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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.

about 14 hours ago
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Savoy employs first female chef in 126-years

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

about 14 hours ago
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
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Richmond(Surrey not Yorks)

I have a friend who lives in Richmond. If I can reach her, I'll ask what places are good near the theatre. I know she has a few favourite pubs.

Apr 06, 2015
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Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

I'll inquire when I eat there, John. I'm curious about their reason. I had booked us a dinner via a Bookatable deal, and it seemed a good choice, also, when a friend and her mother are in London next month. Could be people are ruder about not cancelling or showing up.

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

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

I was a bit surprised (but not as much as I would have been before reading this thread), to find that Fera requires credit card numbers before confirming a booking.

I happen to be going there twice in May and felt almost grateful that they don't ask for pre-payment and just a number so they can charge you if a cancellation isn't 24 hours before your meal.

I don't think I've ever had to do even that before in London.

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

Return visit to London (researched!!)

I meant a favorite Indian, although I wouldn't mind other favorites, too. I had my own, of course, living near Manhattan for 30+ years, but I've been gone a long time and almost everything changes. You can write me at the email found by clicking on my name. I hate to clog up the UK site with NY things. :-)

Addendum... a few years my son took me to *his* favorite Indian in Minneapolis where he lives. I couldn't tell him how awful the food was. I never understand why that is.

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

Return visit to London (researched!!)

I'd be remiss not to mention the DUCK TIKKA A’LA Mrs. MATTHEW at Café Spice Namaste. It's superb. I haven't yet been to your other two South Asian choices, but we enjoyed our meal at Café Spice Namaste a lot. You might also want to consider Quilon.

I've never enjoyed Indian food in NYC, but I did leave quite awhile ago and things change. Do you have a favorite there as I'll be visiting 'home,' soon.

Apr 01, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

If you return to New Malden (and it sounds like you will), don't limit yourselves to just one restaurant. There are so many good ones to try. I've never had to wait in a queue, but maybe that was just good luck. We enjoyed Su La on our last trip. I think it was Jin Go Gae that served my husband a very small portion of seafood with noodles, but I might have it mixed up with some other place.

It seems to be that all the Korean restaurant in New Malden are filled with Japanese or Korean families. We're usually the only Caucasians eating, so I don't think their presence is a sign of a restaurant necessarily being superior.

Mar 31, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Clove Club first UK resto to go pre-paid

There are some advantages to getting old. People don't ever get testy with me. Well, there are my children...

I know you're a perfect gentleman, John.

Mar 30, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

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.

Mar 30, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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