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South Indian with Cocktails/Good Atmosphere

There's a lot of very good Keralite, Deccan and Tamil food in London (so much so that I struggled to find better food in Kerala at times - while I did find better places it was very much the top 10% of places I ate at with the lower 90% being inferior.)

Myself and others have written a great deal on these places in East Ham (with shout outs to some other areas like Apollo Banana Leaf in Tooting which I know has a big following) but none of them are glamorous, Thattukada is the only BYOB I know, and they are all more akin to the "A/C restaurant" or "family restaurant" designation in India than an upscale establishment.

Thattukada and Hyderabadi Spice are actually both much cheaper than a lot of high end eateries in Bombay or Bangalore which is also quite comical (Thattukada is ca. 1200 INR for dinner for 2 - I think Ling's Pavillion in Bombay cost more than that.)

Mar 22, 2015
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24 hrs in Liverpool


Sorry if I came off as being somewhat insulting towards Toxteth. I like it over there but I am only ever in Liverpool for work so I'm generally walking to and from dinner at 8pm or later and I am definitely less adventurous in Liverpool than I would be in London.

The thing I remember best from Middle Eastern Restaurant was like a Yemeni chicken biriyani which was very good. I've only been twice.

As for Mr Chilli, I have had a few duds there, but they do some stuff really well.

- Lamb with cumin (probably the best version I have had in England)

- Do fu with fish

- Ma po do fu

- Double cooked pork

- Crispy dry fried chicken (bone on)

- Water cooked beef

Some pics.

Feb 23, 2015
JFores in U.K./Ireland

24 hrs in Liverpool

Mr Chilli is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole of the UK.

Middle Eastern Restaurant in Toxteth is also very good but the area is less than glamorous (i.e. I have to change out of a suit into a black hoodie with trainers if I go after work when I'm up in Liverpool)

Feb 21, 2015
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Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

Italia Uno does pretty good coffee in an environment far more akin to Southern Italy than the deepest depths of hipster hell (i.e. almost refreshing lack of WiFi and Macbook Airs.)

Good sandwiches too. I wouldn't say the coffee is ethereal, but it's as good as you would get at a little café in Palermo.

Feb 09, 2015
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(London) Food House - Shaftesbury Avenue

Pic for good measure

Feb 09, 2015
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(London) Food House - Shaftesbury Avenue

The chilli oil noodles with lamb are very good here, albeit my forays out of noodle territory have been less stellar.

Feb 08, 2015
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Jerk Chicken [London]

I still trek out to Tasty Jerk for my fix, albeit far less frequently.

Feb 02, 2015
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Best biryani in London?

Agreed. I quite like their akuri albeit it needs more (any???) spice.

Jan 17, 2015
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Best biryani in London?

My 2 cents

- Keralan Chicken Biriyani at Thattukada

- Mutton Biriyani (non-fancy) at Hyderabadi Spice.

- Mutton Biriyani (fancy) at Dishoom, served in individual sealed pots, however I strongly suspect this is a cosmetic touch to finish a pre-prepared dish

- Bangladeshi style mutton biriyani (khacchi biriyani) at Hajji Nanna Biriyani

Jan 15, 2015
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Sichuan Peppercorns


Dec 31, 2014
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Rincon Criollo -- Havana in Queens

It's nice to see this post re-appear. Anyone else been lately? How are the specials these days as they used to be the standout stuff.

I haven't been to this place since I was about 18!

Dec 25, 2014
JFores in Outer Boroughs

American-type Dill Pickles in London

I'll take a pic when I'm back in town and next in East London. All the ones I get are in Cyrillic.

Again, blanking on the name but the most common Polish pickle brand (even Tesco often has these) does them. Red jar tops, red and white label. The one with only garlic and dill on it are basically the same as American full sour pickles. Be careful that you don't get the sweet ones.

I'll post a little photo highlight reel when I'm back in town as I buy all of these by sight. "The visual guide to not spending £7.50 a jar on American style pickles."

Dec 23, 2014
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American-type Dill Pickles in London

Bit of a thread revival. I eat a lot of dill / garlic pickles and you can always get them at very low prices from Eastern European shops. I find Russian brands to be the closest to what you would get in he US, however even the most widely available Polish brands come close.

I think I used to pay under £3.00 for a jar the size of a pumpkin in East Ham so this route definitely does not break the bank.

Dec 23, 2014
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[Liverpool, Albert Dock] Any reccs?

Tried Salt House Bacaro a while back as I work in Liverpool pretty often.

I had a crab linguine, black pudding with chicken liver pile up of sorts, and 2 of their signature scallops which were raved about in an opening review.

It was all good, but nothing I can remember wanting to write home about (hence this post prompting me to chime in months later.) It was my first ever Italian meal in Liverpool so perhaps I cannot judge.

Nov 26, 2014
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Restaurant Le Taliet [London]

Sadly I think it shut down, but worth a try if you head over. Lots of other alternatives nearby if it's closed.

Oct 23, 2014
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The Cooks House , Good Burmese- Herne Hill (London)

One of the most exciting places I've been to in a while. Thanks!

Pictured are lephet (pickled tea leaf salad), shan noodles, mohinga, and grilled fish with sesame rice and morning glory. Everything was excellent.

Will look to update in more detail.

Oct 19, 2014
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Shoreditch Brunch Round Up - Ozone (4/5)

Very strong coffee here, although I would almost expect better as they roast their owm beans. I still rate Tried and True over Ozone when it comes to flat whites.

Excellent food to date.

Kedjeree with smoked haddock and a poached egg was delicious. The golk of the egg mixed well with firm grains of basmati. High quality smoked fish which I believe they make in house.

Only complaints are that the portion is small and given the price they should definitely be removing coriander leaves individually from the stem before using as garnish. Perhaps I'm being pedantic but it would make a difference to this dish.

Smoked salmon benedict over sweet potato bubble and squeek cakes was delicious. Again, perfectly cooked poached eggs without a hint of vinegariness. Nice runny yokes. Very tasty bubble and squeek cakes studded with soft meaty veg. House made smoked salmon - all in all a lovely dish.

Definitely recommended.

Oct 19, 2014
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Shoreditch Brunch Round Up - Dishoom (4/5)

Lovely setting although a world removed from a real Parsi cafe. Nice outdoor terrace area.

Service was extremely efficient and coffee/tea came very quickly. Their latte was excellent and it reminded me of good coffee in India (which is rare to be fair.)

Akuri was creamy and delicious although the spicing was a bit bland compared to India. It would have been really excellent with even half a green chilli chopped into the veg mix.

If ordered in Bombay it would likely come with normal white bread (probably from Yazdani) but here it came with nice toasted and buttered pav. I won't complain.

Egg and bacon naan roll was also very good.

Would definitely go back for breakfast. My atrociously cynical nature still stops me from trying Dishoom for dinner.

Oct 19, 2014
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Shoreditch Brunch Round Up - The Book Club (1/5)

The service at this establishment is horrible. I am not one to ever care about service (I'm the guy who used to get his own cups and dishes from the kitchen at Thattukada if things seemed to be going slow), but this seriously needs to be stated.

Food was acceptable, I had a pleasant salad with bacon, fried black pudding and two perfectly poached eggs, but the experience was ruined by the fact everything else arrived about 30 minutes later.

Avoid like the plague for brunch. Quite possibly the worst ordering and staffing system I've ever seen. Either 2 employees were too hungover to show up to work and so they decided to wing it with a single waitress for a busy Sunday brunch or their floor/shift manager is useless.

Will follow up with additional places.

Oct 19, 2014
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Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

Where in India?

Regarding this post:

Thattukada in East Ham for excellent Keralan staples and drunk food

Lahori Nihari for the best North Indian / Pakistani bread in London + excellent haleem, chicken karahi, seekh kebab, and halwa puri on Sundays

Nalas Appakadai for appam and seafood curry

Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa for Pakistani Pashtun food - concentrate on chapli kebab, mancha pulao or Kabuli pulao and naan

R. D. Dabeli for vada pav, pani puri and dabeli

Gram Bangla for authentic Sylheti food - specialties are anything with karela, fish chatni, keski mas (small fish) and most other non-fried fish items eaten solely with rice

Hajji Hanna Biriyani is another Bangladeshi place which I have been meaning to write up for the last few weeks. Excellent khacchi biriyani and borhani, a drink generally made for Bengali weddings which reminds me of my (non-Bangladeshi) teenage years (in Brooklyn. Seriously, it does.)

Any questions, just ask. The above cover a smattering of geographies, but all are east.

Oct 16, 2014
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Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

How far are you willing to go for really good Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi food?

Oct 11, 2014
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Delicious dosa and Chettinad game curries at Anjappar in EastHam

The appam at Nala's are amazing but the curries aren't life changing.

Sep 28, 2014
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Kimchi in London

Kimchi Village in New Malden is really good and makes a huge range of their own stuff.

Aug 16, 2014
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Ba Shu (former Local Friends), Bethnal Green

Interesting. Any relation to the original Ba Shu in terms of chef?

This place has re-branded a lot. Used to be Red Bar with a Dongbei chef doing mostly Sichuan food (and a not so hidden nightclub upstairs.)

Aug 16, 2014
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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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