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La grenouille recap

Thanks. I called them and they confirmed that it would be possible to order drinks and dessert at the bar. However, they do not accept reservations for the bar so I'm not sure what time should I get there during lunch on a Saturday. Does anyone have an idea of what the average wait times are for the bar during lunch on the weekend? Thanks!

Jan 24, 2015
indiefoodie in Manhattan

La grenouille recap

Hello, I have 2 questions about La Grenouille:

1. I looked at the menus on their website and could not find the Chocolate or the Grand Mariner souffles on the lunch or the dinner menus (there were others like Irish Coffee & Passion fruit though). Are the classic ones just not on the menu or did something change?

2. Is it possible to make a reservation (or walk-in) to JUST have a couple of souffles either for lunch or dinner?


Jan 24, 2015
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

Thank you all for the excellent advice! We hit a whole bunch of places (the only big miss was not being able to do the Snow's and Mueller jaunt).

1. Gourdoughs Public House: Tried the Ron Burgundy, Funky Monkey, Flying Pig, Saucy Cock and a few more dishes. This is a nice casual place with better then average bar food. The Ron Burgundy was good. Saucy Cock, the chicken fried steak and everything else was average. We all enjoyed the Funky Money and just plain donuts with honey a lot but the flying pig seemed a little over-hyped, part of the "Hey, this has bacon so it is great!" group but that was just our opinion.

2. East Side King

- ESK@Liberty Bar: Tried the Beet home fries, pork buns, curry buns. I had read about the fries a lot and this is probably good drinking food but we weren't too impressed. The buns were better.

- ESK Thai Kun@Whisler's: Tried the Waterfall pork, Isaan sausage. This seemed like better food. The sausage was spiced nicely and flavorful. The Waterfall Pork was pretty spicy but was enjoyed by everyone.

3. Via 313@Craft Pride: Tried the Cadillac, Carnivore and a couple of vegetarian pizzas that I don't remember. The Cadillac was probably my favorite. Although we all enjoyed the pizzas, I didn't think they were super delicious or anything (maybe I just prefer the NY and Neopolitan style more). We sat in the backyard, got some good beers and enjoyed the pizzas while catching up and I would go back for that whole experience but probably not just for the pies.

4. El Meson: Unfortunately, we could only make it here on a Sunday so we had to go to the S. Lamar location and I was not aware that during the day, they only have brunch. It wasn't bad but it was underwhelming. I remember the last time the Burleson location blowing us away but this was an OK meal.

5. Veracruz All Natural@E Cesar Chavez: We tried a bunch of Tacos (Fish, Chicken mole, El Pastor, Migas), a couple of Breakfast Tacos and a few drinks. It was all good but I really liked the Chorizo & Egg breakfast taco. It was recommended by the friendly who was taking orders and handing out food.

6. Franklin BBQ: One of the reasons we decided to visit Austin! We tried the brisket (of course :), ribs, pulled pork, sausage, all the sides and a couple of pies. The brisket was the clear winner by a big distance. The ribs were good and I don't really remember what the pulled pork was line. The sausage was just OK. The sides were good and the pies were a nice end to the meal (we preferred the pecan to the key lime). I would go back to this place for the brisket!

7. Barley Swine: All of us liked this place a lot. For the price, this is very-very good!

8. Uchiko: This was my second time here. The last time I had come, I had enjoyed everything except their sushi. We did the 10 course menu and requested a few things (The Egg & Ham roll, Jar-Jar duck and the Hot stone beef). Think my favorite dish was the Jar-Jar duck, least favorite was a avocado wrap. I do think that this time their sushi was better than last time, the sashimi a tad better than the sushi but I would absolutely not come here if I'm in the mood for a sushi/sashimi omakase. Cooked dishes seemed to be their strength the last time I was here and my second visit strengthens that theory. Think we tried all their desserts and they were very-very good!

9. la BBQ: We went here on the 3rd at 11:00 AM. Not sure if it was because they were closed on the 1st & the 2nd or because there was a game that day but they had a serious line. It took us 1.5 hours to get our food and by that time they were out of the beef rib :( It's interesting that we ordered 90 minutes after they opened and they were already out of it. Anyways, their brisket was absolutely delicious! They slice it thicker than Franklin's. If someone wants to skip the line at Franklin's, this is a perfect alternative. We really liked their pork ribs as well (better than Franklin's). Interestingly, they add sauce on top. The turkey was good for turkey but it's really wasting space in your stomach that could have been used for more brisket :) I did not like their sausage a lot. Also tried a pulled pork sandwich. Just OK. I would go back for the brisket, the pork ribs and to try the beef rib!

10. Lick Ice Cream: Tried a bunch of flavors including the goat cheese. They were all good but I didn't feel that this was that special. Maybe we were all just stuffed since we went here right after Barley Swine (it's right next to it).

11. Flat Track Coffee: This was my favorite out of the lot. Tried an espresso and a another style (forgot the name) and enjoyed both. I ended up going here a couple of times.

12. Vintage Heart Coffee: Tried an americano here. It was decent, no complaints but nothing that would make me want to go back.

13. Texas Coffee Traders Coffee: I wanted to get an aeropress here but they said that they were busy since it was the weekend so I settled for an americano. It wasn't bad but my least favorite out of all the coffee places that I visited. But, this place was pretty packed (and I got here a minute after they opened) so maybe something was off with my coffee.

14. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew Coffee: I got an aeropress here. I liked it. Second best after Flat Track.

15. Whisler: Tried a whole bunch of drinks. Everything was decent, nothing memorable. It's probably unfair to compare this to the likes of Dead Rabbit but after having been to DR numerous times, it's hard not to end up comparing cocktails anywhere to what I've had there. A great place to chill and char over drinks though.

16. Firehouse Lounge: Pretty much the same experience as the above. However, this place is loud! It's interesting because I would have imagined that people prefer cocktail bars to be a conducive to conversation (if I wanted bone jarring music, I would probably go to a club) but that does not seem to be the case here.

All in all a great trip once again. I was already an Austin fan and I managed to get quite a few of my friends to join the club :) Thank you all once again for helping me organize a delicious trip!

Jan 07, 2015
indiefoodie in Austin

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I just found a note that my bartender from Nightjar (Tony) had given me when I asked him about other cocktail bars that he liked:

1. Callooh Callay
2. 69 Colebrook Row
3. Artesian Bar
4. Mr. Foggy's
5. Purl
6. Lounge Bohemia
7. Happiness Forgets
8. Bam-Bou bar

Also, he recommended the food at The Grain Store.

Dec 20, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

Thank you everyone!

Considering that El Naranjo is closed for the week, what is a good sit down Mexican place for dinner? Hencho En Mexico, Polvos, Fonda San Miguel, something else? Going back to La Condesa is also an option I guess but I wanted to try a new place if possible.

Also, any suggestions for some cool bars that are not too loud, where we can hang out, sip on delicious drinks and chat? We had gone to Bunglow on Rainey the last time and the drinks were ordinary but we liked the casual vibe a lot.


Dec 16, 2014
indiefoodie in Austin

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

Thank you! Based on what I gathered, Gourdough's Public House is open on the 31st. As is Banger's & Radio Coffee & Beer (BUT, Veracruz said that they are not sure yet and asked me to call back later). We're staying at a hotel close to Rainey Street.

The New Year's Day problem still needs to be solved. No idea which Taco places are open and what to do for dinner.

Yes, I confirmed that Franklin is open on the 2nd. Think LA BBQ is closed on the 1st and the 2nd.

What time would you suggest we be at Snow's?

The thing is that we could probably get something similar to Uchiko but NYC is nowhere close to Austin when it comes to Mexican food. That is why, I was leaning towards a Mexican dinner. Last time we had gone to La Condesa and liked it. This time, I was planning on El Naranjo but apparently, they are closed for the week. Not sure what are other good options here.

Time should not be an issue on Sunday. However, I need to check with everyone and see if they would prefer BBQ@LA or Fonda before we fly out. Having read some conflicting reports about the brunch there, I wanted to check if the food there is good.


Dec 14, 2014
indiefoodie in Austin

Please help finalize Austin itinerary (researched!)

Hello, 7 of us will be visiting Austin over New Years. I had come last year and had a great time (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904822)! We all are looking to do something similar :)
Obviously, BBQ and Mexican food are the top priorities and maybe one or two sit down dinners (last time it was Uchiko & La Condesa). I have come up with a potential list of places. I was looking for some feedback on those. Also, I have a few questions that I'd appreciate help with. Thank you!

> Dec 31st (Wed): This will be late night since we all fly in that day.
- Dinner: Gourdoughs@S. Lamar (they serve food from their 'Main Menu' till they close, right?
) * Other options: Veracruz All Natural@Radio Coffee & Beer OR Banger's on Rainey street OR one of the ESKs OR El Meson (this depends on whether our flight is on time)

> Jan 1st (Thu): This is the big problem right now since a lot of the places are closed (I checked Uchiko, Barley Swine, Stiles Switch, Louie Mueller, Franklin, LA & El Naranjo).

- Breakfast+Lunch: Tacos & stuff (Need to narrow this down to 2 places)

* I called both El Meson locations and the S. Lamar one said that they will be open but the other one said that they will be closed which makes me doubts if the former will be open or not.

* I want to try Veracruz All Natural but I'm not sure if they would be open or not, esp. the Radio Coffee & Beer location.

* Any other places should we consider?

- Dinner: No clue

> Jan 2nd (Fri):
- Breakfast+Lunch: Franklin
- Dinner: Barley Swine

> Jan 3rd (Sat):
- Breakfast+Lunch: Snow's@Lexington + Louie Mueller@Taylor
- Dinner: Mexican - Sit down Mexican (El Naranjo is closed for the week so Hencho En Mexico OR Polvos) OR Uchiko

> Jan 4th (Sun)
- Breakfast + Lunch: LA BBQ OR Brunch@Fonda San Miguel
Other eats:

* Dessert: Lick Ice Cream
* Tacos & stuff : Pinos, Mi Madres, Mi Ranchito, Taco More


Dec 14, 2014
indiefoodie in Austin

Please help finalize Bangkok destinations (researched!!)

Thanks! I have T&K on my list.

Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Based on all the comments, I tried to come up with a rough schedule:

Wednesday: Breakfast - Thanin Market; Lunch - Solao; Dinner - Chiang Mai Gate Market
Thursday: Breakfast - Huen Phen; Lunch - Khao Soi Samerjai; Dinner - Tong
Friday: Breakfast - Cin Haw Market; Lunch - Sorn Chan; Dinner - Chiang Phuek Gate Market
Saturday: Breakfast - Warorot Market; Lunch - Khao Soi Khun Yai; Dinner - Wulai Market

Is there something that I should change? Thanks!

Please help finalize Bangkok destinations (researched!!)

Thank you! I'm thinking of a rough schedule that looks something like the following (even though I may not have nearly enough room to do everything):

Sunday: Lunch - P'Aor; Dinner - Yaowarat Market
Monday: Breakfast - Or Tor Kor Market; Lunch - Krua Apsorn (Samsen Road); Dinner - Som Tam Pu Ma
Tuesday: Breakfast - Lan Luam Dtai; Lunch - Wang Lang Maket; Dinner - Saochingcha (Jae Fai and Thip Samai are in the area as well)

Any suggestions on the above? Should I move around something? Thanks!

Please help finalize Bangkok destinations (researched!!)

Hello, I'll be traveling to Bangkok, solo, from Dec 7 through 9th. This is my first trip to Thailand and my primary objective is to try and sample as many of the delicious foods there as possible! I do not speak Thai and I'll be staying close to the Silom MRT station (the map shows Lumpini Park as well). I eat everything.

I am looking at 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Can I please get some help in critiquing my choices, adding must-visit places that I may have missed and removing places that I should avoid? I've listed some of the dishes that were recommended at these places.

1. Krua Apsorn (Any particular branch that is recommended?)
- Curry crab
- Mussels fried Pad Che style
- Thai crab meat friend with yellow chillies
- Pungent southern style yellow curry
- 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM

2. P'Aor
- Near Petchaburi Soi 5 market
- Tom Yum
- Kuay Teow Tom Yum Goong Nam Khon
- Ba Mee Yok Neau Ob

3. Lan Luam Dtai
- Southern thai food
- Goong Pad Sataw
- Gaeng Kee Lek
- Kua Kling Moo

4. Som Tam Boo Maa
- Near Ban Khun Non market
- Isaan
- Pla Paw
- Nam Tok Pla Chan Tod
- Larb Pla Duk

5. MARKETS - Need some help in narrowing these down.

- Yaowarat - Definitely want to go and eat around
> Nai Mong Hoy Tod
Hoy Tod

- Victory Monument area
> Doy Kuay Teow Reua
10 AM - 8 PM
Kuay Teow Reua (Boat noodles)
Moo satay

- Saochingcha area

- Wang Lang Market - This seems a little hard to get to

- Bangrak & Charoen Krung
> Prachak is in the area (Roast duck and noodles)

- Or Tor Kor market - I would like to check this out

There are a whole bunch of other markets (http://migrationology.com/2011/05/top...) but I'm not sure which ones to check out and which ones to skip.


Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Thank you El Jefe! I'll let you know.

A few follow up questions:

1. Since D-Lo seems to have closed, is there another Burmese restaurant/street vendor that is good? I read that the Friday morning market (Haw market) has some vendors selling Shan and Burmese food. If possible, I would like to try that cuisine while I'm there.

2. Assuming Wera's Larb Phed is not possible because of accessibility, are there any other Isaan places that are recommended? I read about Isaan 1 million%, Solao and Yod Sap.

3. I do want to spend a majority of my time sampling stuff in markets but I also want to make sure that I try to visit some must-have restaurants. Any suggestions on which ones should I go to and which ones should I not bother with?

Sorn Chai, SP Chicken, Tong Tem Toj (in place of Huen Muan Jai), Huen Phen, Loong Thai Khao Gaeng (Lung Thai), anything else?


Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Thank you. I understand your point. I too would like to spend a majority of my time just walking around and sampling things that looks interesting. But, given the limited amount of time that I'll be there, I wanted to make sure that I cover the must-haves. Also, in terms of markets, I found a bunch so I'm trying to narrow them down.

You mentioned the night market. Is there a specific one that you have in mind? Thanks!

Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Hello, I'll be traveling to Chiang Mai, solo, from Dec 3 through 6th. This is my first trip to Thailand and my primary objective is to try and sample as many of the delicious foods there as possible! I do not speak Thai and I'll be staying on Nimmanhaemin Road. I eat everything. Based on what I've read so far, I have come up with more stuff than I can possibly handle during my trip :)

I am looking at 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners. Can I please get some help in critiquing my choices, adding must-visit places that I may have missed and removing places that I should avoid? I've listed some of the dishes that were recommended at these places.

1. Sorn Chai
- Lunch or dinner
- Laab Khua Muu, Nam Prik Ong, Som Tam, Dtam Som Mamuang, Gaeng Hang Lay
2. Khao Soi Samerjai
- Breakfast or lunch
- Khao Soi (with chicken)

3. SP Chicken
- Lunch or dinner
- Gai Yang

4. D-Lo Burmese Restaurant
- I read some posts that said that this had closed down but I found their FB page - https://www.facebook.com/DLoRestaurant. Does anyone know if this has reopened?
- If they have, I'm not sure about the hours

5. Kiet Ocha
- Breakfast
- Khao Man Gai

6. Huen Phen
- Lunch only
- Tam Kanun, Aeb Pla

7. Wera's Laarb Phed
- Isaan
- This was supposed to move. Is the new location easily accessible?
- Breakfast, lunch or dinner
- Sour sausage, bamboo curry, sup kor mai, moo nam tok

8. Tong Tem Toh
- Lunch or dinner but no grilled dishes during lunch
- Nam prik, kaeng hang lae, jeen som mok kai, kaeng pak wan kei mode daeng

9. Kao Soi Islam
- Lunch
- Khao Mok Neua

10. Khao Soi Places
- Khao Soi Khun Yai (Breakfast or lunch
) - Khao Soi Prince (Breakfast or lunch)
- Lam Duan - Fah Ham (Breakfast or lunch)
11. Loong Thai Khao Gaeng
- Breakfast or lunch
- Khao Gaeng

12. Coffee
- Akha Ama, Old Chiang Mai Cafe, Coffee Zebra, Doi Chaang
- Are there any specific coffee preparations that one should try at these places?

13. Raan Kraphrao Samrap Khon Chorp Phet
- Lunch or dinner
- Phat Kaprao

In addition to the above, I would like to figure out which markets should I go to. It sucks that I won't be around for the Sunday night market.

1. Saturday Night Market (Wualai Market)

2. Kad Luang aka Warrorot Market
- Boon Sii - Gaeng Hang Lang, Nam Prik Num, Sai krawk
- Khanom Tai Bandai - Khanom, go in the morning
- Lots of Sai Ua vendors
3. Across from Warrorot Market - Don Lam Yai Market
- Ruammit
- Lane alongside the market called Soi Udompan - Bpa Tong Ko, Sarapao Tawt, Song Kryang, Sankayaa

4. Friday morning market (Haw Market)
- Go early
- Shan & Burmese vendors

5. Other Markets
- Thanin market
- Thon Phayome Market - Sai Ua La Wan for Sai Ua
- Somphet Market
- Chiang Mai Gate Market - Night market?
- Chung Pheuk Gate Market - Morning
- Malin Plaza - Night market
- Kad Suan Kaeo Central - Night market

Thank you!

Dinner for a large group (25 people), $100 incl. of tax & tip

Thank you all for the suggestions. I looked into Supper and Crispo and ended up going to Crispo. For a group our size, we had to do a prix fixe menu which was served family style. We got 4 appetizers, 5 entrees and 3 desserts. The 3 courses with tip and tax was around $65 pp. The food itself was decent. People seemed to like the ravioli and the lamb chops the best. The portion sizes were a little small and a fair number of people (especially the vegetarians felt a little hungry at the end). I would go back here but probably not for a group event.

Sep 21, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Dinner for a large group (25 people), $100 incl. of tax & tip

Hi, I'm trying to figure out a place for a work event next week. There are a few vegetarians in the group. Other than that, I don't think there are any food restrictions. I spoke to a few places but they didn't work out because of the cost or the space or both. They include:

1. Lincoln Ristorante
2. L'Artusi
3. ABC Kitchen
4. Scarpetta
5. Osteria Morini

I'm looking at Ilili right now. Are there any other options that I can look at? Thank you!

Sep 12, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

Found this on Eater - "the heart (and bulk) of the menu, which debuts next week, is a list of 75 classic cocktails"


Sep 04, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

When/how to go to Shiro's...

Between omakase at Kisaku or Shiro's, which one is better? Or are both good and it boils down to individual preferences?

Aug 30, 2014
indiefoodie in Greater Seattle

Please help plan food centric vacation to Paris and possibly Lyon

Thanks everyone for the wonderful advice.

A few follow up questions,

* There were a couple of suggestions for replacing Lyon with a different city. I tried to read up a little more on regional cuisines. I try to avoid vegetables (at least on vacations). I like seafood but prefer it when it's raw and given an option between seafood and meat, would go for the latter. I also want to try things like foie gras. Taking that into consideration, would you have any suggestions on a city in addition to Paris? Bordeaux, Périgord, Gascony, and Basque country (from the Wikipedia page about regional French cooking) seemed interesting plus it provides the opportunity to check out some wine. Although, not sure if all this is possible without a car.

* Wow! I did not realize that the price of dinners and lunches at 3 star places would be so different. Is the food very different as well or is it comparable?

A few people suggested visiting multiple small cities. Given that I have limited time, I wanted to minimize the time that I spend travelling, hence the original Paris + one more city plan. Plus the no car problem.

Thank you!

Aug 28, 2014
indiefoodie in France

Rare date tonight -- need recs for dinner LES

I tried 151 the other day. It seemed off. The bar was completely empty, which I guess is understandable given that they opened a couple of weeks ago. The staff was were super polite but at times, preferred to answer questions about drinks in monosyllables. Their cocktail selection is pretty small and they seemed hesitant to go off menu (I did not ask them explicitly but usually, when you describe something that is not on the menu, places like go off menu in a heartbeat). I found that to be a little surprising since they seem to have the entire arsenal of ingredients that you would find at a cocktail bar. I asked them if the menu that they were using was for the initial few weeks until things settled down a bit but they said that it was what they planned to use in the long term. The drinks themselves were just OK.

Went over to Nitecap after this which was a very different experience. Nice atmosphere, good drinks. I would not put it in the same league as Dead Rabbit or even Attaboy but still very good.

Aug 27, 2014
indiefoodie in Manhattan

Please help plan food centric vacation to Paris and possibly Lyon

Hello, I'm in the initial phases of planning a vacation to France with food being the only priority. I haven't looked into specific restaurants yet. I have a few general questions and I would appreciate some help with them.

A little bit of background info. that would be useful:
* I'll be traveling by myself and this will be the first time that I'll be traveling to France.
* I do not speak French.
* I do not drive (haven't driven in 8 years so I'm not going to start again in France).
* I eat everything.

I have about 10 days so I was thinking maybe a 6-4 split between Paris and another city (extra day for the flights). Lyon came up a few times in my research. Taking the above into consideration, is that something that you would recommend? I understand that without a car, large parts of the south west and wine would be impossible but that will need to wait for a 2nd trip.

At the risk of asking what may be a stupid question, if one were to do a 6 day Paris and 4 day Lyon trip with the objective of sampling as many unique things as possible, so maybe a couple of 3 star Michelin meals, a few 1 or 2 star types and maybe some at completely non-fancy (but super delicious) places, would it be possible to provide a very rough estimate of how much would it cost? Prices in Paris (at least the 3 * ones) seem to be higher in average than NYC/London/Tokyo so I was just trying to get an approximate idea.

Thank you very much!

Aug 27, 2014
indiefoodie in France

When/how to go to Shiro's...

Now that Shiro is no longer there, is it not worth going? I'll be visiting Seattle later this month and was hoping to check out a couple of good sushi places. I have Shiro's, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Nishino & Kisaku on my radar. Thanks.

Aug 19, 2014
indiefoodie in Greater Seattle

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

My trip got postponed by a couple of weeks, hence the delay in reporting back. I had a great time eating my way around London! A lot of my co-workers smiled when I told them that I wasn't going to spend any time sightseeing and that food and drink were the top priorities during my time there :)

Here goes....

* Konditor and Cook: I tried a slice of the lemon chiffon cake. It was good but nothing that made me go wow. The lemon flavor was not over the top which I appreciated but it was a little too sweet IMO. And, the cake itself could have been a little more moist. Not sure if I ordered the wrong this here but I wasn't super impressed.

* Taylor St. Baristas: The ambiance brought a smile to my face. Casual, baristas jiving to deep house streaming on the speakers. I tried a long black. I liked it. Was it one of the best coffees I've ever tasted, no but it was good.

* Nightjar: I liked this a lot. I sat at the bar and the bartender, Tony was friendly, gave great recommendations and the drinks were very good. The presentation is completely over the top. I've never seen so much attention being given to how a glass looks. Purely from a taste perspective, I'll give Dead Rabbit in NYC a slight edge but that may have to do with the fact that I've been there a lot and have tried more than half of their exhaustive menu so a few more visits to The Nightjar may change my opinion.

* Clove Club: I really wanted to like this place and the first thing that I had was a clear winner (A chicken foot chip with some mousse) but after that, I thought it was just OK. I had the 5 course tasting menu but added 2 dishes from the extended menu that I wanted to try. The flavors on the Mackerel dish were good but texture was very one dimensional, a fish dish was too salty, the deer was OK, the blood sausage was probably the best I've had, the duck broth was good and the desserts were a let down. There were 2 dessert courses and both were ice creams (?!?). Although, the flavors were very different, why would you do that? No chocolate, nothing baked. I was very surprised. Another thing that I noticed was the service. At the beginning, there were a few empty seats and the service was excellent but as time passed and the place started filling up, it took more and more time between courses. My meal lasted more than 2 hours and it definitely shouldn't have. There was one large group that I identified (9 people) and that seemed to throw them off. All in all, a disappointment.

* Dishoom: I went here for breakfast and liked it a lot! Tried the bacon naan, the masala beans the house chai. The flavors were very good. If I were to nitpick, it would be the fact that the chai was a little weak on the tea flavor. The spices seemed to be a little more assertive than what I've experienced in India. Also, does anyone know if they bake the naan to order? I wasn't sure.

* Harp: This was very good. Great selection and very helpful bartenders. I tried an ale and a cider and liked them both (and I don't even like ciders that much). I love how you can get a pint and enjoy it on the sidewalk instead of having to squeeze into the bar like we have to in NYC.

* Barrafina: Tried the Carabineros prawn, lamb brains, pig ears and the lamb kidneys. Liked everything. The prawn was delicious but at 17 pounds, a little too expensive. I probably won't be ordering that again.

* The Wolseley: Went here for breakfast. Lovely ambiance. Opted for the traditional English breakfast. It was very good. Nothing that made me go wow but I'm not sure if that was the intention here.
Since, I'm not very experienced when it comes to English breakfasts, a question - there are probably 100s of places in London serving this. What makes Wolseley stand out? Are the flavors better than most places? I did feel that my blood sausage at The Clove Club was way better than what I had here.

* Paul A Young Fine Chocolates: Tried a couple of chocolates - the sea salted caramel and one with a hazelnut filling. I liked both of them.

* Ottolenghi: I wanted to try a dessert here. They recommended a chocolate something so I went with that. It was good but the real genius was the vanilla custard that they served with the dessert. The chocolate paired extremely well with the custard. Not the best dessert I've had but a winner.

* 69 Colebrooke Row: The Prairie Oyster was very innovative and I liked it. I also enjoyed the Soy Cubano and another rum and cirus based drink that I tried. However, I did not find this to be better than a lot of other good cocktail places. With the exception of the Prairie Oyster, it didn't strike me as a go to place. Personally, I liked Nightjar much more.

* St. John: I liked the casual atmosphere. I tried the much written about bone marrow, welsh rarebit, venison offal and the madelines. I've always had a mixed reaction to bone marrow. I love the texture but I never really get any solid flavor. That was true here as well. Although, the salad is a wonderful idea. It's very acidic and cuts through the heaviness of the marrow wonderfully. The only thing that I did not enjoy was the welsh rarebit. I found to be too salty for my palate. I love cheese but this was just too much salt for me. No complaints on the offal and the madelines were divine. They may have taken over from Dominique Ansel's madelines as my favorite :)

* Hawksmoor (Guildhall): My first time trying bubble and squeak. I thought it was very good; the very definition of comfort food. Greasy potatoes, eggs, meat, gravy. Hangover heaven :)

* Harwood Arms: I had the scotch egg, the snails, a deer special and their take on strawberries and cream. I liked this place. My least favorite dish was the egg (it was good, just not as good as the others IMO); I thought it needed more salt. The other dishes were better. I really liked the deer and the dessert.

* St. John Bread & Wine: Tried the porridge and prunes. I thought it was good porridge but nothing special. I would have tried the bacon sandwich if it weren't for the fact that I was planning to go to Borough Market an hour after this.

* Borough Market:
- Bread Ahead: Damn those custard donuts are delicious! I tried a lemon one. It's messy but I am definitely going to miss this.
- Monmouth: My first flat white. I liked it but I guess I prefer my coffee without milk. The next day, I went to another location and tried their Americano. I liked it better but I did not feel that it was something special.
- Neals Dairy: Excellent cheeses and very helpful staff. I told them that I was visiting and wanted to try a few local cheeses (with the objective of buying some of course) and ones that I liked a lot include Stawley, Ragstone, Montgomery Cheddar and the Colston Bassett Stilton. I brought some back with me to the U.S. and all my friends liked them.
- Brindisi: Sampled some jamón ibérico de bellota for the first time. Holy crap! This is good. Now I understand why it costs an arm and a leg.
- Roast: Tried the roast beef (weekend special). Thought it was OK. The horseradish gives it a nice kick and I probably would have disliked it if it weren't for that.

All in all, I'm glad that I was able to make some time to visit the market.

* Tayyabs: For reasons beyond my control, I ended up here for a late dinner. What a mistake! Definitely the worst meal of the trip. I asked them for a recommendation and they got me the lamb chops. Tough, chewy, just terrible. I also tried a curry dish with chicken and that too was sub-par.

* M. Manze: I had to try the famous Pie & Mash. I also got the jellied eels. The pie & mash was alright. It reminded me of something I used to eat as a kid - https://mealbucket.com/images/TA04Y53... except that in India the stuffing is made with potatoes instead of meat. I'm usually not bothered by how food looks but the jelly made me think twice about eating it :) Nevertheless, I tried it. By itself, it was a little too salty for me. Paired with the mash, it was better (although, I'm not sure if you're supposed to do that).

* Green Man & French Horn: I went here with a few friends and we tried the rabbit terrine, the mussels, a pasta, the lamb neck and the white chocolate mousse. Good, solid food. It's probably not something very exclusive but the hearty, rustic flavors were well appreciated. Our waitress suggested a Sauvignon Blanc that was very good.

* Churchill Arms: Stopped by for a quick beer. The beer was your average pub beer but the exterior of this pub was just magnificent. The walls were completely covered with flowers. A delight to look at.

* The Ledbury: Brilliant. Easily my favorite meal of the trip. I got the extended menu and loved almost ever single dish. If I had to find something to complain about, it'd be the desserts. Not that they were bad or anything. In fact, they were pretty good but I thought they were a little too safe, especially taking into consideration that some of the food was pretty imaginative.

* Bull & Last: My first Sunday roast. I liked it a lot. I did come across some fat on my meat that probably should have been trimmed but on the whole, a very tasty meal. I got the chocolate mousse for dessert and thought that it was very good.

On the whole, a successful trip. 2 things that I could not try were Hedone (it was closed) and Golden Hind (I wasn't able to find time for it). Something for next time :) Thank you so much for helping me plan a delicious trip!

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I'll post a detailed review later on but Clove by far was the worst from a food perspective. Either they were having a completely off night or I didn't understand what they were attempting to do or for some reason, they reserved their worst for me :) I guess it goes without saying, I would recommend against it.

Aug 08, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you. How would you compare Palomar to The Green Man & French Horn in terms of food? I was originally planning to go to the latter but after your suggestion, I looked at the former's menu. To me it looks a little more exciting and harder to find (if at all) in NYC than GM&FH. But, I haven't read a lot about Palomar, probably because it's new. Thanks.

Jul 11, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you! I noticed that Craft Beer Co. has multiple locations. Is the Leather Lane location better then the others?

Jul 11, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you everyone! I made a reservation for a Sunday lunch at B&L.
@ManInTransit - thanks for the Sedap recommendation. Not sure how good is NYC but there are some places that do it.
2 more to go :) Saturday dinner (and a bar) + a Sunday lunch before my evening flight.

Jul 04, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I'm open to another pub but I was just a little concerned that the food at Harwood and the other place may be very similar.

Jul 03, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thank you everyone for the helpful advice. I still have a few spots that I need to fill up:

1. Sunday lunch
2. Sunday dinner
3. Sunday lunch 2

Any recommendations for these places? Also, I know that London does Indian food way better then NYC. Are there any more cuisines like this? Thanks!

Jul 03, 2014
indiefoodie in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

Thanks. Is there a fish n chips place that you think is very good?

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