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Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Cross posting from the cocktail thread (for the odd liquid dinner).

Nightjar 20's speakeasy, utter perfection.

Purl I wasn't a huge fan, but I only went for a quiet drink early on a Wednesday so mileage may vary. Cool drinks with dry ice.

Mark's Bar good cocktails, excellent bar snacks and the oyster ale is to die for

Claridges Bar the best service in town, an utter institution and all are made to feel welcome

Dukes Bar ignore the new, crap website, it has the best martinis in town by a long way

The American Bar felt a little impersonal but great cocktails and a London classic

Rules Bar great wood panelled room, the doorman will let you in, just ask

The Coburg Bar
Full of Mayfair suits but good cocktails and a nice atmosphere make it a good place for after work drinks

The Lonsdale been ages since I have been, but I have a vague recollection of good vesper's and a cool crowd

Paramount The viewing gallery on the 33rd floor of the Centre Point tower perhaps has London's best view. If you are ever in town skip the Eye and head here, you can linger for as long as you want, drinking and nibbling plus there is a 360 degree view, and with it being just a corridor around the building it feels very calm.

Time Out has a good list, here. My fave is the Nightjar but have a real soft spot for Claridges, even if it is expensive!

I will get round to writing a list of restaurants soon, until then the list below is a good round up

http://londoneater.com/2011/05/14/k...urant-guide-v3/

Xarr fucked around with this message at Apr 10, 2012 around 07:47

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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*

Xarr fucked around with this message at Mar 29, 2012 around 15:24

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

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.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


DirtyDirt posted:

I've been reading this thread in preparation for my trip to London the first week of May, and I have to post some requests, if you folks don't mind. My girlfriend is a dumpling fiend, and I have been trying to find a good spot for them or dim sum but I get mixed reviews across the board. Any recommendations? We will be staying in Chelsea but anywhere central or close to any tourist spots I might be visiting would be good. We'll be there 5 days and we are pushing our budget thin just to be there, but any good spots that aren't too steep would be appreciated. My first day in London we're planning on meeting up with a friend and his GF and I think Nightjar sounds like a cool bar to check out. Personally I'd like to try some true English stuff, not burritos or the like, and maybe a decent Indian as well.

This thread has me daydreaming of tubbing it up in London, so thanks for that!

Dumplings Ledgend in Chinatown http://www.dumplingslegend.com/ for Dumplings.

Yes to the Nightjar, go, its brilliant. You will need to book as mentioned.

http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/ Tayyabs for cheap, amazing Indian, not your usual "British" but authentic, spicy and full of flavour, not just HEAT. Its BYOB (Tesco round the corner) and is super cheap, just go for the experience. I would book, then you will only wait 10 minutes as opposed to an hour. The lamb chops are amazing and put the rest of Brick Lane to shame.


Just a little extra; London Eater has updated their list of London's best, it really is a fine list of where to eat in London.
http://londoneater.com/2012/04/12/m...l-2012-edition/

Xarr fucked around with this message at Apr 16, 2012 around 21:02

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


MrNemo posted:

To beg my fellow goons, my cousins are coming to stay in London next week and want to organise a general family relatives sit down dinner somewhere near where they're staying in Aldgate. I know there are a ton of interesting restaurants within not too far of where there but has anyone got any particular recommendations for nice restaurants for older aunts and uncles to come along to?

Any limits on cuisine and/or price? Also if its a weekend the City is pretty dead, your usually better to head west for something interesting.

I'll narrow it down if you give me some pointers on what you want, until then these would be some of my choices for that sort of thing. All are in the west end but no distance from Aldgate and will set you back about 60 a head.

Bocca Di Lupo http://www.boccadilupo.com/ Great regional Italian

Wild Honey http://www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk/ French(ish)

The Delaunay http://www.thedelaunay.com/ "European"

St. John Hotel http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com/restaurant/ British nose to tail

Roast http://www.roast-restaurant.com/ British

Hix Soho http://www.hixsoho.co.uk/ British (has a great cocktail bar in the basement as well)

If its for lunch you should get a table at any of these, dinner might be more complicated. Wild Honey would be my bet as a good match, nice area, decor to suit, good food, reasonable prices, plus you can go to London's best cocktail bar; Claridges Bar, before as its only a couple of minutes walk from there.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Thei posted:

Can anyone recommend somewhere decent, but not too expensive to get lunch near the Science Museum (Kensington, I know, big ask...)? Failing that, what's the food like in the museum?

We're meeting some friends there who are making the trip from Nottingham so I figured we'd try for a good lunch.

The Admiral Codrington http://www.theadmiralcodrington.co.uk/ Gastro Pub. Ignore the slightly naff website, the food is great and the burgers very well written about.

Comptoir Libanais http://www.lecomptoir.co.uk/ Lebanese

Casa Brindisa http://www.brindisa.com/restaurants/casa-brindisa/ Tapas

The Brompton Quarter Brasserie http://www.bqbrasserie.com/

Or jump in a cab, not far from the museum (few quid on a cab fare) is Medlar

http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk/

Not been but very well written about (http://londoneater.com/2011/06/22/m...wcomer-of-2011/) and is fantastic value.

Xarr fucked around with this message at Jul 18, 2012 around 07:42

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


BlueGrot posted:

So I'll be in London for a weekend in November. Want to try getting a table at Burger & Lobster, but I'm also looking for a good fish & chips place. Preferably near Kensington. Any advice?

Edit: Indian food recommendations also wanted.

Edit 2: All recommendations wanted. My last trip to London was exquisite dining and this time I want good pig out spots as well.

Burger and Lobster, go to Soho, if you need to wait there are plenty of good bars, either the French House or Marks Bar at Hix are my faves or Graphic if you a gin fiend.

Fish and chips, try Geales (http://www.geales.com/), bit posh but good.

Indian, has to be Tayyabs, book a table (you'll still wait but for less time), buy beer from Tesco round the corner (its BYOB) and enjoy. Ignore reviews, there are more good than bad. Its not a fine dining, bring your parents kind of place, its heaving and a little mad but the lamb chops and dry meat are so good.

MeatMarket/Liquor, Bodeans, Pitt Cue Co and cheap lunchtime dim sum at the New World at the end of Gerrard Street are my go to pig out joints. 2am salt beef bagels at Beigel Bake are also a must, though as the are open 24/7 anytime is good. The Big Easy in Chelsea is worth a trip to if you want that sort of thing.

Regency Cafe for a greasy spoon.

I had thai at KaoSarn in Brixton village recently, the moo ping and the kho pad kra-proaw (with beef and make it spicy) were amazing. Its BYOB and we had to queue for a bit on a friday night but it was so worth it, the food was fantastic and we ate loads of food for 15 a head (plus beer). Brixton Village is worth the trip to on a Friday/Saturday, great atmosphere, loads of little places and all sort of food.

http://www.boqueriatapas.com/ Boqueria for tapas, good value, a nice range of food, a cheap winelist and the bar is nice and buzzy to sit at.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


The SARS Volta posted:


They've been there for about five weeks now and have done their share of exploration, but I'd like to hear any suggestions on decent places to eat that won't break the bank, either in Richmond or nearby.

Thanks!

Personally I don't think there is much worth going to in Richmond

http://www.themarlboroughrichmond.co.uk/ Nice pub at the top of the hill.

http://www.thedukerichmond.co.uk/ Another pub, pretty central and the food is good.

http://www.petershamnurseries.com/cafe.asp Not cheap but supposed to be great, has a Michelin star.

Chiswick and Ealing arn't far away, short tube or bus ride and have plenty of great places Charlottes Bistro/Place, La Trompette (1*), Franco Manca, Kerbisher and Malt and Santa Maria are all great. If you want a curry a bus to Hounslow or a short drive to Southall are the best places to go; Hounslow Lahori Karahi, The Roxy (New Asian Tandoori Centre), Delhiwala and the Mirch Masala. The Brilliant and Memories of India are slightly more upmarket though still good value. The other way toward Twickenham and Kingston Arthurs is good fun (in an old public toilet on Twickenham Green) and The Glasshouse in Kew (1*). The Idle Hour and the Brown Dog in Barnes are good.

Plenty of chains, loads of pubs and a lot of places that are ok to eat at, but hardly worth recommending.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


In Brixton it has to be Franco Manca for great pizza, Honest Burger for the obvious and Kaosarn for absolutely amazing thai. All are small, Kaosarn is BYOB, and none are expensive. There is Mama Lan that is well rated but I havn't been. All are in the market. Have a wander though, there are lots of little places in and around the market, Caribbean, Argentinian, all sorts.

Boqueria is great tapas a 10 minute walk from the Market.

http://boqueriatapas.com/

http://www.francomanca.co.uk/

http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/

http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/kaosarn-london-5 (no website)

http://mamalan.co.uk/

http://brixtonmarket.net/info/market-cafes/

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Xarr posted:

In Brixton it has to be Franco Manca for great pizza, Honest Burger for the obvious and Kaosarn for absolutely amazing thai. All are small, Kaosarn is BYOB, and none are expensive. There is Mama Lan that is well rated but I havn't been. All are in the market. Have a wander though, there are lots of little places in and around the market, Caribbean, Argentinian, all sorts.

Boqueria is great tapas a 10 minute walk from the Market.

http://boqueriatapas.com/

http://www.francomanca.co.uk/

http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/

http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/kaosarn-london-5 (no website)

http://mamalan.co.uk/

http://brixtonmarket.net/info/market-cafes/

Off to here tonight; http://www.salonbrixton.co.uk/. Will report back as the reviews are mixed but it looks good.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

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.

Well that's a little scary, I was at St John last night as well!

We had the langoustines and the bone marrow to start, langoustines sweet and the bone marrow rich and well balanced with parsley salad. We had the skate and the calves liver for mains with a side of welsh rarebit, all were very well done. Madelines and coffee to finish it was a superb meal. The staff are real professionals and the place is amazing, has a real buzz and a great mix of people. I really like that they use top quality ingredients, prepared simply with some unusual combinations.

At 50 a head its not an everyday place but I will definitely be back. St John Hotel was one of my stand out meals of last year (and I went to Roganic twice!) and it deserves it place in the top 50.

Xarr
Oct 20, 2008


Raffles posted:

I want to go out for a good steak for my birthday. I'm currently between Marco Pierre White's steakhouse or Hawksmoor. Is one better than another? Are there any other places I should be considering? Also is there much between the various Hawksmoor venues or are they all pretty much the same (I'll most likely be going to the Spitalfields one if I choose it).

Air Street has an expanded menu with fish but apart from that they are much the same.

http://www.goodmanrestaurants.com/ Goodman is worth a look, they have steaks from a greater number of suppliers and for what it's worth I prefer them. Hawksmoor and them are the best in London and there isn't much between them. Don't bother with MPW.

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Oct 20, 2008


dcgrp posted:

I'll be chaperoning a small group (8 ish) of american high school kids near the covent garden area. Any recommendations? They probably won't be interested in spending too much. They will probably be interested in food that is stereotypically British.

Canteen at the Royal Festival Hall, just across the river, easy 10 minute walk from Covent Garden. Good value British food, plenty of easy things for picky kids and the restaurant is beautifully designed. http://www.canteen.co.uk/

Dishoom in Covent Garden, nothing more British than a ruby, not usually what tourists think of and Dishoom don't exactly do the British classics but is all the better for that. http://www.dishoom.com/

Remember to book for either, 8 is a large group and everywhere is busy.

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