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[LONDON] Great Ramen @ Cocoro Bloomsbury

Had the tonkotsu ramen a while ago and it was ok but not particularly exciting. The broth was indeed oily as you described, and nicely aromatic, but not as flavoursome in a porky sort of way. The charshu could also have been a little more tender. But this was around the time it opened, so glad to hear that they've hit their stride.

Apr 07, 2014
limster in U.K./Ireland

On the District, Circle, or Piccadilly lines [London]

If you like spicy food try No. 10 Chinese Restaurant for Sichuan near Earl's Court.

Apr 07, 2014
limster in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

The octopus starter at Pizarro is superb.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922759

Apr 05, 2014
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Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

There's also a second smaller market on the grounds of one of the churches on Marylebone High Street.

http://www.cabbagesandfrocks.co.uk

Apr 05, 2014
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What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

How's the Singapore/Malaysian stuff in LA? I've never really encountered much of it on my trips there. Some of the specific dishes here at certain places are comparable to their counterparts in Singapore. Try Tukdin and Sedap; the latter has Penang style Nyona dishes which are a sub-genre unto itself.

Try Lahore Nihari (Pakistani), Truly Indian (Punjabi), Hyderabadi Spice (Hyderabadi), Chennai Dosa (Tamil).

Toasted in East Dulwich is worth the trip for a modern European food in a small plate format; lovely selection of eclectic wines.

Mar 28, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

Great stuff. Love the two versions of rou jia mo (spicy cumin lamb and pork) and the lamb stew. Bread is excellent (nothing like the English muffin at the TYS good food stall, now on Charing Cross Road).

The noodles were great too - nice firm texture with a little dense bite. Favourite might have been the zha jiang mian, as the sauces was savoury even though it was sparingly applied.

The liang pi had a very interesting and robust range of flavours, sour and spicy. Very enjoyable.

Mar 27, 2014
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Spicy Island, New Malden, London

Cool - love to hear more about Bay and Curry Leaves when you have a chance to try it. Thanks again!

Mar 24, 2014
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Please critique our dinner itinerary

Had a dinner at Rules last autumn and it was quite ordinary but expensive. Desserts were great though. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922569

If you're only considering French/British cuisines, I would recommend checking out Seven Park Place (French, excellent classical cooking and great technique), or Trinity (modern British/European, with a well-priced wine list in the Chef's cellar section) or Toasted in East Dulwich (interesting wines, excellent European cooking in small plate format).

If you're interested in the plethora of other foods available here e.g. Persian, Lebanese, Malaysian, Sichuan, Dongbei, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Sicilian, pick a couple of cuisines (you can't try all the good places in 8 days), and will provide relevant suggestions.

Mar 24, 2014
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Any good S Asian and Malaysian –Camden, London?

Great to have you back! Try Tukdin for their nasi lemak, while not the best in the world, is certainly better than any I've tried outside Singapore, and quite a few in Singapore.

Mar 24, 2014
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Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

By way of confirmation, tried the St John's doughnuts at Maltby Street recently and the difference in the doughnut (not filling) was palpable -- it wasn't as light and fluffy, and slightly stiff compared to Bread Ahead and to their former selves. The lemon cream filing was very good though - a light lemony flavour and rich cream.

Mar 23, 2014
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Spicy Island, New Malden, London

There was more displayed in the counter. Kottu, a few curries, some fried noodles, but did look at the menu. Love to hear what the other stuff is like. Looked some seating I the back.

Mar 22, 2014
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Spicy Island, New Malden, London

Great fried Sri Lankan snacks. A very fresh clean flavour, despite getting the stuff from display case. Medu vada (lentil donuts) were crispy on the outside and slightly chewy and smooth on the inside. A breaded "cutlet" -- basically a roll filled with a potato and mutton curry, breaded and deep fried was also good. Another deep fried snack, an amalgam of lentils gave off a good fennel flavour with brilliant crunchiness.

Located on Burlington Road. Apparently new as their menus weren't printed yet.

Mar 22, 2014
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Good List of Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants (London)

I would also add places like the following to the list:
- Chennai Dosa
- Honey & Co.
- Truly Indian
- the Southern Indian vegetarian place in East Ham on the same block as Hyderabadi Spice
- Itadaki Zen

Not all of them are 100% vegetarian but serve great vegetarian dishes.

Mar 20, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

Thank you so much for the very thorough post - this is one of the most interesting finds I've read in a long while. Will have to try soon!

Mar 20, 2014
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Dry fried beef strips @ Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road/Southwark, London

What's the Chef's Special menu like in terms of the types of dishes? That sounds new to me, as I haven't been in a while.

Mar 19, 2014
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Monkfish liver @ Toasted, Dulwich, London

Haven't has the Japanese prep for ankimo in many years (closest was the Benu version in SF which had a ponzu like sauce). My favourite place in SF closed after the sushi chef retired. Do you have a favourite in London?

Mar 19, 2014
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Monkfish liver @ Toasted, Dulwich, London

I've had it once in a French restaurant in Boston, apparently it's traditional but have never seen it in any other French place that I've been.

Mar 19, 2014
limster in U.K./Ireland

Monkfish liver @ Toasted, Dulwich, London

Credit goes to my pals for telling me how superb Toasted is. We tried over half the menu, and everything was at least excellent. Sprouting broccoli peered up by the umami of bottarga and refreshing lemon zest. Salty oceany clams in a complex broth of sherry. Clean-tasting elegant Colchester oysters, smoothly salty, enhanced by the judicious acidity of a mild dressing. etc.

Amongst all the deliciousness, the monkfish liver stood out. A remarkably smooth firm yet soft texture, reminiscent of bean curd/tofu, its livery richness and luxuriance contrasted with a hint of bitterness in radicchio, some vegetal leaves and cut by very well tuned sweetness in the underlying dressing. Remarkable eloquence in the flavour combination. (I had to admit that it was in some ways more satisfying than the monkfish liver boudin that I had recently at Benu in SF.)

The chocolate tart was outstanding - superb balance from a very precise nudge of salt and tinge of spiciness, and beautiful temper in the chocolate that was remarkably smooth, showing off as a glossy sheen on the surface of the tart. Reminded me of the chocolate fondant at the French Laundry over a decade ago (well, sans gold leaf).

This meal was serious, nuanced, interesting (if whimsical) and sophisticated (my friend's description, which I think is perfect) food, masquerading as casual cooking in a wine bar setting. If this is what they do routinely, there aren't that many modern European restaurants that are in their league.

P.S. try the tomato liqueur.

Mar 18, 2014
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SF-area restaurant critics: Validators vs Discoverers

Sure, and in my mind that's usually measured outwardly by the quality of food.

Mar 18, 2014
limster in San Francisco Bay Area

SF-area restaurant critics: Validators vs Discoverers

Re: Discovery - merely eating at a place doesn't in itself constitute discovery. Discovery is the recognition of greatness, be it in a single dish or the overall ability of a restaurant.

Mar 18, 2014
limster in San Francisco Bay Area
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Berners Tavern [London]

Similar experiences at Social Eating House and Pollen Street Social, the latter a long while ago. Great technique, but the dishes never exceed the sum of their parts.

Mar 15, 2014
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Battersea Suggestions, Please! [London]

Try the Cantonese style roast chicken at Red Pocket at the Hotel Verta.

On the St John's Hill side, there's good croque monsieur/madam and tarte Tatin at Boutique Deli. Kaosarn for great Thai, especially the masaman curry. (Caveat, haven't been in long time.)

Further out near Clapham, there's Trinity and The Dairy, both serving modern European cooking.

Mar 13, 2014
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Saturday breakfast at Borough or Maltby

Further down (about 10mins walk) to Spa Terminus is another cluster of stalls. I'm very partial to the pastries at Little Bread Pedlar, especially the Danishes.

Mar 10, 2014
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Saturday breakfast at Borough or Maltby

Make that another vote for the smoked salmon from Hansen & Lydersen and for 40 Maltby Street.

Have a look at the pretty pastries from Sebastian and Poppy. They taste great too.

Mar 10, 2014
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The Dairy, Clapham, London

You're welcome -- it's a very popular place. I took advantage of the January lull to get in. Be sure to make reservations far ahead.

Mar 09, 2014
limster in U.K./Ireland

Kai, Chinatown, London

Crystal China on Tower Bridge Road. Has a Dongbei/Sichuan menu.

Mar 09, 2014
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Maltby Street saturday shops, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

Afraid I haven't seen them in a while. As an alternative, the cheese sandwich stall is pretty good.

Mar 08, 2014
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Maltby Street saturday shops, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

• Hoxton Beach Falafels
Good falafels, freshly made, and comparable to their other stalls (e.g. Whitecross market).

• Tamale stall
OK-ish tamal de mole. The sauce is a bit one-dimensional compared to the glories of a deep black mole; does have a nice spicy kick to it. Shredded chicken within was tender. Soft masa that was good when warm.

• Tozino
A good jamon iberico sandwich. The bread is rubbed with tomato, the intensity of the ham holds its own despite the volume of bread.

Mar 08, 2014
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Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Just saw a sign at the St John's stall in Maltby Street that they're starting madeleines today. Haven't tried their doughnuts in a while, and friends say that their quality has fallen.

Also tried the honeycomb and salted caramel custard doughnut from Bread Ahead today. Nice flavour, and a good crunch from the honeycomb, but I like the original custard ones more. Apparently their doughnut guy used to be the St John's doughnut guy, so that explains the similarities, and the drop in quality of St John's.

Mar 08, 2014
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Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Yep - Bread Ahead is a stall in the main market part of Borough Market.

St John's is located at a different place - at Maltby Street Market which is open saturdays only.

No madeleines though. For that you'll have to head over to the restaurant in Clerkenwell.

Mar 06, 2014
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