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tasting menu west end/mayfair [london]

To report back:
We did go for a la carte at The Square in the end, and were very happy with the decision. Lots of freebies as you all said which made it a lovely long and pampering experience. Service was great - attentive and knowlegable but relaxed. Food was superb, especially the crab lasagne I had to start - very indulgent and perfectly executed. Probably the only negative was that we were sandwiched between two large groups of business diners, but I guess that's what you get on a Wednesday in Mayfair, and it didn't really make too much of a difference once the food started arriving.

Thanks for the suggestion all.

Jan 24, 2013
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Help: 'gourmet' ice cream van's (London)

Gelupo have a 'cart' that they use for offsite catering
http://www.gelupo.com/article.php?a=8

They do amazing gelato

Jan 17, 2013
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tasting menu west end/mayfair [london]

oops, sorry, posted my reply in the wrong place! see below (and thanks!)

Jan 09, 2013
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

tasting menu west end/mayfair [london]

thanks, that sounds like a great idea! :)

Jan 09, 2013
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

tasting menu west end/mayfair [london]

Thanks. :) We have been to Pollen Street Social and loved it but it's not really special enough for what I'm after for this meal.

The Square sounds like a good idea actually. I was a bit closed minded and struck it off the list when I saw the price of the tasting menu but a la carte is a great idea :)

Jan 09, 2013
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

tasting menu west end/mayfair [london]

I want to book somewhere delicious and special for my partner's birthday dinner in a few weeks time. Location needs to be Soho/Mayfair or very close by. Ideally I'd like somewhere with a great tasting menu at around £70/£80 a head maximum. Any suggestions/recommendations?

Jan 07, 2013
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

A couple of places in Pacific Plaza, Wembley (LONDON)

Does anyone know what happened to the other eateries from pacific plaza? Especially the family that came along at weekends to make momo cha dumplings.... They were so good and I still miss them! Any ideas?

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

Where to find good (ie NOT Philadelphia) Cream Cheese in (North) London?

You could probably get some 'proper' cream cheese at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Otherwise, yes, the jewish delis in Golders Green are a good bet, but as a halfway house, waitrose do an organic cream cheese that comes in a round tub that is way better than philadelphia (although not as good as the real deal)

Apr 02, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Berwick Street Market [London]

Berwick Street Market seems to be benefiting from a little explosion of great streetfood at the moment. I had a brilliant fish Bahn Mi at Bahn Mi 11 last week (although I should have asked for more sriacha in it!), and Pizza Pilgrims is on my list for this week if I can make it up there.

Any chowhounder suggestions of other stalls/lunch spots to try around there? And has anyone been to Pizza Pilgrims yet?

Mar 26, 2012
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Need help with finding moderately priced London restaurants

It's well worth adding to the list. While the menu is fairly simple stuff, the execution and ingredients were excellent. And they have a SMOKED EEL AND HORSERADISH SANDWICH!! Seriously, can there be a better thing in the whole world? (unless you don't like horseradish or eel, that is)

Mar 09, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Need help with finding moderately priced London restaurants

Quo Vadis with its recent new chef joining is quite an exciting place to try at the moment. I went last night and was very pleased.

Great Queen Street changes the menu daily so it's not online, although if you ask them they will send you a sample.

Another vote for Bistro Bruno Loubet, which is one of my favourite standbys for family meals.

If you like the Wolesley, you might want to check out their new sister restaurant the Delaunay.

Pollen Street Social might also hit the mark, although I think it's probably a price point above the restaurants you mention. The menu is online.

The cocktail bar at the corinthia is quite nice - you should definitely drop by for a pre-dinner drink. But I'd avoid the restaurant which I reviews say is pretty average.

How do you feel about places which don't take reservations? There are a few places in Soho (10 Greek Street or Duck Soup for example) which you could try if you don't mind taking a gamble.

Mar 07, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Alternative to Sunday Roast at Bull & Last ? [London]

Hawksmoor Spitalfields is more convenient than Seven Dials, if you're going to Columbia Road. It's within walking distance (about 15-20 minutes) or you can take a cab.

Agree with the Red Lion and Sun suggestion if you'd rather eat near the heath - I really enjoy the food there and think its sadly underrated. On the plus side, it does make it easier to get a table. And it's alot cheaper than the Bull and Last.

Mar 06, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Blooming onion in London?

That was actually what sparked the conversation with my friend - we were planning a mission to Outback and then found out they were all closed!

Feb 22, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Blooming onion in London?

oh no, so sad! Thanks for letting me know though, I'll keep an eye out for it there - you never know, there might be a special one day!

Feb 22, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Blooming onion in London?

Hrm, maybe my best bet is to make one! Or perhaps I should petition MeatLiquor to put it on the menu...

Feb 21, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Blooming onion in London?

Thank you, I will check it out in any case. My friend is just about ready to book flights to the US just to get one!

Feb 21, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Blooming onion in London?

If anyone knows, chowhound will know... Where in London (or anywhere even vaguely close to London) can I find a blooming onion? One of the deep fried cholesterol ridden beauties? Any ideas?

Feb 18, 2012
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[London] What are your favourite places to eat and drink in Soho or Mayfair?

Thanks! I'm a bit in love with Princi. But it's an expensive lunch habit to acquire!

Feb 15, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

[London] What are your favourite places to eat and drink in Soho or Mayfair?

After a decade working in the City of London, I've just started a new job on Regent Street (so really on the Soho/Mayfair border). While I obviously know a few places in the area, I'm not nearly as familiar as I was with the City and Shoreditch/Clerkenwell - and there's alot more choice here! So I was hoping local chowhounders would share their favourite spots. I've listed the types of venue I'm looking for with some examples that I've tried and enjoyed already, in that hope that you can broaden my horizons and stop me from wandering into too many tourist traps or falling back on chains!

- Great coffee and pastries (Taylor Street Barista, Sacred and Speakeasy are favourites)
- Takeaway sandwiches and salads (I'm struggling here, so far I've had to mainly rely on chains)
- Quick cheap sit down lunch spots (I enjoyed Rose Bakery, and Sacred isn't bad. Princi is great but probably just a little too far for me to get to in a lunch hour. I'd like to try some of the Asian places on Brewer Street, especially sushi - any favourites??)
- Casual evening dining (I'm a fan of Spuntino, Koya and the Polpo chain. Tapas Brindisa is always a good shout. I like Cay Tre too. Would be great to have some ideas where queues are less insane or which take bookings. Happy to walk a bit further for evening meals, so the further reaches of Soho and Covent Garden are definitely in scope here). I'm useless at knowing where to go in chinatown, but would love some suggestions!
- Treaty evening dining (I had an incredible birthday dinner last year at Hibiscus but obviously that's a HUGE treat. I liked Pollen Street Social, and although my meals at Hix have been a bit mixed, I'm generally a fan)
- Pubs and bars - I'm useless on this bit. I like places where you can get a seat (I'm getting old!), and a decent glass of wine or well made cocktail in nice but non-pretentious surroundings.

I'm pretty open really to all suggestions, and I promise to report back my findings as I explore!
p.s I'd also be really grateful to be pointed to any useful old threads on this topic - search wasn't throwing up much but maybe I'm looking for the wrong thing!!!

Feb 15, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Honeymoon in London April 2-4th

you should definitely seek out a brilliant English breakfast for brunch one day. My favourite is Hawksmoor Spitalfields (only on weekends, but if you can get there on a weekend they do an amazing "for two" breakfast that I don't think they serve in the other branches) or any of the other Hawksmoors for weekdays.

Feb 15, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Honeymoon in London April 2-4th

Rules is a good choice for British food - it's the oldest restaurant in London and maintains a brilliant standard. Good cocktails too. I'd probably take that over Dinner by Heston, to be honest. Pubs are probably your best shot for less formal English dining, but be careful as quality varies massively. You'll find that the best pubs are almost as expensive (or more!) than restaurants though. The Bull and Last is a good pick.I can't think of any 'mom and pop' shops that do anywhere near decent English food. The Ledbury is very high on my to-do list.

For curry, Tayyabs is often recommended, but the only thing I really enjoyed was the lamb chops (which were amazing and worth a visit on their own).

You mention a Japanese you like in San Francisco... you might want to look up Sushi of Shiori, which is a tiny tiny place near Warren Street station, looks like a hole in the wall but actually does the most delicous and delicate Omakase (you need to preorder it)

In more democratic dining options, the longest queues in town are currently for american style food, so maybe not the best choices if you live there! But you may like to try one of Polpo, Polpetto or Da Polpo for Italian small plates which were some of the most buzzed about restaurants in Soho last year. Or try Duck Soup for an ever changing small menu of fresh ingredients prepared well. Koya is also one of my favourites for delicous hand pulled noodles (although again, suspect you get alot more of that in SF than we do here in London)

Feb 15, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Chef's picks of London restaurants

Thought some of you may find this interesting - 40 top chefs pick their current favourite London restaurant

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02...

No huge shocks or uncovered gems really but it makes for quite a nice aspirational list!

Feb 14, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near Barbican? [London]

Pham Sushi on Whitecross Street is great. Probably the place I miss most now that I no longer work in the area. Alba, also on Whitecross Street is a solid modern italian. Morgan M is a good choice too - especially good cheeseboard worth saving space for! Bistro Bruno Loubet or The Modern Pantry are both decent (Bruno Loubet would be my choice from the two), but possibly a bit of a walk from the barbican...

Feb 10, 2012
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant Picks for June Trip to London

For treats, it's worth a trip to Laudree in covent garden for the delicious macarons, if you're a fan. William Curley (http://www.williamcurley.co.uk/engine...) or Paul A Young (http://www.paulayoung.co.uk/shops/) would be my picks for posh chocolates

Jun 01, 2011
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Last Minute Trip to London - Dining Tips Requested

For lunch on the British Museum day, if you fancy something a bit different, you might want to check out Abeno http://www.abeno.co.uk/findus/index.html - they do a special kind of japanese omlet called okonomi-yaki, which I love. They cook it in front of you on a hot plate. It's just a minute or two walk from the British Museum.

Jun 01, 2011
uniqueusername in U.K./Ireland

Brunch 2011?

I'm a big fan of Cookshop for brunch. They take reservations. It is slightly leaning more on the breakfast side of things, but they also have a selection of burgers, fish, salads etc. Menu is on their website. Added bonus is that its perfectly located for a post-brunch High Line stroll.

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Cookshop
156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Mar 08, 2011
uniqueusername in Manhattan

Aldea

Had a delicious meal last night and would return in a heartbeat. Started with the sea urchin toast which I think I could have eaten 10 of, it was that good. Then I had the wild bass, which was perfectly cooked and really delicious, followed by the little beignets. So a light meal, but every bite was wonderful.

Mar 08, 2011
uniqueusername in Manhattan

Something special, something new

Another vote for Ai Fiori - I had a great restaurant week lunch here but would be delighted to return for a special dinner. I thought the food and service were excellent.

Mar 07, 2011
uniqueusername in Manhattan

Suggestions for Most Romantic Restaurant?

It's neither steak, nor italian, but the most romantic place I've been to in Manhattan is probably Bouley - recommended to me by several lovely people here on chowhound! The food is french, the room is gorgeous, and the tasting menu is $125 for 5 courses (there is also a la carte options).

However, others that know the city better than me will probably have other much more relevant suggestions!

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Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Mar 07, 2011
uniqueusername in Manhattan

Best burger in Hells kitchen, times square or midtown west area

And fourthed for Five Napkin. The regular burger is very good indeed, and I also love their ahi tuna burger for something a bit different.

Mar 07, 2011
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