Think of Rome and you’re bound to conjure up images of architecture steeped in history, fashion drenched in designer labels and food marinated in deliciousness. But it’s not all creamy spaghetti and indulgent red wine in the Italian capital; Rome is home to a whole host of culinary delights from all over the world, meaning that you can dine like a king in whichever country you choose. Here we explore a few of my favourite spots.
For lovers of rum and reggae, Jamrock is the place to head. Here you’ll be greeted with an array of delightful Jamaican classics from jerk chicken to fried plantains. Catering the party for everyone, there are plenty of meat-free rice dishes and, of course, the bar is fully stocked with Jamaican beers and rum-heavy cocktails. The atmosphere at Jamrock is the selling point, with a super-friendly vibe and a DJ spinning reggae tunes. Here, it’s more than just a party in your mouth!
Top tip: Lucky for you, Jamrock is located right by Rome’s main train station (Stazione Termini) meaning you can stop by for a hearty pick-me-up at the end of a long train journey – or before one!
Via di Porta Labicana, 52 jamrock.it Everyday: 7pm – 2am
India: Indian Affairs
When looking for the tastiest Indian cuisine in Rome, one name pops up over and over again: Indian Affairs. Boasting not only the tastiest Indian food in the Eternal City, but also the most elegant restaurant, Indian Affairs is sure to be the place for you to tend to your cravings. Inside, the atmosphere is cosy and the food is presented just as beautifully as the décor. The tantalising mix of fresh ingredients and dazzling flavours will mean that this is one affair you won’t want to keep a secret.
Top tip: If you fancy checking out a bit of royalty whilst you’re in the area, the nearby Palazzo del Quirinale is the official residence of the President of Italian republic and is the world’s largest residence of a Head of State. Fancy.
Via Palermo, 6B restaurantindianaffairs.com Everyday: 12 midday – 3.30pm & 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Mexico: La Taqueria
Bringing the zest of Mexico to the streets of Rome, La Taqueria is an experience that’s as deliciously hot as it is super cool. Although La Taqueria is more of a fast-food quick fix than a sophisticated dining experience, the food is more than appealing enough to see you returning again and again. The ingredients are fresh and the prices reasonable, meaning La Taqueira should be your one stop shop for when you’re in need of a little taco time.
Top tip: After grabbing lunch at La Taqueria, head to the nearby Villa Borghese gardens to while away the rest of the afternoon. Here you’ll find beautiful neoclassical buildings nestled dreamily in amongst the leafy greenery.
Via Velletri, 37 lataqueria.it Monday-Saturday: 11.30am – 10pm
On any given weekend in Brazil, it’s probably a safe bet that somewhere, family and friends are gathered together around a churrasco, a Brazilian-style barbecue with a superb selection of meat. At Carioca, in the Parioli district of Rome, there’s a similar thing going down. Offering grilled beef, chicken and steaks directly from the skillet to your plate, Carioca is sizzling with Brazilian atmosphere and hearty food that melts in your mouth. But don’t worry, there are plenty of meat-free and fish options available too!
Top tip: Sitting pretty in the north of the city, Parioli is described as super chic and home of the rich and famous. So why not treat yourself by staying in the most elegant neighbourhood in Rome ? You’ll soon be rubbing shoulders with the elite!
Via Luigi Luciani, 52 cariocaroma.it 11.30am – 3pm & 6.pm – midnight
Japan: Sakana Sushi
With a palette of such delicate and subtle flavours, sushi can be a minefield to get perfectly right. However, restaurant Sakana Sushi is undoubtedly Rome’s number one contender when it comes to the competition. With a mixture of deliciously fresh ingredients and superb culinary know-how, Sakana Sushi is the only place to go to satisfy your sushi craving. It’s very reasonably priced which means it can get very busy – it might be worth booking yourself a table.
Top tip: It’s not just Egypt that can boast impressively historical pyramids; believe it or not Rome is also home to its very own. Built in 18BC, the Pyramid of Cestius is the tomb of Gaius Cestius and can be found just 5 minutes’ walk from Sakana Sushi, by Porta san Paolo.
Via del Gazometro, 54 sakana.it 12 midday – 2.30pm & 7pm – 11pm