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Aberdeen Recs?

Musa's not Indian. Nouveau Scottish if anything (if that is a cuisine.)

Jul 09, 2014
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Aberdeen Recs?

A few suggestions from a chunk of last year spent working in Aberdeen 5 days a week.

- Musa: Probably the best restaurant in town. Quite refined dishes with quality ingredients - particularly fresh seafood. Immense beer and whiskey list.

- Shree Bheema's: Quite a good Keralan run place - go for Tamil staples andd ignore the bog standard British Indian items.

There is quite a good chippy at the lower end of Union Street on a side road but I would struggle to remember the name. It's near Rustico which is to be avoided.

Jul 07, 2014
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American style pizza?

Sfincione and deep dish are very different animals. Serious Galapagos Islands effect on that strand of pizza evolution.

A bit like saying takeaway Chinese can owe its roots to Cantonese cuisine.

Jul 05, 2014
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Tried and True - Putney/Barnes - London

Excellent Kiwi breakfast establishment on the Upper Richmond Roaf roughly half way between Putney and Barnes stations.

Delicious smoked salmon benedict with house made hollandaise and perfectly done poached eggs (pictured.)

Strong menu overall including a monsterous pulled pork corn bread benedict which is very good, but the pulled pork could use a slightly more vinegary BBQ sauce to cut the sweetness that most of the ingredients throw at you.

Highly recommended and arguably my favorite flat white in London.

Jul 05, 2014
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What to send to a girl in UK

I'm from the States and I have consistently been asked to bring back mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups (especially the dark chocolate ones although I don't know how 6 yr olds rate those.)

You can't get them here as far as I know.

Jun 27, 2014
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Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

Second to none in London. Excellent tea from small producers across a wide range of types and regions.

Jun 11, 2014
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Top Taste vs Gourmet San. Suggestions?

Howabout Sichuan Kitchen? ;-)

I'd go with Top Taste. Been to both, haven't been to Gourmet San in ages, but it has always been the sort of place I went to for 2-3 specific things (preserved pork and chives for example) as the menu has weak points.

Jun 09, 2014
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Genghis Khan - Korean Chinese - New Malden [London]

Some photo uploads... Also, just had the seafood and chilli noodle soup. It was fantastic! One of the best dishes I've had in New Malden (although if you know me then you know the idea of noodle soup + rich spicy broth + loads of seafood means I might be a bit biased.

Really good dish although basically all squid, 2 small prawns and 2 muscles. Lots of veg. Good chew to the noodles.

Jun 03, 2014
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Cheap Groceries in London?

Just noticed you'll be in King's Cross. Green Lanes is quite accessible for shopping that is both good quality and cheap - great Turkish food there too.

Brixton is a quick Victoria line journey and the food/bar scene there is very good.

May 31, 2014
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Cheap Groceries in London?

I can confirm that Brixton has gotten slightly more expensive for groceries, but Queens Market is still extremely cheap. It depends on what you want and where you live - similar places exist north, south, east, and west.

May 30, 2014
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[Manchester, city centre] Yagdar Cafe

Sounds interesting. Are these places Punjabi?

Only caveat here is being OK with everything tasting "same-y" because of the price. For 3.50 to 4.50 in East London you will not have that issue.

May 04, 2014
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Genghis Khan - Korean Chinese - New Malden [London]

The spicy seafood noodles were very widely ordered at Genghis. Most tables had at least one diner eating them.

Apr 28, 2014
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[Wrinehill, Cheshire] Hand & Trumpet

Not adding any value here, but the above sounds truly terrifying.

Not quite "Bucksburn chain pub carvery" level terrifying (also known as Bucksburn Manor or more simply the worst meal of 2013) but not terribly far off. At least a horrid salt strewn carvery which was virtually inedible is priced at about £4 and has a far lower chance of inexplicable juxtapositions involving rocket and pineapple.

Apr 28, 2014
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Genghis Khan - Korean Chinese - New Malden [London]

Hi Peter. Hope you're well.

The rendition at Genghis was much more the fried onions in your picture than anything else. It was pretty good (and popular) but not particularly varied. Lots of sauce and lots of fried onions.

Felt a bit like a Korean Chinese takeaway's try on zhajiang mian.

Apr 28, 2014
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Cheap, African, Asian, South Asian, and of course French - Paris

Seems to have successfully moved as per her Yelp activity now. You scared me there - I love that place.

Apr 27, 2014
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Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

Hi all,

I finally managed to get to Su La which is a Korean BBQ place in New Malden that actually does their cooking over charcoal. Now, this can be both a good thing and a bad thing. I will start this post with the following words of advice.

DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO STINK OF CHARCOAL TO THIS RESTAURANT.

Caveat covered. Let's begin.

BBQ is only cooked inside after 8:00pm so plan accordingly. If you don't mind leaving it to the grill man in the back then you can order your (still cooked over charcoal) BBQ before 8:00pm.

Panchan consisted of kimchee, bean sprouts, tasty dried anchovies with shredded radish, etc. Above average kimchee, but Jee Cee Neh is still the neighborhood leader for panchan.

- Rice cakes in spicy sauce: This standard Korean starter / comfort food dish is a particular favorite of mine. The version here was one of the best I've ever had; the sauce had extra kick, the rice cakes were perfectly cooked, and the dish came strewn with large quantities of sliced fish cake. Really good rendition.

BBQ:

- Sam gyup sal: The weakest of the meats, hence me covering it off first. Not super flavorful and lacking in the char / smokiness of other items. This place seems to do beef better.

- Beef ribs: The single best thing we had. Tender and flavorful beef ribs which were marinated and coated in a sauce prior to grilling. Cut up via scissor by your waitress and covered with loads of sesame seeds. Probably the single best Korean BBQ item I've ever had in London. Great smokiness from the charcoal.

- Bulgogi: Strong version. Tasty and made all the more flavorful by an above average level of fat. Somewhat nutty in flavor although I am unsure as to whether or not that was down to a marinade. Pretty good.

Everything came with lettuce for wraps, some standard issue sauces (e.g. fermented bean paste, sesame oil with salt/pepper, etc), etc.

I would really like to explore this menu further as the BBQ was great and their "Authentic Specials" section looked like it had some really interesting dishes (e.g. fermented skate with boiled pork and kimchi... tripe, octopus, bo-ssam, raw crab, etc.)

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This place is very Chowdown-able and would arguably be better suited to 8 of us heading down there for a big mean as opposed to Limster and I trying to eat the entire menu in one sitting.

Apr 27, 2014
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Genghis Khan - Korean Chinese - New Malden [London]

Hi all,

Just covering off a Korean Chinese restaurant that I've been meaning to write up for ages.

Ghengis Khan:

Limster and I went here a few weeks ago for dinner. The place was packed and we did have to wait quite a while for a seat, although this was admittedly a good sign in an area where many restaurants are half (or fully) empty.

Dishes included:

- Korean zhajiang mian: Extremely sauce, but without the meat topping one wouild find in a Chinese version. Nice taste and a generous portion, but slightly bland. Not sure if I would get this again although it appears to be a major stalwart dish which many tables ordered.

- Sweet and sour pork: The real deal, Dongbei / Korean Chinese sweet and sour pork. While the sauce was a bit on the gloopy side, the flavour itself was clean and delicate. Very nicely fried pork (this place loves its deep fryer and uses it well.)

- Mushrooms stuffed with prawns: Dried Chinese mushrooms which were reconstituted and stuffed with minced prawns. Strong prawn flavour coupled with a mushroom umami. Easily the best dish of the evening, although quite high in price.

- Fried dumplings: Deep fried jiaozi with pleasantly crispy outside. Interior was not as moist as would have been ideal, but good flavour overall.

Panchan consisted of bean sprouts, quite good kimchee and the first salad with ginger dressing I've seen since Japanese places in the US when I was about 9 years old.

Apr 27, 2014
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Vietnamese places on Deptford High Street, Deptford, London

I have eaten here quite a few times now and the pho with raw marbled beef ia outstanding. Very strong broth, the noodles are made in house (not dried) and the meat comes as a large pounded cutlet of beef which cooks entirely in the soup. It is delicious and the meat literally shreds when pulled apart with chopsticks.

They also have a few items I have only seen in Paris such as Vietnamese "ravioli" with mushrooms and beef, banh cuon filled with beef, bean sprouts, Thai basil, etc.

Apr 20, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

Long time no see.

From what I can tell they're open 7 days a week, but I suspect they close when they want to. If us and another Chinese table weren't in there by the time that they left then I think they would have shut.

Mar 28, 2014
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Jee Cee Neh - Korean - New Malden [London]

Hi all,

Another quick write up (which is more likely to mean that I type a huge amount of unedited content into a box and click "Post" rather than a few brief bullets. Sorry.)

Limster and I went down to New Malden for what turned out to be some fantastic Chow'ing (as evidenced via the Spicy Island post as well as through the fact that I have some delicious Korean snacks from Kimchi Garden in my fridge.) We found a number of interesting looking establishments, but we settled on Jee Cee Neh as it looked extremely busy, the menu was arguably more interesting and the interior was quite nice.

The banchan assortment came free of charge and was vastly superior to anything else I've had in New Malden. Standout items included very good kimchi which appeared to definitely be made in house as well as a great dish of crunchy pickled radish stems which appeared lightly pickled and intermixed with an extremely large number of fresh oysters. This dish was a great surprise and came free of charge. Very tasty with an oceanic brightness that was mellowed by a warm kimchi like background and the pleasant crunch of radish.

Janchi guksu had delicious wheat based vermicelli which could have done with a tiny bit less cooking, but which was win a lovely clear broth that was redolent of anchovy (likely dried / preserved) and seaweed. Very umami like broth and extremely pleasant overall.

Ssam (was about 1/3 the cost of what you'd pay anywhere fancy in Central London or NYC, but let's not even start) took roughly an hour for the restaurant to prepare, but it was a lovely dish overall once served. Unctuous slices of steamed pork belly came with an assortment of condiments, more of the oyster / radish banchan, napa for wraps, and other sides. The meat was delicious, although not particularly strong in flavor. Pleasantly textured and overall very enjoyable and great money for value, but primarily a "sum of it's parts" style dish as making your own perfect wrap of pork, raw garlic, fermented bean paste, chili pepper, and so on was the key.

Mar 24, 2014
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Spicy Island, New Malden, London

Thanks for that! Sounds like we may have found ourselves an illusive Sinhalese Sri Lankan place.

Mar 24, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

Thanks ScoopG!

Just a heads up that I managed to make it to Xian Restaurant last night and the food was excellent. Currently quite busy so this will be brief.

Pork and lamb burgers were both some of the best I've ever had. They were considerably better than the versions at Xian Famous Foods in NYC and were arguably better than my renditions I had in China. The pork filling was like exceptional Chinese pulled pork while the lamb was studded with cumin and seemed to have been slowly braised in a wok for quite some time. They also make their bread fresh to order for ever burger (and item, my bread was even fresh to order for the yang rou pao mo.)

Yang rou pao mo was really standard, but could have used more of the excellent broth. The lamb was a bit salty, but it was really delicious. Nice chew which gave way to a melt in your mouth texture; it was like lamb salt beef and again appeared to have been slowed cooked quite carefully. The soup itself could do with more of the necessary ingredients e.g. tofu skin, the pickled garlic on the side, etc. Still very good and definitely tastier than Chang's Noodles, but lacking in ingredients at present (basically amazing broth, amazing lamb and bread that's actually flavorful and which has edge bits that maintain their crispness in the soup.

Zha jiang mian was good, but a bit lack on the overall sauce, though the pork topping was pleasantly crunchy and well cooked. Nice homemade broad noodles (not quite biang biang mian, but very similar in appearance.)

Qaozi Mian (not sure if this is correct) was an interesting noodle soup with a nice flavorful broth and a lot of veg. My first time having this; it was nice, but I definitely favor the yang rou pao mo.

Liang pi was very good and packed quite a punch spice wise. Another dish which was really good, but which needed certain ingredients that really bring it all together. I was expected the spongey dofu and other accompaniments that one normally finds mixed into liang pi. Still, this is the only liang pi I have seen in London and while it was not as good as Xian Famous Foods (NYC), it was definitely better than many versions I had in Xian.

All in all this is one of the most exciting places I've been to in a while. They really need some business to encourage them as they seem to only have these dishes for a small Chinese clientele and their local business does not appear to be thriving (people coming in looking for a buffet basically.)

They seem very nervous about the whole operation so please go here and encourage them to expand the menu. I talked about dishes they could potentially add and they seemed like they want to, but they're getting another chef in first (it's currently a one man show in the kitchen.)

Mar 24, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

Finally!

If anyone needs Xian menu translations check the NYC board. Really old posts on Uncle Zhou's or Xian Tasty Snack are likely to have translations or side by side menu pics.

Mar 21, 2014
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Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

I have Kung Fu a shot the other night and I was impressed, but it wasn't blow me away good.

The crab and pork ($6.50 I believe) was only a dollar more than the pork only version and it was far superior. I was surprised by that as I generally prefer pork only xiao long bao.

I thought the thickness on the skins was good and the soup was flavorful on both, but only the crab and pork seemed to have good filling as well.

I haven't been to Nan Xiang in nearly 2 years (I tried to go the other night but the queue was immense) so I need to get back there to compare.

My immediate instinct on Kung Fu is that you have to truly beat the champion to be the champion (or that you need a superior theory to replace the one you're debunking if you want to get all econ about this) so I need to try Nan Xiang again and then give Kung Fu a second go.

Pretty good though! Glad to have it close by (and the parking is unnaturally merciful on that end of Flushing.)

Jan 03, 2014
JFores in Outer Boroughs

Luce e Limoni, Holborn, London

Shamelessly posting this so that I don't forget to check this place out when I get back to London. I know it's going to disappear into my pile of CH favorites and bookmarks otherwise!

Jan 03, 2014
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Araliya Sri Lankan

Hi all,

Any update on this? I passed Araliya by chance a few times recently, but it was not open (albeit this was on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas, so not the most likely times to find a business open.)

Is it definitely still shut with no transition over to this Spicy Lanka rebranding?

I thought I found somewhere that wouldn't have been covered yet, but no it's on CH :)

Thanks,

Justin

Jan 03, 2014
JFores in Outer Boroughs

Lioni's--your favorite sandwich?

The Sophia Loren's been my go to for about 15 years...

Mozzarella, prosciutto and stuffed peppers on a massive hero for just under $14. The put about half a pound of prosciutto on the sandwich so it's not a bad deal at all. Quality products with extremely fresh and milky mozzarella.

I wouldn't order most of their sandwiches to deliver, to be honest. They sog out too quickly and the prosciutto sticks together into a mass of meat.

Dec 30, 2013
JFores in Outer Boroughs

School me on Trinidadian food, please!

Just did some Googling and it seems like Warung Kario (Surinamese I noted in previous post) has shut down! Can anyone confirm this?

Dec 30, 2013
JFores in Outer Boroughs

School me on Trinidadian food, please!

I'm jumping on this a bit late and I'm literally about 2 years out of the loop, but here goes a few suggestions further afield (albeit accessible to you as you're not too far from the A train.)

- Singh's Roti Shop: One of the strongest roti places in Ozone Park, not far from the last stop on that section of the A train.
- Sylvie's Roti : Somewhat closer to the train than Singh's, but on the same side of the road. This place became my go-to before moving out of New York again.

Ozone Park and Richmond Hill have an immense range of Trini and Guyanese eateries, bakeries, bars, stores, etc. There's undoubtedly a lot to find here if you walk around and try some places (I haven't been in about 2 years so I'm not exactly the best source on this stuff.)

There's also an excellent Surinamese restaurant over there and Veggie Castle (roughly opp. the Surinamese place) is pretty good for Jamaican / Rasta veg food.

Dec 30, 2013
JFores in Outer Boroughs

Yet another Thattukada update [London]

I'm pretty sure the kitchen crews have merged btw. One good thing is that one of the "old" chefs who I thought was long gone is working at the new branch and I strongly suspect he might be the old fry master in chief. The Keralan drunk food (to use a technical term) at the old Thattukada went way downhill at a certain stage and was then quite inconsistent.

Frying technique has changed at the new branch. They seem to be using a slightly thicker batter and frying things for longer or at a higher heat. Last night's mussel fry was seriously crispy on the outside with a nice soft interior.

Dec 18, 2013
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