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knox_harrington
Feb 18, 2011
Running no point.

Must try Max's Sandwich Shop, I am hung over and still in bed but I reckon it's just about in range. Drinking in Brixton last night (Boqueria followed by Sovereign Loss for too many cocktails).

I went to Galvin Bistrot de Luxe last week and had a completely awesome meal - I had crab lasagne and rack of veal. Definitely recommended. Also got taken to Pied a Terre on Charlotte Street which was more expensive and not quite as good (but still really great).

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Onion Rings
Sep 20, 2001


Anywhere that is a must eat in Canterbury? Had pork and co and I'm here till tomorrow evening. Pork and co was delightful with chili slaw and apple butter.

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


Go to Chick n' Sours. Just go, and eat all of it. Make sure you get the sticky wings.

Also somehow just had free lunch at Dishoom after they messed up our order.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Ate at tonkotsu east two days ago and I thought it was pretty poor honestly. Everyone aside from me had the Tonkotsu which was pretty tasteless, the Tokyo (Shoyu) was better.

We also had some tasteless, slightly burnt gyoza. In the area near Koya in general, no noodle soup stands up to them except the La Mian soups at Lanzhou Noodle Bar on Cranbourn street, imo.

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

NLJP posted:

Ate at tonkotsu east two days ago and I thought it was pretty poor honestly. Everyone aside from me had the Tonkotsu which was pretty tasteless, the Tokyo (Shoyu) was better.

We also had some tasteless, slightly burnt gyoza. In the area near Koya in general, no noodle soup stands up to them except the La Mian soups at Lanzhou Noodle Bar on Cranbourn street, imo.

I had veggie ramen at Tonkotsu in Soho recently which I quite enjoyed. Better than Taro, not as good as Koya, albeit a different dish. Cheaper too!

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

NLJP posted:

Ate at tonkotsu east two days ago and I thought it was pretty poor honestly. Everyone aside from me had the Tonkotsu which was pretty tasteless, the Tokyo (Shoyu) was better.

We also had some tasteless, slightly burnt gyoza. In the area near Koya in general, no noodle soup stands up to them except the La Mian soups at Lanzhou Noodle Bar on Cranbourn street, imo.

I'm surprised by this. I've gone about five times and every time I've visited it's been good. Although I agree that to my tastes at least, the Shoyu/Tokyo is better. They do seem to have made some of the portions a bit smaller since I first went, however.

To be honest though I was kind of underwhelmed by Koya. I will have to try and get there before it closes to give it another shot.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




ineptmule posted:

I'm surprised by this. I've gone about five times and every time I've visited it's been good. Although I agree that to my tastes at least, the Shoyu/Tokyo is better. They do seem to have made some of the portions a bit smaller since I first went, however.

To be honest though I was kind of underwhelmed by Koya. I will have to try and get there before it closes to give it another shot.

What did you have? My firm favourite of the regular menu is the smoked mackerel. I never liked the pork and miso. Just saw they have a beef shabu-shabu now, anyone tried it?

NLJP fucked around with this message at May 6, 2015 around 15:01

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

NLJP posted:

What did you have? My firm favourite of the regular menu is the smoked mackerel. I never liked the pork and miso. Just saw they have a beef shabu-shabu now, anyone tried it?

I have the smoked mackerel if I am treating myself to flesh, otherwise the walnut miso or whatever particularly tempting special is going.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

I can't remember what I had, but pretty much everything you guys have mentioned sounds delicious so I clearly didn't choose well.

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



I can't decide whether I prefer Silk Road or Gourmet San. Both are brilliant.

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."


Popped into Fraq's Lobster Shack on Goodge Street tonight as we were passing by, looking for dinner, and had discussed it before. We both had the regular lobster roll, and shared a combo of fries. The fries make up the bulk of the meal because the regular size roll is only 4 inches long (the other size, the XL is a whopping 7 inches). Needless to say, we had both finished in less than 5 minutes, and for the amount we paid (30 including a couple of drinks), I feel slightly fleeced (and hungry).

And we had to ask them to turn the music down, because goddamn was it loud.

Fluo
May 25, 2007



Heading to London for a few days, will most likely be visiting restaurants based off this thread (and the OP post) in the centre and such. However one of the days I'll be in the Wembley area away from the centre and unable to get anywhere outside of Wembley area that day (busy day) so was wondering if there is any goon approved restaurants in that area (can't really find any recommends for Wembley area)?

Fluo fucked around with this message at May 12, 2015 around 13:29

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 really like Jimmy's World Grill in the London Fashion Centre in Wembley, a buffet covering Indian, Chinese, and various other cuisines. Surprisingly good quality. But, you know, it's not exactly haute cuisine. Good for quantity purposes.

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

Fluo posted:

Heading to London for a few days, will most likely be visiting restaurants based off this thread (and the OP post) in the centre and such. However one of the days I'll be in the Wembley area away from the centre and unable to get anywhere outside of Wembley area that day (busy day) so was wondering if there is any goon approved restaurants in that area (can't really find any recommends for Wembley area)?

I had an AMAZING Indian meal in Wembley. Will try track down the name.

Here. The Wembley branch, of course. I still remember the chilli paneer.

therattle fucked around with this message at May 12, 2015 around 19:58

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

Mud cafe in Tooting aaaaa

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.

Had a cheap dinner at bunnychow in Soho tonight, basically a load of curry in half a hollowed out loaf of bread. Was awesome and dirt cheap, like a tenner including a drink.

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

GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

Had a cheap dinner at bunnychow in Soho tonight, basically a load of curry in half a hollowed out loaf of bread. Was awesome and dirt cheap, like a tenner including a drink.

Oh, interesting. Bunnychow is a South African Indian thing. Good eatin', eh?

Ate again at Bar Esteban. Excellent.

dv8
May 25, 2015

The Tiger and the Lion may be more powerful, but the Wolf does not perform in the circus.

If you find yourself looking for some Mexican street / market food try Wahaca in Soho. It's reasonably priced, good service, food; wide range of margaritas, Mexican beers and cocktails. The atmosphere is casual & contemporary. It's a small chain but it hasn't lost it's touch due to expansion.

8/10

Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Wahaca is... Well, it's edible, sure, but Mexican it ain't

Artificial Idiocy
Jul 11, 2008


Yeah I wasn't sure if that post was ironic... Although Mexican status aside, if you do end up eating there for whatever reason, the roast sweet potatoes with garlic are pretty tasty.

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

It's Mexicanish. In a good way.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

Honestly, I've been to Mexico and I don't get this whole 'UK Mexican Food Scene isn't Mexican' thing. The only difference I could tell is that over there it's kinda rare to make a dish that mixes different, uh, components? Not sure that's the word, but that mixes stuff together. Stuff like your guac and your beans and your salsa doesn't seem to be mixed in with the meaty stuff or whatever. Otherwise it seems like it's really all the same stuff. IDGI.

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 just bemoan the lack of "good" Tex-Mex[1]. I want a chimichanga smothered in queso and ranchero sauce with refried beans and some rice on the side. It should look a little something like this:



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[1] I appreciate this is kind of an oxymoron, as it's essentially trash food in the first place. But it can still be drat tasty.

dv8
May 25, 2015

The Tiger and the Lion may be more powerful, but the Wolf does not perform in the circus.

Kaiho posted:

Wahaca is... Well, it's edible, sure, but Mexican it ain't

I won't disagree. However, if you were to take 2 Mexican chain restaurants between the US and the UK and traditional / authentic Mexican food from central Mexico, there's not a mega difference between the UK's Whacha dishes as apposed to say the US's Carlos O'Brien's. If you had to compare the two, Whacha is closer to authentic Mexican, while Carlos O'Brien's is closer to Tex Mex.

With that said, over the years Tex Mex (loaded nachos, burritos, hard tacos, fajitas; the heavy usage of shredded cheese, sour cream, etc.) and authentic Mexican food (soft wheat flour tacos, crema, cotijia, cochinita pibil, pico de gallo, etc.) seem to be coming together in many foreign countries, making the line between the two, blurry.

As long as foreign country 'authentic' Mexican and Tex Mex food is well executed, I'm happy to eat it and recommend it.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

It's also worth noting that 'Mexican' can't be classified easily. There's a HUGE range of culinary diversity based on region throughout Mexico, and you can't just list 5, 10, or even 100 things and say 'this is Mexican' food.

That being said, Wahaca has done really well for themselves, and their food is fantastic ('true' Mexican or not).

dv8
May 25, 2015

The Tiger and the Lion may be more powerful, but the Wolf does not perform in the circus.

angor posted:

It's also worth noting that 'Mexican' can't be classified easily. There's a HUGE range of culinary diversity based on region throughout Mexico, and you can't just list 5, 10, or even 100 things and say 'this is Mexican' food.

That being said, Wahaca has done really well for themselves, and their food is fantastic ('true' Mexican or not).

If you don't mind, could you please recommend a couple other Mexican restaurants to go to in or around London? I'm from the US originally but work in London a couple times a month and usually always hit the spots that are my favorites or come recommended to me, especially when I don't have alot of time to kill. I'm not a big fan of walking into a random restaurant and taking my chances on an empty stomach. I get grumpy.

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."


What annoys me about the New American Renaissance we're going through over here is that the food we're all going gaga over is essentially cheap diner food.

This is chicken & waffles I had in Louisiana:

That's 3 large pieces of fantastic fried chicken, 1 big waffle, syrup, butter, and hot sauce. It cost me $7.49 and was really, really good.

Last night I went to Stax Diner to try the chicken and waffles there. It was 2 boneless chicken strips on a waffle with syrup and cost 12.75. No butter. The chicken batter was unseasoned and not particularly large. The waffle was soggy. I felt like I had been robbed, honestly.

We're paying through the nose for what is ordinarily cheap food, but because of the cachet behind it, are happily forking out for the novelty, regardless of whether it's any good or not.

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.



Yeah I'm going to open a pop up called 'the spoon' where you pay £20 for a bacon sarnie and cup of tea with 5 sugars in it and everyone speaks in a fake cockney accent

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The_Doctor posted:

What annoys me about the New American Renaissance we're going through over here is that the food we're all going gaga over is essentially cheap diner food.

This is chicken & waffles I had in Louisiana:

That's 3 large pieces of fantastic fried chicken, 1 big waffle, syrup, butter, and hot sauce. It cost me $7.49 and was really, really good.

Last night I went to Stax Diner to try the chicken and waffles there. It was 2 boneless chicken strips on a waffle with syrup and cost £12.75. No butter. The chicken batter was unseasoned and not particularly large. The waffle was soggy. I felt like I had been robbed, honestly.

We're paying through the nose for what is ordinarily cheap food, but because of the cachet behind it, are happily forking out for the novelty, regardless of whether it's any good or not.

Did you complain about it? I certainly would have. Otherwise how do they know that they're serving substandard food?

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

Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Yeah I'm going to open a pop up called 'the spoon' where you pay £20 for a bacon sarnie and cup of tea with 5 sugars in it and everyone speaks in a fake cockney accent

That's a brilliant idea actually. You'd probably coin it while selling shite to Shoreditch twats. It's art and commerce!

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

angor posted:

That being said, Wahaca has done really well for themselves, and their food is fantastic ('true' Mexican or not).

The_Doctor posted:

We're paying through the nose for what is ordinarily cheap food, but because of the cachet behind it, are happily forking out for the novelty, regardless of whether it's any good or not.

Amen to these. OK you probably (loving hopefully!) get free range eggs and meat in yer artisanal london burrito or whatever, but that doesn't fully explain it.

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."


tentish klown posted:

Did you complain about it? I certainly would have. Otherwise how do they know that they're serving substandard food?

I did, yes. I said the chicken batter needs seasoning and ideally should be actual chicken pieces rather than just strips. I said the waffle was soggy as well and got a rather half-hearted apology.

I showed the photo that I posted above to the waiter and he admitted "well, it's never going to be as good as that."

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

Jesus, what a cop-out. Why's it never going to be as good as that?

Artificial Idiocy
Jul 11, 2008


The_Doctor posted:

I showed the photo that I posted above to the waiter and he admitted "well, it's never going to be as good as that."

Why even open a restaurant if you summarily dismiss ever achieving the moderate standard of an inexpensive Louisiana diner at almost three times the price?

Especially with food this basic, it's kind of an absurd attitude. Waffles are dead-easy to make, and fried chicken doesn't seem outside the grasp of most pubs (the Market Tavern in Shepherd's market or The Crown and Sceptre in Fitzrovia both have pretty decent fried chicken at that price without even specialising in it).

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

Yup. This really winds me up. Good food isn't necessarily hard or expensive to make. You just have to give a poo poo. Applies to nearly everything - tacos, falafel, steak, bread..

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:

Yup. This really winds me up. Good food isn't necessarily hard or expensive to make. You just have to give a poo poo. Applies to nearly everything - tacos, falafel, steak, bread..

Totally. It's the difference between good good and bad, regardless of cost or cuisine.

Filthee Fingas
Jan 5, 2004
It's great being left handed..you can jerk off and still keep the mouse on the right side of the keyboard

I'm going to Goodman's next week (one of the winners in our fantasy league so get 70 worth of food/booze paid for). Obviously I'm getting steak but any specific cut I should get? Favourite sides?

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Re: mexican

I've had good tacos at Taqueria in Westbourne Park. There's also a stand at Maltby St Market which does tamales which I'm assured are pretty darn authentic.

I did the Pix Infinte Sundays thing at the weekend where you get infinite pinchos and cava for 30. I would recommend it if you would like the feeling of eating and drinking yourself into a delicious early grave.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

Oh man, yes, there was a great Mexican place my friend took me to at the end of Portobello, under the flyover. Is that the one you mean? It was years ago and before I got into Mexican food really and I'd forgotten it.

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ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

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