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Single Diner East London: Questions

Thanks all! Your input definitely helps.

I will be in London through the 5th of March. I will look into seeing if the Towpath Cafe opens on the 1st.

I think I will try to book at Viajante/Corner Room before the end of February, though their websites give no mention of shutting down.

If curtain time is 19:00, will less than 1 hour be enough time to spend at Anchor & Hope? I imagine that it's going to take about 10 minutes (at least) to walk from there to the Nat. Theater. Any other suggestions near the National Theater?

I think I will commit to Clove Club, as well. I've been contemplating 10 Bells. Will look into Mayfields and Lardo as they didn't come up in my research yet.

Wine shops in the area? Do the local (or closest) Sainsbury, Tesco or Waitrose have good wine selections?

Feb 05, 2014
venicekeith in U.K./Ireland

Single Diner East London: Questions

Los Angeleno will be in town for a week at the end of February. Previously have been to London 2 years ago and really enjoyed Rochelle Canteen, Leila's, St. John, Brawn, Terroir, Moro and Ottolenghi.

First, are there well-regarded pubs or wine bars to go in the afternoon or evening, before or after dinner, by oneself, to read and have a glass or pint or 2 , where one isn't in a crowded loud bar scene? One place I'm looking forward to visiting is Sager & Wilde. Is this place mellow?

Second, I'm looking to eat some good meals and have my sights on The Beagle and/or Clove Club. It seems like these may offer bar seating. What do Londoners know of these places and if that's done? Contrarily, would single dining at a table at these places be considered unusual? Any other recommendations for bar dining (I've read through the posts regarding this for the past several months, so no need to go into much detail)?

Also thinking of Viajante and/or Corner Room. Any thoughts on single diners there?

Is Towpath Cafe on Regents Canal still open? It looks like such a sweet place, but I haven't seen much discussion of the place in a while. The last yelp review dates to 2011.

I'm going to Hamlet at the National Theater on a Monday night. Any recommendations on what to do for eating close by before the play begins? I was thinking of trying to get into Anchor & Hope before hand, but I'm not sure if it's logistically feasible.

Lastly, where would one recommend to shop for good wine in/near Shoreditch? When I return to Rochelle Canteen, I was thinking it would be good to BYO. Additionally, it may be nice to have a bottle or two to enjoy at home, particularly if there aren't any good options available with regards to my first question.

Greatly appreciate any feedback you may have.

Cheers!

Feb 04, 2014
venicekeith in U.K./Ireland

Lunch place between ELP and Marfa?

Getting on the road to Marfa from the airport, but hoping to find some chowish lunch. Mexican or Tex-Mex would be great! Just has to be good! Thanks for any recommendations.

Nov 29, 2012
venicekeith in Texas

dinner - MDR, Culver City, or Venice

Ummm, like, yo: Axe is not pronounced like umm... Paul Bunyan's ax, it's pronounced "Ahh-Shay." Ummm, also, like, it has a back yard which has not yet permitted for outdoor dining, but the owner has been trying forever to get those permits. Other than that, like, you're right on. It's farmer's market driver, almost completely organic, with a bunch of vegetarian options, and good beer and wine options as well.

Nov 19, 2008
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Baie Long Beach, St. Martin, 2nd half of February

Hi Laviva. Thanks for your post. I will look into your recs. Where did you buy the cheeses you mentioned. At the supermarkets or is there a specific shop? Can you post that information. Also where does one buy wine? Do you have any recommendations? Thanks.

Jan 24, 2008
venicekeith in Latin America & Caribbean

Baie Long Beach, St. Martin, 2nd half of February

Emazzone and Chocolateslut - Thanks so much for your recommendations. Exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I think we'll be avoiding the Dutch side. I do speak French so that's not a problem. Question: how long a drive is it from Marigot to Grand Case? The cost for Le Pressoir scares me a bit as our family is not known for holding back, but Le Ti Provencal sounds great as do Bistro Nu, Chanticler, St Severin.

We're a bicoastal family. In NYC we really like places like Hearth, Prune, Barbuto, Gramercy Tavern, Al di La, etc. In LA we love Axe, the Mozza's, Caffe Angeli, and Angelini Osteria (we haven't yet been to Comme Ca and there hasn't been good French food in LA in a while). Are any of the above or others in St. Martin not yet mentioned reminiscent of these restaurants?

Jan 22, 2008
venicekeith in Latin America & Caribbean

Baie Long Beach, St. Martin, 2nd half of February

Hi folks. Hoping for some insights. We will be staying at a villa and would like to know where to go for groceries (for breakfast grub, bread, cheese, greens, fruit, charcuterie, olives, etc.) and chow. The board doesn't seem to have anything fresher that 9-12 months old regarding St. Martin. Are there any places that we must try? Where to go to buy wine and rum? We will be 3 adults and 2 teenagers all of us love to eat and enjoy and are well travelled. Is it easy to get around to both Marigot and Grande Casse? What are usual dining hours? We like to mix high and low dining so don't hold back on your recommendations. I really appreciate in advance any help you can give.

Thanks, Keith

Jan 09, 2008
venicekeith in Latin America & Caribbean

Do any restaurants have real maple syrup??

Axe in Venice has maple syrup. It comes with the 9 grain pancake at no extra charge. It's quite tasty. You can ask for berries (when available) to be added to the batter to make even more yummy.

Jul 02, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an OC area personal chef

Thanks everyone. I'll relay the info to my friend and continue to check back if any new info comes along.

keith

May 05, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an OC area personal chef

A friend who has had some recent health problems is looking for a personal chef to help revive from a recent illness and strengthen prior to likely new medical interventions. Does anyone have recs for individuals or other resources that can lead to someone who could either deliver or come and cook meals?

Thanks

Keith

May 02, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Where to post?

Thank you.

keith

May 02, 2007
venicekeith in Site Talk

Where to post?

I am helping a friend look for a personal chef cook for a colleague who has severe kidney problems in Orange County, Caliofornia. I am seeking advice on which board will it be best/preferred to post.

Thanks
Keith

May 02, 2007
venicekeith in Site Talk

Huasteca, Babita, or that other place...

Dommy-Thanks. I always appreciate and enjoy your posts. Yes, it was Malverde I was thinking of, and am sad to hear it is closed. I've been to La Casita and really enjoyed the moles (reminded us of our time in Oaxaca). I've also been to Babita when it was named something else about 8 years ago or so, so want to go back. We'll definitely go to both, though probably end up going to Babita for the b-day. I'll report back early next week. Thanks to every one for their posts!

Keith

Apr 17, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Huasteca, Babita, or that other place...

that I can't remember the name of that's also in Lynwood or thereabout. Want to take my bf and some other friends for a birthday dinner. We've travelled extensively in Mexico and enjoy eating and cooking Mexican. We rarely eat beyond Downtown, so I'd love to hear the pluses and minuses of these places to plan for this upcoming Sunday (and the name of that other place). Any chow advice would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.

Apr 16, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

FYI: 3 Square Cafe now open for Dinner

thanks for that. didn't come up on a google search at all! should have thought to use the old name.

Apr 12, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

FYI: 3 Square Cafe now open for Dinner

Was walking the dog along AK last night and noticed the place open for dinner. Menu looks good, from my memeory, apps appear to be in the $5-12, while mains look like $15-20. Noticed the Crab souffle from the former restaurant, also Spaetzle with morels (I had that asw a special at lunch a few weeks ago), white asparagus appeared in both the app and main parts of the menu as well. There was a pretzel burger as a well as a variant of the 3 sandwich sampler from lunch - this time a 3 burger sampler: beef, salmon, and mushroom. Not sure of the hours, nor info on a website. See previous posts for address and other contact info. Happy chowing folks.

Apr 12, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Any Place good in Desert Hot Springs

We're staying at Hope Springs and when we stay there we usually drive into PS for chow but with each visit we hope for something new in DSH that we could try.
Thanks for your recs if there are any.

Apr 04, 2007
venicekeith in California

Oaxacan Battle

At MA I love the sopa de pollo. I eat it wheniver I get a cold. Haven't been to the Palms Guelaguetza in a while, loved their pork chops. The Olympic site has live music on weekends and killer Margueritas. I think the 8th St and Olympic sites cater mostly to expats and the food at both seems to better than the Palms site. I've noticed people drinking Mezcal at the 8th St. site, and thought that they sold it but could be wrong. The best Oaxacan food I've had has been in Oaxaca, a must see place, very special!

Mar 29, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Oaxacan Battle

Alegria is not Oaxacan, but tasty food comes from their kitchen none the less. Oaxaca is the home of 7 classic moles, but doesn't own the status of sole producer of them. There is the famous mole Poblano from Puebla, for example. I believe that the mole at Alegria is the Poblano variety (neighboring state to that which contains DF)

Mar 29, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Do you have any Axe recommendations?

Here is the website:
http://www.axerestaurant.com/flashind...

I've literally eaten everything on the menu (not in one sitting) and have enjoyed everything. My favorites include the seafood pancake as an appy (but filling enough fot a meal), the sake seared filet, the flat bread, whatever soup is offered, the farmer's market plate (compose your own, and also enough, for a meal). Also great is the Persian Bean stew, the roast chicken and whatever fish is offered in whatever preparation of that day. Those come to mind most easily, but I would say again everything is delicious! Desserts are wonderful as well, I always enjoy the ice creams, and the chocolate brownie pudding is a must have. When persimmons are in season, (not now, unfortunately) there is a persimmon pudding which is also great. My favorite neighborhood restaurant in LA. Enjoy!

Feb 27, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants that deliver near Beverly & Fairfax/LaBrea

Feb 24, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Oaxacan menu help? (At Monte Alban's and elsewhere.)

Monte Alban's sopa de pollo with rice and chopped onions, chiles, and cilantro may be even more useful for colds than my usual fallback chicken and matzo ball soup.

Feb 24, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

3 Square Cafe on Abbot Kinney is now open

There was none on the business card, but there is this great technology in the interweb call google. Its easy to use. You should try it.

Feb 24, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

3 Square Cafe on Abbot Kinney is now open

we went there today, had a late breakfast: Blackforest ham and cheese panino with 2 poached eggs and a plate of baguette slices covered with Ratatouille and then covered with cheese and broiled. Everything was tasty, including a cappucino and a tea, we were billed about $29. The place was only sparsley filled, but Hans Rockenwagner was there making sure everything was running smoothy. There is both indoor and outdoor dining, but today was too blustery to enjoy outdoors without the heat lamp working. The space is modern, though comfortable. It's great to have a new addition to walk to on AK. We were told that for the next few weeks only breakfast and lunch will be served, then dinner service will start. We will definitely be back to try out the remaider of both the breakfast and lunch menus.

3 Sqaure Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice
310.399.6504

Feb 23, 2007
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

TUNA CASSEROLE ...?

lol, we had an upscale and delicious version of this with seared Ahi on the big island at a place called O's Bistro in Kona, but haven't had anything like it here, but suspect that places like the Cheesecake factory would be likely suspects

Oct 07, 2006
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Patina & Blair's (reviews with photos)

I just posted about the Chef's tasting menu at Patina and I am a renewed fan of the place. If we hadn't ordered the prix fixe menu I was definitely going to try the crab/melon dish, I'm glad it was good. Maybe we'll go back to eat a la carte before one of our LAPhil performances this year.

Oct 02, 2006
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Patina - Chef's Table Tasting Menu

The seven of us were dining together to celebrate the birthday of one of us. We thought we were to eat in the main dining room when we arrived at 5 last night, but after socializing at the bar for about 20 minutes, we were escorted to the small private dining room just to the right as you enter the restaurant. We were oriented to our menu options in a slightly rehearsed manner by the waiter/host (don't remember the name). Ultimately, the birhtday girl chose the above menu, and we were on our way. Here's what we ate (memory is hazy on some details):

Amuse: wild salmon in black truffle puree

Duo of Carpaccio - Scallop and Blue Fin Tuna with Yuzu sorbet

Agnolotti filled with fresh Ricotta with fresh white Truffle

Steamed John Dory with leaks and Clam Cream

Foie Gras with roasted Pear and Vanilla Cream Sorbet

Sweetbreads (I don't remember its accompaniments - sorry)

Roasted Grouse breast with Grouse meatballs in a chocolate sauce.

Cheese course including Bingham Hill Blue, Taleggio, a Vermont camembert-style cheese, a Tomme-style cheese from the French side of the Pyranees, and 2 others I can't remember.

Intermezzo - Lemon Granita and Grapefruit sorbet

Chocolate dessert which a sandwich-type filled wafer accompanied by Coconut sorbet and Tangerine foam.

Mignardises including a Grape Marshmellow and a Tomato chew

All the food was superlative. I haven't eaten at Patina since the remodel of the old Melrose location and was not expecting an outstanding meal. We were all really delighted by the food. The private room is great, though the lighting really improves if you draw the curtains over the window looking into the kitchen which is garrishly (though, necessarily) lit with fluorescent lighting. The service was pretty great, though there were a few disruptions of the flow due to the crush before performances at the various theaters above and across the street and then after the performances as well when everyone returns for drinks and dessert. Theo the chef came and visited briefly. the cheese sommelier was terrific, as was the wine sommelier. We brought 3 bottles: all 1995, Troplong-Mondot, Montrose, and Beaucastel. Surprisingly, we still wanted and needed more, and ordered a 2003 Antiquus Carneros Syrah (after a worthwhile discussion with that sommelier). All wines were great. This tasting menu is $120/person, but be aware the cheese course is a supplementary charge. We were charged $30/bottle for corkage and while high, still was worth avoiding the high prices on the wine list. Warning on bottled water - once we ordered a bottle, we were continuously refreshed with more. the Voss bottle count (VBC) was 9, by the end of it, all of us noticed the scam, as it were, but we were having the greatest time with great conversation. All told we ended the meal at about 11 with a bill just a touch over $1300, before tip.
This was the most extravagent meal I've had, save Arpege, but is was also one of the best.

I'd like to go back and eat like a regular customer from the a la carte menu and see if this restaurant is still worth it.

Oct 02, 2006
venicekeith in Los Angeles Area

Editorial mishap on Digest

When clicking the "read more" link on the Digest post regarding Urban Country Farm Stand, the address is given as being on Main St. in Venice, CA. The poster, however, had clearly stated the location as El Segundo. I tried to e-mail to "editorial@chowhound.com" but it was kicked back to me several times as a "Mail Delivery Failure"

So the questions are: 1. does the editorial@chowhound.com address exist? and 2. How closely are the editors actually reading and "digesting" the posts that they are highlighting?

Sincerely,

VeniceKeith

Jul 16, 2006
venicekeith in Site Talk