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Dishoon or Cinnamon club?

It really depends upon what you are in the mood for .. Apples/oranges etc. but be aware that dishoom only opens at 6pm for dinner.

Jul 02, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Dishoon or Cinnamon club?

they're not really comparable. cinammon club is amped up faux frenchified north indian cusine, while dishoom has plenty of bombay street food to share along with a few main dishes.

cinammon club is all poncy, while dishoom is young and fun.

actually not too far from your hotel is quilon, which is even more unusual for texas.

Jul 02, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland
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New Indian Chefs

indeed i am maharastrian and yes, indian zing is run by maharastrians. but their normal menu isn't where you are going to find maharastrian dishes, more's the pity.

instead, hit bombay brasserie for the weekend brunch. i think its a steal at the price, and its genuwine almost home style indian food.
you could be at the taj in bombay.

Jun 10, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

ok - then consider lunch after harrods at launceston place restaurant (google the menu). its a lovely restaurant in one of londons most beautiful and secluded neighbourhoods - a treasure. (ok i live around the corner and I'm completely objective). its a bargain at the price and surprisingly a well kept secret. a michelin one star too, if that floats your boat.

Jun 03, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

thanks!

now is it the tate or the tate modern?

Jun 03, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

well done on researching choices!

now. as you are shopping wed at fortnum and masons, i'd recommend a quick visit to the wine bar in the basement. or a two minute walk to the stafford hotel in blue bell yard off st. james's - you won't believe you are in central london.

after harrods, rather than schlep anywhere, i'd wander a minute over to beiteddine on harriet street. excellent lebanese, and so many great choices for a vegetarian: feast on muhammara, rahib, foul mukkala (a personal favourite), falafel, hummus, tabbouleh, grilled halloumi cheese etc.

did you mean the tate modern, or the tate? you are quite close by to the tate from beiteddine by taxi - otherwise consider taking the boat from the tate to the tate modern - lovely way to see the city. after your show, one thought is to walk up to the mandarin oriental hotels bar - its open late.

thurs - sorry, can't help.

fri - sure, go to dishoom for lunch. lots of great veggie options - the fried okra is a treat as is the pav bhaji.

saturday - i denounce and reject myself for saying this, but consider trishna. you can get in at 12.00 and have plenty of time to eat and get to paddington for the train. or even trendier is the chiltern firehouse.

best of luck!

Jun 03, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

New Indian Chefs

indeed. but why are you yelling?!

May 27, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

New Indian Chefs

hiya sandia. did you mean 'north indian and mughlai' or 'north india and mumbai' as you wrote?

now. i'm going to quarrel with you, but take it in the spirit of chowhounds debating ok?

i think we should respect the oiliness of certain recipes, cuisines, attitudes. punjabi food can be oily, but its delicious! who would skip the slick of butter on sarson ka saag?

if you want fresher, lighter recipes why bother with re-inventing classic punjabi recipes when there are so many light, fresh cuisines in india to choose from? for instance - maharastrian cooking is light, fresh and really shows off vegetarian cooking at its best. look at varan bhat. what could be simpler but so utterly delicious?

who needs a celebrity chef to point the way when you've got a millennia or two of expertise to help you?

May 26, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

High end Indian in London?

harters - i was referring to the restaurants as courtesans, not the customers! so please dont bring the wrath of herself down on me.

gareth - i have a 'usual' style? out of curiosity, how do you describe it?

Apr 20, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland
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High end Indian in London?

harters, for heavens sake.

cinammon club, gymkhana, benares ... restaurants that any truly proud and discerning indian taken to would put his head back and roar with laughter. these restaurants inevitably suggest giggling fat old courtesans, rouged and perfumed beyond belief, hoping the punter is too drunk to notice. but thats just me.

quilon should be very good if you are in the mood for keralan, but if you do go, get the thali and eat as indians do.

if you are here over the weekend, go to the brasserie for its buffet lunch - i was just there and its truly one of the best subcontinental meals in london.

otherwise, dishoom for dinner. not stuffy, fun and you'll eat much better. try the pav bhaji (bombay street food), kheema, the kali dal, the raan if you go to the shoreditch branch, the bhindi (okra) crisps etc.

Apr 11, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

papaya tree, high street kensington

i've been eating there very regularly for some time now, but thought i'd wait to post till i explored the whole menu.

alas, i keep going back to the old favourites, so moreish are they. so here's a review based upon a very limited sample.

someones doing some very inspired cooking in the kitchen. the green curry is in such exquisite balance that you worry you'll disturb it in the act of eating. plus the meat quality is actually decent, with even the beef tasty. at this price point, they are giving it away.

please someone go try it and explore the menu. i'm a prisoner to my usual order.

Mar 25, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

probably ;)

Mar 20, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland
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dhansak recipe from a parsi grandmom

you are very welcome - and indeed, chicken dhansak is much loved too.

Mar 17, 2015
howler in Home Cooking

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

err .. for your convenience, there is this thing called the googles on the interwebs. you puts in your requirement and it tells you who has it, who ships it even, lets you compare prices, tells you what others thought of it etc. miraculous!

Mar 15, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Help This New Yorker

june, the eggs in new york - actually pretty much anywhere i've eaten them in the usa - are pretty tasteless. the best i get is almost direct from the chicken at iaconos farm in east hampton, but even those are bleh. is that because of the breeds used, or what the chickens are fed? if you search, there's a lengthy discussion somewhere on chowhound.

now mexico is a whole another story.

sarabeths - the one on carnegie hill - used to be our sunday brunch place in the '90's. gosh how far away those days seem now. anyway i recently ate breakfast at a branch on central park south - ehhhh.

Mar 06, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Help This New Yorker

erm, i am myself flown from the canyons of gotham (grin) - and if you know any amazing bagel places in nyc, i'm all ears! i'm there a lot.

the new yorker thing - its irritating simply because they have no idea at all how mediocre their eating scene is. deliciousness is everywhere of course, but my does it take some finding in the big apple. try finding a decent egg anything anywhere in the tri-state area for example.

oh well.

Mar 06, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Help This New Yorker

why do individuals from new york always feel the need to announce it, flags flying and trumpets braying?!

i've been guilty of it myself. its odd.

and why is the search engine never used?! thats even odder.

Mar 05, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

London

I would politely suggest you check the site using the search engine first, then come back with specific queries.

Feb 27, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

the times they are a changing, but the monmouth organic coffee blend has stayed more or less true to itself for the last 15 years i've been buying it.

the o.p. was looking for ESPRESSO in the italian spirit, which monmouth delivers. its a far cry from the nuttier/sweeter/over the top antipodean square mile/red brick et al offering.

the nationality and sex of their baristas aside, monmouth's espresso is very different from whats come to be the antipodean experience in london.

Feb 11, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

i was just at monmouth, borough market. 7 women and 2 men were behind the counters. the lady i bought my coffee from said they had no australian/new zealand employees.

i of course informed her of her error.

:)

Feb 11, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

well, who can argue with your australian wife?

its been a bit of a joke over these many, many years that monmouth seems to hire mainly women, but as i only live here and regularly buy its organic espresso blend for my house coffee, i must be seeing things.

just for fun, here's a recent trip advisor reviewer (marvellous monmouth) who obviously can't distinguish between antipodeans and young girls:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUser...

Feb 10, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

we must have been at very different monmouth shops .. from 2000 on at least, the ones on monmouth street and in borough market mainly employ women, very few of whom seem to be from the antipodes.

Feb 10, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

monmouth antipodean?! really?!

Feb 09, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

well .. italian coffee isn't THAT generic, but the closest in spirit i've found in london is at monmouth.

personally, i'm a little tired/bored with the whole red brick, square mile etc scene. especially when the barista measures the coffee weight oh so precisely. "i have measured out my life in coffee spoons" and i wish i had a revolver to reach for.

Feb 08, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland
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Any UK Chowhounders Wine Society Members?

i'm a member .. and the 40 quid is a bargain. especially as they knock 20 quid from your first purchase.

what on earth are you waiting for?

Feb 07, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

Dining at Gordon Ramsey

you aren't going to get a dinner reservation in all likelihood, so consider lunch - you might have a better chance.

Feb 02, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

[London] Chowmeet at Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road

perhaps?!

Jan 19, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland

[London] Chowmeet at Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road

wow. what a feast and what a shame i couldn't make it. it really looks amazing!

are these dishes all on the english menu? i don't recall seeing them all and i eat there at least once a week.

Jan 17, 2015
howler in U.K./Ireland
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mummified mcdonalds

admirable, your love of the scientific method!

Jan 13, 2015
howler in Chains

mummified mcdonalds

my, my i had no idea chowhound had scientists posting!

whaddya know.

Jan 09, 2015
howler in Chains