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Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Glad to see this thread is back! An informative OP, too. I thought it might be worth mentioning chains, as some people might want to know where they can get some decent-ish food anywhere in London without worrying about going into a random restaurant and being disappointed.

As far as pizza/pasta chains, Strada is fairly decent. I can't stand ASK or Pizza Express. GBK isn't bad for burgers, despite being owned by Nando's. I prefer Byron though. When I can think of some more I'll post some.

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Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Torquemada posted:

It's really not, since the entire purporse of this thread is to tell people where to eat in London, removing the 'randomness' entirely. The only place you mentioned worth going to is Byron, and they ain't all that. Additionally, the other places have branches outside London, making your post equivalent to saying 'If you visit New York, you simply must go to an Olive Garden'.

Nice strawman.

I don't see why this thread can't have both recommendations for independent and decent chain places. Sometimes people might want cheaper food or something they're more familiar or comfortable with, while avoiding lovely places. Sorry if this offends your sensibilities.

Anyway, for content, I'd recommend L'absinthe near Chalk Farm, I had a nice meal with my girlfriend a while back. It's a very small place so advisable to book ahead if it's a Saturday evening or something.

Lady Gaza fucked around with this message at Nov 7, 2011 around 16:45

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



therattle posted:

Does anyone know any good Ethiopian restaurants in N London? There's a fantastic one on Shoot-Up Hill, but it's a bit far.

Neris posted:

But, there is apparently a legendary one in West London that does epic tibs so I hear, but I'll need to get forums user Lady Gaza or Kaiho to say what that's called..

Represent.

Kaiho showed me one in Ladbroke Grove, it's called Gojo, left out the station, less than a minute up the road. It's not the kind of place I would usually venture into; it's below an off-licence and is a bit run down, so it's not fine dining or anything. It's cheap though (about 6 of us went last time and it came to about £15 a head including a few bottles of beer each), and the food is amazing, the derek and goden tibs are by far the best. The other meat dishes are good too. The staff are lovely, and it's usually completely empty, which is strange. The only time it was busy was when it was filled with Ethiopian people, which I took as a sign it was authentic.

I go past it on my bus to/from work and keep meaning to go back. Need to check if they do takeaway...

VVV

Lady Gaza fucked around with this message at Dec 1, 2011 around 14:43

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



powertoiletduck posted:

The Euston/Cider Tap and the Bree Louise (linked earlier) are about a 5 minute walk away from each other, so ideal for cider/real ale drinkers.

I think the Bree has gone downhill lately, last few times I've been I've found their beer disgusting. Not a fan of the Tap either, it's always rammed and there are better pubs for ale. I'd recommend the Harp near Trafalgar Square. It gets busy too but their selection is amazing.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I went to Chili Cool after I came back from China to get some decent Sichuan food, and it definitely was good. I had some lamb skewers which were the spiciest thing I've ever eaten. Unfortunately I somehow ordered tripe or something, which almost made me throw up.

edit: not complaining about the restaurant, I just hate eating stomach lining

Lady Gaza fucked around with this message at Feb 3, 2012 around 11:42

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Neris posted:

I think I ordered pasta with tripe in Bocca Di Lupo and it was actually excellent. That's the problem with offal though - unless it's done perfectly the first time you have it you'll be put off forever. That said I probably will always probably be a bit fussy about liver and kidneys. (That's where the stuff that's in your piss is made, etc. )


But it's kind of like with squid/calamari. Took me ages to realise that when it's done well, you won't have to chew it for half an hour.

Yeah I think it wasn't done very well too. It was just pieces of tripe swimming in a really bright orange oil, bleurgh it makes me feel sick thinking about it. Lamb was amazing though so more than made up for it.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



If it's that pub off Stroud Green Road that does Thai food I'd recommend it too, it was fairly decent. The pub and garden were spacious and it wasn't too busy either. I don't remember the road or the name but yeah it might be the one you are talking about. The garden had multiple levels of decking and such.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Ragingstiffballs posted:

Camden is always a dogey place, but there is a good place to eat here and there. Just don't go walking down the river on your own, or with your girlfriend. They will rob you there.

What??

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



angor posted:

The Gate is (unsurprisingly) booked up for the night, so it looks like I'll be visiting Gojo*!

*If I can find it, which is supposed to be difficult. I asked the lady on the phone and all she said was "near the station under the off-licence."

EDIT: I found it!! It really is just a stairwell leading under an off-license. Three of us went and we had 3 samosa, vegetarian selection (cabbage and potato, red lentils, green beans, spinach (they said spinach, I suspect it was a darker green leaf), yellow bean stew) and shiro wot. I had a cup of tea afterwords.

The vege selection was impeccable. The two people I was with didn't care for the spinach, but I loved it. The misir wot (red lentils) were absolutely incredible. Super rich and nice and spicy, perfect accompaniment to the more mild dishes. I've had much better shiro wot, but the injera was second only to the stuff I had in Addis Ababa.

It was a TON of food, and we struggled to get through it all. The two people I was with had never had Ethiopian food before and they absolutely loved it. We shared a bottle of wine we got from the off license. All told, the three of us ate and drank for £24. Best. Value. Ever.

Glad you enjoyed Gojo, I found it through a fellow goon and we've been going regularly. The staff are so nice and the food is so cheap and delicious. The other day a meal for 4 cost £30, although we didn't have any alcohol.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Had a really nice lunch at Da Marios in South Ken the other day for my graduation. I found it on the map from this thread but would like to second that recommendation. Good wine, amazing pasta and pizza, not too expensive either.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I once had amazing steak in Buen Ayre in Hackney. Went there with a few friends and two of us shared the Parrillada Deluxe platter; sirloin and rib-eye steaks with sausage, black pudding and provolone cheese. It was absolutely amazing, the steaks were absolutely giant but cooked perfectly. I highly recommend it, I haven't been to Hawksmoor but it was by far the best steak I've ever had. It cost about £45 per person but that included the platter, sides, beer, and some spirits.

I'm so hungry now.

Lady Gaza fucked around with this message at Jul 25, 2013 around 14:18

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



What's Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge like? Going there for the office Xmas do.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I'm going to do that regardless, I was just curious if anyone had tried the food

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Is there any difference between the various hawksmoors in terms of quality? Also would anyone recommend a similar steak place over hawksmoor? Got a birthday meal coming up and we want that kind of food but I thought this thread might have some more suggestions.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



The_Doctor posted:

I've been to Seven Dials and Air Street, and Seven Dials is much better by far. There's just something about Air Street I didn't like at all. Even though it had barely been open a couple of months by that point, it had this stuffy, dusty, very dated atmosphere that sucked all the enjoyment out of it.

Seven Dials is quite laid back and feels pretty informal, but Air Street feels old fashioned and like you need to wear a tie.

Good to know, thanks! Think I might book Seven Dials then...

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

I adore Flat Iron, so delicious and such good value.

Speaking of which, I did the express menu (£26 for three courses) at Hawksmoor Seven Dials on the weekend and holy poo poo I need to go back ASAP.

I went there the other week for the normal service (best steak ever, got a giant porterhouse cooked to perfection), but the express menu did catch my eye. I do like a good burger.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



wickles posted:

The Bree Louise

No it's terrible now

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I found the beer really flat, stale and tasteless last time I went. Also the pub itself isn't a very nice building.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Rolled Cabbage posted:

I made the mistake of looking at the Time Out website at the weekend and its suggestions were total pants. 50% expensive and obvious hotel restaurants, 50% ???. Like recommending Opium as a dim sum restaurant. Their food is nice, but it is by no stretch of the imagination a restaurant. Might as well as add Mahiki in there too if that's the case.

They're most likely sponsored suggestions.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Not really 'eating' in London but this seems like the best thread for it. Does anyone have recommendations for independent shops where I can pick up decent roasted coffee beans? Ideally round the Holborn area, but most of central would be fine.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Thanks everyone, I think those shops will be more than enough! I'm probably check them out on my lunch next week.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Lemon Curdistan posted:

Have cocktails forat breakfast!

Unrelated: what's the closest we get to a real ramen place? Preferably no further out than zone 3.

I'm tempted to wander down to Ippudo next to TCR next week but I have no idea if they're any good.

Shoryu do nice ramen, I went to the one on Regent St and really enjoyed it. I got the extra-brothy bowel while my partner got the extra spicy.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I've heard good things about Garufin for steak but haven't been myself yet.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



sweat poteto posted:

Where's the best fruit ice cream in London? All the supermarkets are pushing vanilla / chocolate / caramel or B&J marshmellow cookie dough junk. Where can I get a good raspberry ripple (or blackberry, blueberry, apricot, boysenberry (!) ripple for that matter)

I'd also be interested in this as I love a good lemon ice cream or sorbet.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Not so much a dining question but still related to food:

Any recommendations for cheesemongers in London? I want to pick up some cheese for my girlfriend that we had when we went to Chile, it seems quite rare and hard to find outside South America so I'd probably need somewhere that's quite specialist.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



It's called Queso Mantecoso. I had a feeling it would be difficult to find

If I can find a decent cheesemongers they might be able to help me find a similar cheese - it was hard but very creamy and buttery.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Kaiho posted:

Found an Ethiopian restaurant to rival the food at Gojo. Zeret Kitchen, SE5. Completely and utterly unexpected, and turns out Ethiopian shiraz is decent!

Ooh, I might have to check that out soon. Do they do derek tibs??

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



but the main point of afternoon tea is delicious gluten-filled cakes

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I would also recommend Hawksmoor for a roast.

I've been to Tayyabs and while it was better than most standard Indian restaurants I didn't find it amazing.

I did go to Veeraswamy with work a while back and that was nice but I suppose more pricy.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Pizza recommendations? Been thinking about the amazing pizza I had in Florence (simple, very quick) and can't really fly back there for dinner.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Awesome, thanks.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I went to NY Fold and it was....ok. I suppose I should have anticipated it, being an American-style place, but they were way too heavy on the toppings and the cheese. If I was to go back I'd probably order something a bit simpler, and ask them to cook it for a bit longer - I much preferred the pizza that was closer to the crust as it was crispier. I think Pizza East and Franco Manca are next on my list.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Yeah I really don't like overloaded pizzas, I find it makes them too dense. Too many toppings means that the dough can feel soggy, and the cheese makes it too heavy. NY Fold also didn't cook the pizzas long enough, which added to this.

I had this type of pizza in Florence and it was perfect for me.

http://allafiorentina.com/wp-conten...a-calabrese.jpg

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Pleas elaborate on the wine story

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Could you have stopped your neighbours drinking your wine? Or asked them to pay for it? Or were they gone by the time your bill came?

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



I imagine the tables were close together, or were the kind that are shared between different groups. I believe the wine mix up happened I'm just amazed the OP paid for wine they didn't drink.

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



sweek0 posted:

Lamb chops.

Seconding this

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



Korean BBQ recommendations?

Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



My local chippie is nice but Iím in zone 4 of south London so probably doesnít count. I even refer to my commute as Ďgoing into Londoní.

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Lady Gaza
Nov 20, 2008



What about a lobby of a big and busy hotel? Some have big arm chairs. If itís got enough people going in and out of the lobby you wouldnít attract attention.

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