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Oxford - any lunch reccs, please

We took my niece to the Magdalen Arms once... very good lunch. I remember it was mentioned here many years ago. I'm not sure exactly how within walking distance it is from the centre of town or if you'll have your car. We've also had a quick lunch at the cafe at the top of the Ashmolean, and that was OK. Maybe one of these articles will help.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/des...

http://bittenoxford.co.uk/bitten-top-...

Now I'm in the mood for a roadtrip!

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

London--looking for lunch....

I get your point, Phil, about expectations... very true. Where I grew up, we didn't even hear the words dim sum. And I remember when my dad became enamoured of Polynesian food because it reminded him of his war years. :-)

Yes, many a cardboard box with Chinese food crossed our thresholds over the years.

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

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Is the food as good as reported in many places?

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

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

I really enjoyed a lunch we had at Locanda Locatelli. It's a bit upscale but not stuffy, and I did see kids eating there. I recently had lunch with a visiting, American friend and we loved the food at Fera. That would make for a good splurge meal.

Look through the offers at www.bookatable.com. They often have great deals for some of London's very good restaurants.

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

London--looking for lunch....

I won't enter the trolley debate, but I remember that most of the popular spots in NYC's Chinatown always use trolleys. It always seemed to me that the food was very hot and fresh and didn't sit long in the trolleys.

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

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

You might check out Quo Vadis (well known British chef Jeremy Lee). Barrafina is just opening a new branch in the theater district.. might not be too busy yet if you like eating early.

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

London Dining

I've lived near London quite awhile, but I'd never done a ride on the Thames. Since we were headed for Greenwich last weekend and arrive at Waterloo, we went by boat... there's a pier right at the London Eye. You might enjoy getting to the Tower of London that way.. or the Globe.

I, too, am a fan of Cafe Spice Namaste. That would be a great lunch stop if you're in that area.

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

London--looking for lunch....

You're right about that. It's why we've never been back there.

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

London--looking for lunch....

The husband and I went to New World many years ago, and they did indeed have trolleys. I wouldn't be surprised if they still do. I haven't seen them anywhere else, not that I'm an expert.

Jul 20, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland
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London--looking for lunch....

There are so many dim sum choices in London. A lot depends on how much you want to spend. I really like Pearl Liang, but I also like the chain Ping Pong. Hopefully someone else will get my points if they know a place near Russell Square.

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

[Whitby, North Yorkshire] Quayside

Thanks for all the reviews, John. We've been wanting to get up to that part of the world for quite awhile, and your opinions will certainly be of great value once we have the time to make the trip. It sounds like we'll be going back to the Magpie and not trying Quayside. :-)

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

Rennes Recommendations

Maybe it's too out of the way for you, but there are several good restaurants in Dinan, close to Rennes. We had a nice dinner at Fleur et Sel. Have some oysters in Cancale!

Jul 14, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Help me plan my London food itinerary...

I forgot to mention that the Ebury Wine Bar near Victoria has very good food in a low-key, pleasant atmosphere. In Kensington, the Chinese food at Min Jiang is delicious, but a bit pricey.. worth it for the views.

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

Help me plan my London food itinerary...

Caxton near St. James Park has an exciting young chef. I've been wanting to try his restaurant. Maybe someone else here has been and can comment.

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

London return trip - trip report!

I think the server was probably right. Right now, the UK, apparently, is also having trouble getting chefs from India, and how that will affect standards here is something we'll find out sooner or later. My son once took me to his favorite Indian place in Minneapolis where he lives, and it was just horrible. I didn't have the heart to tell him. I remember eating in a few NYC places when I lived there, and even the famous ones never saw me returning.

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

London return trip - trip report!

Thanks for sending a report. I totally agree with you about The Square and Hedone. And just last night we tried a new Indian place in my town.. don't know why we've never gone there before, but it was terrific. And once again I bemoaned the fact the good Indian food in NYC is non-existent, and I still don't understand why.

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

5 night stay near British Museum mid-September

There are so many wonderful restaurants in London. I'd choose something special for a last night. I really like Pierre Koffman (they do a very worthwhile early deal) and Fera is more expensive, but the food is terrific.

Jul 08, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Brittany recommendations, please

We stayed at the Gradlon, too... last month. I wish you had posted all this before our trip. :-)

Jul 06, 2015
zuriga1 in France

Stephen Harris does home cooking?

This brings up an interesting point I've often thought about. How many chefs (especially busy ones), have time to sit and write a column or do all the recipes that appear in Delicious, Olive etc. How many have ghostwriters? How many have people they collaborate with. I know Mary Berry has a, 'helper.'

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

Stephen Harris does home cooking?

If someone can read and has a good recipe, of course they can create amazing food at home. I'm not sure what your point is, John.

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

Pre-Theatre Dinner near Barbican?

I can't personally recommend any of these, but here's a list if you feel like doing some research.

http://www.opentable.co.uk/london/bar...

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

Dishoon or Cinnamon club?

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

Jul 03, 2015
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.

Jul 02, 2015
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