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Does the meal have to be amazing?

As someone who reads to gain information about a restaurant, it's really useful to know how good a place is. I'd much rather some one provide a nuanced distinction rather than a black and white good or bad.

I've been to some holes in the wall or Mom and Pop places that are AMAZING; just because they're not fancy doesn't mean that they aren't inherently capable of producing superlative cooking. In some cases, these "simpler" places can surpass fancy looking restaurants.

Railway Dininig. Ever experience it ?

Here's a chowhound classic by the late Chino Wayne: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/289793

London "Must Eats" ?

If you're crossing the river to the Charing Cross/Leicester Square area, go get the cumin flavoured dry fried lotus root at Maotai Kitchen in Chinatown.

Jun 27, 2014
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The Bamboo Flute, Cleveland St, London

Awesome - this exactly what chowhound was built for. Looking forward to your report! Will see if I can give it a try soon!

Jun 26, 2014
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How to eat Hainanese chicken rice

Yep - chicken and rice are eaten together, along with the chilli sauce, ginger and chive and dark sticky soy sauce. Punctuated by spoonfuls of chicken broth.

Jun 26, 2014
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London "Must Eats" ?

Magdalen on Tooley Street is quietly making some of the best British/European food in the city.

The Penang styled Nyona curries at Sedap and the nasi lemak at Tukdin are definitely must eats.

Jun 21, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Thanks for pointing that out. That makes it harder to figure out what the popularity is if there's no known number of employees...

Using the other number of 800m/year, for a population of about 80m in Germany is ~10 per year per person, less than one a month, doesn't seem particularly high to me.

Jun 16, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

It's going to depend on what you mean by wicked popular. Using the currywurst example, 3.5m per year for 1.6m employees means that each person has it twice a year. I would guess that many people here in the UK probably have a curry of some sort at least twice a year. But I suspect the frequency of people having sandwiches or a Sunday roast would be higher.

Jun 16, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

>>--Are there curry dishes that you see as wicked popular in english households/street/fast food, in the way that curry wurst has become in germany or kari sauce in japan?<<

Don't know how popular curry wurst is in germany or kari sauce is in Japan, so I can't say, although my sense is that these dishes aren't as popular as some of the non-curry dishes.

>>--If you google 'mongolian and cumin' and 'tibet and cumin', you will find many entries for dishes, including lamb.but, as i said, i have not seen them or tasted them.<<

I think those sites are inaccurate in calling them mongolian or tibetan.

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Use of spices found in Indian curries in various Malay and Indonesia dishes predate the British. The Indian populations that have maintained their culture are the more recent arrivals.

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

London is indeed tremendously multifaceted; not just Asian, many parts of the world. Indian food and its derivatives are fairly common.

The Chinese "curries" sound like Cantonese/Hong Kong dishes.

Cumin lamb sounds like the Xinjiang dishes, neither Tibetan nor Mongolian.

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

The region was trading with Chinese, Arabs and Indians centuries before that.

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Regional Indonesia was a major influence up to Malaysia e.g. Nasi Padang. I wouldn't really say that the curry influence moved down from Malaysia to Singapore -- there wasn't much of a difference between the southern parts of Malaysia and Singapore to start with (Malays are native to Singapore), although there were some differences that developed later (e.g. Nyona styles).

Jun 15, 2014
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Curry Rules the Food World!!

Could you described the Chinese curries that you've seen?

Would also love to hear about the Mongolian and Tibetian cumin-based dishes.

Jun 15, 2014
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Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

Yes, a very impressive selection of single bush phoenixes. On a separate note, will have to check out this year's batch of dragonwells.

IIRC, the folks at Essence of Tea spend some time in yunnan every year, and do their own pressing.

Jun 15, 2014
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Pick 2 of River Cafe, Greenhouse, Harwood Arms, The Square, Hibiscus

Woops, it's Seven Park Place; thanks for the correction.

Jun 15, 2014
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Pick 2 of River Cafe, Greenhouse, Harwood Arms, The Square, Hibiscus

I felt similarly about the Square - wasn't particularly impressed when I ate there for dinner a few years ago. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. I did have a friend who ate there and mentioned that their foie gras was not deveined properly. Hibiscus was roughly in the same category. Harwood Arms was ok, pleasant and lovely as a neighbourhood place, with pretty plating, but not a destination.

For something more classical, I did enjoy Eleven Park Place a lot a couple of years ago. Restaurant Story is worth trying for modern, inventive British cooking, built on a foundation of outstanding technique. As is The Dairy. On a more recent note, had a very enjoyable meal at Lyle's for modern British - the peas with Ticklemore were outstanding. Might be worth giving Alyn Williams a try. Among the multicourse meals that I've had in London over the last few years, I would probably place Shiori close to the top.

Jun 14, 2014
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Hix Oyster & Chop or Bruno Loubet for Su night Clerkenwell dinner?

While I like Bruno Loubet (excellent technique that elevates deceptively simple dishes), I've had some weak meals there on Sundays. Perhaps it's the chef's day off or something.

If you're willing to walk 10mins or so, Sedap would be a great choice.

Jun 14, 2014
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Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

What tea did you try at Postcard Teas? Love to hear!

BTW, one can try some of their teas at Fera.

Speaking of teas, has anyone tasted the pu-erh selection at Essence of Tea?

Jun 11, 2014
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London july 2014

Yes - sorry for the jargon.

uni = sea urchin roe (last time they had Californian ones)
ika = squid

Jun 04, 2014
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London july 2014

Another excellent place to consider in Southwark is Edwin's -- right next to Borough Tube station. Great rabbit with polenta, gnocchi with walnuts and peas and blue cheese, steak tartare, among other things.

Jun 03, 2014
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London july 2014

The Hide on Bermondsey Street is pretty good for cocktails.

Jun 03, 2014
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London july 2014

Borough Market:
- borek at the borek stall
- the grilled cheese at Kappacaesin
- sausage rolls at Ginger Pig
- chorizo sandwich at Brindisa
- pasta at La Tua Pasta
- sandwiches at Gastronomica
- custard doughnuts at Bread Ahead
- burger at Elliot's; they can be pretty good for breakfast too (I also avoid the long queues for coffee at Monmouth by going to Elliot's -- they use Square Mile Coffee, which I like a little more for espresso drinks) but for coffee you might be best off going to Blacksmiths, a little window at the top of Bermondsey Street.

Maltby Street
- Jamon iberico at Tozino
- small plates and wine at 40 Maltby Street
- made to order falafels at Hoxton Beach
- smoked salmon at Hansen & Lydersen
- (further out at the Spa Road cluster) Try Kernal Brewery for various beers.

Jose is good but very cramped and hard to get in. Try Pizarro -- same chef, but 3 course dishes instead of tapas.

Last time I was at Zucca was over a year ago, but it was downhill -- quality dropped, while prices went up.

Casse-Croute on Bermondsey street is good for French. Further down on Tower Bridge Road, great Dongbei (and Dongbei-interpretations of Sichuan) at Crystal China. Great modern British at Magdalen on Tooley Street.

You should also go for the Punjabi and Desi Chinese dishes at Truly Indian on Borough High Street near Borough Market.

Enjoyed Maotai Kitchen very much in Chinatown - Guizhou and a mixture of Yunnan, Sichuan and Hunan dishes, pretty tame actually. Get the lotus root with cumin.

If you do get into Sushi Tetsu, ask for the uni/ika sushi.

Jun 03, 2014
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Indian, Chinese, middle eastern food near Knightsbridge/belgravia

Dim sum at Grand Imperial; next to Victoria Train station for a Belgravia location. They quietly got a new and very able chef last year.

Persian kebabs at Mohsen near Kensington High Street.

Sichuan at No. 10 Chinese Restaurant at Earl's Court.

Jun 03, 2014
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Pre-theatre in Dalston, post theatre near Barbican

Sedap near Old Street for post theatre.

May 12, 2014
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Random Thoughts about Food on a recent trip to London (April 2014)

There's a whole tier of coffee that is completely underexplored. Ethiopian coffee ceremonies; Turkish/Lebanese/and other Middle Eastern styles; various SE Asian varieties etc etc.

May 11, 2014
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Random Thoughts about Food on a recent trip to London (April 2014)

The other Atherton restaurants I've been to were also good not great (Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House), plus they seemed pricey for what one gets. The technique is often excellent, but somehow the dishes never really come together.

May 10, 2014
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Good bakeries and inexpensive eats in London?

Some stuff on bakeries here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974147

I would add Little Bread Pedlar for their Danishes (can get them various Monmouth Coffee branches).

Near British Museum there's Chang's Noodles and Cocoro Ramen.

May 10, 2014
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First Visit to London Food Recommends

Probably 10 or 11am to around 9pm.

May 09, 2014
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First Visit to London Food Recommends

Nordic bakery in Soho for Scandinavian cinnamon buns.

Chinatown Bakery or Wonderful Patisserie, both in Chinatown, for egg tarts.

Bread Ahead in Borough Market for the custard doughnuts.

Sedap for Penang style nyona. Tuk Din for Malaysian, especially the nasi lemak.

May 04, 2014
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