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NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




RazorBunny posted:

My husband and I are planning a trip to London in the summer, and I've definitely bookmarked this thread as part of my prep Neither of us has ever been to the UK.

I did have one specific question: are there any particular pubs or restaurants that you'd recommend for getting really good hard ciders and/or ginger beer (either the alcoholic or non-alcoholic variety). We've tried the majority of the brands that get imported into the US. It doesn't have to be an in-house brew, though that would be even better, just places that have really good brands on tap.

He likes some of the sweeter ciders, but I prefer dry.

We can get Strongbow (my personal favorite), Blackthorn, and Magner's (which I know is made in Ireland ), and there are lots of really good American brands popping up, but I've always heard that there's a lot more to be had in England. I think there's only one ginger beer from the UK available here, Idris, which neither of us really liked, but I'd be interested to try other brands and in-house brews.

The Euston Tap/Cider Tap is fun. Just outside Euston railway station in a pair of tiny old Royal Mail sorting houses. Last night was the first time I went but it was very pleasant but you'll probably have to stand. A dozen or so regional ciders with very friendly staff while at the Euston Tap opposite there's dozens upon dozens of bottled beers and another ten or so on tap. Had a great perry and fantastic bitter.

There's a great Sichuan place called Chili Cool about 10 minutes away too. It was a good evening

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NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




My brother and I had lunch at Nagomi near Bond Street today since we heard it had good ramen.

I might not be the best judge having not had much ramen before but this stuff was great! Had their tonkotsu ramen which also came with four competent gyoza, the soup was nice and thick, well seasoned, just all round delicious and the pork had plenty of melting fat A++ would slurp again. The atmosphere is lovely too with some bizarre music and nice staff. Worth a visit.

My parents are taking us all out to Bistro Bruno Loubet at the Zetter Hotel tomorrow too, has anyone been? It's been a while since I've been to a really good restaurant so I'm really looking forward to it

NLJP fucked around with this message at Mar 28, 2012 around 16:16

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Been invited to Morgan M at the Barbican tomorrow night! The reviews are on the upper end of decent so I'm really looking forward to it.

Any of you been and can tell me what to look out for?

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Scion3872 posted:

Does anyone have any suggestions for restaurants nearby Kilburn/Maida Vale?

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

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

I think they've actually translated the menu now at least. Anyway, it was excellent when I went a few months ago.

NLJP fucked around with this message at Nov 9, 2012 around 17:04

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




I've eaten a lot of places courtesy of parents and so forth lately but drat if Ba Shan in Soho hasn't been the best so far.

Definitely order the cabbage with chili, dried cucumber with pork and the steamed catfish with chili and noodles. Otherwise it's a bit open but their sichuan dried fried beans are great as well as the red cooked pork belly (chairman mao's red braised pork).

I could rave for a long time about this meal. Honestly, the best meal I've had in a long time, chinese or otherwise.

loving go there. Seriously.

NLJP fucked around with this message at Dec 10, 2012 around 10:59

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




It's definitely pretty good but the portion of actual soup is really pretty small for a ramen place.

It's great we're getting more and more options when it comes to ramen in London these days though but if you ask me about soup noodles in general I still think Koya is best.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




The_Doctor posted:

I ended up going to Hung's on Wardour St, this tiny place with about 4 tables. Their wontons had actual prawns in, and were delicious!

Hung's is great. Their BBQ and congee has an excellent rep too.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Spuckuk posted:

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

Heading to Marco Pierre Whites steak and alehouse tonight, excited

The Pride of Spitalfields is an old school pub with great pub cat can be found just off brick lane. 3 Heneage Street.

A couple of decent ales on but overall it's just a nice place to pop into and I repeat that the cat owns.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Spuckuk posted:

Pub cat?

Sold

Jowliest, chunkiest non-give-a-fuckiest cat.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

Love this place. Cat is very aloof though.

Yeah as I said a pretty non give a gently caress cat but happy to accept scritches when I was there but then again it was also pretty quiet since we were there at lunchtime. Oh well, glad you liked the place anyway

NLJP fucked around with this message at Feb 3, 2013 around 17:18

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Raffles posted:

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

Ba Shan for Hunan food. Basically order more or less what these dudes did: http://eatlovenoodles.blogspot.co.u...-to-london.html though I wouldn't bother with the general tso's myself.

It's my favourite restaurant at the moment though.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




pointsofdata posted:

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.

Yeah Chilli Cool is really great. Bonus that it's near the Euston Tap and Cider Tap.

My second favourite chinese after Ba Shan I'd say but I haven't been there a while.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




TorpedoFish posted:

Yeah, I know the whole craft brewing thing is still pretty much an American thing



There's a massive amount of craft brew in the UK and has been for a long time. Also, as an aside, it's spreading out over Europe now. Lots of decent craft beer in Italy and Scandinavia especially these days. Germany seems conspicuously absent but they seem very tied to their styles, not that there's anything wrong with that. It's funny to see how english styles get interpreted abroad too, been fun to see it evolve.

The Harp near Trafalgar Square is, imo, the best pub in central but often crowded (try upstairs, I often get space there), there's the Euston Tap and Cider Tap just outside Euston station, Jerusalem Tavern near Farringdon is also pleasant if a bit fakey and lastly my favourite pub at the moment is the Southampton Arms in Gospel Oak. All of these have at least half a dozen constantly changing ales and ciders, barring the Jerusalem which only stocks the one brewery.

Those are just off the top of my head and I haven't lived in London that long, there's lots more if you look a bit.

Craft ale in England is rare? I can usually find one or two real ales kept decently in any random pub I go into. Well, mostly Doom Bar and London Pride (not precisely 'craft beer', granted; it's something though) but our bog standard chain pub up the road has recently been doing three pumps of constantly changing micro brews and that's not unusual these days.

Kosher food is a different story, I grant you. Lots of halal but not much kosher. I guess Golder's Green and Highgate would have some, yeah. I think I maybe heard Bevis Marks is ok? http://www.bevismarkstherestaurant.com/


Anyway sorry about the rant, I like my ales I'll buy you a good pint when you come to london if you want, torpedofish.

NLJP fucked around with this message at May 26, 2013 around 13:28

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Kaiho posted:

Doom Bar, being Sharp's, being MillerCoors, is the definition of what is not craft, though.

I'll grant you there's good ale to be had in London, and your list is pretty much the who's who of where to find decent cask in the city (I'd add Holborn Whippet if you're in the neighbourhood) but a lot of it is pretty bland...

Well yeah, there's lots of basically lager only pubs pubs but it's completely inaccurate to portray craft beer as being somehow unusual in England. Similar situation in the U.S. The majority of bars will be serving almost exclusively lager, with maybe some bottled microbrews, while there will be a few excellent places specialising in craft brews.

And I mentioned doom bar more as a passable 'ale' that you find in pretty much even the most ale averse places, not as craft beer. I clarified a bit in an edit, I think.

NLJP fucked around with this message at May 26, 2013 around 13:41

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




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?

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.

My favourite takeaway in the immediate area there is probably Speedy Noodles. It's extremely takeaway chinese but oddly good. I mean, I'm usually all about genuine chinese etc. but man, speedy noodles hits the spot for me for some reason. Plus, it's very very cheap. I don't know how much they charge for delivery since I just pop down normally.

I'm midway between Kilburn and West Hampstead so I'm not sure if you can get stuff from the Tiffin Tin where you are but that's my indian takeaway of choice.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Godline posted:

Guys, I'm after a real good BBQ joint. Slow smoked ribs, wings and all that stuff.

Need recommendations please!

Talking of West Hampstead, this is where to get the best ribs I've ever had (commercially): http://www.one-sixty.co.uk/ Just a small walk up West End Lane from the tube/overground/thameslink. Their burgers are not great but the ribs and wings are pretty amazing at least, also actually good coleslaw and pickles etc. edit: I know this whole post makes me sound like a west hampstead/kilburn partisan but I genuinely think onesixty is the best bbq place in london right now, but gently caress what do I know.

As for pubs to go out on a date with, the Black Lion (again, a little up on west end lane) is pretty nice but I always find that generally it all gets a bit weird and posh-hipster up that way but that's just my personal taste. For more general food stuff, Wet Fish Cafe is good general european bistro type of stuff with good lunchtime deals. La Brocca is good generalised italian in the same area. There's also the Alice House but I found it pricy, boring and just generally meh. There's a branch of Guglee there which is always decent for southern-ish Indian but only five minutes farther up is the Tiffin Tin which I personally prefer.

Other good reasonable date pub pub is more down on kilburn: The Priory Tavern on 250 Belsize road. They have a good spirits selection too. The Earl Derby on Kilburn high road itself is a reasonable boozer but skip the food; it used to be far better. It's still finding its feet and tends to be a little empty.

There's also always the Czech Pub (place still owns though the staff has changed a lot in recent years). The Czech Pub is, well, more homey so it depends on the date but well worth going for a quirky place with reasonably priced pilsner and good central european food. It's a place with history and basically just plonked in a former detached house. Used to be the place to watch ice hockey world cup but last couple of times I've been in there the TVs have been on the blink so not sure about that one now. Mind you, not sure where else would be better to watch it in the area.

NLJP fucked around with this message at Feb 26, 2015 around 01:42

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Anae posted:

Theatre tonight, sooo...dinner around Leicester Square that isn't expensive and crap tourist traps? Ideally with a nice veggie or fish option or two.

Bit late but as a heads up to other people who might end up round there sometime, the best place nearby is, IMO, Lanzhou Noodle Bar https://plus.google.com/11003879147...out?gl=uk&hl=en

The thing to get is the noodle soup really. Bit more than a fiver if I remember well, proper hand pulled noodles, good soup and good flavour choices, also big portions. Stewed beef version is best but the Won Ton soup is great too. It looks like an ordinary crap buffet style chinese from the outside but it's real.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Neris posted:

I went to Koya for the first time ever on Friday, finally! It was fabbo - mainly the starter of stout and slow cooked pork belly.

But omg did you see, they're closing it down because the chef is going back to Japan. Sadness.

You're joking right? That is extreme sadness

edit: "After 5 years we will be closing Koya on 31 May. @JunyaYamaski is returning to Japan & we wish him much happiness but are sad to see him go."

poo poo, I need to go this month then. Apparently Koyabar will stay open but it's just not the same.

NLJP fucked around with this message at Apr 30, 2015 around 23:22

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




Ate at tonkotsu east two days ago and I thought it was pretty poor honestly. Everyone aside from me had the Tonkotsu which was pretty tasteless, the Tokyo (Shoyu) was better.

We also had some tasteless, slightly burnt gyoza. In the area near Koya in general, no noodle soup stands up to them except the La Mian soups at Lanzhou Noodle Bar on Cranbourn street, imo.

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




ineptmule posted:

I'm surprised by this. I've gone about five times and every time I've visited it's been good. Although I agree that to my tastes at least, the Shoyu/Tokyo is better. They do seem to have made some of the portions a bit smaller since I first went, however.

To be honest though I was kind of underwhelmed by Koya. I will have to try and get there before it closes to give it another shot.

What did you have? My firm favourite of the regular menu is the smoked mackerel. I never liked the pork and miso. Just saw they have a beef shabu-shabu now, anyone tried it?

NLJP fucked around with this message at May 6, 2015 around 15:01

NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

I went to Som Saa tonight and it was fantastic- really fresh flavoursome northern Thai food. We arrived at 5:30 and had a drink at the bar until they started seating people at 6pm and it was completely full by 6:10pm.

Everything we had was brilliant but my favourites were the smoky aubergine dish and palm sugar ice cream with banana. Definitely worth a try if you like Asian cuisine.

Have you been to The Heron? If so, how does it compare? Som Saa does sound more flash but the Heron is the best northern Thai I've had so far, though it's a bit weird now they've redecorated

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NLJP
Aug 26, 2004




The_Doctor posted:

The Chandos is really nice upstairs in the Opera bar. Plus, it's cheap.

Yeah but if you're near the Chandos you may as well go to The Harp round the corner which is much nicer. Tends to be pretty full but often space upstairs for a few people.

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