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Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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The_Doctor posted:

Oh awesome, one of my favourite threads is back! I've been meaning to hit up Meat Liquor since it opened.. Maybe tomorrow.

It's pretty drat fantastic. Amazing burgers, massive portion of chilli cheese fries and great cocktails. I'd reccomend getting there for an early lunch though, the place fills up quick and queues get massive, fast.

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Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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http://www.masonandtaylor.co.uk/

Has a good selection of Cider squirreled away behind the bar (in proper plastic jugs no less). It's near Hoxton, so it's likely full of wankers at any given weekend though..

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:



But in any case, the Green Man is well known for having a BUNCH of ciders on tap.

My missus was a barmaid there, cracking pub.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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powertoiletduck posted:

..and occasionally the Craft Beer Co if I want to spend £4 on a half pint...

Closer to £4.50 when I was there on Friday.

I men, incredible selection of beer and all, but I could go drink in the White Horse in Parsons green for cheaper than that and actually get to sit down.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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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..

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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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.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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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.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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reality_groove posted:

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.

Also the only place in London I've had a Breakfast burrito. Barely hungry in time for dinner after that beast.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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YourCreation posted:

How did I only just find this thread? I live in Camden and am always looking for good eats.



The Whistling Shop on Worship Street. Another very cool speakeasy that does a lot of in-house distilling and creation of flavors.

Seconding this, Whistling shop is a hoot, and does some truly awesome cocktails.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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YourCreation posted:


Hache Burger is good if you enjoy good food and bad service.

The service IS poo poo, but sweet potato fries are worth it.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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madlilnerd posted:

Thanks for this. I'm planning to go to The Bull & Last next time I wander up to Highgate Cemetery.

Also starting to worry about Kentish Town getting so trendy, I had this little hope that I could stay here once I graduated, but I bet my rent is going to go way up now

Honestly, I live in Highgate, and nearish to The Bull and Last, and it's not THAT good, certainly not crap. The Wrestlers nearly opposite is a better pub, and does a better sunday roast for cheaper, if you can get a seat.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:

Oh yeah, the Hawkmoor burger is the stuff of legends. Have a good one. Take meaty pictures. In fact everyone should post more food pictures in this thread.

I'm really keen to try out that sushi place, Dotori, in Finsbury Park. Anyone advise for or against?


This is weird but you're not called Andy are you?

Er, I am, yes...



Edit: Is this Hanka?

Spuckuk fucked around with this message at Sep 27, 2012 around 10:17

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:

Thanks for the advice guys. I am mental about Korean food as well so I'll have to try to make a point of going there the next time I manage to save up my pennies to eat out!


No man, it's Nancy. Well, that's loving random as poo poo, posting in my food thread.

Thats entirely bizarre coincidence, hope work after Bangface wasn't tooo grim. I hid on the couch and refused all communication for two days.

For content, if you work anywhere near Victoria, and you aren't going here http://www.picantemexicangrill.co.uk/ for your lunchtime carb overload, you are doing it wrong.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Has anyone been to Bubbledogs?

Someone whose opinion I dont entirely trust here in work went, and described the food as 'monumentally lovely in concept and execution'

Not exactly a glowing review.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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You know, thats a problem I could happily deal with.

EDIT: Jealous as gently caress FYI, the last work lunch I got was packet sushi from Tesco.

Spuckuk fucked around with this message at Oct 25, 2012 around 16:15

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Paragon8 posted:

I will never understand the cultural fascination with Nandos and why people are so compelled to tweet/facebook when they're there.

It's the cheapest 'restaurant' that doesnt scare people away with things like vegetables or flavour.

I'd rather eat KFC if push came to shove, least they have gravy (northern prejudice).

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:

Pretty daycent post on Mexican food in London here. As of yet, I'm not convinced by anything I've tried so far, but I think there's a good chance I simply don't like Mexican.

Theres a place near victoria that does a mean burrito, and contrary to that article, it's run by a guy from california. (Picante) Definitely on the fast food end of the spectrum, but then that's all I really want from mexican food.

They're right about the portions being smaller than in america but, uh, thats all cheap restaurants, it's half the reason there aren't as many fat fuckers here.

Good chance you dont like Mexican food Neris, nowt wrong with that.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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cyberia posted:

Is the Nandos everyone is talking about the Portugese chicken place that specialises in peri peri sauce?

In Australia Nandos is considered fast food and is maybe a half-step above McDonalds or KFC in terms of quality and setting They've got branches everywhere but it's still just somewhere you go to get a quick burger or chicken and chips, certainly not a place you would schedule into your day or brag to your friends about.

Thats how most people think of it here, I hope.

And their chips are crap.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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cyberia posted:

In Australia they lean heavily on the Portugese angle; I don't think I've ever heard or read that it has South African / Mozambiquian origins.

I know a few South africans, and they seem pretty sure it's originally from SA.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Nelson Wines near South Wimbledon station has a pretty amazing selection of beer. Walked past there dozens of times in two years before poking my head in as well. D'Oh!

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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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.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:

I'm probably going to make an effort to swing by there for a cocktail now, thanks guys! Seems cool.

By the way, this is either quite brilliant or utterly stupid. Someone should go and report back. I love DJ Yoda though.

He's playing in the Forum on saturday.

And that menu concept is so loving bizarre, that I'm going to do my best to get down and eat it.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Neris posted:

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

Might go on Saturday before the gig itself. Will PM and let you know, have a few people coming from round the country and they have a pretty huge mancrush on Bodeans..

Next year I'm going to have to bring actual food to Bangface, and not just bags of sausages, bacon and coffee

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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The_Doctor posted:

The thought occurs that if you've got hours at Clapham Junction to kill, you can be back in the West End in 10 minutes...

^^This. It's worth the trip.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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I need a pub recommendation.

Somewhere within striking distance of Paddington that does interesting/great beer. I know sweet FA about the area!

Actually, if anyone knows some less well known places in central that would be good for tanking up some out of towners who love belgian beer, that would be awesome as well.

Spuckuk fucked around with this message at Nov 9, 2012 around 14:47

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

The Mitre between Paddington and Lancaster Gate is really good.

Thanks! Will check it out.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

Ended up going to Yo! Sushi in Camden for their all you can eat Sunday dealio. £19.50 for as much sushi as you can shove in your gullet as well as water, green tea and miso in an hour.

Although I realise Yo! Isn't the most amazing sushi around it was a pretty good deal and they didn't skimp on the more expensive plates or variety. I do like the idea of being able to devour as much salmon sashimi as is humanly possible. I've been to the Hi Sushi one too and this was better.

Between two of us we managed to destroy what would have cost £100. YMMV.

I really, really wish Atari-ya would do something like this.

Trip report, went to Rodizio Roda in chinatown whilst drunk, with other drunks. Very salty but endless meat, not sure if I'd go sober, but it's monday morning now and I'm still full.

Had DimSum at Leongs Legends for sunday lunch and, while it's not the best I've had in London, the price is incredibly reasonable, and the staff were less grumpy than normal...

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Awwwww yeahhhh, going with the missus to stuff our faces with porky treats on the 18th

http://thebullhighgate.co.uk/events.php

'Porklife'

Join MasterChef winner Tim Anderson and finalist Tom Whitaker for their triumphant return to the Bull Highgate in a holiday celebration of all things porcine!

Menu:

Partridge in a Pork Tree

Partridge Breast, Pork Cheek, Parsnip Bark, Perry-Parsnip Puree, Crackling

Pork Liver Paté
Toasted Brioche, Spiced Apple Chutney

Porchetta
With Various Sides

Trio of Christmas Desserts
Mince Pie, Mini Pudding, Mini Trifle


Sounds goddamn awesome.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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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.

Here's a coffee map!

Reaffirming my assumption that Victoria is a desert for decent food and coffee

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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reality_groove posted:

Thanks for these maps, they are amazing!

My suggestion for coffee places would be Notes who have stores on the Strand and Covent Garden, they also run the Flat Cap coffee stalls which are amazing too.

Definitely, Notes is really good.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Raffles posted:

Girlfriend got a job in London, now I must leave Yorkshire for London.

Tell me about street food and various food trucks/stalls/markets in London. I'm imagining loads of boutiquey, super-fashionable food vendors in place of the usual burger vans you get up north. Is this the case?

Also food markets. I know of Borough Market, but are there any other decent ones?

Unfortunately, when you see the price of rent down here compared to the Shire, you'll wonder how you can still afford to eat.

Borough Market is good, but expensive as hell. Brixton Market is worth a look, for Franco Manca alone.

There are still a lot of truly lovely food trucks, sadly..

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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The_Doctor posted:

It's true, Time Out and the Evening Standard like to go on about London's burgeoning food cart culture, but they are actually incredibly rare. Pitt Cue under Hungerford bridge is the only one I've seen and that's virtually permanent now.

Pitt Cue is pretty drat awesome though. But the portions need to be bigger, like Bodeans big.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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jkk posted:

I'm going to be in London for in a couple of weeks time. It's mostly a business trip where I don't get to decide where to eat, but I'll have half a Monday to myself. Where should I have lunch? Something near Victoria station would be convenient since I need to catch a train to Gatwick afterwards.

Victoria is a bit of a dessert for good food tbh.

Theres a good burrito place not too far from the station, run by an ex-pat american: http://www.picantemexicangrill.co.uk The website is as dreadful as the burritos are good.

Otherwise you could go down to the Laughing Halibut for a really good fish and chips: http://www.qype.co.uk/place/151992-...-Halibut-London

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Snipeo posted:

Went to Honest Burger in Soho on Saturday night - amazing! Walked in just after 7pm, they took my name and mobile number so we could go find a nearby pub, they called about 1 hour 15mins later when our table was ready - really good system for popular places like this.

Bodeans Soho does this and it's realyl handy. the only downside is getting so smashed in the Jon Snow you forgot you even meant to get food.

Went to Tonkotsu on Saturday, to make up for general tube and weather related misery. Really good food, but 11 quid getting two slices of porn and half an egg on your noodles is pretty miserly. I could live in a bath made of that broth though, SO piggy.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Any recommendations for a decent pub around Liverpool street/ Aldgate?

Heading to Marco Pierre Whites steak and alehouse tonight, excited

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Pub cat?

Sold

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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So I went to the Steak and Alehouse (And the Bell, which was nice, quiet pub indeed)

Food was good enough but couldnt recommend it being anything like the money they're charging (I had a travelzoo voucher thing). Really good Steak and competent Treacle tart, but the Grvadlax starter was miniscule!

As a "bonus" me and the missus got terrible pimp skitters the next day from the meal, grim scenes.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Try The Whistling Shop, should be right up your alley.

Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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The_Doctor posted:

Did... did you read his post?

Bollocks, clearly I didn't.

In my defence, I'm massively hungover

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Spuckuk
Aug 11, 2009

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Went to Lahore Kebab house near Aldgate last night (Needos was rammed)

Fantastic curry, cheap as my normal takeaway. I'm going to crave tandoori lamp chops for a month now.

And tonight I'm going to Bodeans...

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