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[Manchester, city centre] Southern 11

Since getting a slow cooker, I've been doing a lot of BBQ meals, and it really isn't that difficult to make a good one. I really have to laugh at how popular this sort of meal has become over here, but maybe it's just because it can taste so darn good.

Do they use Charlottes for the 'loaded,' potato skins? One bite sounds awfully small for a stuffed potato.

24 minutes ago
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Help! Forgot to book restaurant for Sunday night!

Brasserie Zedel isn't a bad choice - just usual bistro food but a pretty room. My husband likes it more than I do.

There's also Balthazar or Kopapa at Seven Dials, the latter having an interesting menu. I don't know if they're on a Sunday.

28 minutes ago
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Rocket in the City

I am still laughing at your remark. :-)

Nov 21, 2014
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[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

Wow... what a Freudian slip. I didn't even know Glenda had a sister Anne. Anne Jackson is a famous actress in America.. wife of Eli Wallach. I should stop writing things so early in the a.m.!

Nov 20, 2014
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Birthday meal 1/2 - Report of lunch at Square, dinner at Terroirs

Yes, I love Locatelli's place. The food is delicious.

I did enjoy the dessert at the Square very much. Maybe I should go back for a dinner where portions will be larger and it will be more of a meal.

Nov 20, 2014
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Birthday meal 1/2 - Report of lunch at Square, dinner at Terroirs

My feeling is that certain names conjure up a certain ambiance in my mind... before I get to a restaurant. Maybe my expectations for the Square's dining room were too high, but I don't think so. It's a bit sterile, and the service, while excellent, is a bit formal, but that didn't bother me. Locanda Locatelli has a similar, large space, but it's more crowded with tables and seating, and just seemed more appealing.

Nov 20, 2014
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[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

I wouldn't recognize most MPs if I fell over them. I had a friend, now deceased, who was an MP from Aberdeen for years and was made a Lord. He was so kind when I moved here and took me around the Houses several times. I happened to see Anne Jackson there... now she I recognized!

I will not comment about George.

Nov 19, 2014
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[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

I'm on their mailing list as we once had a booking there but didn't get to go that night. The menus always sound good, but I can't comment on the quality. I don't think you can go wrong with eating there.

Nov 19, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Please can you spare 30 seconds to help a student in need?

Done...

Nov 19, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Birthday meal 1/2 - Report of lunch at Square, dinner at Terroirs

Thanks for the interesting report. I had the same feelings about lunch at The Square last Spring. The room could definitely do with a huge overhaul. I probably won't return because my list of places to try grows by the day. The food was tasty but did lack that wow/fantastic factor.

Nov 19, 2014
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[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

It must have been George Galloway. :-)

Nov 19, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

http://www.london-eating.co.uk/3299.htm

This review makes Quirinale sound a good choice. Of course, we don't know who wrote the review.. could have been the owner. :-)

Nov 19, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Best French Bistro in London

Funny, just yesterday I was thinking about Bruno Loubet. I booked seats for a concert next February at Sadlers Wells, and that's where we ate after our last trip there. I think we'll do it again!

Nov 16, 2014
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[London] Big Group Dinner Advice

Some of the places you mention (Barrafina, Anchor & Hope) do not take reservations. I would think that's a problem if you're a big group.

I hope someone will come up with some good ideas for you (you don't mention a price range). I don't know that area very well.

Nov 16, 2014
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London fine dining during Christmas

I know from other years that there are a few websites that list the open restaurants for the holidays. As PhilD said, many places here close or get booked way in advance. In fact, the fine dining places often need to be reserved months in advance.

Hotels are sometimes a good place to look for a dinner or lunch. They have to stay open and some here have wonderful food.

Nov 13, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Best French Bistro in London

Well, that's good to know. I don't like being cramped at all. I'll try some other places and put that one lower on my list.

Nov 12, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

New Pierre Herme shop opened near Seven Dials

Aargh... I was just in that area on Monday. I guess I'll have to make a return trip. :-) Thanks for letting us know.

Nov 12, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Best French Bistro in London

Casse Croute in Bermondsey is often spoken of very highly. I haven't yet gotten there, but you can look at their website.

Le Gavroche has a very good lunch deal, but it's a more formal atmosphere.

Nov 12, 2014
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Help with the London trip that never happened...

I hate to say it, but there may be a better option now than the Haozhan of old. I was a bit disappointed with a meal I had there a few weeks ago. They seem to be focusing a lot now on dim sum, and there are better places in London for that.. and my portion was small.

Nov 11, 2014
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Quiet on a saturday night?

I'm glad it turned out to be a good spot for you. I haven't been there in a few years, but we liked RSJ quite a lot. I always forget about it as it doesn't seem to get too many comments.

Nov 10, 2014
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Best chocolate shop in all of Ireland / Northern Ireland?

I always buy some Butler's chocolates at the Dublin airport, but I don't know if they have a shop there as well. There's a shop called Chez Emily, and my friend in Dublin said it's very good. Chocolate is like art.. everyone's taste is a bit different. My friends in America still eat Hershey's. :-)

You can probably find some other shops that sell the Belgian favorites, but I don't eat much chocolate these days and can't help too much.

Nov 07, 2014
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Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

I will definitely have to take my granddaughter to Chinatown next time she visits. She speaks fluent Mandarin since her school starts the kids off at the age of 6, and she's now 17. They're high school class trip is to China. Boy, I wish things had been like that when I was young.

Nov 07, 2014
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Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

Yes! Enjoy your trip. My brother is also a Stan. :-)

Nov 06, 2014
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Wonderful "not fancy" asian places in London ?

I might be travelling around that time, but I'll try to join you if I'm home. It would be great to see you again.

Nov 05, 2014
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London 2015 Planning

I, for one, liked Hedone very much, and we had excellent service throughout the entire meal. It's not fancy or formal, and the food was 'different,' in an excellent way.

Nov 05, 2014
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Ealing, Gastropub, pre-theater?

If you don't mind crowds, the Borough Market is fun, although some things are pricey but isn't that what holidays are for? Be sure and try one of the great donuts from Bread Ahead. I'm 99% sure that's the right name but someone else will know.

Nov 05, 2014
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Elegant Monday Lunch in London with Mom

Thanks. It's not easy for us to get up to London on a Monday night, but this sounds too good to miss. I think there are tons of good places in London that just stay out of the spotlight for one reason or another.

Nov 03, 2014
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Elegant Monday Lunch in London with Mom

Thanks for this idea. Villandry is now on my list!

I gather that both locations do the lobster special? Do you have a favorite?

Nov 03, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Elegant Monday Lunch in London with Mom

Another upscale place for lunch is The Square on Bruton St. It's a two-star restaurant where lunch is £35 for two courses and £40 for three. I enjoyed lunch there because the portions weren't huge, and one can easily have a nice dinner the same day. I'm 90% sure they are open on Mondays. Keep in mind that although places in London are elegant, most people do not wear fancy clothes. I'm from NY, too, and am sometimes surprised here how casual the clothing is.

http://www.squarerestaurant.com/Food/...

Nov 02, 2014
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[Ashton under Lyne] Lily's Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

I think she read what you wrote a few months ago.

Nov 01, 2014
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