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Dishoon or Cinnamon club?

That's like comparing apples to blueberries... very different cuisines.

about 2 hours ago
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Dishoon or Cinnamon club?

I can't add much to what howler said about your two, Indian choices, but I think my grandchildren would prefer Dishoom over Cinnamon Club - much more casual and, 'fun.' That said, the Cinnamon Club's dining room is beautiful and unusual.

If you do go to Nopi, order the broad bean fritters.. definitely one of their best dishes.

about 7 hours ago
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Cambridge and London June 2015 Report - 1 of 3

Such wonderful photos... thanks!

Jun 29, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Sunday lunch near National Portrait Gallery

Jun 28, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Brittany recommendations, please

We are just back from a trip to Normandy and Brittany. My husband ate oysters every day! Among his favorites were the ones in Cancale.We skipped the Breizh cafe (next door to where we ate) because we'd just been to their Paris branch in March. Their crepes *are* wonderful.

I heartily agree that Pont Aven is a wonderful, small town to explore as is Concarnau which makes a great lunch stop.. many restaurants in the old town.

Jun 28, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Best Indian for Lunch in London

I like Dishoom, too. As a former New Yorker, I know what you mean about the Indian food in NYC. I never liked Indian food till I moved to England. I'm not sure why it's bad, generally, in the States. The chefs are from India!

I also like Cafe Namaste - a better quality of cooking than Dishoom.

Jun 23, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant, Shopping Recommendations near Borough

You'll only be two stops from Waterloo and the South Bank on the Jubilee line. There are lots of restaurant in that area, so don't rule that out as a possibility.

Jun 21, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near the Westin Dublin?

Then you did well, Phil. I've been away... just saw this today.

Jun 19, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near the Westin Dublin?

You didn't miss it. The subject heading says Westin Dublin!

Jun 18, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Any resto recs for Bayeux?

A very nice report, John! We also enjoyed Ambroisie in Quimper, but it was a bit overpriced.

Jun 17, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Any resto recs for Bayeux?

We had a fabulous meal in Bayeux last week. I'm not sure if they're open on a Sunday, but you can check. I was disappointed throughout our stay in Normandy (but not Brittany) that so little traditional food now exists on fine dining menus. I wanted chicken with Calvados!!

La Rapiere is a fantastic restaurant, our favorite of our one-week trip. The food is delicious, beautifully presented, and the staff couldn't be better. There's another restaurant next door to it, but we were only there for one evening.

Jun 17, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Whitby - fish & chips

Masters has always been my favorite, too, Dean. I don't know if we'll get up to Whitby this year, but thanks for your opinion of Quayside. After a week + in France, I'm trying to get back to reality and no croissants. :-)

Jun 16, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Whitby - fish & chips

Yes, that's the name I remember. I'll be interested to read of your assessment. I have a photo of my husband (perhaps me, too) standing in front of the Pickering town sign. I guess you know what our name is. :-)

Jun 06, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Whitby - fish & chips

John, give me a day or so to try and find this out. I remember putting the name somewhere as we wanted to try something other than Magpie. That's home territory for the elder Pickerings.. trouble is none of them live up that way now!

Jun 06, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Things you can't get in the UK

Maybe it's just me, John, but the American style muffins here never taste to me like the ones we get in the States. And over there one can get a lot of different varieties... blueberry, cranberry etc.

Jun 04, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Thanks!

Jun 04, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Things you can't get in the UK

I'm surprised you have trouble finding Sriracha. I see it everywhere. You can also order it from Amazon or, I think, Wing Yip.

Jun 04, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

I only know the restaurant by reputation, gamene. I've never eaten there, and sadly don't get to Cambridge very often, but next trip I'd certainly like to try it out. I think the best idea is just to call Midsommer directly and ask about your requests. Most places in the UK seem very happy to oblige. I'd offer to call for you, but we're off on holiday in a day.

Jun 04, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Midsummer House is one of the restaurants people always talk about in Cambridge. The chef is often on TV, and I'm sure it would be a good meal. You could check that out and Fitzbillys, as mentioned, is a great place for cakes and/or other eats.

Jun 03, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Things you can't get in the UK

I think Montreal steak spice is something I ordered from Amazon.co.uk. They sell tons of American products. I see Canadian maple syrup in lots of supermarkets.

Jun 03, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Things you can't get in the UK

Foxeyblue is right. I'm an American, and although I used to long for lots of products when I first moved here years ago, I now can find just about everything I want (a small list now) online or in shops. Maple syrup is available most everywhere, especially if your couple lives in a big city.

I'm scratching my brain trying to think of something you could send.

Jun 02, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Thinking about Five Fields, London

Here's a review from Andy Hayler, although it is two years old.

http://www.andyhayler.com/restaurant/...

Jun 02, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Long Overdue Normandy/Brittany/Paris Report

I'm glad you got to the Breizh Cafe. We ate in the Paris location this March and loved it.

Jun 01, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Long Overdue Normandy/Brittany/Paris Report

Thanks so much for your report. We're headed to Normandy and Brittany next week. Thank goodness I made a booking at La Rapiere. Now I am really looking forward to our meal there. We'll be in Dinan, too, and I'll remember about La Lycorne. I haven't researched too much about food, and your posting really helps out enormously so thanks again.

Jun 01, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Where London Chefs Go To Eat

Thanks... fun to read this sort of thing.

May 29, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland
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Six Nights in London

You're right that there isn't much for tourists in the are of the Exmouth Market. We ate there one day before going to Sadler's Wells for a dance concert.

May 26, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Tesco Tuscan Bean Soup

It's very popular in the States, too, but I never liked any sort of tomato soup. I just make my own soups these days.

May 26, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Six Nights in London

In the past few months, I really loved the food at Fera and Pierre Koffman. Someone here just very recently said they weren't as impressed with Great Queen St. This was their second meal there. I can't say as I haven't been there in quite a long time, but I think 'Modern British,' is probably a bit better elsewhere.

If you're anywhere near Morito or Moro, my lunch at the former was outstanding.

May 25, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I use Waterloo all the time, and Foxey Blue is right with her suggestions for food spots there. The station has lots of options, including Wasabi, which is a Japanese chain that serves both hot foods and lots of sushi choices. The regular M&S has been closed for renovation for a year or so (I wish they'd reopen!!) but I think there's a small stall still working at the station. There's a McDonalds's (I know, I know), and a Cornwall Pasty place, too.

May 24, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London next month with well-behaved children

A few years ago, my grandchildren enjoyed eating a nice roast chicken dinner at Belgo near Covent Garden. More than the food, I think they enjoyed the waiters who were dressed as monks. One specialty there is Moules Frites, but the chicken is really pretty delicious for the less adventurous.

http://www.belgo-restaurants.co.uk/

May 23, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland