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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/

about 6 hours ago
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London next month with well-behaved children

If you use the search engine at the top of the page, just put in, 'Kid friendly London,' and there are quite a few relevant threads there that might help you. Most restaurants in London have fairly casual dress, so don't worry too much about that.

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

Need some ideas for good restaurants in London and outside of London

Thanks for mentioning Mezzet. We often walk along the river near Hampton Court and it would be a great place for lunch.

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

afternoon tea

The Montcalm Hotel near Marble Arch does a very nice tea and has a range of prices. One can eat a little or a lot. Check their website for what they offer.

This is a good website for choices: http://www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/london/

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

Need some ideas for good restaurants in London and outside of London

Wimbledon is a big place, especially if you include Wimbledon Village. Are you going to the tennis? There are some nice pubs in Windsor.. probably the best place to have a lunch. I'd say the same for Hampton Court. You'll see some pubs along the road back to the train station... there are also some chain places. I'm sorry I don't have any specific names for you.

For St. Pancras.. walk around back of the station (you'll need a map) and there is a Bruno Loubet restaurant, Grain Store... also a Dishoom and Caravan.

I'm sorry to say nothing in and around London will seem very reasonably priced if you are from the States. It's a very expensive part of the world.

May 17, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London's best of the best

That's like asking for two paintings that are the best ever painted. You will get as many replies as there are opinions. Why not look at the menus at some of the London Michelin stars?

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

[London, W1] Trishna

Uh, oh.... I got a phone call today to confirm a Sunday night dinner in London. Last time, I was sent an email for a requested reply to confirm. Fingers crossed after your two experiences. :-)

I hope you're dining out again tonight!

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

Breakfast near London Landmark Hotel

There are some good restaurants a short walk from the British Museum - towards Covent Garden. On Great Queen St. there is.....Great Queen St. serving modern British cuisine and there's also Moti Mahal, a popular Indian restaurant.

For breakfast, you might try Le Pain Quotidien on Marylebone High St. There's also a Paul's on that street and a Valerie Patisserie. There's probably something closer to the hotel, but I don't know that area very well. Maybe someone else here will.

May 13, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

No apology necessary!Maybe it's a British thing. :-) My husband often picks up a piece of cutlery and turns it over to see who made it.

May 13, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

To be honest, Robin Joy, I don't pay much attention to the crockery, cutlery or the salt container. I look at the food. I'll pay more attention as we're having dinner there on Sunday.

May 13, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London - please critique my long-weekend itinerary

Hedone usually has to be booked quite a long time in advance. We enjoyed our meal there very much, but I'm wondering if you'll get a table in early June. I hope so!

I've eaten recently at both Pierre Koffmann and Fera. Both were very good meals.

May 13, 2015
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I think the wait staff figured we were three tourists since we were all Americans. No one ever dreams, and why should they, that I've probably been in the UK a lot longer than they have.

May 11, 2015
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Bookatable - has anyone tried them?

I use Bookatable all the time. They have some very good offers,I try to use the ones for restaurants I know have a good reputation. That's sometimes more difficult for a visitor to the city, but you can always ask us here.

The offers I've used most recently were for Pierre Koffmann and Fera. Both were wonderful meals. We found that the offer was unnecessary for some restaurants as the price was the same as what anyone would pay without it. It just was an easy way to book a table.

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

Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

Maybe I'm not the best judge of service, John. It's a pretty formal room, and all the waiters were in jackets with ties (not so the diners). The female staff all had black dresses of some sort. But they were all very smiley and friendly, described what we were about to eat etc. I didn't feel it was stiff but maybe someone else would.

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

[London] Brixton Market - worth a foody visit?

Heck, if you're near Waterloo, you can be at Oxford St. via the Jubilee in 10 minutes. There's the new lobster roll place a step away or one of the very good burgers at Patty & Bun.

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

Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I thought a fitting place to take a visiting friend and her mother just might be the lunch at Fera. They do a very respectable, three-course with champagne meal for £35. There were only two choices for each course other than the main, but all sounded very scrummy and with Simon Rogan at the helm, I was sure we'd enjoy everything.

The amuse bouche ws the best one I've had in years.. a crispy wafer with something delicious and creamy on it. It was served with large pieces of a dark rye bread. I knew we'd be in for a treat of a meal.

We all had the Spring veloute with smoked pork jowl, ramsons and herbs for a starter.It was heavenly.. Asian flavours and a beautiful light green colour. The other choice was not the usual flamed mackeral but salmon instead.

My main was Reg’s corn fed chicken, BBQ leek, onions and celeriac cream. I'm not sure I ever ate such moist and tender chicken, and the celeriac cream is something I must try to reproduce at home. My friend ordered the Cornish cod, gem lettuce hearts and leaves, parsley, jersey pearls. It was perfectly cooked cod that actually tasted sweet when I tried a tiny morsel. There was also a veg option of hispi cabbage with mushrooms.

On to desserts.. small portions but it was, after all, lunch. I devoured some smoked chocolate cream, peanut ice cream and verjus caramel. The others had Bramley apple cake, cinnamon ice cream and pecan (crumb). We left the beautiful dining room with big smiles on our faces. I forgot to mention that the service is exceptional.. professional but not stuffy and very friendly.

I enjoyed this meal so much that I'm going to take my husband back with me for dinner... soon!

May 10, 2015
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UK restaurant terminolgy query

I'm very confused about all this. While watching the show, I expected the winner to be what I would call, 'the head chef.' But if one looks at the website for Gilpin, the staff is explained as this, 'He’s a great addition to the existing team, which includes our fantastic Head Chef Lee Bird. We hope he is with us for many years to come.'

We also know that Desai moved to that area.

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

Reporting back on London...

I've lived here 11 years (previously a NYorker), and it's true that our accent is very much appreciated here. I still laugh about that. I'm so glad your husband enjoyed the Indian food. Why I can never find the same in America is beyond me. I gave up trying.

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

Lunch around Kings Cross

New places keep popping up behind Kings Cross (five minute walk). I ate at Caravan once... very noisy. Bruno Loubet has opened the Grain Store there, and I think his food is very good. Another newbie is a branch of Dishoom.

http://www.grainstore.com/

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

trip to Ireland, Scotland, England and Greece.

First off, get some guidebooks and start reading about these countries and decide what you would like to see. You seem to be quite an expert on wine. Maybe you'd like some suggestions for restaurants with good wine lists or places to stay in Greece that would appeal.

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

Savoy employs first female chef in 126-years

I didn't particularly mean to single out Ramsay. As you said, he's been very fair with his female chefs. I guess what I was thinking had more to do with how few female head chefs there are in London, let alone owning restaurants. FWIW, I've never been a rabid female libber. I think someone sold women down the river with a tale about how they can do everything.. family, work, housework etc.

Apr 28, 2015
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First Trip to London coming up - recommendations appreciated.

Launceston Place is very near your hotel. You could check their menu to see if it's light and fresh enough for your dinner. It does use local produce etc., but maybe it would be a larger meal than you'd like that first day.

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

Savoy employs first female chef in 126-years

It sure is about time. I don't remember her at all from Masterchef.

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

London with six year old

I liked Kopapa, too. It's not too big and would probably be good with a child - not very hectic. Also near the theaters is Balthazar... large bistro menu (reminds me of home :-)).

Apr 13, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London with six year old

We eat pretty early in Paris, and this trip others were eating at 7 or so, too. I'm an American, so even though I've lived over here quite awhile, I don't like late dinners.

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

London with six year old

I think you'd enjoy Moro. The food is really delicious at these two restaurants. I'm sure my husband and I will be going back to try a dinner at Moro. Both places are owned by the same people, and neither is fancy, which is something I enjoy. No one seems to 'dress up' to eat in London, even at the more upscale restaurants.

There are lots of good deals at www.bookatable.com. If you get their offers by signing up, you might discover someplace interesting.

If you write me at my address in the profile, I'll give some names where we ate a few weeks ago in Paris. It's so easy to eat well there!

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

London with six year old

Book way ahead for Chiltern Firehouse if you want to eat there.

Personally, I would avoid Morito for eating with a child. The place is very small and the seating uncomfortable and fairly cramped, although the food *is* wonderful. That said, if there is dining outdoors in good weather (we were there when it was cold), it would be great and fine.

Dishoom is a fun place I think a six-year-old would enjoy, plus the food is good.

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

High end Indian in London?

I've yet to have a dinner at Dishoom, but I had a wonderful lamb dish there not too long ago for a lunch. The Brasserie brunch was my first, British South Asian meal many years ago, and it lingers in my mind still. I've yet to get to Quilon, but I think you wouldn't be disappointed with a meal there.

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

Staying Radisson Blu Portman

You will be just down the block from Locanda Locatelli. I think it's a wonderful, Italian restaurant and for me, it's a special meal - wonderful service and an elegant ambiance. There are a lot of other places also nearby.

What kind of cuisine are you most looking for?

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

Richmond(Surrey not Yorks)

The weather is actually fairly nice this week. London is in the upper teens (60ish F.).

Apr 06, 2015
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