Multicultural Dining in St. Louis

From Bosnia to Wales, travel the globe at these 17 international tables.

Passports ready? Take a spin around the globe through these outstanding restaurants.

Bosnia

Grbic serves homey, hearty food typical of the owners’ home country, the former Yugoslavia, including schnitzels, cabbage rolls, a popular assorted mixed grill plate, and tasty desserts. Don’t miss the Bosnian coffee if you need a high-octane send-off!

Bosnian specialties at Grbic

Brazil

Yemanja Brasil, an unexpected jewel tucked into a residential neighborhood, is the home of a popular (and stiff) drink, the caipirinha, a heavenly concoction of limes and sugarcane liqueur. Equally delightful is the food, exotic tastes from tilapia in coconut sauce to empanadas.

China

Wonton King, St. Louis’ first Hong Kong-style Chinese restaurant, serves an extensive menu of Asian dishes, including dim sum.

Hong Kong-style cuisine at Wonton King

France

Cafe Provençal does cooking in the manner of Provence, yielding lighter dishes than the stereotypical heavily sauced cuisine. On the oft-changing menu, you might find roasted pork aux champignons or bouillabaisse.

Greece

Olympia Kebob House & Taverna, a popular spot for Greek favorites, offers gyros, hummus/pita, saganaki, and (perhaps incongruously) a tasty burger. Enjoy the super-casual ambiance and on a nice day, the patio.

The flavors of Greece at Olympia Kabob House & Taverna

India

India’s Rasoi serves a selection of delicious Indian appetizers, entrees and desserts, prepared from scratch and all ingredients imported from India.

Italy

Charlie Gitto's on The Hill, a longtime neighborhood staple serves up traditional Italian specialties like chicken parmigiano and veal saltimbocca, staeks, seafood and—surprise!—pizza.

Charlie Gitto's on The Hill

 

Japan

Drunken Fish, an award-winning hot spot, serves everything from sushi to traditional Japanese dishes. Stop by any of the three locations for a red dragon roll or check out the happy hour for an eclectic variety of cocktails.

Sushi at Drunken Fish

Lebanon

The Vine Mediterranean Café and Market lets diners indulge in the uber-healthy Mediterranean diet served with traditional Arabic hospitality in this popular restaurant in the South Grand neighborhood. The menu features classics like hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush, falafel, kabobs and shawarma plus grilled fish, halal meats and vegetarian options. On-site bakery, market and patio.

Lebanese goodies at The Vine

Mexico

Nixta, named by Bon Appetit as one of the 10 best new restaurants of 2017,  takes traditional Mexican cuisine to new levels in its colorful digs with surprising ingredients like caramelized pineapple, apple-poblano slaw, carrot-coriander salsa. Most popular dish: crispy octopus.

Outdoor dining at Nixta

Peru

Mango does a Peruvian take on familiar dishes like tamales, empanadas, carne asada and more; citrus-marinated ceviche is recommended. Also, give attention to the inventive cocktail menu (the pisco sour is highly recommended) and South American-heavy wine list.

The dining room at Mango

Scotland

Scottish Arms' dark, woody darkness interior—to say nothing of the kilt-clad bartenders—will put you in mind of the old country, and the slightly updated takes on classics from Scotch eggs and cock-a-leekie pie to haggis, will keep you there. Maybe it goes without saying that the selection of single-malt whiskeys is outstanding?

Spain

Barcelona keeps its regulars happy with a killer tapas menu, inventive cocktails and a hip vibe.

Paella at Barcelona

Thailand

Sen Thai Asian Bistro, ensconced in its roomy digs on Washington Ave., serves an extensive menu that includes hearty soups and curries to broth noodle dishes, pad Thai, sesame BBQ pork, a can’t-miss, drunken noodles and sushi.

Sen Thai's new digs

Turkey

Aya Sofia, sumptuously decorated and intimate, is an oasis for authentic Turkish/Mediterranean food including seafood, beef and lamb dishes, plus, ample vegetarian options and tasty small plates.

Kabobs at Aya Sofia

Vietnam

Pho Grand, a perpetual favorite for wallet-friendly lunches and dinners, turns out delicious Vietnamese cuisine served with head-spinning efficiency.

Wales

Llywelyn’s Pub, long-time favorite of the Celtic persuasion (now at several locations), offers traditional pub atmosphere and fare, including house-made chips, soups and a popular steak-and-cheese sandwich. There are 25 beers on tap and 25 bottled, including the best domestic, import and craft beers. Also look for fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and other Celtic specialties.

Welsh cuisine at Llywelyn's Pub

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