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Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

That's so cool!

Has anyone here been to Maltby St Market? It's like Borough Market but for locals. Inside there was a small antiques market, all terribly terribly middle class but absolutely the nicest way to spend an afternoon with your dad who cannot stop himself from buying (and sharing with you) all of the food up this narrow street.

Among the things i tried were wild smoked salmon with dill, a gin bloody mary with horseradish, waffles with egg and maple bacon, and this absolutely mindblowing tartiflette. Next time you want a foodie day out or whatever, head that direction (and walk from London Bridge along the river - especially if you have touristy family vibes going on!)

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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:

That's so cool!

Has anyone here been to Maltby St Market? It's like Borough Market but for locals. Inside there was a small antiques market, all terribly terribly middle class but absolutely the nicest way to spend an afternoon with your dad who cannot stop himself from buying (and sharing with you) all of the food up this narrow street.

Among the things i tried were wild smoked salmon with dill, a gin bloody mary with horseradish, waffles with egg and maple bacon, and this absolutely mindblowing tartiflette. Next time you want a foodie day out or whatever, head that direction (and walk from London Bridge along the river - especially if you have touristy family vibes going on!)

Yeah, it's fantastic. When we went we had lunch at 41, which is mainly a natural wine specialists supplier. A small menu of excellent food. I saw one of the owners of Koya there, who seemed to be a regular! I vaguely know the owner; his parents founded Neal's Yard cheese and Monmouth Coffee respectively (can't remember who did which one).

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Kaiho posted:

I'm still waiting for decent Peruvian food. The problem is getting the quality fish at decent prices I suppose.

When you say decent, do you mean stripped down and affordable, like burgers? Because I think it has quite a way to go - you can't even really get decent tapas here yet. You can go to the Opera Tavern or the Salt Yard or Brindisa and get some but loving lovely spanish food, but it's not really down to basics and appealing.

However, http://cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co....shoreditch.html is supposed to be pretty good? And Pisco sours are the new trendy thing, so that might herald in some more S. American style dining?

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

Picante Victoria is closing forever and Picante Blackfriars may not reopen.

My work lunchtime options just got a lot worse.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Neris posted:

When you say decent, do you mean stripped down and affordable, like burgers? Because I think it has quite a way to go - you can't even really get decent tapas here yet. You can go to the Opera Tavern or the Salt Yard or Brindisa and get some ££££ but loving lovely spanish food, but it's not really down to basics and appealing.

However, http://cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co....shoreditch.html is supposed to be pretty good? And Pisco sours are the new trendy thing, so that might herald in some more S. American style dining?

Spanish and Peruvian food are worlds apart though. And what I mean is decently-priced, unpretentious.

Pisco sours are great, but until people in the UK get their head out of their rear end about egg whites, they're going to be marginal.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Went to Busan and it was good. It was great to come out of a decent meal feeling full but not heavy, our group decided that the freshness of the cuisine was a big hit. Cheers, Neris! Been wanting some decent Korean for a while now.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Neris posted:

When you say decent, do you mean stripped down and affordable, like burgers? Because I think it has quite a way to go - you can't even really get decent tapas here yet. You can go to the Opera Tavern or the Salt Yard or Brindisa and get some but loving lovely spanish food, but it's not really down to basics and appealing.

However, http://cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co....shoreditch.html is supposed to be pretty good? And Pisco sours are the new trendy thing, so that might herald in some more S. American style dining?

Pix-Bar is pretty great affordable and according to the girl from Pamplona I was working with, entirely authentic.

Technically Pincho and not Tapas but hey.

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

I want to take my special lady-friend out on Saturday night She is vegetarian, and gluten-intolerant. Somewhere nice. Any suggestions? Not Mildred's or Vanilla Black. North or Central preferred. I might just try Manna in primrose Hill but I was hoping for something more exciting, like Nopi (fully booked).

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

I took my whole vegetarian family to Salt Yard recently and we ate every single item in the vege section. It was awesome.

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

sweat poteto posted:

I took my whole vegetarian family to Salt Yard recently and we ate every single item in the vege section. It was awesome.

I was thinking of that or one of our old favourites Fino. Maybe I will... Thanks!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I went to Manna a couple years ago. Horribly disappointing .

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

angor posted:

I went to Manna a couple years ago. Horribly disappointing .

I've had some decent meals, but not spectacular.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

therattle posted:

I want to take my special lady-friend out on Saturday night She is vegetarian, and gluten-intolerant. Somewhere nice. Any suggestions? Not Mildred's or Vanilla Black. North or Central preferred. I might just try Manna in primrose Hill but I was hoping for something more exciting, like Nopi (fully booked).

I've heard good things about The Gate. There's one right next to Sadler's Wells.

My girlfriend is veggie and we've been meaning to go for ages.

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

ineptmule posted:

I've heard good things about The Gate. There's one right next to Sadler's Wells.

My girlfriend is veggie and we've been meaning to go for ages.

Thanks! That's a good call too. I went to the Hammersmith one ages ago; didn't know there was an Angel one a 19 bus ride away. I dub thee Competentmule.

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

I've been to that Gate a couple of times. Tasty.

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

Gate was busy. Got into Pix Angel. Pretty happy with that given lateness of booking.

Lemon-Lime
Aug 6, 2009


Can anyone recommend a decent fish/seafood restaurant (the fish part is important), or else a trendy/upmarket-ish Indian place (that isn't on Brick Lane), preferably in either central London or the Battersea area? Bonus points if I have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a reservation for six days from now (i.e. it's not ram-packed 24/7), or they take walk-ins. I have a decent budget (I won't mind paying 30-40 a head before wine), it's for my mother's birthday.

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:

Can anyone recommend a decent fish/seafood restaurant (the fish part is important), or else a trendy/upmarket-ish Indian place (that isn't on Brick Lane), preferably in either central London or the Battersea area? Bonus points if I have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a reservation for six days from now (i.e. it's not ram-packed 24/7), or they take walk-ins. I have a decent budget (I won't mind paying 30-40 a head before wine), it's for my mother's birthday.

J Sheekey's. perfect for mothers.

Lemon-Lime
Aug 6, 2009


therattle posted:

J Sheekey's. perfect for mothers.

Had a look at their menu and it looks excellent - thanks!

Snipeo
Mar 29, 2004
Happy Camper

Cinnamon in Soho is great for fancy Indian food.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

I just want to say for upmarket Indian food someone here has to go to Gymkhana and report back because their menu looks absolutely amazing.

wickles
Oct 11, 2009

"In England we have a saying for a situation such as this, which is that it's difficult difficult lemon difficult."

Dishoom is quite good for "upmarket Indian".

Steakandchips
Apr 30, 2009



Dishoom is amazing. Fantastic atmosphere and amazing food.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Yeah Dishoom is lovely

Lemon-Lime
Aug 6, 2009


Thanks for the recommendations - I'll have to do one of those the next time I have dinner with her.

wickles posted:

Dishoom is quite good for "upmarket Indian".

I've been before and couldn't remember what it was called, and was hoping someone in here would recommend it - and yeah, it was good.

J. Sheekey's was fully booked out by the time I checked, so after consultation with my mother, she's decided she wants to go for proper tapas, which means I booked a table at the Tapas Brindisa branch in South Ken. Shame since J. Sheekey's menu looked amazing, but I've been to Tapas Brindisa Soho before and it was great, so there's that at least. I'll keep Dishoom/Cinnamon/Gymkhana and J. Sheekey up my sleeve for another time.

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sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

Oh man, good breakfast at One Leicester Square this morning. Perfect mushrooms on toast and preserves on gnarly caraway rye sourdough toast. The hotel guests cleared off before midday and it was just us two while the kitchen staff had their breakfast nearby. Divine.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Shiiiiit, five stars for the reopened Polpetto (with double covers!). This review makes me want to go.

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/...ew-9138030.html

Draws An 8
Mar 26, 2010


This has probably been asked to death in this thread, so apologies in advance if so.

I've got a first date next weekend on the South Bank, so can any goons recommend a good place to take a potential ladyfriend? You know the drill, good food and wine, not too loud, nice surroundings, intimate atmosphere etc. We're meeting at Waterloo station, so within walking distance would be pretty good too!

Snipeo
Mar 29, 2004
Happy Camper

Walk across Waterloo Bridge (best view in London), goto The Delaunay (book table before hand), have fancy dinner, cross road, have cocktails at Radio Roof Top Bar (make reservation), thank me later.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Any suggestions for somewhere (north-ish/generally easily accessible) decent but not too pricey or busy that has some worthwhile veggie options? My dad and brother are visiting and I've had no time to prepare, so by 'not too busy' I pretty much just mean somewhere we can walk into with a decent chance of getting a table.

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AriTheDog
Jul 29, 2003
Famously tasty.

Any recommendations not to far from Trafalgar Square? In particular I'm interested in good bakeries or coffee shops, but anything else would be fine. Simple budget friendly places wouldn't hurt either, but I'm open to anything.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Coffee near trafalgar square?

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?m...sa=0&dg=feature

There's a bunch in Soho and apparently some place called Notes near there! I'd probably want to walk up to Monmouth though. God their coffee is amazing. My other personal favourite is The Fleet River Bakery but that's over in Holborn, so better to combine with Covent Garden.

edit: Bollock Monkey, what about pub grub? The Old Dairy et al? Bull and Last in Highgate?

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."


AriTheDog posted:

Any recommendations not to far from Trafalgar Square? In particular I'm interested in good bakeries or coffee shops, but anything else would be fine. Simple budget friendly places wouldn't hurt either, but I'm open to anything.

Patisserie Valerie for all its horrible chaininess is still pretty decent.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

I'm not quite sure what you're after though - are you staying nr Leicester Square and want a location to get some food at , or are you working there and want lunch options...?

For restaurants, Kulu Kulu on Brewer Street is good conveyer belt sushi. Hell, if you can make it to Soho, and you're almost there, you have a world of options.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Neris posted:

Coffee near trafalgar square?

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?m...sa=0&dg=feature

There's a bunch in Soho and apparently some place called Notes near there! I'd probably want to walk up to Monmouth though. God their coffee is amazing. My other personal favourite is The Fleet River Bakery but that's over in Holborn, so better to combine with Covent Garden.

edit: Bollock Monkey, what about pub grub? The Old Dairy et al? Bull and Last in Highgate?

Notes is really good coffee, as is the cafe at the top of Snow + Rock (Bullet?)

Monmouth still do the second best coffee I've had in this country though.

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



I went to Dishoom on Saturday, hour wait without a reservation but definitely worth it. Some of their small plates are a little basic (disappointing samosas, paprika crisps) but the main courses were divine. I had the lamb boti kebab which was large chunks of spiced and grilled lamb and the gunpowder potatoes.

It doesn't quite hit Taayabs/Needoo/Lahore in terms of authentic indulgent Indian/Pakistani but it makes up for it in ambience. One to take parents to. It's reasonably priced as well, I think we paid 85 for four people, though we stuck to soft drinks and lassis.

peanut-
Feb 17, 2004


Fun Shoe

Went to Rita's on Mare Street this weekend. Good food, but massively overpriced for what it was I thought.

I love American bbq-style stuff, but the point is generally that it's cheap and plentiful - small plates priced at 8-16 each did not feel that appropriate to the food. Their speciality deep-fried half chicken was twenty five quid and not too far off what Chicken Shop will sell you for 8.

/edit: just looked at the receipt. 5 small plates + the chicken, 2 beers and 4 cocktails came to just shy of 140. I can see why it reviewed well among people that don't have to pay for their meals, but loving hell.

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Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Neris posted:

Coffee near trafalgar square?

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?m...sa=0&dg=feature

There's a bunch in Soho and apparently some place called Notes near there! I'd probably want to walk up to Monmouth though. God their coffee is amazing. My other personal favourite is The Fleet River Bakery but that's over in Holborn, so better to combine with Covent Garden.

edit: Bollock Monkey, what about pub grub? The Old Dairy et al? Bull and Last in Highgate?

We ended up going to the Vietnamese just up the road (since they had already done a bunch of travelling) then we stayed in the next day. It's just hard sometimes finding places where my brother can get something decent, especially now he's given up fish! Cheers, though. Been meaning to go to The Old Dairy myself, actually.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

It's not brilliant for food, I have to say, but it's good for the family dinner vibe and has quite a selection of veggie stuff.

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Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Oh, really? I had heard good things. I'll keep it in mind for next time though.

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