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Local Berlin Beer: Brauerei Eschenbrau, Rollberg, or Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei

Just wanted to give some input about Hops & Barley - went there last week. Pretty nice setup, they have 3 or 4 homebrews available - a dunkel, an IPA, a pils and a weiss. I tried the dunkel & IPA, both were very nice. Not the best beers I've ever had but nice.

Friendly people & cool locale.

Nov 28, 2013
Loobs in Europe

Berlin food reflections.

For dinner I grabbed some pizza from Zia Maria on Pappelalle in P-Berg. Great thin crust pizza, variety of tasty toppings. Not mind blowing, but very nice nonetheless. V. cheap.

The next day, after visiting the Olympiastadiom, we went to Mogg & Melzer in Northern Mitte (Auguststrasse 11-13, behind Neue Synagogue). This was our second most expensive meal - pastrami sandwiches on rye styled on Katz's from NY. Not in the same league as that, by any means, but still fairly decent although didn't have the juiciness of Katz's. Clocked in at 45 euros for 2 sandwiches, two soups and two beers. Don't think I'd go back to this place.

Dinner was at another American styled joint, Chicago Williams BBQ, again in Mitte/Scheunenviertal. This place has received quite a bit of praise on various blogs. He has a good German microbrew selection. BBQ meats were good, not as good as some stuff I've had in the States, but that's not really surprising. Ribs were very tender, sausages were nice. Couldn't really fault this place. Very friendly, larger than life host, met some nice people sitting next to us.

On our final day we had lunch at Monsieur Vuong ( Alte Schönhauser Straße 46 nr. Hackescher Markt). We both had the shrimp spring rolls to begin - REALLY nice. I had the won tun for main; Dad had the pho. Again, both were excellent. This is a nice restaurant, reasonably priced.

That concludes it. I need to hit the gym now. Hope this is of help to future visitors.

Nov 27, 2013
Loobs in Europe

Berlin food reflections.

Just arrived home after 6 days in Berlin. Stayed on Wichertstrasse in Prenzlauer Berg. Wonderful city, lots of great eating to be done at reasonable prices.

First meal took us to Zur Haxe, a 'traditional' Bavarian style joint just East of P-Berg, near. the Greifswalder Strasse S-Bahn. We were both after something 'German' (well, something Alpine) so both ordered the Schnitzel. It was excellent, came with fried potatoes and cucumber salad. A strange, kitchy restaurant decorated with various Bavarian memorabilia and Alpine scene paintings. 3 beers available: a Dunkel, Pils & Weiss. Think this meal came to around 22 euros.

Second day we ate at a new Syrian/Persian (I think) place on Simon-Dach Strasse in Friedrichshain. It was excelllent - we shared a plate of hummus and ordered a wrap each - mine was halloumi, my Dad's was a diced up kofte kebab. These were enormous. I think the whole meal worked out at about 16 euros. I'll update with the details later.

We preluded our dinner with beers at the cosy Hops & Barley, also in Friedrichshain, on Wühlischstraße - recommended, friendly place serving good homebrews. After this we moved next door to eat yet more trad. Bavarian food at Spätzle & Knödel. Again, I had a schnitzel w/ potato salad & my Dad went for a beautiful pork ghoulash. Both were absolutely superb. Expertly cooked, extremely tasty and cheap. Great beers available in this restaurant too.

The next day we ate at a pop-up BBQ joint in Kreuzberg's Markthalle IX, called Big Stuff BBQ. https://www.facebook.com/bigstuffsmok...

Happened upon this place by chance, but were rewarded with a good smoked Brisket sandwich. They have some craft beers available too.

After this we stopped off at Curry 36 and shared a bratwurst. Didn't try Currywurst once in Berlin. Don't regret that decision.

Next day I ate lunch at Dada Falafel near Oranienburger Strasse. Very very tasty falafel with all of the trimmings (hummus, schwarma meat, baba ghanoush) for under 10 euros with a drink. Highly recommended.

Part 2 is the first reply.

Nov 27, 2013
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Shoryu, new ramen "brasserie" in Piccadilly [London]

Good place. I really enjoyed my meal there.

Nov 02, 2013
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Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Thanks, I guessed that was why.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in Europe

Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Btw, what's wrong with the Lutter & Wegner location?

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in Europe

Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Very helpful, thanks.

Oct 27, 2013
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Mangal 2, Dalston, London

19 Numara is great. I still think the 'original' Arcola Street Mangal Ocakbisi is the best. Super fresh. Since I'm seeing a gig in Dalston tomorrow night I might have to pop in.

Oct 27, 2013
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Old Tree Daiwan Bee, Chinatown, London

Thanks for the review. I have a plan to eat here with a friend next week.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Best coffee places in London

I'd like to add Kaffeine in Gt. Titchfield St. to your West Central list.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Noted, cheers. Ok, to trawl these Berlin threads. Want a superlative potato salad.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in Europe

One lunch in London, Soho (sunday) [London]

Never been a huge fan of Yalla Yalla. Prefer Beirut Express on Edgware Rd. However, this is about Soho.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

One lunch in London, Soho (sunday) [London]

Need to try this Idonesian place. Never even noticed it. Are we talking about the stretch of CX Road opposite the second hand bookstores before you hit Leicester Sq tube?

Oct 27, 2013
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Thanks chowhounds; Shoryu Ramen; Mirch Masala. [London]

Shame you didn't like Lahore. I think it's probably not quite as good as it used to be. It has become a bit of a factory, it's huge in there now! That said, I still enjoy their lamb chops.

Maybe next time you can try Tayyab's or Needoo Grill (both near Lahore/Mirch Masala) for your fix.

Bone Daddies is good, as is Tonkotsu as is Ittenbari, for ramen. I couldn't pick a favourite. Tonkotsu have probably the richest broth. It's like eating liquid pork. Bone Daddies is the hipster ramen place of choice, maybe not quite as good as Ittenbari/Tonkotsu. Really spoiled for choice for ramen in Soho.

Oct 27, 2013
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Wild rabbit confit and herb salad - Koya - London

I definitely prefer ramen, and there are now some excellent places in Soho. I know the austere cosmetics of the place are supposed to mimic a Japanese restaurant, but to me it felt all a bit snooty and cold.

Oct 27, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Lunch in Romford

:D

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

London dim sum

You don't really get street food in Chinatown, at least not Chinese street food. If you did, chances are it'd be pretty ropey, too.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

London dim sum

Yauatcha or Royal China.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

One lunch in London, Soho (sunday) [London]

I second Yauatcha. I've been blown away both times I've eaten there.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Wild rabbit confit and herb salad - Koya - London

Maybe pretentious was the wrong choice of word. It seemed a bit cooler than cool. It didn't seem at all welcoming, especially surprising since I went with two Japanese friends. The service was bordering on rude, especially from the guy working the door.

I find the hype surrounding this place a bit unwarranted. Maybe i'm just not a huge udon fan, whatever, but I felt a little deflated after leaving. It certainly isn't good value.

I suppose I used the word 'pretentious' because I feel that this place thinks it's something special, and others seem to share that opinion; it didn't really do it for me.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Cheers. We're staying in P-Berg. I'm sure someone told me there was an excellent Viet. place. Maybe Thai? Maybe I'm totally mistaken.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in Europe

Wild rabbit confit and herb salad - Koya - London

Koya is decent, but hardly good value. Paying any more for this style would be taking the piss. The atmosphere is also extremely pretentious.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Berlin in November. Where to eat?

Flexible on cuisine. Some good schnitzel and some 'traditional' German a must.

I hear there's a great Vietnamese place in Berlin too and I'm sure with such a high Turkish population there's at least a couple of great Turkish places.

Also, where's the best place for local brewed beers? Apologies if this thread's been done a million times prior.

Oct 26, 2013
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northern chinese bbq & other fun stuff @ top taste (?) 129 roman road E2 [London]

Visited this place for the second time last night, friends in tow. Since eating there in the Summer, they seem to have decided on a name and the guy serving the food was able to confirm that they are indeed called 'Top Taste'.

I had described TT as similar to the Bethnal Green Road's Gourmet San, which being slightly more central and closer to the middle of Shoreditch has gained some popularity and was once reviewed by Jay Rayner for the Guardian. I told friends that they would be eating in a no-frills place but to expect some authentic and tasty Chinese food.

Restaurant was quiet and we were the third and only non-Chinese party there. Menu is vast - don't expect to see many of the high street 'chinese' staples, but this isn't to say that it's all exotica. We ordered a big portion of the famous bbq lamb skewers and around 5 mains and 4 portions of rice, which was an error of judgement on our part given that these portions are utterly HUGE! The waiter advised us that 4 portions of fried rice would be perfect - I'm not sure whether this was a ploy to get us to spend more money (I doubt it) or simply a misunderstanding, either way, it was total overkill.

An on-the-bone lamb dish covered in chilis was fantastic, as was the korean style squid. The cold sliced beef was also really good. My friends didn't like the bbq skewers as much as those at Gourmet San; I thought they were just as tasty.

The pork dumplings were fantastic, and as good as I've had anywhere. We finished with yet another (!) dish, a deep fried chicken in chili and vegetables which was pretty spicy. By this point we were all totally stuffed.

The Tsing Tao beer was cold and reasonably priced. The meal for 5 for a huge amount of food and 10 bottles of beer worked out at £130 including a generous tip. Really incredible value. Highly recommended if you want to try some really good unpretentious Chinese in the East End.

There's also a pretty nice boozer round the corner in Globe Road (The Florist Arms) for a couple of beers beforehand.

Oct 26, 2013
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

Info Sought on Essex Country Pub with Great Food

I went to school in Chigwell. Eaten at The Bluebell a few times. Expect to walk into an episode of Essex Wives. I think the food is fairly decent, iirc. Nothing outstanding though. We had Christmas Lunch there one year.

Oct 11, 2011
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Saraswarthy for South Indian veg food in Wembley? [London]

Thanks!

Oct 11, 2011
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Where shall I take my friends for a great cheap eat in central/east london tonight?

I'm open to any ideas. Give me some suggestions and I'll either shoot them down or entertain them. Meeting around Liverpool St, so anywhere within a reasonable bus journey/walk is fine.

Oct 11, 2011
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mexican stand at elephant and castle [London]

I don't doubt it. I have the misfortune to eat one of their 'quesadillas' the other day....

Apr 27, 2011
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mexican stand at elephant and castle [London]

Is it better than Wahaca? hahaha

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Apr 27, 2011
Loobs in U.K./Ireland

London - best indian restaurant?

I would say either Tayyab's or the Lahore Kebab House, both around the Commercial Road/Whitechapel area in East London, or if you want incredible Kenyan/Indian food head to the Brilliant in Southall. Brick Lane is nothing to write home about. Have also been to a couple of modest (but very tasty) canteen style establishments in East Ham, the name of which escape me.

Apr 27, 2011
Loobs in U.K./Ireland