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Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

I hope you're not referring to me, John. :-) To be honest, I've never gone to a restaurant in the States that had this pre-paid plan, but the article infers that the idea is spreading. NOT GOOD. I hate that idea. I've eaten at the French Laundry but never Per Se. I suppose it's just the very upmarket places that are doing this over there.

18 minutes ago
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papaya tree, high street kensington

If a place near me had a 1, I wouldn't walk in the door. It means the kitchen is grotty. (Does anyone ever still use that word?) From what I remember, 5 is the top score. Restaurants in my town put the rating in the front window, but I never stopped to check that in London.

Mar 27, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

its Bath time!

Our hotel deal came with a very good dinner at Bailbrook House. The dining room was lovely, and the food was delicious. It was a bit posh but not stuffy.

http://www.bailbrookhouse.co.uk/

We had lunch at a pub that's been talked about here several times. It's on the outskirts of Bath. It's called the Wheatsheaf.

Mar 27, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

its Bath time!

We ate very well in Bath a few months ago, but I don't think they're the sort of places you're interested in.

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

papaya tree, high street kensington

Someone should look up their rating on the website that has what inspectors have found. I looked at a few places in our area awhile back and was shocked to see how low they scored. We stopped going to one restaurant till things improved.

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

papaya tree, high street kensington

I sometimes go up to Whole Foods, howler, so maybe one day I'll pop in to Papaya Tree for lunch. The menu looks inviting! Way too often I just order pad thai as I love it so I'll try to break my chains.

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

New Malden recommendations, please

Yes, Palace is another of the good places we enjoy.

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

New Malden recommendations, please

Right, Phil - that's the supermarket I'm thinking of. We were there only once. I had a feeling it was towards the station.

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

New Malden recommendations, please

There's a Lidl, too, right down the street and around the corner from Sorabol. There is a large, Korean supermarket (not a corner store type), but I don't know how far it is from the station. It has lots of meats, noodles etc.

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

New Malden recommendations, please

We've eaten at about 6 different, Korean restaurants in New Malden. I don't know the geography of the area all that well, but most of them were on the High St. Nearer to the station, I think, is Kingston Rd. where Su La is quite a good choice, and on the High St., we like Sorabol, also nice and with cooking at the table for bulgogi etc. I agree that Yami, I think once suggested by Howler, is another place we've enjoyed.

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

South Indian with Cocktails/Good Atmosphere

I think of it as a place that is off the beaten track and is not expensive or fancy. It doesn't mean the food is bad. Often holes in the wall restaurants are in an obscure place.

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

How the British eating out experience was transformed, Spicing Up Britain: How Eating Out Went Exotic, Series 14, Timeshift - BBC Four

My husband is 60 and his growing up (which was all over England) was the same experience you had, John. One rarely ate in a restaurant. He does remember eating a few times as a kid in a cafe-type place called The Audrey in Winchester... braised steak. His first Indian experience was when he went to university.

Mar 22, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

Another website with very good offers is Bookatable. They send me almost an offer a day, and some of the restaurants are surprisingly well rated. They are usually looking for early hour diners, but that never bothers me.

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

restaurant near Waterloo

I was there about 3 years ago, so a new review would be nice to see. We enjoyed our food, but that's about all I can recall now. The dining room (upstairs) seemed very crowded or at least that's how I now remember it. I guess I was right. A search at www.london-eating.co.uk came up with only one review and this: The only slight down side is the environment of the upstairs dining room which is not especially inspiring, just a minor quibble.

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

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Morito has nice, small tapas plates that are delicious. You can eat a little or a lot depending on how your lunch was.

Mar 20, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

restaurant near Waterloo

The National Theatre also has a few nice restaurants. The food is surprisingly good.

Mar 20, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland
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Torturing myself over London eating plans

Another place you may want to try is Pierre Koffman's restaurant near Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge area. It's not fussy, and the food is excellent.

Mar 20, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Around Prestatyn, North Wales

There's someone on this board who is very familiar with that area. I hope she sees your question.

Mar 15, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Destination to dine in in Ireland

If you drive around the Ring of Kerry (a beautiful part of Ireland), you could stop for lunch at Mull's Gap. There's a nice Avoca restaurant there with pretty views.. nothing fancy, but I remember it fondly. The same Avoca people have a very good place in the middle of Dublin, too.

Mar 12, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Fashionable new london restaurants?

Many people talk about the very good value lunch at Le Gavroche (very traditional French) and run by Michel Roux. I've yet to try that one. I had lunch last year at The Square and it was quite good.

If you are coming next month, hurry with reservations. It is so difficult to get them here in London at the popular restaurants, especially for dinner. You might already be out of luck with Ledbury, but I hope not.

Mar 12, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Fashionable new london restaurants?

I don't know if one would call it new and fashionable, but the food at Pierre Koffman's was very, very good, and the ambiance seemed very fashionable to me. Have you been to Hedone?

Mar 11, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Anyone up for a London Turkish Chowdown 7:30pm on Fri March 27?

I'd love to join you, but I live so far from Green Lanes, and it makes it a really long trip for me. If we ever get together in more central London, I'll try and be there.

Mar 10, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Report

Thanks for your write up. I'm glad you enjoyed The Square. I've only had lunch there and agree that the service is really outstanding. I don't know why, either, that restaurants insist on early eating times when they aren't booked fully. Maybe they think they will be. :-)

Mar 10, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

York, Yorkshire dinner recommendation

A good choice Pickering. My husband's ancestors must have founded the town. On a more serious note, Harome has been on our list for awhile... one of these days. I await your reviews.

Mar 09, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Help This New Yorker

Very good egg dishes (or it used to be that way) at Sarabeth's kitchen. I always liked their lox and eggs. You sure are picky if you can't find egg dishes in that area. :-)

Mar 06, 2015
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Help This New Yorker

Maybe this will help you. I remember great bagels at a place very close to Zabar's, but something tells me they've gone out of business or moved. It was called H&H or something like that.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

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

Help This New Yorker

There were already some Prets in Manhattan when I left 11 years ago. I had been to London ones and never ate again in the NYC version again once I tried it out. The sandwiches here are far superior, just like bagels in NY are much better than almost any bagel I've ever eaten in the UK.

Mar 05, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Coventry Assistance

Sunday 'in town,' means where?

I'm not sure you'll get many responses about Coventry. The best thing to do might be asking locals once you get there.

Mar 05, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Thoughts on London Trip

If you like tapas, try Morito at Exmouth Market. It's a bit pricey, but the food was delicious.

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

Looking for an understanding of the word tamapeel ?

I think you may mean tampeel, but I don't have a clue what it is. Try that when Googling.

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