Egypt – May 2021

El Shams

920 Brighton Road


London CR8 2LN

020 8645 9942

We have, at long last, restarted our project but for added safety we are currently restricting ourselves to restaurants with outdoor seating.  This has meant that we have not been able to do the countries is strict alphabetical order.  We intend to fill in the gaps when it is safer to eat indoors.

We had:

Ful madames


Lahme meshwi

Saffron rice


Samaka seabass

Mixed shawarma platter

A selection of sweets – on the house!

Democratic Republic of the Congo – February 2020

The Bash Restaurant and Bar

The Bash

71 -73 West Green Road

London N15 5DA

020 3092 1220

Back to The Bash, a Congolese restaurant where one of the proprietors was born in the DR Congo and was able to recommend authentic food from that country.

A very helpful restaurant. Recommended if you want to try African food in London.

We had:








Simba Congolese beer.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – January 2020

Wu Di

Wu Di

73 Kingston Road

New Malden


020 8336 1208

It is hard to know exactly what most people eat in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) but gives a list of food they say is eaten there:

We had:

Kimch’i – Of course

Rangmyon – Long thin noodles

Rice noodles

Panch’an – various dishes of sauces and spices

Potato pancakes

Sundae – traditional Korean sausages

Various meats, fish, and bread cooked at the table on a small barbecue

Wu Di barbecue

Hite Korean beer

A very interesting experience and very good value for money.




Czech Republic – December 2019

Czechoslovak National House Club & Restaurant

Czech Club

74 W End Lane

London NW6 2LX

West Hampstead

020 7372 1193

As the name suggests, this is a Czechoslovak club but the restuarant is open to the public.  Well worth a visit.

We had

Svíčková – roast beef in blended cream and vegetable sauce & dumplings

Segediner Gulash and dumplings – pork cooked with sauerkraut and double cream, spiced with red paprika

Veal Schnitzel

Halušky – potato pasta lumps)with sauerkraut and pork belly bacon

Apricot dumpling with yogurt and Ice cream, cinnamon icing sugar and whipped cream

Czech pilsner beer

Cuba – October 2019

Cubana – Waterloo


48 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7RG

07474 968275


The food here seemed much more exciting than the food they sold in Cuba in the Fidel Castro era, which consisted of just black beans, rice, chicken, and fish (unspecified).

We had

Black beans and rice (obviously).

Cuban chicken wings

Tortilla Cubana

Pincho di gambas

Pincho di pollo chorizo

Platanos fritos

Yucca chips

Ham chorizo and cheese

Pollo frito al escabeche

Falafel Cubana

Moros y christianos

With Mojitos and various beers (they were sold out of Cuban beer)

Croatia – September 2019

Mugi Coffee Bar


Mugi Coffee Bar

15 Station Parade, Uxbridge Rd, London W5 3LD

020 8992 9444

Mugi describe their menu as, ‘Home-made food from ex-Yugoslavia’

We had

Mesano meso – Croatian mixed grill

Cevapcici – Koftas

Pasulj – a hearty bean soup with smoked bacon, ribs and sausage

Pacena paprika – roasted peppers

Sopska salata – Mixed salad with cheese

Krempita – A type of cream cake

Tulumba – Fried batter in syrup


Mugi is not licensed so we brought our own selection of beers to drink



Cote d’Ivoire – August 2019

The Bash Restaurant Cafe Bar

The Bash

71 -73 West Green Road

London N15 5DA

020 3092 1220

Back to The Bash where Goldie cooked us a delicious selection authentic food from the Cote d’Ivoire, consisting of the dishes recommended by the foodies at

We had:

Peanut Butter Stew With White Rice

Barbecued (African) Chicken

Kedjenou With White Rice

Foutou with Palm Oil Nut Sauce

Garba (with Attiéké)