern China, but Temper 2 would call itself a curry house. It’s on my list because it’s a clever Scots take on it by the meat king Neil Rankin. Neil’s food is always outstanding so I’ve no doubt this is going to be a smash.’
Chick ’n’ Sours. Gizzi says, ‘Fried chicken with an Asian slant. Carl Clarke’s chicken has been dubbed the best in London, which pleases me as he learnt his early recipe from me! Carl’s sides are as cool as the chicken and show nips of inspiration from South East Asia and northern China.’