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Kaiho
Dec 2, 2004



Neris posted:

It's not steak tartare but the yuke (Korean-style steak tartare - so raw beef + egg) in Seoul on Finchley Road is AMAZING. I had dreams about it afterwards. It's slivers of raw beef, raw egg, pear and sesame oil and it is so, loving, delicious.

You're right yuke isn't steak tartare. It's good, sure, but I'm craving meat, onion, capers and raw egg yolk.

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Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Spergio Leone posted:

Does anywhere do a good steak tartare or am I stuck going to Paris or hacking up meat myself?

Spergio Leone posted:

You're right yuke isn't steak tartare. It's good, sure, but I'm craving meat, onion, capers and raw egg yolk.

The Wolseley and the Delaunay both have it in a small and large portion. Not had it, but if the rest of the menu is anything to go by then it will be excellent and very much the real deal. Their holstein schnitzels are also very good.

http://www.thewolseley.com/

http://www.thedelaunay.com/

Bob Bob Ricard had venison steak tartare, one with caviar, one without, both with quails eggs, if you in the mood for a change.

http://www.bobbobricard.com/

p.s you should never need to go to Paris, London has it all covered *prepares to be corrected*

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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.



Spergio Leone posted:

gently caress yeah Brewdog.

Does anywhere do a good steak tartare or am I stuck going to Paris or hacking up meat myself?

I went to cafe luc on marylebone high street and my girlfriend seemed to really like her steak tartare. They had a set menu for £17 which was brilliant value for the meal I had.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

I went to cafe luc on marylebone high street and my girlfriend seemed to really like her steak tartare. They had a set menu for £17 which was brilliant value for the meal I had.

Looks like that's closed

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1529...Cafe-Luc-London

Plus their website is down and phone number goes somewhere that is not Cafe Luc

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.



Xarr posted:

Looks like that's closed

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/52/1529...Cafe-Luc-London

Plus their website is down and phone number goes somewhere that is not Cafe Luc

Lol serves them right. I actually laboured on the building site and they threw out an almost new dumb waitor because they wanted a new one. It was a present for the daughter who had never run a restaurant before but the food was nice at least

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Help me GWS!

I need somewhere to take the missus out tonight, prefereably anywhere between finchley and central london, or anywhere in central really. The only qualiriers are:

Preferably under 30 a head
Not asian food (I've been driving her spare cooking it all week after doing a mammoth chinatown shop)

I'd personally prefer something like tapas..

EvilMoJoJoJo
Dec 9, 2004

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

Job 19:17


Spuckuk posted:

Help me GWS!

I need somewhere to take the missus out tonight, prefereably anywhere between finchley and central london, or anywhere in central really. The only qualiriers are:

Preferably under 30 a head
Not asian food (I've been driving her spare cooking it all week after doing a mammoth chinatown shop)

I'd personally prefer something like tapas..

I went to tapas place Navarros on Charlotte St a few years ago and remember it being good. http://www.navarros-tapas-london.co.uk/ Looks like the right kind of price range too maybe?

Report back wherever you end up going, though!

MOAR
Mar 6, 2012

Death! Put your jacket on or you'll get frostbite!


Spuckuk posted:

Help me GWS!

I need somewhere to take the missus out tonight, prefereably anywhere between finchley and central london, or anywhere in central really. The only qualiriers are:


How about the pub! "Catcher In The Rye" yes they also do food!

Not been there in a while but was great from what I remember.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Thanks for the replies so far, I've also had a reccomendation for Iberica on portland street and Pix in covent from the spanish people in work.

..though the thought of braving covent garden on a friday night relatively sober is kind of daunting.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

You could give Morito a go in Exmouth Market, plenty of restaurants/bars around there, only downside is that there's no bookings, but they take your number and you tootle off to a nearby bar and they ring you when it's time. It was cheap, and totally delicious.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Oof, looks like someone else has had a poo poo time at Vanilla Blacks. I really wish there was at least one, stand-out great veggie restaurant in London (that isn't Mildreds which doesn't take bookings.)

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Went to Ten Greek Street yesterday - great food, very good price. Recommended!

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



I just got a Gourmet card, does anyone else have one and have any recoomendations for good restaurants that are on the scheme?

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:

Went to Hache last night and thought it was pretty good. OMG, the onion rings.

For those of you who are in Crouch End/Hornsey/Finsbury Park there is an AWESOME Thai place on Hornsey High Street called Thai Neung. Some of the best Thai I've ever had. The restaurant itself isn't much to write home about but delivery is all good.

We ordered from them on Monday. Either they were having a bad night or you don't know poo poo about food. Vegetable dumplings were fine, and had a very good ginger sauce. The pad thai was far too sweet (and I really like sweetness), and had no contrasting sour or acidic elements to balance it - just sweetness. This contrasted with the ginger mushroom stirfry, which was almost inedibly salty (and again, I like salty, and usually add salt to food, but this was gross). The green curry had a good flavour, which was aided by the lovely hairs I found in it (see pics below). We accidentally ordered two green curries, and had leftovers from the pad thai and stirfry, which was fine as we thought we'd have leftovers the next night, but it all went in the bin. I was disgusted. It was really loving bad. I am going to complain, but I don't want a free meal, as I never want food from there again.

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."


reality_groove posted:

I just got a Gourmet card, does anyone else have one and have any recoomendations for good restaurants that are on the scheme?

Gourmet's selection of places is pretty slim, to be honest. My mum got one and realised the only local places were Cafe Rouge and Pizza Express.

You're better off getting a TasteLondon card. Much better selection and value.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Going to Ledbury tomorrow for lunch. Super excited!!!

Antinumeric
Nov 27, 2010

BoxGiraffe


Anyone have any ideas on which of the mess of restaurants on the Chiswick High street are actually any good? The Polish one I used to go to (The Knaypa) changed chefs or something, the food was no-where near as good as the times I went before.

Antinumeric fucked around with this message at Apr 4, 2012 around 15:32

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.



Antinumeric posted:

Anyone have any ideas on which of the mess of restaurants on the Chiswick High street are actually any good? The Polish one I used to go to (The Knaypa) changed chefs or something, the food was no-where near as good as the times I went before.

Franca manca have a place on chiswick high street. Otherwise it's p.much just chains as far as I can remember plus that jockeys place.

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.

therattle posted:

We ordered from them on Monday. Either they were having a bad night or you don't know poo poo about food. Vegetable dumplings were fine, and had a very good ginger sauce. The pad thai was far too sweet (and I really like sweetness), and had no contrasting sour or acidic elements to balance it - just sweetness. This contrasted with the ginger mushroom stirfry, which was almost inedibly salty (and again, I like salty, and usually add salt to food, but this was gross). The green curry had a good flavour, which was aided by the lovely hairs I found in it (see pics below). We accidentally ordered two green curries, and had leftovers from the pad thai and stirfry, which was fine as we thought we'd have leftovers the next night, but it all went in the bin. I was disgusted. It was really loving bad. I am going to complain, but I don't want a free meal, as I never want food from there again.



Jesus Christ, its clearly gone downhill in the last six months. I've always been impressed with it in the past and so have a lot of friends etc. Shame.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

angor posted:

Going to Ledbury tomorrow for lunch. Super excited!!!

HOLY gently caress. If you haven't eaten at The Ledbury, you owe it to yourself to do so. 3 course set lunch menu for £35. Left there completely satisfied. One of the best meals I've ever had.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Okay, am totally avoiding that Thai place now

In other news, VEGETARIAN FOOD apparently very nice in this place Orchard, in Holborn.

quote:

You'll rapidly notice, however, if you pay attention to that bowl of soup, that there's a lot more cooking going on than you might expect. The ingredients are listed as potato and parsley, but that makes it sound plainer than it is, with the potato tasting rich and creamy, and the wonderfully lavish parsley playing a leading role – more dishes should use parsley as their star. On the side was the daily selection of three salads: red onion with sultanas and a sweet vinaigrette; pickled heritage potatoes; and cool, crunchy batonettes of kohlrabi and celery. The potato was genuinely interesting, not least because "heritage", a silly word, turns out here to mean "a weird shade of blue". The spuds were tangy and cooked to just the right degree of yielding resistance (I mention that because restaurant potatoes are often overboiled). A main course dish of savoy cabbage came wrapped around a savoury filling of milk-soaked bread and cheddar, with blue spuds on the side, a red wine reduction and a celeriac purée. This was a very happy plateful, the cheese and potato and celeriac both hearty and subtly various – a meat-eater's idea of veggie food, maybe, but that was part of the reason I liked it.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Ok so I promised 5 pages back to write about stuff, so here is my recent eats list, have been done all in the last month or two;

http://burgerandlobster.com/ Burger and Lobster is a mad, hugely popular restaurant in Mayfair that does a burger, chips and salad, a lobster roll, chips and salad or a whole lobster (grilled or steamed with butter or lemon and herb butter) chips and salad for only £20. Cocktails and no booking means you need to get there early, stick your name on the list and either fight your way to the bar or disappear elsewhere. We went to Claridges (10 minutes walk, with a friend in heels!) to drink Brook Street's and dream of what was to come. Amazing value, perfectly cooked and the chips and salad didn't disappoint, we had two lobsters and I will definitely be back.

http://cevicheuk.com/ Cerviche is a Peruvian bar and kitchen in Soho with lots of lime marinated fish and some yummy corn based dishes. Good for the whole small plates vibe, many have commented that the dishes are expensive for their size but I thought it wasn't bad value. Pisco sours are the house drink, I had a good glass of pinot noir.

Following this we headed to our usual dessert spot, Gelupo (http://www.gelupo.com/) in Soho for gelato and espresso. Hay and salted caramel were my choices, but as ever they had around 15 different gelato, sorbet and granita flavours and they are always good. Whilst I am here I will have to shout out for Bocca Di Lupo (http://www.boccadilupo.com/), a fantastic Italian. All I can say is sit in front of the chefs (ask when you book!) and you will have an amazing meal.

http://www.roganic.co.uk/Roganic/Welcome.html Roganic was this months treat and boy did it not disappoint. 10 Courses plus amuses, pre desserts, cheese and some amazing bread (with whipped butter). Highlights were the bread, a King Oyster mushroom that tasted better than a steak at any gastro pub, a razor clam dish in the richest stock I have ever had and a carrot sorbet dessert that was very refreshing. Brilliant service and a relaxed atmosphere lead to a very, very good evening. Highly recommended

http://www.thedelaunay.com/ The Delaunay is the sister to The Wolseley, an all day dining grand cafe. Simple food and real buzz. Good for a decent pre theatre meal.

http://charlottes.co.uk/bistro/ Charlottes Bistro, Chiswick. Went back here after reading about the lunch offer they have. I will let the Critical Couple tell you about it, I had the vacherin fondant and the gilt head bream and I can confirm that this is the most fantastic deal, £12.95 for 2 courses, £15.95 for 3, all from the full sized portion a la carte. http://www.thecriticalcouple.com/1/...l-possibly.html

http://www.mirchmasalarestaurant.co.uk/ the Mirch Masala is my local version of Tayyabs, good value, brilliant lamb chops and perfect veg curries. 7 Branches, Southall is my local.

http://www.bodeansbbq.com/ Bodeans. BBQ meat, classy it is not but the bbq is as good as it gets in London, 4 branches around town.

http://francomanca.co.uk/ Franco Manca. London's best pizza, cheaper than any of the chains, how can you love it. Only problem is Pizza Express, Zizzi, Ask, Pizza Hut etc pale in comparison and it pains me if someone suggests going there.

http://www.zuccalondon.com/ Zucca. Great Italian, like a cheap River Cafe, 3 courses, plenty of wine and a healthy tip it was only £80 for two, great value for the cooking standard.

http://www.meatliquor.com/ Meat Liquor. I succumbed to the hype and went for a quick bite on a Wednesday afternoon. Burger was good, onion rings were nice, and an old fashioned was ok, £19 with service for that felt steep. I think I would have been disappointed if I had queued for ages in the evening but it was a good burger.

Its been a good couple of months eating and I am now looking for a recommendation for a Korean place, BBQ would be good, but easy to get to from West/Central London is a must. Cheaper is better but will pay for quality. Any suggestions?

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Antinumeric posted:

Anyone have any ideas on which of the mess of restaurants on the Chiswick High street are actually any good? The Polish one I used to go to (The Knaypa) changed chefs or something, the food was no-where near as good as the times I went before.

Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Franca manca have a place on chiswick high street. Otherwise it's p.much just chains as far as I can remember plus that jockeys place.

Pretty much, La Trompette (http://www.latrompette.co.uk/) and Charlottes Bistro (http://charlottes.co.uk/bistro/) are good. Went to Frankies about 5 years ago and didn't think it was up to much, but perhaps it has improved over the years.

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:

Okay, am totally avoiding that Thai place now

In other news, VEGETARIAN FOOD apparently very nice in this place Orchard, in Holborn.
Apparently the same people behind Vanilla Black!


Xarr, I'm no expert on Korean food, but I like Han Kang on Hanway street and Koba on Rathbone street.

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

Seconding Han Kang - very central and pretty delicious.

I also LOVE Seoul in Finchley Road and bang on about it all the time in this thread. The staff brought a bunch of us loads of free tasty treats, the entire BBQ menu is perpetually set to 50% off, and the food was absolutely wonderful. It's a bit out of the way but the overground runs to Finchley and Frognall and it's a short walk from there.

This thread needs more pictures of tasty-looking food!

mynameisbatman
Oct 3, 2008



Where on earth is all the cheap greasy Mexican food over here? I heard there was a taco bell somewhere in England but apparently in Manchester.

Somewhere that does relatively inexpensive takeouts, and hopefully somewhere near central so I can quench my fiending stomach without having to travel too far.

mynameisbatman fucked around with this message at Apr 10, 2012 around 12:25

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."


Ah, you want American Mexican which doesn't really exist over here. I lived in the US for 5 years and I miss my Taco Bell infusions, so I know how you feel.

There's a TB waaaay the gently caress out at Lakeside, which seems a particularly daft place for it. There's also a Chipotle on Charing Cross Rd which offers a decent fast foody burrito, if not exactly how Chipotle do it back in the US (refried beans! It needs them!).

mynameisbatman
Oct 3, 2008



The_Doctor posted:

Ah, you want American Mexican which doesn't really exist over here. I lived in the US for 5 years and I miss my Taco Bell infusions, so I know how you feel.

There's a TB waaaay the gently caress out at Lakeside, which seems a particularly daft place for it. There's also a Chipotle on Charing Cross Rd which offers a decent fast foody burrito, if not exactly how Chipotle do it back in the US (refried beans! It needs them!).

Yeah I've had some pretty shady Mexican food here the few times I've found it. Nowhere seems to do enchiladas either. I'll try out chipotle since it's pretty close to where I usually am. Any ideas about restaurants or anything? Or like you said is it all just crappy imitations of American Mexican?

EDIT: On second thoughts after looking at the chipotle menu it doesn't seem too great. Maybe I'm poo poo out of luck.

mynameisbatman fucked around with this message at Apr 10, 2012 around 12:24

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."


Yeah, the Chipotle is a sad shadow of its American siblings. But that's the problem, aside from that and the couple of Taco bells that have turned up like some staggeringly lost tourists, the tex-mex you and I want just isn't here. Not even just crappy copies, it barely exists in the first place.

Of course, London being the great gastronomic city it is, you can get proper real Mexican at places like Wahaca, but not the pale imitation you actually desire.

mynameisbatman
Oct 3, 2008



The_Doctor posted:

Yeah, the Chipotle is a sad shadow of its American siblings. But that's the problem, aside from that and the couple of Taco bells that have turned up like some staggeringly lost tourists, the tex-mex you and I want just isn't here. Not even just crappy copies, it barely exists in the first place.

Of course, London being the great gastronomic city it is, you can get proper real Mexican at places like Wahaca, but not the pale imitation you actually desire.

Oh well, I'll somehow have to cope, extremely sadly. At least I know a place that does a drat good Philly cheese steak though. That will satisfy the american hunger at least for a little while. Either way food is just way too expensive in London for what you're getting. I'm going to have to find more time to cook my own food in the future.

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."


Really? I love me a Philly cheesesteak, where's that?

Neris
Mar 7, 2004

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

mynameisbatman posted:

Either way food is just way too expensive in London for what you're getting. I'm going to have to find more time to cook my own food in the future.

I dunno man, the £5 falafel from Maoz with the amazing refill salad bar is pretty excellent value for money. You just have to know what you're doing, and you can eat really well.
What sort of prices are you used to?

mynameisbatman
Oct 3, 2008



The_Doctor posted:

Really? I love me a Philly cheesesteak, where's that?

Right next to Camden town station at night times open until around 2am there's a little hole in the wall that sells amazing cheesesteaks for like 3:50. When you're drunk and in camden there isn't much better.

Neris posted:

I dunno man, the £5 falafel from Maoz with the amazing refill salad bar is pretty excellent value for money. You just have to know what you're doing, and you can eat really well.
What sort of prices are you used to?

It's embarassing to admit but I've never really tried falafel more than once or twice. What I was getting at though is that paying 7 or 8 quid for a burrito is really a loving rip-off and it's just a horrible thing to do.

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

mynameisbatman posted:

It's embarassing to admit but I've never really tried falafel more than once or twice. What I was getting at though is that paying 7 or 8 quid for a burrito is really a loving rip-off and it's just a horrible thing to do.

Maoz is good stuff. £7-8 for a burrito is a bloody rip-off, I agree.

Vlex
Aug 4, 2006
I'd rather be a climbing ape than a big titty angel.





I would just like to thank the Londoners in this thread for their dedication to sussing out the best places to eat. I have a one-day conference coming up at UCL in May, and I intend to make good on the day I have before it to go to (at the very least) Wahaca. Been looking for good Mexican forever, and the only thing that has kinda-sorta come close has been Bodega in Birmingham. That being said, their ropa vieja is much better than anything 'Mexican' they produce.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

Being a bastard works



Meat Liquor does a good Philly Cheesesteak, but the queue can be brutal.

Burritos are absolutely bloody everywhere in London now, with my pick of the bunch being Benitos hat and Picante in victoria, the latter run by an expat californian who knows his stuff.

Never did get to any of those tapas places yet, though thanks for the reccomendation, girlfriend 'forgot' about her lactose intolerance and had a cheese sandwich at lunch, results less than pretty.

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Spuckuk posted:



Burritos are absolutely bloody everywhere in London now, with my pick of the bunch being Benitos hat and Picante in victoria, the latter run by an expat californian who knows his stuff.


I can second Picante as a good burrito place. On Mondays they do a chipotle mushroom burrito which I haven't tried but heard is pretty great.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Anyone been to Mestizo in Angel recently? I went there 2 years ago and it was loving stellar Mexican food. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavours were spot on. Also, their tequila list is probably second to none in London.

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.



angor posted:

Anyone been to Mestizo in Angel recently? I went there 2 years ago and it was loving stellar Mexican food. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavours were spot on. Also, their tequila list is probably second to none in London.

Only Mexican place I know of round there is on upper street and for gods sake don't go there. We knew it wouldn't be great but it was much much worse the what you could do at home with an old el paso kit

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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


Mestizo isn't in Angel, it's in Somers Town on Hampstead Road. And yeah it is very good but pretty pricey as well.

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