By Aine McGlinchey
From Vietnam to the USA, and China to India, you name it, Derry has it. The array of food from all parts of the world is endless and delicious. Over the last decade Derry has undergone a massive food takeover with Award winning restaurants and takeaways loved by people from all across the country.
There is an endless offer of Chineses, a favorite of the Derry people. From the likes of the Water Fortune in Clooney Terrace or Raymonds in Pennyburn, Chineses from Derry even compete with China’s. Fine Indian cuisine is also offered in the city, Saffron, previously India House, which has been in Derry since 1984!
If you would like something a little different, there is also a Lebanese restaurant called Cedar that specialises in Greek, Mediterranenan and Middle Eastern foods.
Alternatively, if you fancy a taste of Italy, Spaghetti Junction has a beautiful authentic restaurant, making customers feel like they are sitting in a restaurant in Sicily. For a more fine contemporary style of Italian food, La Sosta located on Carlisle Road has a very elegant setting, perfect for date night!
Country Fried Chicken provides Derry with a taste of America. Fried chicken and gravy, a combination that is so perfect makes it a solid favourite for the people of the city. Guapo is another one of the best-loved spots in town with people lining the street to get their famous Mexican burritos and spicy soup.
The House is home to three dining rooms: Entrana, Seomra and The Lounge. This restaurant is unique to the City, making each dining experience special to customers. Entrada offers a Spanish style of cooking, Seomra with rotisserie and The Lounge style of charcuterie and light bites, giving endless options to choose from in a stylish setting.
Street food in particular in Derry has become increasingly popular, starting off with Pyke ‘N’ Pommes founded in 2013, and since followed by others such as Mekong.
Pyke ‘N’ Pommes is one of Derry’s most popular restaurants/ takeaways. It started out as an adapted van in a disused car park, before moving to a semi-permanent location by the River Foyle in Derry. Now, with the current pandemic and having to close their new restaurant, Pyke ‘N’ Pommes have used this chance to expand @57 on the Strand Road.
Mekong Street Food, which is based in the Nerve Centre, offers an array of Asian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. This niche menu has been inspired by founder Stephen Forbes’ travels throughout ‘Vietnam and Thailand and seeing the street food there,’ he said. On Tripadvisor Mekong are even rated No.1 out of 150 restaurants in Derry and have ratings of 5* in food, service and value.
When being asked about future plans for Mekong, Stephen said, “Well at the minute I guess it’s hard to say where the business is going with the whole covid thing but as far as the future goes, keep on working away and it’s just trying to improve and make things better.”