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tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


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

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tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Senor_Happy posted:

Went to Roganic yesterday for the 10 course tasting menu, definitely worth a trip. Was worth it for the coal infused oil alone, but the whole experience was just fantastic, including the fact that they told us that when we arrived one of the waiters told our waiter 'They looks nice, lets get them drunk and make them spend their whole Saturday here'

Which is just what happened...mostly due to the fantastic array of wines and the suggested pairings, but also that they ended up giving us 2 glasses of each wine for the price of one (around £6 per glass) due to topping up throughout the meal.
I just had a look at the website - £80 for ten courses sounds doable, but how does the wine happen? Can you get it matched to the courses with a flat fee or do you have to pay per glass?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Neris posted:

They're opening a pizza east in Kentish Town, ha ha! Up and coming area or what. Conveniently, I work a 5 minute walk from where it will be (opposite the Vine pub where the Grand Union used to be if that helps anyone.)

I live a 5 minute walk from where it will be
They're also opening a new place called 'Chicken Shop' in the same building.
http://www.hardens.com/restaurant-n...n-kentish-town/

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The_Doctor posted:

£7-9 per burger if I remember. Fries about £4?

MeatMarket is £7.50 a burger, £4 for sides

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


RazorBunny posted:

I do have the Southampton Arms listed there, but they're down as a cider spot - is the food good?

Southampton Arms for ciders and ales, but go up the road to the Bull and Last for food. As gastropubs go, it's pretty drat good. You may need to book in advance though.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011



Please say that was intentional

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Went to 10 Greek Street for the fourth time on Saturday. It's consistently good food, prices aren't too high (75 quid for dinner for two including a 25 pound bottle of wine). I definitely recommend eating at the bar - you can watch over the kitchen and see what's going on while you eat.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Kaiho posted:

Has Duke's Brew & Cue been mentioned ITT? I really want to go. Sounds like my kinda place.

Giles Coren reviewed it in Saturdays Times - sounded like he hated it. Overcooked *everything* apparently.

Thought you guys might appreciate this:

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Dear ,

For a few Saturdays in August, Blacks has decided to throw open its kitchen door to some of London’s finest pop-up and freelance chefs.

The first pop up will be Ravinder Bhogal aka Cook in Boots on Saturday 4th August.

Ravinder previously worked as a fashion journalist before being discovered by Gordon Ramsay who named her as the "new Fanny Cradock". She now works as a food writer, cook and television presenter and author of Cook in Boots. She has previously hosted sold out pop ups at Hix in Selfridges, Meza and the Dispensary. Her global menus nod to flavours from India to Italy, Kenya to Kazakhstan. Her recipes are inspired by her travels and childhood spent as a kitchen and allotment hand in Kenya.


Ravinder Bhogal
Cook in Boots
Saturday 4th August

Menu

Welcome Punch
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Papaya Salad Crackers
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Prawn Toast Scotch Eggs, Prawn Cracker Crust, Banana Ketchup
Veggie option: Aloo Tikki Scotch Egg, Banana Ketchup
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Pork and Peanut Curry, Pickled Greens, Pineapple Relish, Jasmine Rice
Veggie option: Tofu, Pumpkin and Peanut Curry, Pickled Greens, Pineapple Relish, Jasmine Rice

Coconut, Lime and Passion Fruit Trifle with Mango Tapioca


Lunch £42 ~ 1pm for 1.30pm start OR Dinner £48 ~7.30pm for 8pm start
Members will receive a 10% discount on tickets please quote on booking.
Ticket price includes the unique dining experience at Blacks and Welcome punch.


Please call Blacks Office line on 0207 7345399 Mon- Fri 10-6pm or email moira@blacksclub.com to reserve your table.

Card details will be asked for when booking, please have these to hand.

Please note Blacks regular menus will NOT be available for these Saturdays.

~~~

Bookings are also being taken for the next events.

Saturday 11th August
CLAUDE COMPTON AND JAN LOUIS SMITH The Green Goat Food Van

These two are full of energy, their cheffing credentials include stints at the Petersham Nurseries, Club Gascon, Urban Caprice and Table D’Aligne in France and they believe in cooking sustainably sourced food that tastes delicious and looks like fresh rainbows on your plate. Together they run the Green Goat street food wagon selling foraged food sourced from Britain.

Menu Teaser

Portreath line-caught mackerel with forgotten beetroot and tomato concoctions
Orange blossom yoghurt panna cotta with blackberry moss and honeycomb

Saturday 18th August
CARL CLARKE

For this event, he’ll be known as the #PunkChef but you might have come across him at previous events like God Save The Clam (a seafood banquet on a roof, teaming up with Pitt Cue Co), last year’s Rock Lobsta (a pop-up serving Californian style lobster rolls) and The English Launderette. He’s mad, bad and dangerously good in the kitchen so be prepared for anything.

Menu Teaser

Popped millet and devilled pig skin
Rosehip "toast & jam"
Muntjac and elderberries, dried pig’s blood


You can follow all of the chefs and event on twitter:

@BlacksSoho
@cookinboots
@greengoatfood
@ccdiscobistro


See you there!
Moira

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


sweek0 posted:

The White Horse on Parsons Green is a nice pub with great beers as well, but again full of toffs.

Which is why it's also known as the Sloaney Pony.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


madlilnerd posted:

Oh my god yes! Their baklava counter is like something out of a fantasy. Every time I walk past I can't help doing this dreamy drooly sigh. I also really like the hippy supermarket- Whole Earth? A lot of the stuff they sell is actually a very reasonable price, including their loose grains and teas, and the staff have never been snobby at me.
Arancini Factory is my other favourite spot; it's just a perfect little café, although too pricey for my student budget. They have the kind of antipodean waitresses that jump into your conversation while they serve you, which I actually quite like because it reminds you that everyone can hear your loud public conversation.

I don't like the butchers on Kentish Town Road though, the guy in there last time I went was just really half assed and didn't seem to care about what he was selling me. Maybe I'm a primadonna but when I walk into an empty butchers and say "Hi, I'm cooking a chicken dinner for 5 people tonight, what have you got?" I expect some kind of conversation along the lines of "this one is free range, this one is just a standard chicken, this one is extra large" not just a hand wave at the counter.

I still haven't been to Chicken Shop which I'm really looking forward to - last time I tried to go it was a Sunday and they were shut.
Never been to Arancini factory, but it's on the list of stuff to try when I get around to it. I'm further up towards the station so it's a little out of the way compared to, say, the kebab shop, so it always comes second choice.

As for that butchers... The last and only time (for a while) that I went in there I looked at a chicken, bought it, and then realised I had just agreed to pay £16 for a chicken.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


I've just booked for my birthday at Pollen Street Social - I'm going to have the tasting menu and matching wines... Incredibly excited!

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


St John in Soho went into administration at the end of last week - does anyone know if this means they're closing down or will they be doing a behind-the-scenes restructuring while trading as normal?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Off to Pollen St Social shortly. Can't wait!

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Neris posted:

Tried out the new Pizza East up the road in Kentish Town with my sister. Last time I went was in Shoreditch in early 2009 and I wasn't impressed - tiny portions, and not very flavoursome. This one has a different menu, and I was much happier this time with the size and taste of the pizzas - lovely crust. (I had anchovies and capers, she had proscuitto and ricotta I forgot the name of. )

edit: 50% off ramen for the soft launch ( 7/11 - 17/11) at Shoryu Ramen on Regent Street, 11am-7pm . Looks good!

Every time I've made the trip up there (ok it's under 10 mins walk from home...) I've either been lured away by Chicken Shop or dirty burger, I'm still to try a pizza. Will give it a go next time though.

Thanks for the ramen tip, just about close enough to my office to visit over lunch.

Pollen St Social was just great. Food was very good to fantastic (taster menu), wines were brilliant, cocktails were exciting and a cut above most restaurant bars and service was lovely. They even gave me a piece of cake to take away as it was my birthday.
The oyster icecream by itself is unpleasant, but when I tried it with the wine the sommelier suggested it turned delicious and interesting. Cooked breakfast was one of the things I was looking forward to and it lived up to my expectations, full of flavour. The other highlight I think was how enthusiastic the sommelier was, she really nailed the pairings while still giving us options at every stage, and the wines had flavours that I never had before (especially a smokey white wine). We asked her to write down the pairings at the end of the meal so we could remember what we had and she was delighted that we wanted to learn more.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Neris posted:

edit: 50% off ramen for the soft launch ( 7/11 - 17/11) at Shoryu Ramen on Regent Street, 11am-7pm . Looks good!

A second thanks for this - I was on my way, walking across Trafalgar Square when I heard some music... I walked into Madness recording a video for their new single! Stayed for the music, then didn't have time to go to Regent St after that so I'll have to try again tomorrow.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Going to The Square on Monday for dinner and Made in Camden for lunch on Tuesday - any recommendations for specific plates to try?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The_Doctor posted:

Alright, I'm in the west end, and I fancy a big chinese noodle soup with lots of meat for lunch. Where am I going?

Bone Daddies in Soho. Not strictly Chinese - Japanese ramen in fact, but it's great.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Spuckuk posted:

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.

a) I'm not sure how I would deal with 2 slices of porn on my noodles.
b) I didn't really enjoy Tonkotsu that much when I went. I wasn't feeling great which didn't help, but I've had way better meals at Bone Daddies for the same price.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


iMop posted:

I'd recommend Hibiscus on Maddox St is quite upmarket (again, 2*) - it's is one of the best places in the world I've eaten. You can definitely get dressed up to go there.

Just in case you are bothered about this kind of thing, I refuse to go to Hibiscus after this particular incident:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandst...logger-s-review

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Gordon Ramsay at Claridges

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

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Neris posted:

I've heard good things about veggie Soho pub The Coach and Horse - tofish and chips, etc!

There are two Coach and Horses in Soho - is this the one on Greek St or the one up near Oxford Circus?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Spuckuk posted:

The white horse right by Parsons green has an amazing selection, with the downside of being frequented by a good smattering of ra ra sloaney types.

You know that it's commonly called the Sloaney Pony right?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


This probably isn't the right place to ask, but what the hell. The Rotary bar/diner off Old St roundabout is closing at Christmas while the site is being redeveloped - does anyone know where the temporary replacement bar will be?
If you haven't been, try it out. The food is pretty good, and there is a bar downstairs (ask one of the staff) that does amazing cocktails.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Artificial Idiocy posted:

Our company Christmas party is at Polpo with a no-ceiling tab. How excited should I be and are there any cocktails I must order?

When can I crash?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Artificial Idiocy posted:

I went to Lemonia in Primrose Hill last weekend. I had heard a lot of hype about it, and we have a family friend who has known the owner for years, so it was a nice experience. Everything tasted good, the dolmades were some of the best I've ever had, and my lamb kleftiko was tender and delicious.

I was told beforehand it is not haute cuisine; it is simple traditional fare, but done right. Which, I have to admit, it is. But the prices are outrageous for the type of food it is. You pay around £15 for just your meat main with no sides - it's £3-6 per side dish, which are also plain things like roast potatoes with minimal seasoning.

I guess they can get away with their prices because the place is always full, but coming from Canada originally all I could think was that those price tags would be found on well-aged filet mignon dinners at upscale steak houses.

I'm not sure where you're eating your well-aged filet mignon but I certainly don't know where I can get one for £15. Welcome to London dining.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The Old Red Cow and Ask for Janice are a pub and a bar on Long Lane in Farringdon that both have great selections of craft beers, both are a short walk from your flat.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Kaiho posted:

There are 3 craft beer company bars within walking distance of where you are. Also the Euston Tap, that place started the current trend of craft bars in London.

Additionally, Harrild and Sons just near Farringdon and the Exmouth Arms on Exmouth Market are good beer places, part of BarWorks. The former will host a meet the brewer with Green Flash on Thursday.

Oh and if you want some brews to drink at home, I'll shamelessly plug BottleDog on Grays Inn Road. If you come in, say you read a recommendation on a forum. I'll say hi.

And now I put 2 and 2 together. I work in Farringdon - will find some sort of excuse to go say hi one of these days.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The_Doctor posted:

Hoo boy. Borough Market is the biggie. That's by London Bridge/Borough stations. That runs Mon-Sat, Also check out Leather Lane, that's by Chancery Lane/Farringdon stations, and runs Mon-Fri.

There's several around that just run one day of the week. Bloomsbury Farmers Market runs on a Thursday lunchtime, that's near Russell Square/Goodge St.

Marylebone Farmers Market runs on weekends. You can guess the nearest station for that.

Greenwich Market has some fantastic food stalls, and you can get the river taxi down there which is a wonderful way of seeing London too. Closest station is Cutty Sark on the DLR.

More choices here: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-t...ket/food-market

These also exist at night time - check out http://www.streetfeastlondon.com/ for Street Feast, Model Market and Riverside Feast.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Heran Bago posted:

Petek Restaurant aka Petek’s
This place near Finsbury Park thinks it’s Indian food. It’s not. There is a serious lack of curry. One friend had very plain chicken and I had some Lamb meatloaf (looked like poop) that was closer to Turkish food than Indian. It wasn’t on the menu so I took my chances and asked the waitress if they had a mango lassi. She gave me this look like ‘gently caress you, what are you even talking about?’ Pricey and not worth it. Not even Indian food. Avoid.
Er, it's a Turkish restaurant.

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Lupita
Between Embankment and Charing Cross, which are already like a block from each other. I am a little spoiled with Mexican food but this place just plain could have been better. The meat was well done but everything else was just mediocre. Gourmet sizes for gourmet prices. Avoid.
It's also the best mexican food I've had in London. We just don't do Mexican well.

quote:

Kerb Market
This small collection of food trucks north of King’s Cross is delicious and cheap across the board. I had a good burrito, a friend had good falafel. I totally recommend it if you’re in the area.
Agreed here.

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Chesters (Fast Food Chain)
This fast food chain is kind of a cheap halal competitor to KFC I guess. There’s a big menu and the chicken was cooked to perfection. I’m sure anyone from London is laughing at me for even putting this here but if you’re in the mood for a cheap meal, like fried chicken, and there’s one of these around, you could do a lot worse.
It's a chicken shop, right? Like, the ones on every street corner?


With that, the comment about Sainsburys, and the list of mostly-terrible pubs you went to, I'm surprised you don't think London is a total shithole.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


The_Doctor posted:

What annoys me about the New American Renaissance we're going through over here is that the food we're all going gaga over is essentially cheap diner food.

This is chicken & waffles I had in Louisiana:

That's 3 large pieces of fantastic fried chicken, 1 big waffle, syrup, butter, and hot sauce. It cost me $7.49 and was really, really good.

Last night I went to Stax Diner to try the chicken and waffles there. It was 2 boneless chicken strips on a waffle with syrup and cost £12.75. No butter. The chicken batter was unseasoned and not particularly large. The waffle was soggy. I felt like I had been robbed, honestly.

We're paying through the nose for what is ordinarily cheap food, but because of the cachet behind it, are happily forking out for the novelty, regardless of whether it's any good or not.

Did you complain about it? I certainly would have. Otherwise how do they know that they're serving substandard food?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


therattle posted:

We want to go out for dinner with my father in law. We want good food, lots of or high-quality vegetarian options, and not too loud. Price not too important. Thought of L'Autre Pied but we want to go on a Sunday and it's closed. North or Central preferably. Cuisine: modern British or European. Ideas please!

Ottolenghi?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


therattle posted:

Flatiron does decent steak, reasonably priced. It's all they do, really, with fries or salad.

They had a 2 hour queue last night when we turned up at 7:30pm. Then we went to Pizza Pilgrim up the road, and had the longest wait and worst service ever.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Anyone have recommendations for Korean places in Soho and/or Farringdon?

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


BizarroAzrael posted:

Got a date Tuesday, she doesn't drink.

Sever

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


BizarroAzrael posted:

Chipotle - bowls are pretty good and substantial, and their website has a nutrition calculator

Also comes with added E. coli and norovirus...

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


I've just moved to half way between Old St and Shoreditch High St stations, about 3 mins walk from Dinerama. What's good and cheap to eat around, where should I get my affordable take away dinners?!

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Kaiho posted:

hahahahahhahahahahahahaha

Come on man, let me live in hope!

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


Kaiho posted:

He's bought it I think

I wish.

tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


For Chinese Hakkasan, Yauatcha and HKK are good. They're all owned by the same group anyway!
Otherwise, as sweek0 said, check out the Michelin list.

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tentish klown
Apr 3, 2011


tentish klown posted:

I've just moved to half way between Old St and Shoreditch High St stations, about 3 mins walk from Dinerama. What's good and cheap to eat around, where should I get my affordable take away dinners?!

Everyone who made stupid replies to this, I can't believe it took me two weeks to come up with the correct answer.
Obviously the solution is salt beef bagels from Beigel Bake (on brick lane).

How did I not remember this place?

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