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Clove Club w/out reservation?

Why not just make a reservation? Probably takes less time to click thru to Opentable than to write the OP! http://www.opentable.co.uk/the-clove-...

Dinner availability tomorrow, Thursday and from the 27th.
Lunch availability any time you want.

J

Oct 15, 2014
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Kurobuta (London)

Went to Marble Arch one a few weeks back. Disappointly average (esp I had enjoyed the food at Bone Daddies and Flesh/Bun previously).

Tuna sashimi pizza = deep fried taco disk with a few bits of tuna and mayo on top.
Kurobuta pork ribs = decent sized portion but not melt off the bone and bit burnt (in a bad way) around the edges.
Nasu Dengaku = the "thing" seems to be to serve cut into cubes with a thumbnail of superfluous candied walnut on top. Completely misses the point of this dish.

&tc &tc

Suspect chef has believed in his hype a bit too much...

Oct 03, 2014
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Korean food central london

I like Dong San nr Chinatown. Bit scruffy but it does the job. Tasty KFC, Jap Chae, Korean pancake etc. They do BBQ also!

Sep 24, 2014
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Pollen Street Social or Medlar [London]

Medlar. Better value. Better food. More soul.

Oct 03, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Cookbook shopping [London]

Prices are much of a muchness - pretty similar most places but you will always get better on Amazon.

Selfridges is okay but nothing special. Best cookbook selections in town are Foyles nr Tott Ct Road and Books for Cooks nr Ladbroke Grove. Foyles better for cheffy/import stuff. BfC more for domestic/practical stuff.

J

Sep 16, 2013
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Local British Jams - London

Tbh just go to waitrose and grab the poshest jam you can find it will be more than good enough. Damson is an unusually English variant?

Alternately rubies in the rubble are the sort of artisan outfit that pops up in Sunday supplements. Don't know if they're any better tho.

Sep 15, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Gua bao (‘hirata buns’)

That's the Taiwanese version I find them less satisfying than the Japanese or Momofuku ones. Leongs Legend also does them check out Jay Rayners Observer review from last week! J

Sep 15, 2013
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Gua bao (‘hirata buns’)

Hullo R&R

Yup they are definitely /a/ trend... Not sure if they are the next one or the current/last one!

Interesting I did a lot of research into the topic recently for a blog post (including an enormous amount of first hand research). Pork buns aren't just a NYLON trend, bear in mind the damn things have most definitely gone global!

http://morecookbooksthansense.blogspo...

I went to Flesh & Buns a few weeks ago. If you can get away from the ridiculously loud stereo system the food is downright delicious - hard to get away from that. The strategy of upselling you on extra buns is a bit obvious but I guess you have to make money somehow.

Yum Bun however I think is wildly overrated - not only when set against the Momofuku original but against food in general. Not only are the shamelessly ripping off MMFKU but they're not even good at it. I've been there three times (once the stall and twice the hole in the wall). Two really bad experiences one okay. Most commonly the meat is dry and overcooked and the whole thing haphazardly put together. You expect love and attention from these sort of places (I mean there's only, like three things on the menu), I sense neither.

For contrast, I was back in New York last week and popped into Noodle Bar for a refresher course. The buns there were a complete revelation. Two things they do differently - you actually get two stacked slices of pork in each bun not one - which means they are really full and the meat:bun ratio is much higher. Second the pork is really really soft, fatty and melting - I have heard tale that rather than roasting (as in the cookbook) they confit these puppies submerged in lard. I can believe it! Much better than any of the hirata bun, guabao, rip-off buns elsewhere (and substantially better than the emaciated version served at Momofuku Ko in Sydney).

Hope that's useful. Always happy to talk bun!

J

PS Also Shoryu ramen on Regent St also do a very nice Hirata bun - more the Jap version (mayo/lettuce not hoisin sauce) but still excellent - think a McChicken sandwich with pork belly and you will the right idea.

Sep 15, 2013
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solo bar dining in London

Does arbutus open sun they have a bar? Nobu used to have a no booking bar but its hardly exotic. Corrigans Mayfair also serve or served at the bar. J

Sep 14, 2013
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Croydon - current recommendations

Uncle Lims is one of the few places you can get authentic prawn mee in London - special soup made with all the prawn shells (basically a bisque crossed with a laksa). Highly recommended - but check they have it on I don't this they serve it all the time. J

Aug 20, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Ledbury or Hedone???? [London]

If you want a taste of Euro/Noma-esque avant garde just pop across the road to Texture.

Otherwise Donostia also a good bet, as mentioned.

Daisy Green round the corner is good for morning coffee (or try Workshop a little further along Wigmore St).

J

Aug 20, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Tower of London

The usual suspects around Bermondsey St - Jose, Pizarro, Zucca &tc. Note Pizarro is non booking so you are guarateed a place so long as you are early.

The Argentinian grill place down tower bridge rd (constancia)

Magdalen

Story if you can make it a lunch.

that should be plenty to be getting on with...

J

Jul 05, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Baker St./Marylebone for Tonight (London)

The venerable Soho Japan has also relocated to 195 Baker St, just opposite the tube station.

Is/was a good little Japanese all-rounder when it was in Fitzrovia. Notable to the grilled salmon belly. You should be able to get a walk-in.

Also try new Southwestern US joint The Lockhart, just along from Donostia.

J

Jul 03, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Lunch at HKK

Hi, well we went I think Feb time. Dinner tasting we pretty much identical to the one listed here: http://londonfoodfreak.com/hkk/

As I mentioned, at its heart its quite traditional combinations. Yes they have occasionally luxury ingredients (bresse chicken, champagne sauce etc) but this is very much the kind of stuff you would get in a restaurant in a five star HK hotel. Interesting comparison with Bo London across the way which tries to push things in a much more avant-garde direction.

Portion sizes are small - you probably won't be stuffed even with the full tasting (pop across to My Old Place the other side of Bishopsgate if you need to and fill up on lamb skewers after). Service was very prompt - dishes came in quick succession (still about two hours) which is good.

Food was really excellent. The Peking duck was absolutely awesome (although they don't give you enough! tried to badger them for a bit more but no dice). Unusually the meat was also extremely moist - usually in a Peking duck the breast gets blasted into submission in order to get the skin right.

The other standout dish as the pumpkin luffa tofu - really excellent and not the sort of dish you get over here often. Wagyu beef was also excellent, melting tender for all the obvious reasons.

Only dud was (surprisingly for a Hakkasan place) the dim sum trilogy - the sichuan dumpling a little to aggressively spiced and the truffle har gau simply tasted of truffle oil (yawn).

But otherwise real top-notch contemporary Chinese haute. (I note the irony that high end hotel restaurants in Asia have taken many of the tasting menu trappings from michelin-type places in Europe. Now HKK is effectively reimporting the style back to the West

)

Note that at lunchtime they are not just doing the tasting menu format. They are also offering alc options including a 5-course Peking duck menu. I suspect this will come up against the issue of not giving you enough to fill you up, but would at least allow you to have a crack at the duck on a budget.

Hope that's useful!

J

May 06, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Lunch at HKK

HKK - excellent food. Exquisitely cooked but at heart traditional combinations. Portions a bit small. NB even the 15 course they keep service humming along so it won't take as long as you think.

I wouldn't bother reffing anything by Giles Coren - he rarely talks about the food in his restaurant "reviews".

May 05, 2013
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Question About Royal China Baker St. (London)

Royal China Club, the smaller one (and the original Baker St site) is a more upmarket outfit. Specialises in fancy stuff like whole fishes and lobsters and the like. I think they have a dim sum selection but its shorter. If you just want a dim sum "fix" the larger main branch is better.

Alternately I'm very fond of the dim sum at Shanghai Blues in Holborn. Also worth checking out Grand Imperial in the hotel by Victoria Station.

Don't think Min Jiang will serve them all afternoon. They are much more a proper posh restaurant so I assume they will have more restricted hours. Having said that taking on a half peking duck there and a couple of baskets of dim sum is another excellent way to pamper yourself.

J

Dec 17, 2012
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Last question before my trip (foie gras & Charcuterie)

Charcuterie - Bar Boulud (portions bit small though), the Almeida in Islington has for a long time had a charcuterie trolley as a starter option. http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/52/5603.... Bruce Poole of Chez Bruce has also always had a good reputation with charcuterie.

Although it might make more financial sense just to raid a decent deli and but the stuff retail. Selfridges Food Hall perhaps?

Foie gras is much of a muchness - you get decent stuff anywhere. I guess Club Gascon are the closest thing to a "specialist" with multiple offerings on the menu. If you want the raw materials Wyndhams Poultry in borough market or fulham will do you a whole raw fg for £25.

Nov 30, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

London - Singapore Garden at Swiss Cottage

Their egg tofu is a killer.

Also dishes always come nice and fast - we put it down to "typical Singaporean efficiency" :-p

Nov 24, 2012
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River Melody, Chinatown, London

Yes the ones they served were more like a goubouli than a shengjianbao. Amusing aside - three of us once got our quantities slightly wrong and ordered 20 jin of goubouli in Tianjin. They needed a trolley to bring our order to the table.

I think the ones I'm thinking of (panfried skin but soupy filling are profiled here: http://travel.cnn.com/shanghai/eat/di...

Definitely distinct from xiaolongbai. Alas still not available in London yet! :-(

Nov 13, 2012
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River Melody, Chinatown, London

Got round to trying them a few weeks ago and was disappointing - more like mini panfried baozi than panfried xlb. The ones I remember from Shanghai street vendors has thinner less bready skins and xlb style soupy filling. They were puffed up and round like golfballs. the ones here - as pic above shows - nowhere near as puffy and the filling wasn't soupy alas.

On a more positive note Leongs Legends has now opened up in Golders Green next door to Cafe Japan, extending their empire to North London!

J

Nov 11, 2012
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UK London Fresh Lobster sources / seasons?

Shellseekers in Borough Market have live ones

Also See Woo in South Greenwich have extensive live tanks, I think with a couple of different types

Ta

J

Nov 06, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Chow near the Victoria Line/Mayfair

Agree with zuriga. Bus system is great. Worth downloading a smartphone app which can give you live departure times for your nearest bus stop (provided of course you have a mobile data connection - worth actually picking up a pay as you go SIM just for the trip you can get those from any mobile phone shop). J

Oct 31, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Chow near the Victoria Line/Mayfair

Brixton - Brixton Market, Upstairs Brixton
Vauxhall - Stockwell - Canton Arms
Vauxhall - Brunswick House, Casa Madeira
Pimlico - Escoffier Room
Victoria - Imperial China, Bumbles, Boisdale, The Ebury, The Goring

Anywhere north of that - too many to mention

J

Oct 23, 2012
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Group Dinner in London - Need Help

lol. reminds me of my turbot execution story. went and got a live turbot from the Seewoo greenwich fish tanks. stuck it in the bag assuming it would be expired by the time I got home. get back - need to cook birthday dinner for mum. turbot still flapping. presumably one is supposed to whack it or something - easier said then done when its covered in this, knife resistant slimy skin! :-x

Oct 22, 2012
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Group Dinner in London - Need Help

Obviously in a big city like London you won't be short of French options.

But City ways in particular try Morgan M or Cafe du Marche nr smith fields mkt.

Morgan M flies under the radar but does very good haute French with excellent veggie options a bonus. CdM is a bit more casual and a City classic, but again as French as a garlic snail baguette with foie gras on top.

Also consider bistro Bruno in the zetter. Really really executed turbo charged bistro classics.

All the best

J

Oct 20, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Hampstead breakfast

So I'm not allowed to mention I'm partial to the double sausage mcmuffin too... So long as its freshly prepared? (not a big fan of the double bacon though) :-p

Oct 19, 2012
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Hampstead breakfast

PS Am I allowed to mention that I find McDonalds breakfast wraps curiously addictive (ketchup, not brown sauce), or would that be considered trolling? There is an outlet near the station after all... lol

Oct 19, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

London Christmas Day 2012 Open Restaurants? First time visitors

If "that won't break the bank" is part of your criteria you're pretty much screwed.

This recent thread was on the same topic. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871421

Oct 17, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Group Dinner in London - Need Help

I've had my eye on Duck & Waffle for a while. Based in the City and sounds gloriously trashy (in a good way). Defo sounds more fun that straight laced (foie gras all day breakfast... what's not to like?)

J

Oct 17, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland

Best delivery in North London

Hmmm I'm a big fan of Papa Johns for pizza, slightly more upmarket than your pizza hut and a delicious but deadly butter sauce dip for the crusts. Think there's one in Angel so you should be sorted... J

Oct 15, 2012
Jon Tseng in U.K./Ireland