Remember the irritating sound of the vuvuzela – the iconic instrument of the previous South African World Cup? Well forget that. It's now time for samba whistles and caxirolas. Yes the long-awaited 2014 World Cup kicks off on June 12, which means the UK spotlight will be firmly fixed on South America for the next month. We reckon us Brits could do with a shake and twist of Latino spirit, so we've picked a few of our favourite places to grab an authentic Latin American bite in both the capital and rest of the UK.
Notorious for being the largest restaurant in the UK, Bristol's Za Za Bazaar is an unholy mishmash of cuisines from all over the globe all under one roof. This month's special guest cuisine is (you guess it!), Latin American, with food inspired from Brazil, Chile and Peru amongst others.
The residents of Blackheath wouldn't know where they would be without their favourite local Argentinian. Here you'll find authentic Argentine-sourced beef, delicious homemade chorizo, black pudding, a heart-attack-inducing grilled provoleta cheese and a selection of grilled vegetables to die for.
Hackney's answer to Argentina, the steak here is probably the best you'll find in London. We recommend the two-person Parrillada Deluxe – 14oz prime sirloin, 11oz grilled rib-eye steak, two Argentine-style pork sausages, black pudding and provolone cheese. Yum.
One of the few places in London where you can try the fresh and bright flavours of ceviche, but also one of very few places you can eat perhaps South America's most unknown and underrated cuisine.
Whilst Wahaca has fast become a chain throughout London, this doesn't stop it from delivering, tasty and pretty authentic cuisine. Grab a selection of small plates (the “street food”) a tosta, a quesadilla and a taquito dish, along with a couple of sides – thequeso fundido is pretty hard to resist.
This trendy Hackney cafe is known for a mix of world cuisine, but we're a huge fan of their authentic Venezuelan empanadas – with chorizo, black beans and avocado.
York’s only Latin bar, Bobo Lobo is part salsa school, part drinking den, serving authentic cervezas, and all the familiar Latin American cocktails. The food is a fusion of British and Latin American cuisine – with dishes like Mexican beer battered haddock and rump steak & Negro Modelo ale pie.
A superior Tex-Mex restaurant using fresh ingredients to create some slightly unusual Mexican & Latin American dishes, such as duck with molé sauce, or roasted vegetable tostadas.
The fore runner of the Mexican food revolution in Brighton, pop up Mexican stall La Choza pays homage to the authentic food of Mexico, by serving fast food, cooked slowly including delicious slow cooked beef, pulled pork, homemade chorizo and guacamole.
A true hidden gem in Camden, Spiritual is first and foremost, a corker of cocktail bar – serving Brazilian favourites like the caipirinha, using home infused Cachaça – and some of the best mojitos around. You'll also find fantastic authentic Latin American snacks and great steaks.