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Another London Food Question: Spanish that's not primarily tapas

When I have been to Spain. I've generally preferred tapas to any other kind of food.
Having said that, I'd go with Moro.

Dec 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

I didn't much enjoy Launceston Place. The food was very good but the atmosphere was starchy.
The Sportsman is truly wonderful, but will mean a train ride then a taxi.

Nov 10, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Quiet on a saturday night?

Well, in the end we went to RSJ and it was perfect. It was busy but not noisy, service was a little slow but that suited us as a group of friends who wanted plenty of time to chat. No music - hurray!
I had a starter of tender, flavourful ox cheek with mildly pickled yellow and red beetroot. Then silky and rich pappardelle with wild mushrooms in a chestnut sauce. And also, I must admit chips, which were exceptionally good. Friends had steak (large and well cooked) and roast hake, also praised.
The extraordinary Loire wine list includes several very nice bottles at under £25.
The food is not spectacular but it is invariably good and sometimes really delicious. It remains a reliably enjoyable restaurant.

Nov 10, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Quiet on a saturday night?

Any ideas for a restaurant in relatively central London where we will be able to hear each other speak on a Saturday evening? Around £40 a head. Probably Spanish or Italian but other cuisines considered.

Nov 01, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

A Week in Lucca, September

I'm just back from five days in Lucca. We ate cheaply and very well, almost entirely pasta, both for budgetary reasons and because main courses seemed to be mostly large lumps of sauceless meat.

Favourites were Da Giulio, near Porto San Donato, for both food and atmosphere. Particularly good antipasto. And Piccolo Mondo in Via Paulino, where I had divine pasta (on the menu as maccheroni, but it turned up square) with gently stewed porcini and my friend had delicious spaghetti vongole. The Local Food Market (obviously aimed at American/English tourists but most diners were Italian) had quite exceptional salume but unexceptional other dishes. They have a good shop.

The best ices I had were at Di Colatello, though a friend swears by Grom's pistachio.

Oct 22, 2014
J Sheridan in Italy

BYOB restaurants or those that charge reasonable corkage?

Soif is an excellent restaurant (sister to Terroirs and Brawn) on Battersea Rise. They do BYOB on Monday nights.

Oct 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Apples from the Brogdale Trust

The current crop on sale at the Honey Shop is Sanspareil (tiny and delicious), Fillingham Pippin -'found by Darwin on the Island of Chiloe in 1835' - Egremont Russet and Pixie.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Ii had a really rather unpleasant evening at Comptoir Tempero. I was on my own. At 8.30pm there was only one other table occupied - I thought it might cheer up, later but it didn't. The first choice included an egg slow poached in some complex way which would have been better just poached, served on a watery aubergine puree - a nasty combination of textures. Boudin for the plat was proudly fait maison but would have been much better bought from any decent butcher. I was too depressed to have a dessert. The only good points were the delightful young woman front of house (she had plenty of time to chat as the place was so empty)and the fact that I had a John le Carre book with me.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in France
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Apples from the Brogdale Trust

If you are a Londoner, no need to go to North Cheshire or Kent: the Honey Shop on Northcote Road in Battersea sells a wide variety of apples throughout the season from their orchard in Surrey. Both cookers and eaters. Mostly varieties I've never seen elsewhere. Sorry, I can't remember the names but I made an exceptionally good stewed apple puree with one and have been chomping on a very small eater variety like sweeties.

Sep 29, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Gare d'Austerlitz

Thank you, John. I will be there on Thursday (I was mistaken before) 18th September.

Sep 01, 2014
J Sheridan in France

Gare d'Austerlitz

I have one night in Paris staying on the Bd de l'Hopital, en route for the south-west from Austerlitz fairly early the following morning. What is the best place for dinner within 15 minutes walk? And would I need to book (it will be Friday night)?

Aug 31, 2014
J Sheridan in France

Carry out/Deli choices in London

Al Dar is a good and not expensive Lebanese restaurant on Kings Road near Sloane Square. I'm pretty sure they do take-aways. There is also Partridges which will do food to take away. And there is a really fantastic open-air market on Duke of York's Square every Saturday - lots of delicious food from England and all over the world.

Aug 04, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Lewisham

It was the one on Lewisham High Street.

Jul 23, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Lewisham

Finding ourselves in Lewisham (start of 21 bus route to Newington Green) there was nowhere obvious to eat. But we chanced on Levante and had an excellent Turkish lunch. Fresh and sparky-tasting mezze (£8 for a plate of four) and good pide. Ayran to drink. Pleasant and efficient service.

Jul 22, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

Re museum lunches: both the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery have pretty good restaurants. Terroirs - excellent French charcuterie and 'tapas' plus interesting wines - is near Whitehall/Trafalgar Square.

May 17, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near Bedford Way [London]

Sorry, I should have said: It's in London, near Holborn.

May 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Dinner near Bedford Way [London]

I have an early evening meeting in Bedford Way next Tuesday. Any suggestions for somewhere for dinner for six of us within easy walking distance? Not massively expensive and not too esoteric.

May 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Hedone April 2014

It was fabulous. My cousin and I felt the boat was pushed far enough out with the tasting menu plus wine pairing without going for the carte blanche.
While it may be produce driven, the techniques are also superb. A canapé of of black eel cornet with beetroot foam was one of the stand-outs, another was the warm chocolate with powdered raspberry crisp disc and passionfruit jelly.
Service was delightful. We had an extra cheese course, which we debated, and they thoughtfully brought two plates with the portion divided between us. The cheeses were French, and good. It would have been nice to have the option of British cheeses and they took the contact info for my local very good cheese shop.
Re car vs tube, driving limits your access to their very good wine list.

Apr 16, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Hedone April 2014

I'm going to Hedone for dinner tomorrow - very excited, especially as my usual restaurants are definitely not in that class. Has anyone been recently and can suggest a must-eat?

Apr 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Casual Indian restaurant in London's Wandsworth borough?

There are lots in Tooting. Just walk along the high Street and you'll be OK. Or there's Akash on Northcote Road, if you're in Battersea. Indian Moment, opposite Akash is a bit more upmarket but no better, in my view.

Apr 12, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Looking for eating recommendations for Oxford and Bath, early May

For Bath, try Menu Gordon Jones. The cooking and ingredients are exceptional. It's a tiny restaurant so you'll need to book well in advance.

Apr 02, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Help! I need help to find a few reasonable restaurants for my in-laws when they visit London, please!

Is Pizza Express beyond the pale?

Most of the museums and art galleries have decent and well-priced cafes, with plenty of choice, which might suit them for lunch.

Mar 31, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

PROPER doughnuts. Marmalade. Full English breakfast.
Excellent lamb (though autumn is better than spring).

Hard for those of us who haven't been to LA to know what you don't get, apart from the cuisines you mention. Seasons?

Mar 30, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Siem Reap Restaurants

I had a cocktail there about four weeks ago.

Battersea Suggestions, Please! [London]

There are a couple of Somali cafes/restaurants on Falcon Road too, but I haven't tried them.

Mar 15, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Battersea Suggestions, Please! [London]

Delicat has indeed closed and Rosita has taken its place (much better, in my opinion).

Another option (for lunch/snack): Al Medina in Falcon Road for nice coffee and fresh, cheap Mediterranean and North African food.

Mar 15, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Battersea Suggestions, Please! [London]

You need to book in advance for Mien Tay - I was there last Sunday and it was completely full until about 9.30. All dishes were delicious, many better than what I found recently in Vietnam. I particularly enjoyed eel in tempura batter with lemon grass and the goat with galangal. I'm looking forward to a new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho opening soon on Battersea Rise.

Soif is excellent. Tartiflette and salad plus a glass of decent wine and coffee for £10 is a favourite lunch.

On Northcote Road, Lola Rojo and Rosita (under same ownership) are very enjoyable tapas joints. Pintus has very good coffee if you can avoid stumbling over the toddlers and buggies. Pascucci on St Johns Road also has good coffee and is handy for a decent panini-type snack or lunch.

Limster mentions Kao sarn on St Johns Hill. Next door is a good Eritrean restaurant.

The street market on Northcote Road is a shadow of its former self but there is a good bread stall (the doughnuts are divine, especially when still warm) and the Dessert Deli is always a temptation. There are also two excellent butchers and an extremely good fish stall. Not to mention Hamish Johnston which sells superb cheeses from all over the UK and beyond (at very high prices).

Mar 14, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland

Siem Reap Restaurants

The name of the excellent restaurant in Siem Reap is Cuisine Wat Danmak. One to avoid is Arun.

Siem Reap Restaurants

Too late for you, IPcook, but I have just been to Siem Reap. I had largely very disappointing food, but I may just have been unlucky. I'd suggest eating street food, which is good and very cheap, and saving your pennies for Cuisine Han Wat (I may have got the name slightly wrong). Run and cooked by a French couple, I had a superb 5-course Cambodian meal for $25, including black sticky rice with cubes of local sweet sausage and dried calamari. Pomelo sorbet was delicious.
Soup Dragon on Pub Street looked promising.

Oyster happy hour - London

There's a very good oyster stall at the market in Duke of York's Square on the Kings Road, near Sloane Square, on Saturdays. I haven't had an oyster there for a while but I think they were £1.50. There are lots of other lovely things to eat there too, from all over them world.

Jan 24, 2014
J Sheridan in U.K./Ireland