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The Enfield of today is a thriving, bustling melting pot where global cultures have fused together into a gloriously diverse borough.
This diversity is reflected in the borough’s noteworthy restaurant offering, In fact, our borough is packed to the rafters with great places to eat and drink.
From major brands through to hidden gems, from afternoon teas through to street food there is something for every palette and price range in Enfield.
In each edition of Enjoy Enfield we write about restaurants located in a different part of the borough. Below are some of the places we have already covered. If you've been to a good restaurant that you would like to recommend to others, tell us on Twitter by using #EnjoyEnfield.
One of the best Indian restaurants in North London, let alone Enfield, offering fine authentic Indian food, brilliant service and a great selection of dishes. Mehek is nearly 15 years old and attracts a local audience as well as those from further afield.
The restaurant won a 2014 Bangladeshi Caterers Association award, a recommendation in the Cobra Good Curry Guide and also received a thumbs up in an Evening Standard review. The restaurant benefits from a stylish interior and is perfect for romantic meals, family occasions and larger groups.
Famed locally for its freshly prepared food and diverse menu, Mehek also offers a take away service for those wanting a home-based dining experience. Popular choices from the menu include the balti, the masalas and jalfrezi dishes.
Persico Ristorante Italiano
Address: 385 Hertford Road EN3 5PP
Telephone: 020 8805 5515
Facebook: ‘Persico, Enfield’
With a tiramisu to die for and exceptional Italian cuisine coupled with great service, Persico has been a popular choice for many years.
It’s usually a good sign when Italian people like eating in an Italian restaurant – as they do at Persico – so you know you’re onto a winner when you step through the door here.
A huge variety of authentic southern Mediterranean dishes (much more than the regular pizzas and pasta dishes) and a lovely laid back atmosphere makes this the perfect place for a leisurely meal with friends and family.
The perfect place to taste traditional Turkish cuisine in London.
Visitors can expect a warm and welcoming dining area, decorated to give diners the full experience of traditional Turkish cuisine on their doorstep.
Aksular is the taste of authentic Turkish food brought to diners by experienced Turkish chefs and friendly sta , which guarantee an unforgettable dining experience.
Particular gems are the house specials and the Turkish pizzas such as Lahmacun topped with minced meat, minced vegetables and herbs or Sucuklu Pide topped with dry, spicy Turkish sausage. Oh and don’t miss the kebabs! If you still have space after your main then give the baklava a try – you will not be disappointed!
The Meeting Bar and Restaurant
Thai hospitality is renowned the world over and luckily diners in Enfield can experience it for themselves at the truly phenomenal Meeting Bar and Restaurant.
A welcoming ambience coupled with a fresh contemporary decor and great chefs who using traditional family recipes and fresh ingredients provide excellent quality, authentic Thai food. There is every good reason to check this place out.
Other restaurants in the east of the borough include:
All of these restaurants are along the A10.
Also visit Number 4 on Enfield Highway for an authentic taste of Somali and Ethiopian cuisine, and for something with a bit of spice head to Albany Tandoori.
The Harvester offers hearty pub grub and views of the River Lee. And don’t forget the many Turkish restaurants along the Hertford Road.
Flamenco dance evenings and authentic dishes will transport you instantly to Spain. La Paella was established in Southgate by Miguel and his wife Danka in 1995, bringing the rich tastes of Spain to Southgate in this traditional restaurant on the Broadway.
A variety of tapas dishes includes: marinated mixed olives; saffron rice served with mushrooms and mixed vegetables; tortilla, spiced patatas bravas and more.
Choose a main course from an extensive selection that includes: baked hake; chicken with mushrooms in a wine and cream sauce or mixed pinchos – a tasty dish of skewered chorizo, chicken and pork served with chips, vegetables and rice.
Finish with one of these delicious desserts: crème brulee, Spanish doughnuts, almond tart or chocolate orange bread and butter pudding served warm with ice cream.
Delicious dips and mezzes that include a wonderful range of beautifully presented dishes of aubergines (the famous baba ghanoush); hoummus, falafel; delicately spiced and marinated meats and fish; and superb salad mixes have earned this restaurant its fine reputation.
A set menu of six mezze dishes, mixed meat grill, Lebanese sweets, tea / coffee is £17. An excellent range of Lebanese wines and cocktails makes a meal here very special.
Nurjenna is an Indian restaurant whose popularity is spreading because it serves delicious dishes in beautiful surroundings with a friendly service.
Special dishes are prepared daily – and others such as lamb shank – marinaded meat for 24 hours in spices and herbs which is then cooked for eight hours to produce tender meat flavoured to melt in the mouth.
Customers agree that the food looks superb – and tastes even better. Tandoori grills, buffet serving a choice of 22 dishes, takeaway service and a great vegetarian range provide an eating experience to remember and to recommend.
Green’s Steakhouse & Grill
Green’s Steakhouse & Grill serves the finest ethically sourced steaks and burgers prepared to order. Founded by former food PR man, Brad Green, the restaurant has a relaxed ambience and has rapidly become a popular landmark in North London.
Its rustic design, fresh ingredients, knock-out cocktails and background funky jazz give it an inviting welcoming quality where people can spend time enjoying the food and friendly service.
Other restaurants in Southgate include Café Rouge for a taste of the continent, Kervan for a Turkish feast, Fantozzi for a taste of rustic Italy, Pizza Express for their mighty fine Romanas, and for something more hearty head to Fish and chips@.
They know a thing or two about steak in Brazil, and the people running Preto are keen to show off their expertise by inviting you in for a veritable meat feast.
Preto has been open for about six months but has already made such a name for itself in that time, that advanced booking is required for weekends.
Its meats are slow-roasted over an authentic Brazilian Churrascaria to capture their individual flavour.
The lunch and dinner menus feature unlimited servings of up to 15 different delectable cuts of spit roasted meats, which are presented on skewers and carved tableside by Preto’s authentic ‘Passadors’ at your request.
As well as the meats, Preto also offers a variety of expertly prepared gourmet salads, pastas, rice and the famous ‘Feijoada’ and ‘Feijao’, all freshly made in house.
An added nice touch is that diners can control the speed at which your meat is served to you, so if you need a rest from the maelstrom of meat arriving at your table, you can take a short break before indulging all over again.
When you bring chefs with 30 years’ experience in providing authentic far-eastern cuisine, you know you’re on to a winner.
Run by a team of six brothers, HK Noodles is Enfield Town’s only sit-down Chinese restaurant. It uses fresh ingredients and offers Chinese, Thai, Japanese and pan- Asian food including the ever popular dim sum, katsu chicken, noodle soups and much, much more.
It also sells an array of Bubble Tea – a Taiwanese drink invented in the mid-80s. A fruit or milk based tea with chewy tapioca balls – a quirky snack and drink in one.
HK Noodles offers wonderful fresh ingredients and healthy cooking, which result in an amazing array of authentic oriental dishes. Open at lunch time too so why not pop in when you’re next shopping in Enfield Town or make an occasion of it and go in the evening for dinner.
If ever there is a man who knew his food, it is James Greer the chef and proprietor of the Beautiful South and veteran of some of Europe’s most prestigious kitchens.
The restaurant has been serving its loyal customer base for 19 years and the Beautiful South offers a vast array of spectacular food, set and fixed price menus, a great selection of wines, champagnes and a specialist burger night on a Wednesday.
Everything is cooked from scratch from top quality ingredients and both the honey and treacle bread and the French Onion Soup has to be tasted to be believed.
With a huge loyal customer base, potential diners planning to eat at the weekend are urged to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Casa Romaneasca Restaurant
Address: 6 Sebastopol Rd, London N9 0PF
Telephone: 020 8807 5421
Casa Romaneasca is a hidden gem in the heart of Edmonton. It’s a hugely popular restaurant amongst the Eastern European communities of North London. The food on offer is traditional Romanian. Romanian food is diverse encompassing many culinary traditions and that is all on offer at Casa Romaneasca – and more. Their food, while traditional, is served with a modern flourish that can rival most central London restaurants.
While pork is a key ingredient in Romanian cuisine, there are plenty of fish and lamb dishes that are also very popular. Favourite dishes include pork chops, beef stew with polenta and tripe soup.
The restaurant prides itself on offering regular traditional folk music events. Within the traditional Romanian décor, you could almost forget you are in North London and the welcoming staff will ensure that your trip to the only restaurant in Enfield serving traditional Romanian food will be an unforgettable experience.
Address: 85 Fore St, London N18 2TW
Telephone: 020 8884 6262
Coal City is Enfield’s only Nigerian restaurant, again run by a family wanting to put the fun into dining out. First, the food. Coal City, which has been open since 2005 focuses on authentic food from Nigeria cooked with care and flair. Their trademark dishes include grilled Croaker fish with yam, Egusi soup which is made with protein-rich seeds and Isi Ewu a stew of goats-head meat cooked until its rich and soft. The staff are very willing to help newcomers navigate their way around the menu. If you are daring with food then this is the place for you. For those less diverse tastes, all the dishes come with a non-meat variation, so all are catered for.
On the weekends, Coal City puts on a buffet which is a fantastic way to sample a wide range of Nigerian food, without having to commit to one course. It’s priced at only £15 per head for adults and discounted for children.
In addition, there is a DJ every Friday evening so booking is recommended over the weekends. For those wanting a tipple with their meal, Nigerian lagers, soft drinks and even Nigerian Guinness are all available.
La Dolce Piazza
La Dolce Piazza is a family run, independent Italian coffee shop and delicatessen in Edmonton Green Shopping Centre. It is run by the wonderful Caterina and her family and celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.
The most charming thing about La Dolce Piazza is that it really feels like a home from home. The Italian food is very authentic – their lasagne is just like mama would make for you – and the pasta dishes in particular are hearty and comforting. Along with the lasagne, the chicken escalope is a trademark dish and their cakes, tarts and ice-creams are delicious. The team will also make cakes to order, be it for a birthday, wedding day or a special family gathering.
La Dolce Piazza offers a takeaway service which is a great option for grabbing food on the way home from work. If you are within the shopping centre, they will even deliver food to you for free, for orders over £5. However, the best think about La Dolce Piazza is the very warm welcome you get from team, each and every time.
Shen Mauritian Fusion
Address: Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, 28 The Market Square, N9 0TZ
Telephone: 07904 870 912
Shen Mauritian Fusion is a family business that has been running for 11 years. The restaurant specialises in home-cooked Mauritian cuisine, with food cooked traditionally. In fact, it is the only Mauritian eatery in the borough, despite the large Mauritian community in and around Edmonton.
There is a loyal following of customers and there are dishes on offer they will always return to. The thali dish is very popular, while the halim soup is superb – a wonderful winter warmer with lamb, lentils and chilli to taste. The octopus is also a favourite amongst customers. Not only are the dishes cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients, it’s all fantastic value. Small dishes such as chilli cakes and dhall puri start at just a pound. As a special treat, you can wash it all down with Alooda, a Mauritian milkshake that is rich, sweet and tropical to taste. It’s a great way to finish your meal.
Royal Caribbean Cuisine
A very warm welcome awaits customers at The Royal Caribbean Cuisine, whether you are staying to eat in or to takeaway. Husband and wife team Mikey and Jay have been serving all the classics such as authentic jerk chicken, snapper fish, curried goat and succulent oxtail stew for the last ten years. The couple is passionate about food and as a result, they encourage a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant for customers to really enjoy their meals at leisure.
Along with their big dishes, the dumplings are incredibly popular amongst their loyal following. They were overheard by Enjoy Enfield being described as “legendary”. Don’t ask for the recipe – it’s a secret.
The restaurant is great for groups and often runs evening events. Check out their website or Facebook page for details. With home-made punches to help get the party started, this is a great place for food and for socialising.