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Another "Please review itinerary..." Post

BTW, don't bother with the fish and chips at Rules.

Go with game pie or some other such classic British.

Aug 13, 2013
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Another "Please review itinerary..." Post

I actually didn't like Masters at all. It could have been an off night, but I found it greasy and heavy. Ditto, ambience. That said, I also can't stand mushy peas, so perhaps I am not a good judge of authentic fish and chips.

With regards to fish!, I think the restaurant is merely mediocre. However, the fish! express stall in the market is excellent. The fish is very fresh, not soggy or overcooked. Chips are also good. So, if you are by the market and want to squeeze in fish and chips, I think that is the way to go.

Aug 13, 2013
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Near Donmar warehouse - post theatre...and no romance, please !

St John Hotel Restaurant was open last year on 27 Dec. Great food, not fussy, great wine & whisky list. I remember, because it was my birthday! And it is not in the least bit romantic, but don't tell my husband!
https://www.stjohngroup.uk.com/hotel/

Terroirs is always great; you can try to sit at the bar if there are no tables. This has the advantage of chatting with the very knowledgeable bartenders, who will give you tastes of all kinds of interesting wines.

Polpo Covent Garden on Maiden Lane (I thought they were called Polpetto) is open until 11:30, small plates and many wines in jugs. I'm not sure if they are open that week.
http://www.polpo.co.uk/

Dec 09, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Dish of the Month- November 2012

Yes, this was an entirely different species from your Bayswater duck adventures!

Nov 26, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Dish of the Month- November 2012

Mallard 2 ways (for 2) at the Anchor & Hope: confit legs, roasted carcass, breasts roasted medium rare. Perfectly presented. The confit legs were served on top of braised endive and some kind of semolina-derived polenta substitute.

The rest of the meal was also great but was overshadowed by the mallard: smoked mackerel with celeriac, pickled herring with horseradish and beet root, pear/walnut/frisee salad, cassoulet for two, flourless chocolate cake and a scoop each of ginger and vanilla ice cream.

Anchor & Hope
36 The Cut
Southwark
SE1 8LP

Nov 24, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

London/ near Menier Chocolate Factory?

Ooopsy, only open until 4PM on Sunday. Sorry!

Bermondsey St is quite close by. Some great stuff going on there.

Nov 12, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

London/ near Menier Chocolate Factory?

Elliot's in Borough Market sources everything from the Market. Not really cheap, if that matters. Great wine as well.

Nov 12, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Dish of the month

Cool thread.

Trinity (Clapham, London) - Celeriac and truffle soup. Intensely aromatic and creamy. The baked celeriac was presented in its salt crust vessel, which was brought to the table and cracked open for serving.

Oct 27, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Group Dinner in London - Need Help

I quite like Magdalen on Tooley Street for this kind of dinner. A lot of great British ingredients, fine cooking and a really well-chosen wine list. Close to the City, but out of the way enough that it is usually easy to get a reservation for 10 people.

Service is unobtrusive and very flexible. On one occasion I had to change the number of diners and the arrival time several times and the service was still perfect. Not recommending you do that of course, as they try to stagger the large parties to keep the kitchen working smoothly.

Oct 15, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

River Melody, Chinatown, London

Squirrel Fish:

Sep 28, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Westcombe Dairy fresh ricotta cheese...

... amazing!

Found this week at Neal's Yard.

Jul 08, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Recommendations for a Pre-Theatre Group Dinner in London

OOPS, not sure Magdalen/vegan can be used in the same sentence!

Jun 08, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Recommendations for a Pre-Theatre Group Dinner in London

Near London Bridge, Magdalen is quite British, excellent food and a lovely restaurant.
http://www.magdalenrestaurant.co.uk/

This would also put you by Borough Market if you are coming on a Friday or Saturday.

Re "curries are not to the american palate": Mighty suspicious "Americans" you are hosting! Sigh... I suppose that is why so many of us are expats...

Jun 08, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

[London] - Handmade Noodles

On Saturdays and Sundays there is a stall in Brick Lane (under the railway bridge) run by a husband and wife team. The hand-pulled noodles are pulled when you order. Most of the broths are quite good, although I prefer the more meaty ones. Great bargain at five pounds or so.

Dan dan mian was a bit thin for my taste. The buns etc are merely okay. I have heard that they are at Greenwich Market during the week.

May 21, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Sunday lunch by Tate Modern + Nice dinner in Mayfair [London]

Tapas Brindisa, in Borough Market, is usually open on Sundays. You can walk by there on the way from Tate Modern to the Design Museum and see if there is room for you.

Apr 08, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Honeymoon in London April 2-4th

Having lived in SF and London, I wouldn't bother with Japanese food in London. I'm assuming you live in CA, based on your list. One can get great Japanese food in London; however, it still isn't as good as in SF. I think there just isn't the Japanese population to sustain it.

If you want to splurge on great British cuisine, I love Magdalen on Tooley Street by London Bridge Station.

Feb 16, 2012
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Dining In or Near Dulwich

For lunch, the Dulwich Picture Gallery Cafe is really nice. And the museum is lovely.

We've been told that Green & Blue on Lordship Lane is very good, but we haven't had a chance to try it yet.

El Querce is further afield, but makes wonderful simple pasta and very imaginative gelato.

Dec 27, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

Well... I'm fortunate enough to work nearby so I can pick and choose when I go to the market. Early in the week the selection is limited; however, Gastronomica, Neal's Yard, Chegworth, Applebee's Fish, Ginger Pig, Brindisa, Wyndham House Poultry etc are all open most of the week. So, actually, I do my daily grocery shopping there every day at lunch time. This also means that I am familiar with most of the vendors and can tell which products are "a good deal".

One doesn't NEED to buy the expensive cuts or the posh chocolates. 50p lamb hearts from the Ginger Pig, some St John's bread from Neal's Yard, plus a £2 bag of salad from Chegworth make a very decent dinner!

Nov 29, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Is there anything decent to eat for lunch in Salisbury?

We recently had a decent dinner at The Pheasant Inn, 19 Salt Lane. Lovely old building, nice atmosphere with well-priced food and good beer.

http://www.restaurant-salisbury.com/i...

Nov 15, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Help! Stinky cheese is ruining my fridge!

I use a Tefal Cheese Preserver which has an activated carbon filter. This prevents odors and regulates humidity. You can also buy replacement filters. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had to go to France to buy it. Works great, and let's just say my cheeses are not shy!

Putting them in tupperware is okay, give them some room to breathe. Cheese can then be wrapped in wax paper or parchment paper. Wrapping your cheese in plastic makes it wet and slimy. This makes the smell worse and the cheese gets disgusting pretty rapidly.

Sep 15, 2011
MonkeyC in Cheese

Restaurant Picks for June Trip to London

The famed cheese sandwich has been banished and is now found under some railway arches in Bermondsey.

http://www.kappacasein.com/

Jun 25, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

New Aroma, Chinatown, London - promising Fuzhou cuisine

Just found your link! Earlobe soup?
Is it wood ears/fungus? But that looks like duǒ (ears... or maybe flowers...)

Sorry, me illiterate.

May 15, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

Well, you can walk from Bermondsey tube to Kappacasein (a few minutes)

http://www.kappacasein.com/

and then on to Maltby/Druid St for your coffee, veg, meats, beer etc

(ten minutes
)http://www.maltbystreet.com/

Then, ten minutes to Borough Market. Although now you don't need anything from the Market! The Market Trustees are right. All their loyal customers can now shop elsewhere without fighting the tourists.

May 14, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

The Borough Market statement continued: "Some in this group of eight openly promote the out-dated line that Borough Market is a tourist trap and that our intelligent and discerning food shoppers should come to the new Maltby Street market instead. For those who firmly believe this, the only route is to leave the market."

Well, this intelligent and discerning food shopper has finally been driven from Borough Market. Go tourists!

May 10, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Can you eat at the bar at Bocca di Lupo--London? Other restaurant thoughts as well!

Ha ha, sadly, no. Besides Mr Monkey might not like sharing his date!

If you want small plates of tasty treats, good wine...

you could also check out Vinoteca (no booking)
http://www.vinoteca.co.uk/

or Comptoir Gascon (can book
)http://www.comptoirgascon.com/cg_intr...

Terroirs (can book
)http://www.terroirswinebar.com/

Apr 10, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

I quite agree with Gemuse. Borough Market is really useful if you can go daily or if you need some specialty item. Of course, if you only go once in a while, it will probably be impossible to know if that specialty item is sold in Borough Market, much less find it efficiently.

I am lucky enough to work nearby. This makes it very easy to shop daily for fresh fish/meats/produce, which winds up being pretty inexpensive, especially when quality is taken into account. Then you get a sense for which stalls have the freshest stuff for the best price. Of course, being a regular also helps, because the vendors are usually generous with repeat customers. I do avoid the market on Saturdays and after 12 on Fridays, because one usually has to wade through gawking tourists to get to anything.

The market management does seem to be pushing the market towards tourist trap. This is rather irritating as many of the cheaper [less flashy] vendors have been pushed out in favor of fancier stuff [nice packaging for tourists]. Many of them aren't even allowed to serve prepared foods on Saturday; odd, since tourists could at least buy lunch. It doesn't make much sense, as the tourists take lots of photos and clog up the place but they are very unlikely to buy wild beef or line caught fish etc...

sigh...

Apr 10, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Can you eat at the bar at Bocca di Lupo--London? Other restaurant thoughts as well!

I think you can. However the several times we have tried, it has always been full up. I did manage to make reservations for "the Chef's Table" on Friday, which I presume to be the bar facing the kitchen. Will report back.

Polpetto is really good but they don't take any reservations. We have only managed to get seated when we go early (before 6:30 PM).

Apr 10, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Great meal near Picadilly undergroud line (London)?

Terroirs is a few minutes from Covent Garden. Small plates, great wine list. Bar seating. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable - should be very comfortable for the single diner.

http://www.terroirswinebar.com/
5 William IV Street
London WC2N 4DW

Mar 28, 2011
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Dining Room at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society [Edinburgh]

Fabulous post! Apparently members can also stay at the SMWS flats... Maybe it's time to take the plunge.

Nov 30, 2010
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland

Pizza al taglio, London

Crossrail killed Spaccanapoli. Fortunately, they all moved to Santore in Exmouth Market. Same happy pizza and antipasti.

Nov 27, 2010
MonkeyC in U.K./Ireland