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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

mummified mcdonalds

Jan 08, 2015
howler in Chains

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

hahaha

Dec 18, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

its not architecturally inspiring but there's nothing in the least bit scary about it - for goodbess sakes, its a stones throw from tony blairs residence

Dec 18, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

whats dodgy looking about it?!

Dec 18, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

no nothing dodgy at all about the neighborhood. somewhat upscale in fact.

Dec 17, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

if you are willing to consider something else besides indian for mondays dinner, try the heron - very good thai and very close to you on norfolk crescent.

Dec 17, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

channa masala recipe?

Try this one - it's a bit more complex, and there are some simpler ones referenced below the main recipe

http://showmethecurry.com/curries/cha...

The ladies of 'show me the curry' also have some charming videos on you tube, well worth checking out.

Enjoy!

Oct 28, 2014
howler in General Topics

Puliyogare - To be found in London?

klyeoh - you are going to beat me handily for eating broadly in india! pondicherry one day, madras the other - well done!

Oct 27, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland
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