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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.



Cool this thread is back!

Been to a few places recently but can't be arsed to recite them so just posting to say i'll be going to Dinner on wednesday for lunch and i am so loving excited.

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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.



Sticking posted:

Next time anyone's on Exmouth Market, come see me at work in Bincho! I've heard raelly good things about Morito, haven't had the chance to go yet though. Caravan's good for a nice cup of coffee, and if you like drowning in butter, get the crumpets.

My dad works on mount pleasant so i've eaten at caravan a fair bit and tbh i think their breakfasts are really really overpriced and overrated. would much rather go to the cafe on the corner. My brother is a bar manager at the Eagle which is great as its been my ads local for years and now i get cheap food whenever i'm in the area. Best thing about exmouth market is the thai curries for lunch followed by an eclair from the nice french lady. Will come check out Bincho soon though.

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.



Sticking posted:

The nice French lady? Is that Sweet, or one of the market stalls?

market stall

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.



The_Doctor posted:

So I keep hearing how Brazilian BBQ is basically meat meat meat and they laugh if you ask for veggies, which I'm all in favour of. Where's good to start in town?

I know there used to be a place on Maiden Lane, but I think that's long gone now.

I went to rodzigo rico on upper street and it was pretty mediocre, especially for the price.

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.

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

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.

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

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.



Neris posted:

I went to a french restaurant called Le Mercury last night, on Upper Street in Islington (between Angel tube and Highbury & Islington) for someone's surprise birthday dinner and I was very surprised at how cheap it was, how nice the waitstaff were and how reasonable the food was!

Very good ambiance. I had lobster and crayfish ravioli on spinach in a cream sauce (just the 1 ravioli but it was bursting with nice pink and white meat) for 3.45 , and a good pink roasted duck breast on savoy cabbage with garlic potato mash, for 8.75! So CHEAP.

House wine starts at 11. Puddings were similarly good.

I think this would be a great restaurant for a date as the ambiance was fantastic and it's kind of like what restaurants were what you imagined them to be when you were little - candles, small tables, chatting, plants as decoration, waitstaff in black uniforms. Really nice.

Awesome I shall make an effort to visit it when the last lot of student loans comes in.

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.



Illuminati by Nature posted:

Has anyone been to Dinner at the Mandarin recently? I went on the opening night and I'm heading back in a week. Just fishing for recommendations for main courses as I wasn't massively impressed with what I had last time!

I have! Got the set lunch though so can't help you. Ment to stick some picture on here, especially as one of the pastry chefs wrote 'happy birthday' in chocolate with the neatest handwriting I've ever seen for my girlfriend. Had the brined duck breast with lunch which was fantastic.

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.



Not London but has anyone here tried to get a table at Noma?

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.



Finally made it to Pitt cue last night. So tiny! I was initially disappointed when they brought out only 3 pork ribs but that was more then enough. They were cooked to perfection and delicious but definitely need a generous helping of BBQ sauce.

That aside the coleslaw was poo poo, watery mayonnaise and too much parsley and the bread was dire. I could see they we going for a rustic thing but it was cold and almost offensively tough compared to the ribs. Would really have preferred something edible or fries to mop up the sauce. My girlfriend had the bone marrow mash and that was amazing.

I'll almost certainly be going again as the meat was great though might try the beef ribs next and it was pretty great value. Also found out there is going to be a new, bigger site around Liverpool street.

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.



Neris posted:

Oh look - a list of vegetarian restaurants! :sirens: Although Vanilla Blacks appears on it and I'm so terrifically skeptical of that after the reviews I've read.
http://londonist.com/2012/05/london...restaurants.php

Anyone know anything about these places other than Mildreds? I swear 'what's good veggie restaurants' is one of the main things that get asked.

edit: btw what's the best manky Chinese food in soho? I went to one yesterday in desperation after critical mass which was 4.95 for all you can eat but it was pretty dire. Would be good to know one which is still kind of gross greasy takeaway style but a step up from that...

I always go to 'won kei' out of habit more then anything.

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.



On thursday i went to http://www.brasseriezedel.com/ and it was great! Really reasonably priced for the quality of the food, fillet steak for 15 which is probably the best i've had in london (not gone to hawksmoor) and a set menu of beetroot salad, duck confit, sorbet and wine and coffee was 20. Stunningly beautiful place too. Menu is all in french though but they have an english one available.

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.



BlueGrot posted:

Kerbisher & Malt seem a bit too far out of the downtown area for us to attempt. Tayyabs has some awful reviews online. Any truth or just whine?

Probably people moaning because they aren't pampered. Go to neetos instead though, a regular ITT rates it better as its the old chef at tayabs who set his own place up.


Also go to brasserie zedel

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.



The fryers delight on theobalds road is a proper traditional chippy where they cook everything in beef dripping but it's a bit out the way and i haven't been there for a while so i'm not sure what it's like nowadays. Probably worth marking down if you ever find yourself around there though.

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.



On saturday i went to spuntino and christ it was good. Had to wait 20 minutes for a seat but had some great mixed drinks whilst waiting. For those who don't know it's basically new york tapas so you have to order a few dishes which can get expensive fast. We chose mac and cheese which was a good shout as it was nice and filling if a little on the bland side and under seasoned in comparison to the other offerings. The sliders were incredible, we got the pulled pork with pickled apple and the beef with bone marrow which is the best burger thing masquerading as a burger i think i've ever eaten, shame it's so small. A salad made it seem slightly healthier then it was went for the ham hock one which was beautiful although there were several others i could have gone for.

Food+drinks for two was 56 and absolutely worth it, 100% going back to work my way through the rest of the menu.

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.



Spuckuk posted:

Now the Hare and Tortoise at the west end of Kensington high street, I won't hear a bad word about.

'R4' for lunch at least once a week for almost 2 years.

I went there a few years ago and never went back. Was thoroughly unimpressed.

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 get 20% off nandos thanks to the nhs so it makes it a much more reasonable price

Loving Africa Chaps fucked around with this message at Nov 3, 2012 around 09:53

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.



Neris posted:

When are you thinking of going? I might join you seeing as we were caravan buddies already!

Caravan as in the seriously over rated and over priced breakfast place on exmouth market? Give me The greasy spoon on the corner any day.

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.



sweat poteto posted:

I will fight you. It's kind of a pain in the rear end to get a table there on the weekend though and service is uneven.

My dad's in there all the time and loves it but honestly the amount they charge for an anaemic serving of bacon on toast that isn't even that good is ridiculous.

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.



Neris posted:

Maaaaaan, as a resigned caffeine addict, I love the coffee/brunch recommendations list, I've been living in London for ages and it's awful when you want to meet someone for non-alcoholic drink and half the time you end up stuck in some random goddamn Cafe Nero unless you're on Exmouth Market or something.

A public google map might be a brilliant idea too! I'll look into that (right after I finish moving house this weekend argh)

I was in prufrock the other weekend for coffee tasting and they had a 2 map of all the specialist coffee shops 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.



Neris posted:

Alright, I added Asa Kusa to the Food map. I did have really good food in there once, but they made me wait an hour and a half for my 6 pieces of sushi because a table downstairs ordered something like 100 pieces and they served them first All my friends had eaten and were done, so they were just left waiting for me for ages.

When I complained they just said sorry so I had to tell them outright I wasn't going to pay for the drinks, certainly, and it was mega uncomfortable.

Came here to post just this! Went to Asa Kusa and the food was great but i waited over 2 hours for my nigiri!. They tried to say it's because sushi took longer which is bullshit as all the tables around us were getting it despite some having arrived an hour after i'd ordered. I was there as a guest of someone who picked up the bill otherwise i'd have refused to pay.

In more positive new i went to Season Kitchen on stroud green round and it was great. Probably a little over priced but am definitely going to be going back lots. I knows there's a load of people in here from around that area and it is well worth trying.

Loving Africa Chaps fucked around with this message at Jan 16, 2013 around 21:25

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.



Monkahchi posted:

You'll find this in popular restaurants in London, it's not when you arrived, but who you are or who you know. If you're a 'Nobody' you'll be seated near the back, and often times wait longer than 'Important' guests to be served. A poor review or two and calling out of this practice usually sees establishments start to turn around.

I've been to plenty of popular restaurants and never had this. poo poo service is poo poo service not to mention that we were with people who know the family that run it.

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.



Raffles posted:

I can confirm that Pitt Cue is excellent as you'd expect, however if you aren't planning on getting there early then I'd wait until Spring/Summer time to try it out. I don't mind queuing for a table, but a hour outside on a January evening was pretty drat cold. The food is fantastic and pretty cheap but make sure you know what you're getting yourself in for. Some dudes were queuing for two hours outside.

It's quite good if you go with a mate for dinner when it warm as you just take it in turns to get rounds from the pub next door.

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.



Raffles posted:

Could I get some recommendations from the London goon hivemind on some decent Chinese or Thai places in or near Chinatown?

To add to the list haozhan is superb.

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.



Last night i went to The Delaunay and it was so, so good. The starters all looked pretty uninspiring so no one ended up having one but the rib of beef sunday roast was heavenly. My brother had a brioche burger which he scoffed down and wouldn't let me try so i'd take that as a mark of approval. My GIRLFRIEND's strudle was apparently not that great but everyone else (including myself) was salivating over their deserts they had today. Basically great icecream with freshly whipped cream and crumble but who doesn't love that? It's really loving expensive mind but i highly recommend it if you want a proper treat.

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.



Scott Bakula posted:

I'm going to be staying in Brixton next weekend. I've heard lots of good things about Brixton village for food. Anywhere in particular I should try? I'm after less common food even if one of the cafes supposedly does the best pizza in London

London has got such good transport you really don't have to limit yourself to where you're staying. Especially as Brixton is on the Victoria line.

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.



It was my dads 60th yesterday and my 25th recently so my mum took as to Gordon Ramsey at claridges and it was extremely disappointing. To start with we turned up slightly early and when I asked if the table was ready or if we should go and have a drink at bar for a bit the person at the front replied with "pfff good luck finding somewhere to sit" before someone more helpful explained that the table was already ready. The service was generally pretty patchy with a bored waitress half heartedly trying to take drinks orders while we were trying to get seated and the sommelier plonking down an iPad on the table which was apparently the wine menu. Our main waitress was very good but stuff took far too long to come out toward the end even allowing for the fact that we were a party of seven.

The food itself was again pretty mixed. A lot of it was lacking in any great deal of flavour and the menu just seemed to have lobster and foie gras put in as many places as possible to make it seem more up market. The mains were pretty decent with absolutely fantastic meat alongside very average vegetables. By the end we got fed up of waiting and asked for the bill before the cake my mum had ordered for us came out as it had been so long, when it finally came the names were spelt wrong despite them having received them in writing in advance.

In the end it was a lovely dinner but just very disappointing for the price. What's worse is that my mum had been called up by the Ledbury and offered a table but turned it down as she thought claridges would be abit more opulent and fun. I realise that this is probably the most firstworldproblems post in the history of the Internet but I'm about to go get smashed with a mate then eat tons of meat at St Johns so I don't give a gently caress but if you're thinking about going somewhere up market then claridges should be way, way down on your list.

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.



tentish klown posted:

That would be why Claridges didn't renew the contract then...

I do wonder if they've just been demoralised by seeing how noma do it then lost the contract and decided collectively that they don't give a gently caress.

As an aside I'm on my way back from St Johns and it was fantastic. Completely unpretentious just outstanding food. Me and my mate had rabbit offal and calfs brains to start which we're great. They went fantastic together (we halved them and shared) as the rabbit was very rich and the brain was almost like fish. Both had lovely sauces to mop up with the sourdough bread. For a main we had a rabbit and ox tongue pie to share which was mouthwatering and we had greens on the side which were some of the best veggies I've had. My mate had marmalade ice cream which he wouldn't stop talking about and I had a crumble which while delicious was by far the weakest part of the meal.

3 courses for two plus coffees and a lovely bottle of wine was 97. Not bad for one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, I will be back when my wallet stops crying.

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.



So a little shoutout. My brother is one of the three guys who've taken over a new pub in old street called the three crowns http://www.the3crowns.co.uk/. Open for dinner tomorrow and then breakfast from wednesday. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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.



peanut- posted:

Off Broadway gets points for being the only bar I've been to in London with contactless payment card machines. All bars need those.

Kings head in crouch end has them as well. Contactless was made for bars

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.



Shameless plug but my brothers pub near old street, the three crowns, does quite a few draft beers plus lots of different bottles. Great food too but not kosher and not much for veggies.

In crouch end the kings head has a big selection of beers but craft brew pubs aren't really a big thing in England as a whole really.

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.



Finally made it to dotorri's on sunday night. Fantastic, well worth the wait. It's been reviewed plenty ITT so i won't add much except to say i was very pleasantly surprised how generous the portions of sushi were and that i saw what i felt was some extreme rudeness from a pair of people who came in a nursed a single beer (didn't order food) each for an hour and a half while the place was packed and people who wanted to eat were constantly coming in and getting turned away.

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.



EvilMoJoJoJo posted:

Oh hey here's a burger place for us all *not* to go to: http://thethirdestate.net/2013/06/a...y-service-sign/

The place was empty for years. Still shouldn't have used the sign though

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 St.Johns would be a great shout but doesn't go well with picky. They definitely want to be getting some fish and chips from somewhere proper too.

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.



Pollyanna posted:

We'll be around Purcell St, N1 6PW, wherever that is. We can move around by subway or train easy enough, so we're not stuck to any particular area.

(suggestions for places to get drunk as gently caress would be well appreciated too )

My brothers pub/brasserie https://www.the3crowns.co.uk is just round the corner from you and does some great modern British food. The old fountain is over the road from the them and has a terrace which is really nice for drinking when it's sunny.

Great queen street is also fantastic and well worth going to when you venture into town.

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.



powertoiletduck posted:

Seconding the old fountain. It's my closest pub and has 8-10 craft beers on tap and a cracking roof terrace.

Saw that the three crowns has reopened, haven't had a beer there but need to check it out, especially if there is a forums connection.

The crowns has got 8 beers on draft that they change up. Been quite good fun working my way through them with a family discount.

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.



therattle posted:

A chum is coming over from the US and asked me this:


I've gone blank. Any suggestions? Thanks!

If it's for a stag do and they want a swanky hotel they could try the renaissance hotel in st pancras. Bar is pretty cool, the beer comes in pewter tankards and the food is decent but it is loving expensive. 7 a pint expensive.

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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.



The_Doctor posted:

The couple of times I've been in Brewdog I could barely hear myself think, let alone carry on a conversation.

I've just moved to Nottingham and live above a brew dog pub. It's pretty empty most of the time by honestly most of their beers are pretty gimmicky and not all the great. Awesome being able to go to a pub without stepping outside though.

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