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pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Ariana II is a great Afghan restaurant in Kilburn. It's bring your own with no corkage and the food is cheap (around 8 for a main). Most of the menu is kebabs of various sorts, but they also do various lamb and mince dishes. If you go, make sure you get a starter as they are great, especially the pumpkin naan.

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pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



NLJP posted:

There's a great Sichuan place called Chili Cool about 10 minutes away too. It was a good evening
I second Chili Cool, great restaurant. It's also right next door to the shop used as the storefront for "Black Books" if you're into that.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Neris posted:

Jesus. How did I not know this? :o

It's great. It's actually a bookshop in real life specialising in old books, a bit messy with a very chilled out shopkeeper. I suspect that they are only still in business because of Black Books.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Went to Sophie's Steakhouse in Chelsea the other day, it's one of those no booking places. Food was fine, but I expect more than that from somewhere like this, not really worth the price differential over Bodeans. The atmosphere was also poor. The wine list on the other hand was surprisingly reasonably priced and very good. If you can't decide on a wine then just got the house red, it pairs brilliantly with red meats.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



I've just moved to an even dodgier part of camden to where I was previously. I still don't know anywhere good to eat nearby either, are there any good restaurants within a 10 minute walk of say Camden Town station?

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Spuckuk posted:

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

Sweet potato chips are amazing. There's a pub in west hampstead, called The Gallery IIRC, which serves them. It's a pretty good pub actually if you are in the area and want a quick but hearty meal.

Thanks YourCreation, I'll check them out.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



sweek0 posted:

Yep, fun little local pub, bit out of the way. It's also really drat cheap! Basically all those pubs you just named are very good. Here, fellow-goon and friend of mine Lloydy reviewed it on his beer blog. http://bitterbloke.blogspot.co.uk/2...ng-admiral.html

Food is just simple Asian food as in many other pubs, do not bother with that.

The Old Eagle just round the corner from Camden Road station has a pretty good atmosphere, although the prices and selection are nothing special.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



therattle posted:

That sounds AMAZING. :jealous;

Does anyone have a recommendation for Sunday lunch in West End, preferably near Holborn, for godparents in their late 60s/early 70s who appreciate good food? I've booked the Delaunay but feel like I might be missing something.

Dabbous is nearer Holborn and would be pretty cool, no idea if you'd be able to get a table though. Their lunch menu is only 26 for four courses.

Otherwise the Savoy Grill is both good and similar to Delauney. What's wrong with Delauney though?

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Spuckuk posted:

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).

Same here (well not the northern bit). IMO Nandos has nothing to offer over a traditional fast food place and is about twice the price. Leon on the other hand is worth paying for and doesn't pretend to be a proper restaurant.

e: \/\/\/ Maybe it's just me then, but I've always found their chicken a bit bland (like most chicken) with all the flavour coming from their sauce, which is only OK. If it was cheaper I wouldn't mind, but as a student I can get a burger from GBK for a fiver, which is infinitely better. Or go to some cheap ethnic restaurant for the same price as Nandos. I still eat there occasionally, but when it's my choice.

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pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



RazorBunny posted:

While we're not exactly burger aficionados, my husband and I really like a good hamburger and have tried a wide range. We both thought the burger at Byron was one of the better chain burger-place burgers we've had. There are a lot of American burger chains that I'd place in the same tier as Byron that have much lower quality. The fries were really good, too.

The onion rings were ridiculously greasy and under-seasoned, though.

The best thing at Byron is their courgette fritters. I wish more places did them.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Mousepractice posted:

The worst chips I ever had in my life were from Nandos in the Brunswick Centre.


You entirely deserved that for going to Nandos in the Brunswick and not the Hare & Tortoise.

pointsofdata fucked around with this message at Nov 1, 2012 around 20:09

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



The_Doctor posted:

I'm meeting an American friend tonight at Vauxhall at 830, what's still open and good around there? Reasonably priced please?

Hot Stuff is very cheap and good.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



NLJP posted:

Yeah Ariana II is really good. A bit farther afield down Edgeware Road is The Heron pub too, which is a grotty old man pub but with a totally awesome genuine northern Thai restaurant in the basement.

http://theskinnybib.com/2011/04/17/...entiously-thai/

I'll second Ariana II. BYOB with no corkage is another plus.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Raffles posted:

On the subject of coming to London, me and my girlfriend are planning to come down to see Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in March. Anyone have any favourites for a pre-theatre dinner, preferably around 20-30 per head, around Seven Dials/Covent Garden?

If you book and get there early enough to order before 6 you could get a set menu at The Ivy, which would be pretty cool.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Neris posted:

Whoosh! Here's what I've done.

London restaurants recommended in this thread by location

If anyone thinks I've missed something, something doesn't belong or fancies helping me sort them by price (was thinking I could make the ultra cheap places a different colour to the ultra expensive ones.. some other day) let me know. I'll stick it in the OP once a few people have given me a thumbs up!

That's really great, thanks. Has Asukusa by Mornington Crescent not been recommended anywhere? It certainly deserves to be on there.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Raffles posted:

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?

I see lots of spanish/japanese food vendors at the lunchtime markets. It's all very expensive as well, normally 5+ for food and a drink.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Oops wrong thread

pointsofdata fucked around with this message at Feb 1, 2013 around 12:22

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



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.

Bodeans have a pretty good system for this: you give them your mobile number and they'll text you when a table is ready.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Raffles posted:

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

The Four Seasons is my favourite of the main chinatown restaurants. New China is ok, not great. I've heard good things about Ba Shan on Romilly Street but have never been there myself.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Neris posted:

Y'all should come to this on March 16th so we can discuss the rise of kimchii, how poo poo cadburys chocolate tastes now and what the next pop-up trend will be!!!!!!*

*Only if you want. It is a goon meet ffs.

In actual content, I finally made it to Byron burger the other day and holy moly that was good for a chain. Very impressed, especially the bun. Their ginormo milkshakes were also extremely tasty.

I go there just for the courgette fries sometimes

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Chili Cool in Bloomsbury is a really great Sichuan place btw. If you can go with a few people so you can try lots of dishes, we had an incredible one with mushrooms in it but I can't remember what it was called. As a bonus it's next to the book shop used as the outdoor front for the Black Books bookshop.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



ineptmule posted:

Looking for a fun/interesting bar or pub to have my girlfriend's birthday drinks at next week. We're looking at Giant Robot in Clerkenwell, and thought about the Southampton Arms in Kentish Town but they don't take reservations.

We have some people coming into town (and leaving the same night) on national rail so ideally no more than 5 mins walk from a tube station and we don't want to go too far down any of the tubes!

Bubbledog maybe? Looks interesting, I've never been but has ok reviews.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Raffles posted:

Tell me about Polpo guys. Will I end up spending a fortune there?

No, but the bill will be significantly larger than you expect at the end (nothing on the menu is more than a tenner). e: For clarity last time I went it was about 50 for two incl tip and drinks, but we didn't eat much.

Mr. Wiggles posted:

Okay, gonna be in London in less than a month now. Staying in Knightsbridge, but I don't want to eat there all the time. Where do I eat with my new spouse? No idea what to look for in that city.


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pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Finally went to Polpo the other day and it was very disappointing. Meatballs were good but everything else was bad and overpriced.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



The_Doctor posted:

I've discovered the Espresso Room in Great Ormond St. Even tinier than Monmouth, but does a really nice filter coffee.

It's really cool, don't try and go with more than one friend though!

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



corkskroo posted:

Thanks. I'll look into that. I've had Sunday roast in the neighbourhood at a couple of places with varying results. But maybe I have to resign myself to the fact that the non "ethic" food in my neighbourhood plays it very safe. I'm also verrrrry interested in the various immigrant communities for food but that's another question for another day. Right now I just want some pie and mash and some guts. I guess if that was my top priority I should have taken the flat across the street from Smithfields. But alas it wasn't.

Just go to a pub (or 'gastropub') and order something, there will be a bunch of them which do good food near you.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



corkskroo posted:

I've been checking them all out, hence the questions. I dig them (well most of them) but was hoping for more from the menus. Burgers and pizza are rampant.

Regarding the Smithfield thing, that's for another thread. My flat hunt was very hurried and pretty weird. But not food-related. Still, Clapham/Balham is good living.

I don't know Clapham well but this place looks like what you want:
http://www.bistrounion.co.uk/
Looks a bit annoying but whatever.



Saw this while I was looking and really want to go now:
http://www.timeout.com/london/resta...mongolian-grill

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



corkskroo posted:

Thanks guys. That Bread and Roses menu is exactly what I'm hoping to avoid. Nachos, chicken burgers, "Cajun" chicken wrap. I guess I need to accept the fact that the shady scumbag who shoved me off on Clapham has lame expat tastes. I was trying for my first choice flat (Islington/Hackney border)but he claimed someone else snapped it up and stuck me in Clapham, home of burger-mania (there's even a Burger King.). Whatever, that's what the tube is for.

There are Burger King's all over London it isn't really an expat thing (at the other end of the scale 'artisanal' burger places have been trendy for a while too). London isn't full of people eating eel pie and mash all the time (I think there's a place which serves it near Camden Road station?), it's one of the most international cities in the world and the food on offer reflects that, from bland looking places to restaurants serving incredibly specific regional cuisine. Take advantage of the ethnic food whenever you can and at least you'll have tried something new.

On the bread and roses menu Bangers and Mash, Fish and chips and gammon steak are all moderately english I think? I'm not sure really counts as 'English' cuisine anyway.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Hackney also has a pretty high concentration of the dreaded burger bars - porbably more than Clapham.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Convexed posted:

It's my boss's birthday on Friday and we're planning a lunch. Where should we go?

We work in the City so not too far from there. Dirty food is preferable! And price doesn't matter too much.

Thanks in advance.

Duck and Waffle, clearly!

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



NLJP posted:

Not so sure about Cricklewood but there's some stuff around Kilburn these days. Ariana II is probably the restaurant of note on the high road itself. It's a pretty good Afghan. Near Kilburn Tube you have the North London Tavern and the Kilburn Ironworks. The Ironworks just reopened as a hipstery gastro pub situation with some ok opening buzz and North London tavern has been that for a while. I've never had food there, though.


Seconding Ariana II, my favourite restaurant in the area

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



The Tiffin Tin is by far my favourite Indian delivery.

Any other suggestions?

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



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)

Udderlicious

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



It feels like there is a wahaca on every street now, they are everywhere

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



therattle posted:

I'm thinking of higher-end Asian food: they probably know curry house Asian and cheapish standard Chinese (I know I'm being patronising but probably right), but they don't know food like Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Cinnamon Club etc. Otherwise London classics like Sheekey's

gymkhana might be a good option if it is in the right price range.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Bibigo near angel is pretty impressive for the price. Dodgy service but good food and drinks.

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



Best work lunch chain, go!

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



The_Doctor posted:

Right? I love Taco Bell and have it all the time whenever I'm in the US, so to finally have some more here would be aces. I know there was one in Leicester Square in the late 80s/90s but it shut down due to low sales. Now with our broadened palettes, it would be a perfect time for them to hit up the UK all big again.


I like Wasabi's hot food, although it can be super heavy.

Agreed, I think they're my favourite but a bit pricey at 6 (still good value though)

pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011




Some of their new stuff looks like they're straying a bit from what they're good at, but I haven't tried it. Like there's not way I'm going to buy chicken teriyaki from a bacon sandwich chain

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pointsofdata
Apr 25, 2011



I care about my health, so I'm going to eat at ...Bodeans???

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