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NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




The_Doctor posted:

I ended up going to Hung's on Wardour St, this tiny place with about 4 tables. Their wontons had actual prawns in, and were delicious!

Hung's is great. Their BBQ and congee has an excellent rep too.

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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."


I saw the BBQ meats hanging in the window and was very tempted... Next time! Their tea wasn't jasmine, though, which, while not unpleasant, wasn't what I expected.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004

by R. Guyovich


Don't want to derail too much into places to drink as opposed to places to eat, but does anyone have any experience of Milk & Honey or any of the other Rushmore group places (Danger of Death etc.)?

I ask because I'm moving down soon and was quite taken by the idea of a quiet, relaxed members only bar (also seen it rated as one of the best bars in the world in a few articles). Is it a good experience or just a bit wanky and funded by posers with more money than sense?

Raffles fucked around with this message at Jan 18, 2013 around 16:14

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

Raffles posted:

Is it a good experience or just a bit wanky and funded by posers with more money than sense?

They're selling exclusivity. Sounds horrid.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Bollock Monkey posted:

I loooove this place, but apparently you can't book tables. It was my first choice until I found that out, but I want to avoid having to wander round Shoreditch trying to find somewhere if we get there and it's too busy.

Not formally you can't but I know people have had tables discreetly held for them. They require you to get there early for it though.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

dance dance dance

went to the new version of Meat******* this evening in Hoxton and between us (on an aluminium tray) we got two glorious rare burgers, chili fries and i personally enjoyed a quality negroni plus an unfiltered+unpasteurised Budvar "Yeast". I plan to go back,

powertoiletduck fucked around with this message at Jan 20, 2013 around 02:38

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004

by R. Guyovich


powertoiletduck posted:

went to the new version of Meat******* this evening in Hoxton and between us (on an aluminium tray) we got two glorious rare burgers, chili fries and i personally enjoyed a quality negroni plus an unfiltered+unpasteurised Budvar "Yeast". I plan to go back,

How was the queuing time? I went to the one off Oxford Street on a visit not long ago and didn't mind the 45 min wait, but I have a few friends who hate the trend of not being able to book a table in advance.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Hey so I am still undecided on where to take the family (including a pesky vegetarian) for my graduation dinner next week. Was thinking of Chez Bruce since they do a nice set of stuff but they've only got a super late seating.

I'm not a massive foodie; neither am I looking for a specific type of cuisine. I'd just like something nicer than average that me and the folks sitting down in suits would feel is a bit special.


I genuinely considered Hawksmoor for a bit but their non-meat menu is lacking.

I do not mind a (reasonable) queue, especially if there is a bar.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

dance dance dance

Raffles posted:

How was the queuing time? I went to the one off Oxford Street on a visit not long ago and didn't mind the 45 min wait, but I have a few friends who hate the trend of not being able to book a table in advance.

10 minutes waiting time on a Saturday night for us (albeit it was pretty snowy this weekend) and at they have a very cool bar that you can have a drink at while you wait.

I believe at the Hoxton branch you can also reserve tables.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

dance dance dance

Kaiho posted:

Hey so I am still undecided on where to take the family (including a pesky vegetarian) for my graduation dinner next week. Was thinking of Chez Bruce since they do a nice set of stuff but they've only got a super late seating.

I'm not a massive foodie; neither am I looking for a specific type of cuisine. I'd just like something nicer than average that me and the folks sitting down in suits would feel is a bit special.


I genuinely considered Hawksmoor for a bit but their non-meat menu is lacking.

I do not mind a (reasonable) queue, especially if there is a bar.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

I've always thought the Chancery (http://thechancery.co.uk/) is really above par food at very reasonable prices for their set menu. Not much of a bar though.

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

I really enjoyed Medlar in Chelsea last year. Would go back in a heartbeat.

peanut-
Feb 17, 2004


Grimey Drawer

Has anyone tried Patty & Bun yet? It seems to be getting reviewed as the new king of the burger scene (at least until Shake Shack arrives anyway). The picture in Time Out today looks mouth-watering.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

don't you dare use the word 'party' as a verb in this shop

Kaiho posted:

Hey so I am still undecided on where to take the family (including a pesky vegetarian) for my graduation dinner next week. Was thinking of Chez Bruce since they do a nice set of stuff but they've only got a super late seating.

I'm not a massive foodie; neither am I looking for a specific type of cuisine. I'd just like something nicer than average that me and the folks sitting down in suits would feel is a bit special.


Something like Zucca might be nice? Or Bocca Di Lupo? I find Italian is a good balance for things like this because they quite often will have some vegetarian salads and pastas which don't suffer from the lack of meat!

( Congrats on your graduation dude, btw )

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."


peanut- posted:

Has anyone tried Patty & Bun yet? It seems to be getting reviewed as the new king of the burger scene (at least until Shake Shack arrives anyway). The picture in Time Out today looks mouth-watering.

Ooh, looks good. A quick squit at the menu rams home something that's starting to annoy me about gourmet burger places. If I'm paying 8 for the privilege of enjoying a single burger, you could throw in a few fries with it.

kru
Oct 5, 2003



Raffles posted:

Is it a good experience or just a bit wanky and funded by posers with more money than sense?

It's nice, but I wouldn't go to too much trouble for the experience. You are better off at Bodean's down the road for Gastronomy . Obviously, not for the drinks

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."


Bodean's have a decent beer selection, but yes.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Neris posted:

Something like Zucca might be nice? Or Bocca Di Lupo? I find Italian is a good balance for things like this because they quite often will have some vegetarian salads and pastas which don't suffer from the lack of meat!

( Congrats on your graduation dude, btw )

Thanks. Thing is, I'm not feeling Italian, like, at all. It just doesn't feel special (even if it is, don't get me wrong). Plus, for my undergrad graduation we did Italian. :P

...having just found out that the Air Street Hawksmoor have an extensive seafood menu and looks like something out of 1970s New York even more than the other 2 I've been to, I pulled the trigger on a reservation. 11 bourbons here I come.

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Any recommendations for lunch in Greenwich? Visiting the Cutty Sark soon.

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

The Old Brewery is pretty excellent albeit at the spendy end.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Yeah I'd second the Meantime Old Brewery, though their own beers are a bit hit and miss. Go for the IPA rather than the Meantime Pale. Goes well with various things on the menu.

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Cool, thanks. I'll report back after the visit. One more question... I'm getting a taste card soon, what are the best restaurants which are on the scheme?

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Bangkok Garden in Barnes was criminally cheap with a Taste card (as I recall it was ~26 for a starter, mains and wine for 2) and rather delicious. Bombay Lounge is near Angel and we ended up not using the Taste card because it was so yummy that we felt it would be a disservice to cash in on the discount. I'm a big fan of both places, and they're probably the best I've had on the scheme.

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."


Paradise by way of Kensal Green accepts the TasteCard and is very good. Can be a little hipstery, but the food makes up for it. Good bar, too.

Although last time I went, I was waiting for my food and saw there's a pub next door that does all sorts of burgers and ribs and barbecue, so I'll have to give that a look soon.

jkk
Nov 27, 2002



I'm going to be in London for in a couple of weeks time. It's mostly a business trip where I don't get to decide where to eat, but I'll have half a Monday to myself. Where should I have lunch? Something near Victoria station would be convenient since I need to catch a train to Gatwick afterwards.

Twozzok
Jul 18, 2005


Went to Flat Iron Friday evening. It was superb, the service was the best I've seen in a restaurant, and even though they don't take reservations and it took us about an hour to get a table it didn't feel like it was time wasted.

Also, the popcorn is probably the best popcorn I've ever had. The fries were excellent, and the steak was so good I had two.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



jkk posted:

I'm going to be in London for in a couple of weeks time. It's mostly a business trip where I don't get to decide where to eat, but I'll have half a Monday to myself. Where should I have lunch? Something near Victoria station would be convenient since I need to catch a train to Gatwick afterwards.

Victoria is a bit of a dessert for good food tbh.

Theres a good burrito place not too far from the station, run by an ex-pat american: http://www.picantemexicangrill.co.uk The website is as dreadful as the burritos are good.

Otherwise you could go down to the Laughing Halibut for a really good fish and chips: http://www.qype.co.uk/place/151992-...-Halibut-London

jkk
Nov 27, 2002



Hmmm. Well, if there isn't anything interesting near Victoria, I'm willing to go somewhere else. I don't really have anything else planned at this point...

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

don't you dare use the word 'party' as a verb in this shop

Okay, so you're gonna be in London, and your only requirement is 'lunch' near central?

Any other criteria for us to go on? Price range, food style, whatever?

Snipeo
Mar 29, 2004
Happy Camper

Went to Honest Burger in Soho on Saturday night - amazing! Walked in just after 7pm, they took my name and mobile number so we could go find a nearby pub, they called about 1 hour 15mins later when our table was ready - really good system for popular places like this. We both had the Honest Burger (cheese, bacon, onion jam, amazing) which came with rosemary salt chips which were probably the best chips I've ever had. The beer was good as well.

Sunday we went to Ben's Canteen in Clapham Junction for brunch - full english with bloody mary's in jam jars - also very very good but a little pricey.

This weekend was a very good weekend for food.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Snipeo posted:

Went to Honest Burger in Soho on Saturday night - amazing! Walked in just after 7pm, they took my name and mobile number so we could go find a nearby pub, they called about 1 hour 15mins later when our table was ready - really good system for popular places like this.

Bodeans Soho does this and it's realyl handy. the only downside is getting so smashed in the Jon Snow you forgot you even meant to get food.

Went to Tonkotsu on Saturday, to make up for general tube and weather related misery. Really good food, but 11 quid getting two slices of porn and half an egg on your noodles is pretty miserly. I could live in a bath made of that broth though, SO piggy.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Spuckuk posted:

Bodeans Soho does this and it's realyl handy. the only downside is getting so smashed in the Jon Snow you forgot you even meant to get food.

Went to Tonkotsu on Saturday, to make up for general tube and weather related misery. Really good food, but 11 quid getting two slices of porn and half an egg on your noodles is pretty miserly. I could live in a bath made of that broth though, SO piggy.

a) I'm not sure how I would deal with 2 slices of porn on my noodles.
b) I didn't really enjoy Tonkotsu that much when I went. I wasn't feeling great which didn't help, but I've had way better meals at Bone Daddies for the same price.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004

by R. Guyovich


Spuckuk posted:

Really good food, but 11 quid getting two slices of porn and half an egg on your noodles is pretty miserly. I could live in a bath made of that broth though, SO piggy.

11 for two slices of porn does seem steep considering most people don't pay for it at all.

I jest.

So I visited Belgo in Covent Garden on Saturday and managed to get sat in half an hour with no reservation which I was chuffed about. The beers and the Moules were fantastic. If you like mussels or belgian beer I'd definitely recommend it. Wasn't too expensive either really. The only fault was my girlfriend was so drunk by this point in the evening that she fell asleep at the end of the meal (she does this everytime she's drunk), which meant I didn't get to have Waffles for dessert. Planning on taking my family there when they come to visit.

powertoiletduck
Feb 19, 2004

dance dance dance

Twozzok posted:

Went to Flat Iron Friday evening. It was superb, the service was the best I've seen in a restaurant, and even though they don't take reservations and it took us about an hour to get a table it didn't feel like it was time wasted.

Also, the popcorn is probably the best popcorn I've ever had. The fries were excellent, and the steak was so good I had two.

I went to the pop-up at the Owl and Pussycat on Redchurch Street last summer and it was unbelievably good for only 10. I assume they must sous-vide it to get it so tender.

Raffles posted:

So I visited Belgo in Covent Garden on Saturday and managed to get sat in half an hour with no reservation which I was chuffed about.

I find Belgo Covent Garden a good bet because there's a reasonable bar to have a drink while you wait for a table. Nothing wrong with hanging around and sampling a few beers before your mussels.


tentish klown posted:

a) I'm not sure how I would deal with 2 slices of porn on my noodles.

Soho's probably the most likely place to get porn on your noodle.

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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."


Bone Daddies is next to, like, 7 porn shops too. Bone broth, anyone?

EvilMoJoJoJo
Dec 9, 2004

ask me about leaving the cult of black metal and bringing jesus into your life

Job 19:17


If anyone wants pizza recs, my friend Michael is obsessed with pizza and has a blog chronicling his visits to London's pizzerias, kicking off with the top 25 as listed by Time Out a while back.

http://projectpizza.wordpress.com/

Also for coffee, I really like Fleet River Cafe just down Kingsway from Holborn station (turn left after the terrible Wetherspoons).

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

don't you dare use the word 'party' as a verb in this shop

EvilMoJoJoJo posted:

If anyone wants pizza recs, my friend Michael is obsessed with pizza and has a blog chronicling his visits to London's pizzerias, kicking off with the top 25 as listed by Time Out a while back.

http://projectpizza.wordpress.com/

Also for coffee, I really like Fleet River Cafe just down Kingsway from Holborn station (turn left after the terrible Wetherspoons).

Oh how could I forget that place? I used to have coffee and hot chocolate in there constantly when I worked in Red Lion Square, ta

North London crew - has anyone been to the Triangle in Stroud Green/Crouch Hill?

Neris fucked around with this message at Jan 29, 2013 around 15:25

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

Neris posted:

Oh how could I forget that place? I used to have coffee and hot chocolate in there constantly when I worked in Red Lion Square, ta

North London crew - has anyone been to the Triangle in Stroud Green/Crouch Hill?

Ages ago. It was ok. A pleasant experience with reasonable food.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

don't you dare use the word 'party' as a verb in this shop

It's near my house and I need an easy stop en route home next week with a guest, so that's perfect if it's decent food! Thanks, will report back.

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

Neris posted:

It's near my house and I need an easy stop en route home next week with a guest, so that's perfect if it's decent food! Thanks, will report back.

I'd check more recent online reviews.

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sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

Coffee app sent me to "Leila's Shop" in shoreditch on Sunday, we arrived just before closing and just had hot drinks and a (fantastic) brownie but the menu intrigues me with items liek "fried egg & sage" and people were eating loving delicious lookin stuff like rye bread with a slab of gruyere and egg on top. Gotta go back there......

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