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angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I'm back in London after a 2 year stint in sub-Saharan Africa.

I have a list of things I need to eat/drink, but I'm looking for great set menu lunch deals that have vegetarian options. Any suggestions?

P.S. Xarr, thanks for the cocktail bar list. I will be checking out Nightjar and Claridges Bar very soon. I'll pm you when I go. I owe you a drink.

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angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I'm not working at the moment, so proper courses would be best.

Almost completely by accident I had dinner at Midred's last night. Fan-loving-tastic.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Trip Report: Nightjar

On Friday, I went to check out Nightjar, having heard awesome things. It was absolutely incredible. We got seated at a tiny table right next to the stage. There was a pretty cool band playing. There was a tap dance battle. It was EPIC.
Here's the cocktail list:
http://www.barnightjar.com/wp-conte...SUMMER-MENU.pdf

Here's a list of what I drank:
Pre-Prohibition: Bobby Burns
Prohibition: Remember the Maine, Scoff Law
Post-War: The Wibble
Nightjar Signature: Brick Lane Cocktail

It took all of my strength not to pay the bartender 120 to make me a Sazerac with Hannisville Rye - Distilled 1863.

Xarr, you were right. Utter perfection.

I want to go again with a group so we can have the sharing cocktails. I saw the steaming teapot one served and it was rad. If you haven't been to this bar, you need to as soon as you can.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I really need to get to Bocca di Lupo. I don't think I've been back since I quit working there. The chef, Jacob Kennedy, is so drat passionate about food and it shows. Also, he's a really awesome guy.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Need a few good ideas for good date restaurants around Covent Garden that don't take reservations for dinner. Help me out guys!


VVVV Thanks for the help! I think it's going to be a toss-up between Da Polpo and Mildreds (which I went to a couple weeks ago and was amazing.)

We should do a GWS London outing sometime.

angor fucked around with this message at Nov 30, 2011 around 21:46

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Refried Noodle posted:

Another prospective first-time visitor to London here. This thread is great! My girlfriend recently turned vegetarian and Mildred's will definitely be on the program. Any another places you would recommend for veggie goodness? We are staying on the South Bank if that helps.

The Gate in Hammersmith.
http://thegaterestaurants.com/

Pied Terre has a ridiculous looking veggie tasting menu.
http://www.pied-a-terre.co.uk/vegetarian-tasting-menu

Also, check out Rasoi for their Indian vegetarian tasting menu. I can confirm that their food is loving delicious.

angor fucked around with this message at Mar 8, 2012 around 13:52

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Going to Ledbury tomorrow for lunch. Super excited!!!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

angor posted:

Going to Ledbury tomorrow for lunch. Super excited!!!

HOLY gently caress. If you haven't eaten at The Ledbury, you owe it to yourself to do so. 3 course set lunch menu for 35. Left there completely satisfied. One of the best meals I've ever had.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Anyone been to Mestizo in Angel recently? I went there 2 years ago and it was loving stellar Mexican food. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavours were spot on. Also, their tequila list is probably second to none in London.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Just out of curiosity, has anyone eaten at Incanto in NW London? Thoughts?

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Went down to Japanese Knife Company yesterday to get a knife sharpened (and ended up buying a new piece ). Noticed Purl was just across the road, so I stopped in for a cocktail. Not as good as Nightjar and not nearly the selection, but great cocktails nonetheless. I really liked the Femme Fatale. Very well balanced, and it came with a spherified olive, which was loving incredible.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

The_Doctor posted:

That's just around the corner from me, and I've never eaten there, but friends have and they've said it's pretty middling. The food is fine, but doesn't live up to the pretentiousness of the place. It really thinks its a hell of a lot better than it is.

Hmm, interesting. I think the food is pretty good, if not slightly overpriced. It's nice to have something decent close to the house though. Also, I hear there's a waiter that gives free digestif to goons

In other news, I'm headed to Manna tonight. Super excited!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

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.

angor fucked around with this message at Sep 1, 2012 around 09:00

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Birthday dinner at Ledbury tonight. 9 course vegetarian tasting with wine pairing. SO. loving. EXCITED.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

9 Course (vegetarian) tasting menu at Ledbury was loving EPIC as expected.

Checking out Orkideh on Finchley Road tomorrow. Anyone been? Never tried Persian food, but it looks pretty awesome.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Wait, has Mason and Taylor actually closed?? I loved that place

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

This is really random but I found a loving excellent Lebanese place the other day up my neck of the woods.

BM Lebanese up in Northwood Hills. Excellent food, perfectly seasoned everything and the owner (Basil) is friendly and helpful. If you happen to be in the area, definitely give it a shot: http://bmlebanese.co.uk

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Does anyone know if Burger and Shake has a veggie option on their menu? Facebook suggests they trialled one a little while ago but not sure if that stuck.

Also, can anyone recommend anything cheap-ish (10-15pp) near Hyde Park?

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

angor posted:

Also, can anyone recommend anything cheap-ish (10-15pp) near Hyde Park?

I decided to get back on the train and went to Koya. Luckily got seated with less than 10 minutes wait. Really good stuff. It was my first time eating udon and I wasn't quite sure....how. I managed anyways, delicious.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

My brother's (21st) birthday is coming up soon and I'm looking for a bar. We've already booked Blueberry bar around 8pm or so and we'll probably spend an hour or two there. Got a ping pong table! The next logical stop would be Worship Street Whistling Shop, but unfortunately it's already booked out .

We'd like somewhere relatively close by, can accommodate 20 or so people, preferably somewhere with awesome cocktails. Nightjar would probably be too small and Purl might be too far out. As you might imagine, we're all pretty big fans of speakeasy type places

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

The_Doctor posted:

Any more takers?

This sounds awesome, but we're going out for my brother's birthday on Saturday . Next time!

(For those interested, we've decided to go to Ninety Eight Bar. Looks rad.)

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

What's your favourite pizza place in London?

I went to Sacro Cuore last Friday. They don't take bookings (sorry Neris!) but we got lucky and there was one table free. We had the Bufalina (tomato sauce, buffalo D.O.P. mozz, parmesan, basil, olive oil) and a Margherita with capers, artichoke hearts and wild broccoli. The Bufalina was amazing. Excellent char, good chewy-ness, good flavour. I'd say if it was a bit crispier the crust would have been perfect. Sauce and cheese were awesome as well. Best pizza I've had in a long time. The Margherita we got was a bit of a let down. Crust was as good as the first, but the capers were tiny (unlike the 'big fat' capers in the reviews we read), the broccoli was terribly overcooked and the garlic was completely raw. We had the eggplant parmesan to start and that was really tasty, but way to cheesy if you planned on having pizza afterwards.

When I go back I definitely want to try the Diavola. The couple next to us got it and the smell of the fresh chilies was incredible and I swear it made my eyes water from one table over. I need that in my life.

EDIT: Aw, nuts. I just realised they have a smoked mozzarella. Looks like I'll be going back there sooner than I thought.

angor fucked around with this message at Apr 8, 2013 around 11:00

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I'm still really butthurt that Mason and Taylor shut down. They had tons of awesome stuff on tap.

I hear really good things about this place: http://www.thenorthpolepub.co.uk/beer.html
I haven't been personally, but I've been told it's an excellent place to get your hands (mouth) on some great beer. There's also The Rake at Borough Market.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

BizarroAzrael posted:

Moving to Uxbridge to study at Brunel, any good places there? Have a friend visiting, I think pub food, pizza or Mexican. Also good take aways, will probably want Chinese before I get shopping in.

sweek0 pretty much has it right. I know it's not really what you asked for, but here's what I know around that area:

Northwood Hills - BM Lebanese.
East Finchley - Good Thai food, beer, and football.
Northwood - Maharaja.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Kaiho posted:

Way too excited for the best Ethiopian food tonight.

Gojo, Ladbroke Grove, if you ask.

gently caress. Yes. I love this place. Buy wine from the shop above!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

This was just sent to me. As if you needed another reason to eat at Bocca di Lupo



I used to work for Jacob, this doesn't surprise me at all. He's an awesome dude who is ridiculously passionate about food.

EDIT: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8apw9TamTI

angor fucked around with this message at Sep 10, 2013 around 10:28

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Neris posted:

What about a supper club or something a little off-the-beaten track? A taster menu somewhere or something?

http://www.londonpopups.com/p/london-supper-clubs.html


That sounds pretty nice for instance, but isn't really taking someone out for dinner, it's a food-based event where you'll get your fill and plenty of atmosphere and probably would be pretty fun!

edit: Otherwise BOB BOB RICARD

At first I thought you were talking about Supper Club, and I wanted to die inside. We're all good, now though

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Only place that jumps to mind is Supper Club. Don't go there.

Edit: Ooooh, you could go to Electric Cinema and get a huge sofa/bed thing and eat a burger and watch a film!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I went to Manna a couple years ago. Horribly disappointing .

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Last time I was at Borough market, Mexgrocer had set up a stall and was selling some of their stuff. Probably easier/cheaper to just order online though from mexgrocer.co.uk

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Unfortunately, their website says they're both closed.

http://www.picantemexicangrill.co.uk/hasta-luego.php

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I have a friend who will be coming to London for a week, staying near St. Pancras station. He's looking for good food. He's open to suggestions, but definitely wants one GOOD Indian place (doesn't have to be fancy, food needs to be outstanding) and one place where he can get game (venison, grouse, boar, etc.).

He'll be in town for a week, mostly museum hopping, so anything near Tate Britain, British Museum, the British Library, the V&A, the Courtauld, and the National Gallery is also fair game (heh).

Any recommendations?

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I think he'll be walking for the most part, but you can't really do much without a travelcard in London. I'm sure he's open to suggestions that are a few tube stops away.

He did mention that he had Rules in Covent Garden on the list. It looks astronomically expensive for what it is. Has anyone been? Is it worth it?

I did mention St. John to him, but I'll make sure and mention it again.

For Indian, does anyone know of a GOOD Gujarati place where he can tuck into a thali? I know of a bunch, but they're all in Harrow/Wembley

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

Where in Stanmore?

please don't say Abercorn, please don't say Abercorn...

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I have a longish layover at Heathrow coming up. I'm meeting family somewhere close by for breakfast. Any good breakfast spots? It's also my brother's birthday, so somewhere nice-ish would be perfect.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

The_Doctor posted:

I wasn't aware you could leave air side in Heathrow for a layover like that. We're a lot more stringent about that than the U.S. Also, there's really nothing around Heathrow, the whole area is pretty much a dump. Hotels, industrial estates and warehouses.

Yeah, you can. You have to go to the counter near the electronics shops and tell them you want to leave, and why. They'll escort you out. They do this on the hour, every hour. (This is the process in T5 anyways, haven't done this in the other terminals.)

Shame there's nothing nearby. It's too bad they can't come into the airport to hit up Plane Food or Waga's.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

therattle posted:

T5 has a Carluccios. Could do worse. It's not plane side.

Yeah, there's a pub there as well that serves breakfast. I was just wondering if there was anything worthwhile close by, which it doesn't seem like there is.

The layover is 8 hours, so I have a bit of time. Might make the trek to Central and meet them there.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

BizarroAzrael posted:

Doubt there's much of note, but I've just moved into Cricklewood, between the train station and Kilburn tube, any good restaurants or takeaways I should know about?

You're not TOO far from Sacro Cuore which is a fantastic pizza joint.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

sweat poteto posted:

Just stumbled into one of the best vege meals in memory here in Bath at Acorn. I think it's new. £20 fixed price menu (before 6:30pm) is insane.

That looks awesome! Last time I was in Bath we went to Demuths and it was super expensive and pretty underwhelming. If you're still in Bath and haven't checked out Yak Yeti Yak, please do!

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angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

It's also worth noting that 'Mexican' can't be classified easily. There's a HUGE range of culinary diversity based on region throughout Mexico, and you can't just list 5, 10, or even 100 things and say 'this is Mexican' food.

That being said, Wahaca has done really well for themselves, and their food is fantastic ('true' Mexican or not).

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