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sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

dv8 posted:

If you don't mind, could you please recommend a couple other Mexican restaurants to go to in or around London?

Mestizo near Euston is solid. It was around before the London burrito explosion. They have a takeout style branch on Charlotte Place too called El Burrito, opposite Lantana cafe.

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Dangphat
Nov 15, 2011


Went for the lunch menu at Drake's Ripley (a taxi from Woking which is 35 minutes from Waterloo) and had some wonderful food, the service was flawless; attentive but not overbearing.
Only reservation I had was the pork belly didn't have a decent crisp on the skin, although very tender meat due to being sous vide. Not the best restaurant I have been to at that price range but it was better than similarly priced meals I have had at the Maze Grill in Mayfair.

My favorite in London is still The French Table in Surbiton.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011


If you see my husband Mr. Gaston Ramirez please tell him I love him signed tarbrush


Can anyone recommend a decent brunch spot? Coming in from Waterloo and heading towards museums tbc, so not too fussed about area. On my phone, so struggling to pick brunch off the map.

Cheers

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Look for a Bills? They're usually pretty decent for breakfast, plus there's a few dotted around now.

BizarroAzrael
Apr 6, 2006

"That must weigh heavily on your soul. Let me purge it for you."

Yeah Bill's just exploded onto the scene, did they buy out an existing chain?

Quick big up to Brown and Whyte in Kingly Square off Carnaby Street in Soho, chicken and craft ale specialist. Mighty tasty chicken, leek and bacon burger, and the sweet potato fries with feta and lovely.

Also Franco Manca's opened dangerously close to my work, love it, I litterally ate pizza for lunch three times last week. Only a handful of normal pizzas (including cheese and tomato, and cheese tomato and basil) but besides being in love with the anchovy and caper one, the specials are often really good.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


BizarroAzrael posted:

Yeah Bill's just exploded onto the scene, did they buy out an existing chain?

I know they've just opened in Cardiff and Leicester too.

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

tarbrush posted:

Can anyone recommend a decent brunch spot? Coming in from Waterloo and heading towards museums tbc, so not too fussed about area. On my phone, so struggling to pick brunch off the map.

Heading North to British Museum or out West to V&A, Natural History, Science etc? There's a Fernandez & Wells near both.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011


If you see my husband Mr. Gaston Ramirez please tell him I love him signed tarbrush


sweat poteto posted:

Heading North to British Museum or out West to V&A, Natural History, Science etc? There's a Fernandez & Wells near both.

Yes! Lovely, thanks

Dangphat
Nov 15, 2011


A little late but Lantana Cafe up near Goodge street is always worth it for brunch, although can have a queue.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Dangphat posted:

A little late but Lantana Cafe up near Goodge street is always worth it for brunch, although can have a queue.

Another vote for Lantana. Really good honest food. Maybe I just had a bad experience, but I hated Bill's when I went.

Rolled Cabbage
Sep 3, 2006


I didn't like Latana. The food was nice, but it was made painfully obvious that we weren't cool enough to get served before the trail of 'hip' customers that came in over half an hour after us. Really infuriating when you can see the sodding brownie you ordered sitting on the counter top. Although nothing can beat Fork Deli in Russel Sq. (tied with Bibendum). If anyone wants to experience a New York coffee house without getting on the plane go there. You will be lucky if your food is not literally thrown at you.

Conversely I've never had anything but absolutely amazing service at brunchy spots like Modern Pantry, Proper & Sons and Honey and Co. so really they can do better.

sweek0
May 22, 2006

Let me fall out the window
With confetti in my hair
Deal out jacks or better
On a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets
But I lie about my past


I've only been to the Old Street Lantana but had a really nice brunch there. Their avo on sourdough is excellent and the coffee is pretty good.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

We want to go out for dinner with my father in law. We want good food, lots of or high-quality vegetarian options, and not too loud. Price not too important. Thought of L'Autre Pied but we want to go on a Sunday and it's closed. North or Central preferably. Cuisine: modern British or European. Ideas please!

therattle fucked around with this message at Jun 23, 2015 around 20:38

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

I've mentioned it in this thread before so sorry if it's repetitive, but The Gate is meant to be excellent and there is one just next to Sadler's Wells theatre. My girlfriend is veggie and I'm going to take her there one of these days.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


therattle posted:

We want to go out for dinner with my father in law. We want good food, lots of or high-quality vegetarian options, and not too loud. Price not too important. Thought of L'Autre Pied but we want to go on a Sunday and it's closed. North or Central preferably. Cuisine: modern British or European. Ideas please!

Ottolenghi?

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Is there any particular time that it's best to call Dotori or are they just terrible at answering the phone?

therattle posted:

We want to go out for dinner with my father in law. We want good food, lots of or high-quality vegetarian options, and not too loud. Price not too important. Thought of L'Autre Pied but we want to go on a Sunday and it's closed. North or Central preferably. Cuisine: modern British or European. Ideas please!

The food is bound to impress as Bocca di Lupo, and it's super central if you're doing touristy stuff. My brother is vegetarian and couldn't get enough of the trofie with potato, green beans & pesto genovese.

Rotorino is on Kingsland Road (E8) but is very good, though you may want to check the menu before committing since it changes.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat


Thanks for suggestions. We thought of Nopi but we ate there last year on the day that my mother-in-law was admitted to hospital, where she died... The Gate isn't quite classy enough. Will look into Boca De Lupa. What's the atmosphere like for a 79-year old man with not great hearing?

Dotori is terrible on the phone but have gotten better lately. We get takeaway there quite often and I sometimes have to go there and order in person rather than call ahead.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

I can't imagine Bocca being a challenge for the hard of hearing.

I'll keep trying to finally eat at Dotori!

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


I want to go to Dotori too! The big sushi rolls are something I haven't seen outside the U.S.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

The_Doctor posted:

I want to go to Dotori too! The big sushi rolls are something I haven't seen outside the U.S.

Our regular order is the vegetarian bento. Big blocks of fried tofu in a sweet sticky chilli sauce plus gyoza, rice, edamame and a bit if bean sprout with sesame oil and the sweet salty grated daikon.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Bollock Monkey posted:

I can't imagine Bocca being a challenge for the hard of hearing.

I'll keep trying to finally eat at Dotori!

The minute you have a loud 6 top in Bocca the whole restaurant gets pretty loud and that might be tough. Usually pretty ok with noise though.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.

Bollock Monkey posted:

Is there any particular time that it's best to call Dotori or are they just terrible at answering the phone?

Can confirm that they're poo poo at answering the phone but persistence is key and totally worth it. God I love that place.

Anyone had brunch at Modern Pantry? That's next on my list.

Anae
Apr 23, 2008


Anywhere good round Southbank/NT/BFI for a post-IMAX meal?

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

How late? The Table or Vapiano would be my picks.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.

Going to Foxlow for dinner soon, has anyone from here been?

Rolled Cabbage
Sep 3, 2006


GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

Going to Foxlow for dinner soon, has anyone from here been?

It was great but don't go with babby mouths that get weirded out by the idea of pickled cabbage (table next to us got kind of weirdly and vocally upset about the concept of kimchi).

Also get all of the cocktails and less of the goat butter things.

Also go for breakfast too.

Lemon-Lime
Aug 6, 2009


Rolled Cabbage posted:

Also get all of the cocktails and less of the goat butter things.

Also go for breakfast too.

Have cocktails forat breakfast!

Unrelated: what's the closest we get to a real ramen place? Preferably no further out than zone 3.

I'm tempted to wander down to Ippudo next to TCR next week but I have no idea if they're any good.

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Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Lemon Curdistan posted:

Have cocktails forat breakfast!

Unrelated: what's the closest we get to a real ramen place? Preferably no further out than zone 3.

I'm tempted to wander down to Ippudo next to TCR next week but I have no idea if they're any good.

Shoryu do nice ramen, I went to the one on Regent St and really enjoyed it. I got the extra-brothy bowel while my partner got the extra spicy.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

Lemon Curdistan posted:

Have cocktails forat breakfast!

Unrelated: what's the closest we get to a real ramen place? Preferably no further out than zone 3.

I'm tempted to wander down to Ippudo next to TCR next week but I have no idea if they're any good.

Somebody I know with good taste recommended Ippudo. Go, and report back.

Lemon-Lime
Aug 6, 2009


gently caress it, I've got Monday off, I'll see if I can wander into town for lunch and go for either Ippudo or Shoryu.

Rolled Cabbage
Sep 3, 2006


Hyper Japan is also on this weekend, so that's something to consider I guess...

I heard that Ippudo treat their staff very badly (like not paying minimum wage badly) does anyone know if that is still the case? I know lots of expats won't go there as a result.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Which Jai Krishna seems to be being tastier at the moment? I remember hearing a little while ago that the Stroud Green one had been a bit disappointing of late.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

Bollock Monkey posted:

Which Jai Krishna seems to be being tastier at the moment? I remember hearing a little while ago that the Stroud Green one had been a bit disappointing of late.

Have not been to SGR one for ages. Yak & Yeti just down the road much better.

BizarroAzrael
Apr 6, 2006

"That must weigh heavily on your soul. Let me purge it for you."

I'm going on a first date with a girl in Barkingside. She's drives from work in Leatherhead to Barkinside and doesn't fancy going home and taking a tube into central London. I'm in Kilburn and work near Oxford Circus. I think at this point I want either something on the Essex end of the Central Line or somewhere I can get to on the M25. Bit of a fiddly one I know, but can anyone suggest anything? Even just a town with good options will do.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

therattle posted:

Have not been to SGR one for ages. Yak & Yeti just down the road much better.

I've not gotten round to going to Yak and Yeti yet but it's on the list. We ended up at the Stroud Green place and it was as delicious as ever.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Jay Rayner doesn't like Smith & Wollensky's.

Loving Africa Chaps
Dec 3, 2007


We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.




I read that this morning. Ouch! biggest hack job i've seen from him in a while

sweek0
May 22, 2006

Let me fall out the window
With confetti in my hair
Deal out jacks or better
On a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets
But I lie about my past


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

I read that this morning. Ouch! biggest hack job i've seen from him in a while

It's not quite up there with his Beast review, but it's good.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.


That chocolate cake looks like Wetherspoon's finest.

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The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

That chocolate cake looks like Wetherspoon's finest.

Wetherspoon's would be better. I had lunch at Wetherspoon's today with my parents and you know what? It was drat good.

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