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Where to eat: best fusion restaurants in London

11 February 2019 Billie Manning

From Japanese-Italian to Cuban-Asian, we pick out places for you to get your mixed-up fix.

Spotlight on: Angelina
Japanese-Italian family restaurant Angelina are opening on Valentine’s Day this week, but will we be falling in love with them? The about section on their website suggests we might: they describe themselves ‘if a Nonna [Italian grandmother] and a Baba [Japanese grandmother] spent a day together in the kitchen sharing recipes, and then decided to open a restaurant’.
 
You might be thinking Japanese-Italian fusion sounds weird, and this isn’t a label Angelina are shying away from: they describe their mix of cuisines as ‘surreal’, although the restaurant rightly points out the two food cultures’ shared values of freshness, seasonality and a land-to-table ethos.
 
So how is this interesting mix actually expressed on the menu? Well, such dishes as unagi risotto and black sesame pannacotta – combining one of Japan’s iconic ingredients with one of Italy’s staple dishes – show you the kind of delicious offering Angelina will be treating Dalston to. Both of these dishes are part of Angelina’s tasting menu, which will cost you a hot £48 and comprise of 8 dishes. Burning less of a hole in your pocket will be the £9 daily dish and coming in at just £12 with wine, it’s a bargain.
 
One more thing: Angelina’s will host a teeny-tiny Tokyo-inspired hidden bar called the Golden Gal, which will seat just six people and hold a strict no-phones policy – just the right twist to add to this cocktail.
 
Angelina restaurant dessert
Angelina's black sesame pannacotta

The Best of the Rest:
 
Asia de Cuba: The clue is in the name, the proof is in the pudding - this is Asian-Cuban fusion to drool over
 
Cocochan: Walls more purple than Prince, food fit for a king (or queen)
 
Temper: Non-trad South American meets twists and turns from all over the world
 
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