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Maida Vale [London]

LondonKnowledge -- I just went to the Church Street market for the first time last Saturday and came upon Lahore Kebab House and wondered if it's related to the Whitechapel one. Based on this feedback, I will be sure to give it a try. Thanks for all the other suggestions too. Especially Ida, which is a bit out of the way, but sounds like worth it.
Nii -- Thanks for reminding me of Idlewild -- totally forgot about it since the first time I went there about 8 months ago! Also, I've passed by Street Hawker, but I was a bit put off by the decor, but will now give it a try. Has anyone tried the Thai place across the street -- can't remember what it's called, but have been looking for a good Thai place in the neighborhood. Any other Thai food suggestions also welcome.
One other cute place I've come across since my last post is La Piccola Dely on Lauderdale Road (corner of Elgin Avenue). I think this place has other branches as well. A good place to pick up good Italian deli essentials, sandwiches, coffee, etc.

Apr 16, 2010
syalcink in U.K./Ireland

Good burgers in London.

A few more suggestions from someone who likes the burgers at Lucky 7 and Automat, and who has tried quite a few of the others mentioned above. The burgers at the Waterway pub in Little Venice are pretty good although not as thick as I would like and are served with good thick chips - perhaps not worth a special trip but if you are already in the hood kind of thing. if you are on an expense account or don't mind paying a whopping £17, try the burger at the American Bar at the Stafford Hotel in St. James's. It is one of the best burgers I've had in London.

Mar 31, 2010
syalcink in U.K./Ireland

Maida Vale [London]

I am a New Yorker, been living in Maida Vale for about 8 months and before that in Notting Hill - so I hope this is helpful.

The best coffee in the area is at Raoul's Deli or at Baker & Spice on Clifton Road close to the Warwick Avenue tube station. Raoul's also has a restaurant across the street for breakfast/brunch etc.; Baker & Spice has limited seating and is more expensive, but does have exceptional pastries. Closer to Maida Vale tube station, there is Roma's Cafe on Elgin Avenue, which also promises decent coffee.

For dinner, Red Pepper on Formosa Street, close to Amoul, has great Italian food, and is comparatively affordable. The Waterway pub further along Formosa Street where it meets the Regent's Canal, has great burgers, although it tends to be a bit busy in good-weather days. If you cross over the foot bridge next to the Waterway pub, you will basically be in the northern reaches of Notting Hill: on Westbourne Park Road, there are a few popular pubs, and one of the better Mexicans in London, called Crazy Homies, and its sister diner Lucky Seven, which serves delicious burgers and milkshakes :-)

Back to Warwick Avenue area, in terms of gastro pubs, The Warrington pub has a Gordon Ramsay restaurant upstairs and the Prince Alfred pub has the Formosa Dining Room attached to it -- have yet to try either of those.

I also agree with the other responses to explore the Edgware Road area for inexpensive middle eastern fare.

Mar 31, 2010
syalcink in U.K./Ireland