Despite being a small city, lying in the shadows of nearby Manchester and Liverpool, Chester is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. Helped by a growing university and interest from tourists from all over the world, this has been reflected in the food served in the city’s many restaurants.
To reflect that and show you what you can expect to find in Chester’s restaurants, we’ve picked out cuisines from 10 different countries and the best restaurants in which to find them.
Turkish – Istanbul BBQ, 85 Brook Street, CH1 3DX
A homely restaurant just outside the city centre, Istanbul BBQ serves authentic mezze platters and all kinds of meat dishes including lamb kofte (meatballs) and kebab. They also do a few vegetarian meals, such as the delectable imam bayildi (stuffed aubergine).
Japanese and Thai – Siam, 32 City Road, CH1 3AE
This massive three-floor restaurant has two main specialities – Thai food and Japanese teppanyaki. The Thai menu includes Messaman curry, Thai green curry and, of course, pad Thai noodles. Meanwhile, the teppanyaki grill section of Siam has miso soup as a starter, with sushi, sashimi and maki rolls among the mains.
Spanish – Porta, 140 Northgate Street, CH1 2HT
Although there are a few places in Chester that serve tapas, few do them quite like Porta. Its menu isn’t the longest, but foods that could have just as easily been made on the streets of Barcelona like secreto iberico – seared pork with mojo verde sauce along with a freshly-made sangria will take you from Chester to Catalonia in just one mouthful.
Mexican and American – Mockingbird Taproom, 85 Watergate Street, CH1 2LN
Despite its seemingly inauthentic name, Mockingbird Taproom does a fine line in Mexican and American (specifically the southern states) food. Their lovingly prepared fajitas, enchiladas and burritos will warm the soul. Speaking of soul, their gumbo, made with rice, shrimp and several spices, not to mention their beef brisket both hit the spot.
Indian – Koconut Grove, Ethos Court, City Road, CH1 3AT
Rather than just heading to any old takeaway, why not sit down to have a nice curry instead? Koconut Grove’s menu features more than just bhajis and pakoras – masala fried fish and spicy lentil broth also star as starters. Mains that don’t usually appear on takeaway menus include the luscious Mangalore Chicken and Paneer Butter Masala.
Cuban – Fiesta Havana, 39-41 Watergate Street, CH1 2LB
A glance at their menu shows that Fiesta Havana borrows from Spanish, Brazilian, Argentinean and Mexican cuisines, but there are a few Cuban touches here and there. Xim xim curry, for example, is a creamy, meaty delight, whilst chimichurri sauce can be ordered as a dip for your steaks and wraps.
Malaysian – The Slowboat, 57 Frodsham Street, CH1 3JJ
Although this homely eatery serves dishes originating across east and south-east Asia, The Slowboat does a nice line in Malaysian curries. Malaysian Satay and Kung Bao Chicken, not to mention the super-spicy X.O chicken will keep the palate tingling. The Penang Mee Goreng, a noodle dish with chicken, prawns and vegetables, is equally delightful.
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