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How to eat around the World in Shrewsbury

Why travel abroad when Shrewsbury has culinary delights from across the globe to suit all tastes?

We take a look at some of the hottest foodie destinations in town.

House of the rising sun

House of the Rising Sun

Butcher Row, Pacific Rim Cuisine

With its stunning, industrial chic interior and touch of red velveteen luxe, the House of the Rising Sun has bags of atmosphere, paired with modern Australian cuisine and Pacific Rim flavours.

Chefs draw inspiration from their travels to offer plates of global street food and sharing dishes.

This is tapas-style dining, world-fusion style. Choose around three dishes each – from ‘Land’ ‘Earth’ or ‘Sea’ and share them together with friends and family.

Earth offerings come in the form of BBQ pulled jackfruit bao buns, or sweet potato and black bean empanadas. Sea plates include shrimp tacos and takoyaki – octopus dough balls with kewpie mayonnaise, nori & shaved bonito (a ray-finned fish!). The Land menu offers the likes of Peruvian BBQ pork belly and duck gyoza – as well as Indian, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean inspired dishes.

Desserts, as you might expect, are also drawn from the four corners of the globe, including the likes of: churros from Spain, Cheesecake 1000 ways and a pistachio and rose rice pudding with kiwi sorbet, among others.

Serving drinks, lunch, dinner, brunch with outdoor seating in summer and first class cocktails!

There are so many options for great food in Shrewsbury but HOTRS has attracted a loyal and regular following due to its reliable, first class service and delicious, super sociable dining options. You won’t go far wrong with a booking here.

Momo’s

Abbey Foregate, Asian Cuisine

This modern, vibrant, fresh noodle bar, looking across to Shrewsbury’s beautiful Abbey, serves authentic Asian cuisine using the freshest ingredients from local suppliers.

Eat in, or take out – that’s up to you. The atmosphere is modern and vibrant with wooden trestle-style tables and benches and bright orange and black seating, with tables outside in the summer.

Momo’s offers ‘Pimp your Noodle’ lunch deals, inviting you to choose your noodle (vermicelli, chop suey egg noodle or Udon), then your sauce (BBQ Bulgogi, Korean red pepper, Yakisoba, Oyster & Garlic or Chilli & Sweet Soy) and finally, protein (Sesame Tofu, Pork Belly, Chicken Karage, Shrimp or Miso Buttered Salmon). You can either choose standard, or go large! It’s hard to argue with that – when it comes with a free topping of Togarashi or peanut sesame crunch.

The main menu is divided into Izakaya light bites or sharing plates, tapas style, Omakase Special noodle bowls, Ramen Soup Bowls and Rice Bowls. There’s a great offering for kids, including chicken karaage, panko breaded katsu chicken, tempura salmon, with sauce, plus the usual rice or noodles.

You can Pimp your Noodle with the take-out menu too, plus select steamed pork & Chinese leaf dumplings or Piggy Bits on the side, or select from a choice of four main dishes.

Umai

Golden Cross Passage, Japanese

Sticking to the East of the globe, this little Japanese eatery on the corner of Golden Cross Passage offers spectacular sushi and sashimi, excellent tempura and gyoza.

All sushi is made fresh to order – watch the chefs in action on the way in! They have a real commitment to freshness, whether it comes in the form of Maki Rolls (six pieces per roll), including tempura salmon & avocado and soft shell spider crab, or flying fish roe Nigiri (two pieces), or hand-rolled Temaki – try the eel & cucumber Unagi!

Sashimi includes tuna, salmon, mackerel, Japanese yellow tail king fish, octopus, seabass and sweet shrimp.

Your heads will turn when you see one of Umai’s stunning party sushi platters go by – the Superior Combo is a thing to behold!

The bento boxes are super popular with students (available lunchtimes only), with broths, and fried tofu, sticky rice, salads and choice of curries, Teriyaki, Tempura, Tori Kara, Tonkatsu, Sashimi or Sushi.

For a more filling offering, try the rice bowl dishes (Donburi) and their famous reliable Kimchi Pork Bibimbap, served in a hot stone bowl, with kimchi and egg.  

Wash it all down with Japanese Green Tea – the kids will love the Ramune (Japanese soda) in funky glass bottles with a glass ball in the top – or a choice of Asian beers, Japanese Sake or Plum Wine.

Bella Napoli

Castle Street, Italian

Restaurants come and go, but this one – offering family-friendly, authentic, Italian cuisine, has stood the test of time.

It’s a classic neighbourhood Italian, serving hearty, creamy risottos, Spaghetti, Penne, Lasagne, Tagliatelle, meat and fish dishes, as well as a good selection of oven-fired pizzas.

If you’re having a duvet day, Bella Napoli can be ordered via Deliveroo and there’s a newly refurbished exclusive first floor restaurant with seating for up to 50 guests – great for private parties and functions.

There is a special tapas menu too, perfect for sharing, with Parma hams, salami, Italian cheeses, olives and tomato pepper sauce – or a fish version, with smoked salmon, calamari, king prawns and grilled bread – and Gorgonzola.

Pop in for a full breakfast or a mid-morning coffee & cake, or enjoy a lunchtime special or evening meal. The lunch menus is served from 11.30am-5pm and typically offers a choice of four dishes (for example: spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs, Paella, Fegato Alla Veneziana (veal), or lunch tapas).

Desserts are predictably delicious: Panna Cotta Fruitti di Bosco, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, lemon cheese cake, Nutella crepes and a selection of ice creams.

The Curry House

Mardol, fine Indian dining

A traditional curry house in the heart of Shrewsbury, The Curry House has been serving Shrewsbury for over 48 years.

Opened July 1970 on Mardol, it offers fine dining, Indian style in a sophisticated setting.

Chefs take a trip back to their roots in the Indian Subcontinent, to re-familiarise themselves with newly found spices, dishes and re-connect with old ones. They use organically-farmed British produce, locally sourced.

There’s a choice of Exclusive Appetisers and Mains, including things you might not find elsewhere. Appetisers include ‘Scallops Side By Side’ – a trio of king scallops (each with a different flavour!) served on a bed of spicy spinach and cashew nut bajee and ‘The Streets of Mumbai’ – an Aloo Tikka Potato cake on a bed of cucumber and sweet pea relish.

Mains are beautifully presented – featuring sea bass, duck and monkfish. Why not push the boat right out and order the Chef’s Thali, a true reflection of Gujarati heritage and a whole meal served on a single palate.

Shrewsbury Market Hall

Claremont Street, global cuisine

Our exciting and inspirational Market Hall has foods of the world under one roof.

Find delicious Spanish tapas and paella at AleOli (now with a sister restaurant in Frankwell), or take a pew at the brilliant Bird’s Nest Café, with its uber cool twinkling lights, squishy sofas and delicious street food – a long-established meet-up for business lunches and long brunches.

Head over to the little Thai jewel that is House of Yum or pick up Indian Street Food from Mrs Dal Kaur.

Go watch dumplings made fresh to order at Moli’s Tea House or stop in at Barkworth’s St Pierre Seafood Bar, selling oysters and crab sandwiches. Pick up a pork steamed bun or fresh fish cakes from top chef Adrian Badland at The Lunch Box. If you’re in a hurry Tom’s Table will make you salads and fresh sandwiches to go. Tom also offers cocktails and real ale during the Market Hall’s famous late night openings.

Watch out for the Market Late Nights, when lots of the cool cafes, street food venues, bars and retail stalls stay open until 10pm. There are occasional super cool pop-ups too, including American menus from the Black Box Spice company.