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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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Delicious dosa and Chettinad game curries at Anjappar in EastHam

well discovered!

Sep 23, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Ba Shu (former Local Friends), Bethnal Green

Was there a local friends in Bethnal green?! The one in golders green was the scene of a memorable chowdown once.

Aug 13, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

[Cheadle, Greater Manchester] Aamchi Mumbai

Aamchi (our) Mumbai sounds terrific! By the way, you nailed the vada pav- it's exactly as you describe, and does need generous chutney to fulfill its potential. Make sure you try pav bhaji, our 3am food.

My other road side favourite is ragda patties - potato cakes over chole with all the requisite chutneys. One of the most moreish things in the world.

Jul 25, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Mumbai street food in the UK

sadly, david feldman found the kailash parbat in manhattan mediocre even though i suggested he stick to the sindhi dishes.

by the way, if you want a bit of a giggle go look up the menu at the gymkhana, the latest upscale desi place in london.

Jul 19, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

good lord! really?!

they are (usually) a completely acceptable punjabi house - whatever did you get?

Jul 07, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

The Bamboo Flute, Cleveland St, London

abby d and greedy girl renew my faith in chowhound!

Jul 02, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

keep bombay palace's number handy for the next time.

Jun 29, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Indian Delivery SW7

only one decent place - bombay palace, connaught

Jun 29, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Mastechef: The Professionals. Marcus takes over.

the guardian agrees with you:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-rad...

Jun 15, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland

Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

you'll find plenty of discussion about this marvellous shop - try searching using 'limster' and 'postcard teas'.

Jun 11, 2014
howler in U.K./Ireland