Wondering where to eat in Reading? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and French to Japanese and American, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in The Oracle that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
From pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
How about something shareable like antipasto? It’s a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as soft and nutty Gorgonzola. Or perhaps you’re after a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen like a rich Bolognese? (Perfect for scarpetta – the Italian word for scooping up your food with some bread!)
And thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and maybe even a little digestive con caffè!
Try this at Zizzi: Antipasto grande board (coppa ham, Spianata Piccante salami, speck, smoked scarmorza cheese, buffalo mozzarella, mixed olives, tomato and pesto crostino, bread, rocket and riserva, cheese salad and smoked chilli dip)
In traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Wagamama: Chilli chicken ramen
From tacos to burritos, carnitas to enchiladas, who doesn’t love Mexican food? Thanks to its vibrant and fresh ingredients, like their famed assortment of chillies, beans and poblanos chili peppers, Mexican cuisine always leaves you suitably stuffed and a little flame-lipped.
Some of Mexico’s other delights include mole (pronounced mol-eh), a rich sauce perfect for accompanying things like enchiladas. It contains over 20 different ingredients including chilies, chocolate and nuts, and the widely-loved guacamole made with fresh avocados, diced tomatoes and onions, coriander, lime and chilli.
Try this at Las Iguanas: Chicken quesadilla (tortilla filled with spicy chicken, peppers, onions and cheese, folded, pan-toasted & served with roasted tomato salsa)
Thanks to its sunny Mediterranean location, Greek food is full of high-quality fresh ingredients like tomatoes and olive oil, and an abundance of small fish like sardines. Of course, then there’s the much-loved Greek feta – also known as Greece’s white gold’ – which is everyone’s favourite salty, crumbly salad topper.
From the islands to the mainland, dinners tend to be long and slow in Greece, consisting of mezze platters – an assortment of food including dips like cool tzatziki, taramasalata and fava alongside raw veg, feta cheese and boiled eggs. Then there are mains like hearty moussaka (layers of aubergine, meat and potatoes) and souvlaki (which involves small pieces of meat like pork grilled on a skewer).
Try this at The Real Greek: Souvlaki wrap with homemade tzatziki, fresh tomatoes, red onion and sweet paprika
Famed for its comforting classics like clam chowder, apple pie and grits (kind of like porridge but made with boiled corn), alongside its supersized hamburgers, barbecue grills and ‘pizza pies’ (thick or thin crust, depending where you are) – when it comes to American food it’s definitely a case of go big or go home!
If New York’s your dream destination, then what better dish than the famous New York cheesecake, known for its rich and dense texture. Or if the deep south is more your vibe then Cajun/Creole-inspired jambalaya (one pot chicken, sausage, shrimp and rice) would definitely tantalise your tastebuds!
Try this at Miami Burger: The Classic MB with large burger patty in a bun, gherkins, onions, lettuce, American mustard and ketchup