Exeter’s got a pretty impressive world food scene. From noodles and sushi to pizza and pasta, there’s a seriously tasty choice of independents, quality chains and pubs serving the best of gastro-food.
The Asian food scene is buzzing in the city right now with impressive independents like Jasmine Thai (South Street), the wonderfully inventive Steaks n Sushi on North Street and Tyepyedong (Sidwell Street), happily rubbing shoulders with bustling chains like Wagamama and Yo! Sushi. Quality curry is easy to come by in the city with independent curry houses serving up exceptional flavours.
Moroccan restaurant Al Farid, on Cathedral Green is an Exeter favourite for authentic food in authentic and warm interiors. For Turkish food, Pasha on South Street is worth a visit, plus the recently opened Ottoman Grill around the corner on Guinea Street. Lebanese restaurant, Comptoir Libanais has been introducing Exeter to wholesome colourful Lebanese food in a souk-like setting since is opening in 2016 in the Guildhall’s Queen Street Dining.
Fancy Italian? Go indie and enjoy one of the sensational pizzas at The Flat, a vegan pizza restaurant on Fore Street, leading the march on the best of Vegan. Think stripped back brick interiors and relaxed lighting – there aren’t many tables and it’s incredibly popular from Wednesday to Sunday so we advise booking. Perfect for a bite before the cinema (The Picturehouse is just behind it). Quality chains like Carluccios, Zizzi and Ask have found picturesque homes in the city with outdoor seating (ask for a Cathedral view table at Ask).
For French food try Cote on Cathedral Green (another place where asking for a window table is worth doing). For Mexican, head to Las Iguanas and for chicken, Portugese-style, head to Nandos in Princesshay or the HenHouse on North Street
If we’re stretching the world food description to include burgers then Exeter does burgers well (and also mediumrare…). We were one of the first places outside St Ives to get a Hub Box – this amazing place in Sidwell Street cooks up mouth-watering juicy burgers from inside a shipping container and is often touted as being one of the best places for burgers in the city. Byron Burger arrived in Exeter along with GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) a few years back bringing a national reputation and great food. Five Guys on Queen Street joined the Exeter burger scene last year and is also worth a visit.