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Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


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?

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Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


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?

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Don't want to derail too much into places to drink as opposed to places to eat, but does anyone have any experience of Milk & Honey or any of the other Rushmore group places (Danger of Death etc.)?

I ask because I'm moving down soon and was quite taken by the idea of a quiet, relaxed members only bar (also seen it rated as one of the best bars in the world in a few articles). Is it a good experience or just a bit wanky and funded by posers with more money than sense?

Raffles fucked around with this message at Jan 18, 2013 around 16:14

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


powertoiletduck posted:

went to the new version of Meat******* this evening in Hoxton and between us (on an aluminium tray) we got two glorious rare burgers, chili fries and i personally enjoyed a quality negroni plus an unfiltered+unpasteurised Budvar "Yeast". I plan to go back,

How was the queuing time? I went to the one off Oxford Street on a visit not long ago and didn't mind the 45 min wait, but I have a few friends who hate the trend of not being able to book a table in advance.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Spuckuk posted:

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.

11 for two slices of porn does seem steep considering most people don't pay for it at all.

I jest.

So I visited Belgo in Covent Garden on Saturday and managed to get sat in half an hour with no reservation which I was chuffed about. The beers and the Moules were fantastic. If you like mussels or belgian beer I'd definitely recommend it. Wasn't too expensive either really. The only fault was my girlfriend was so drunk by this point in the evening that she fell asleep at the end of the meal (she does this everytime she's drunk), which meant I didn't get to have Waffles for dessert. Planning on taking my family there when they come to visit.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


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.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


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

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Anyone have any experience of Bone Daddies in Soho? Planning on going next Saturday night; does anyone know if it gets really busy?

Oh and is it good?

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


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

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Also the Tate Modern has a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the moment if that's your thing.



Thanks for the info on Polpo I'm tempted to try it out this weekend. It's a shame so many interesting places in Soho don't take bookings. I like to have things planned out.

Also I meant to post a while ago that I tracked down the Burger Bear stall at Harringay Market and it was the best burger all time, all my life. I think he normally is set up at Red Market. If you can check it out; a true five-star burger.

https://twitter.com/burgerbeartom

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

So a little shoutout. My brother is one of the three guys who've taken over a new pub in old street called the three crowns http://www.the3crowns.co.uk/. Open for dinner tomorrow and then breakfast from wednesday. Check it out and let me know what you think!

My bus drives past that pub on my commute. I'll have to give it a go after work sometime.

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As da OP, my top burger in London remains the pricey-but-amazing Hawksmoore, for the record! God, I love that place...

On the subject of great burgers I was at MeatMission at the weekend. As great as the the other two and allows booking apparently (I wasn't the one who arranged it). So big thumbs up there.


And also a little late to the subject of good ale/craft beer pubs, but The Brownswood on Green Lanes opposite Clissold Park (my local as it happens) comes recommended, as does the it's sister pub the Jolly Butcher in Stokie.

Raffles fucked around with this message at Jun 25, 2013 around 16:02

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


e: Ignore

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


I want to go out for a good steak for my birthday. I'm currently between Marco Pierre White's steakhouse or Hawksmoor. Is one better than another? Are there any other places I should be considering? Also is there much between the various Hawksmoor venues or are they all pretty much the same (I'll most likely be going to the Spitalfields one if I choose it).

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I need a recommendation in a similar area... anywhere to grab a quick lunch near Old Broad St, basically between Bank and Liverpool St stations?

Might not be what you're looking for exactly, but the Street Kitchen van in Broadgate Circle does some amazing salads. Probably the best I've ever eaten. With the weather the way it is it can be pretty good to grab something from there and sit outside on one of the tables nearby.

e: It's actually in Finsbury Ave. Square now http://www.streetkitchen.co.uk/home.shtml

Raffles fucked around with this message at Jul 24, 2013 around 10:12

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


GiantAmazonianOtter posted:

Has anyone been to Street Feast since it's it has been in Dalston Yard?

Highlights have included Ribman, Yum Jungle, Honest Burger, Dogtown and I love the popcorn shrimp from Redhook. There's also a nifty gin bar around the back.

This weekend's vendors: http://www.streetfeastlondon.com/#!blank/c1qke

Yeah Dalston Yard is a great venue for it. A great way to spend a Friday night if the weather is nice.


I'm cycling down to Victoria Park on Sunday and need recommendations for somewhere to have lunch. Not fussy about cuisine anything decent will do.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


reality_groove posted:

The junction of Victoria Park Rd and Lauriston Rd just north of Victoria Park has a nice collection of restaurants and pubs, that's your best bet.

Great cheers pal.

Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


Best Vietnamese places in London? I've got a hankering for some pho.

North of the river would be better.

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Raffles
Dec 7, 2004


sweat poteto posted:

Poached eggs and a flat white is the new eel pie & mash.

Haha this is spot on. It also makes me part of the problem.


Anyway I need a place in/near Soho that you can book a table at. Moderately priced, so nothing earth shattering. Oh and also likely to have a table for 4 for tomorrow night (left this one a bit late).

Also any cuisine is fine, although I've had my fill of burgers and chicken wings for now.

Raffles fucked around with this message at Mar 26, 2014 around 17:37

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