Integer Recommends: Our Favourite Eateries in the South

Who doesn’t love a good list of places to eat? Seriously - who?

We’ve compiled a list of the best takeaways in the South, and we’ll continue to plod across the country as we make our way through 2022. Whittling this down to five per area - a total of fifteen nationwide - wasn’t a simple task. Have you heard the saying, “don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach”? Well, writing these reviews can be somewhat similar - Integer assignments can be hungry work, at times!

Anyway, putting hunger to one side for a few moments, in no particular order, we begin with…

Smoky Boys (Hounslow)

We’ll give you one guess as to what these guys do…
No, it’s not vegan salad bowls. Guess again…

Right - it’s smoky, meaty goodness. Good Lord, their burgers…just take a look at that triple-stacked bad boy (pictured). Their wings aren’t half-bad, either. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true - their wings are insane. Don’t just take our word for it, the Google Reviews speak for themselves.

One of the most memorable things about Smoky Boys is their beef hotdogs - something you don’t find very often in the U.K., and it’s surprising, considering how crazy Brits are for pieces of meat between bread. It’s worth a trip down there just for one of these meaty delights. They know how to keep customers coming through the doors with their great value meal deals, too. Wing Wednesdays are massively popular, and you don’t have to eat-in to access these offers. Let them drop their smoky sensations to your door - why not?

Check out their menu here.

Umami Street Food (Portsmouth)

Burgers, chicken, wraps…nothing new, right? Wrong. Umami has one of the most loyal fanbases we’ve ever seen, and it’s in no small part down to the fact they’re one of those places that doesn’t have an absolutely massive menu; they do a few burgers, a few wraps, a few different types of chicken, and a few sides - that’s it. And boy, do they do them very well.

For those of you who want a good family place to eat out, Umami has a very decent kids’ menu as well, so the “Little Dudes”, as Umami affectionately calls them, aren’t forgotten here.

We personally want to recommend the Lebanese-style grilled lamb chops - the flavours are something to behold, they really are.

Check out their menu here.

Yuma Sushi (Chiswick)

“Super clean”, “super fresh”, and “super service” are three of the most common things you’ll read about Yuma if you check their Google Reviews. And let’s face it - if you’re ordering sushi, the fresher, the better. Just take a look at those pics - the Katsu Shrimp Curry is to die for, and we don’t say that lightly.

One of the things you don’t think of when it comes to sushi restaurants is delivery. Many people opt to eat-in, but locals in the Chiswick area have commented on how well the food reaches them when they’ve had it delivered - that’s the kinda thing we like to hear!

We’ve not featured a sushi place in our national awards until now, so that should tell you how good Yuma really is. We can’t praise it highly enough, really.

Check out their menu here.

Guru J’s (Bristol)

If there’s one thing you can say for sure about Guru J’s, it’s that the customers locally don’t have a bad word to say about it. Their fusion style of Indian and American has people flocking from Bristol and much further afield for a taste of their Naanwiches, loaded fries (the ‘Masala Fully Loaded’ are insane!), but particularly their burgers.

Served in a seeded milk bun, the freshly-made patties are seasoned to perfection with the special Guru J’s flavour that keeps customers coming back for more. Just the words “caramelised masala onions” are enough to make mouths water from afar.

Vegans aren’t forgotten, either. GJ’s Vegan Bean Burger even has the carnivores giving up meat for the day - yeah, it’s that good.

Sides-wise, their ‘Pachos’ are essentially poppadom nachos - need we say any more? Okay, fine, we’ll say a bit more; Bombay Chilli Cheese Bites - there. That’s it. That’s the review.

Check out their menu here.

Rack & Bone (Hemel Hempstead)

When you think about a good burger, what’s your main criteria? A fluffy brioche bun? Juicy, Aberdeen Angus beef? Crisp lettuce, and a slathering of slightly sweet, tangy sauce? Yeah, we thought so. Us, too!

Rack & Bone doesn’t just do burgers, though. Their ribs are slow-cooked and fall off the bone, the New York Crispy Wings are a bit special, and some of the chicken flavours on offer won’t be found anywhere else in the country.

Buffalo, BBQ, Spicy Korean, Naga Fire, Lemon & Herb, Peri, Jerk & Bang Bang are available to suit every palate out there, but it’s worth trying some of the spicier options. In the words of Rack & Bone, “don’t be a chicken!”.

One thing that you don’t see enough of is places making their own gravy from scratch, so please, please try the homemade gravy. Try it with fries. Try it with steak. Try dipping your burger into it. Just…try it. Seriously.

Check out their menu here.
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