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Cheap and delicious [London]

cool PM me and we can check it out! M Manze is meant to be terrific old school grub too.. i still need to make it out there.

Jan 16, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

sweet. i'm up for that. anyone else? field trip!!!!

Jan 13, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

extremely excited to go to silk road. i hope i can sucker some foodies into going to camberwell with me!

Jan 13, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

i'll be stopping by in chiswick on the way back from school. i'll let you know how it goes!

Jan 11, 2011
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1st time in London, please Help!

<3 Pearl Liang.

Jan 08, 2011
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1st time in London, please Help!

yeppers... the extra cost really shows in the service, ambience and, well, the food.

Jan 08, 2011
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Cheap and delicious [London]

haha agreed! i love TPT. i've been going there for years and it's never let me down!

churchill arms on ken church street is a great pub the way pubs should be i.e. no plasma screen, no jukebox or slot machines, just a ton of atmosphere and great crowds. it also has the added bonus of having a cute thai kitchen out back that serves delicious big plates of thai curry and noodles at 6GBP a pop in the middle of a tropical garden. as a student it's been a terrific cheap eats option many times in the past.

agreed on the south asian stuff - it's truly something to be proud of, though as a native west londoner i'd also suggest southall and wembley for some great options as well.

on a side note - a lot of things that new york foodies lovingly debate e.g. burgers, great neapolitan pizza, great brooklyn style pizza, franks etc. are terrible imitations in london. i'd definitely advise sticking with the "uniquely london" (if it can be called that) stuff, so the south asian, middle eastern, gastropubby fare.

Jan 08, 2011
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1st time in London, please Help!

damn. i spent 2 weeks in shanghai living off xiao long bao. thanks for the info, i'll definitely be hauling ass there to get my fix!

yauatcha is expensive... but to have a civilised chinese meal for the majority of people who might not want the typical charms of chinatown service it's a good option.

Jan 08, 2011
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1st time in London, please Help!

Here is the breakdown:

High End (for lunch):
- Marcus Wareing
- Bar Boulud
- Launceston Place
- Pied a Terre and/or L'Autre Pied.

The last two are particular favourites. Simple but incredible execution and flavours. Amazing value. Skip Ducasse - the three star rating is purely political and the food is decidedly uninspired given the steep prices.

High/Mid:
- St John
- Hawksmoor
- Wild Honey
- Hix Soho
- Yauatcha - or any place in Chinatown on a weekend morning. The "dim sum" at Ping Pong is, frankly, an insult to real dim sum.

There is an amazing new Italian place in Kings Cross, but the name eludes me right now.

Mid Range/Low casual eats:
- Koya (even the sides here are unctuous and delicious)
- Rasa Sayang
- Lahore/Tayyabs
- any of the Korean places at Centre Point.
- Four Seasons for Duck and braised pork, Leong's for crab.

And breakfast at the Wolseley is quintessentially London. If you're into a younger scene, the Breakfast Club also do great breakfasts in a fun and informal atmosphere.

Jan 07, 2011
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best indian food in london?

don't ever let anyone recommend brick lane to you for serious indian food. it's fine for a pre-night out with friends or for non-foodie friends. but you really need to seek out the chennai dosas etc. in southall and wembley. that's a no-brainer.

tayyab's and lahore are amazing but they're both pakistani. you couldn't tell from all the grilled meat?

Jan 07, 2011
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Cheap(er/est) eats in Chelsea for student [London]

I've lived in Fulham/Hammersmith for nearly 8 years now as a student and here are my favourites:

1. North End Road is indeed cheap. There is a lot of fried junk being peddled but there is a great chip shop at the south end of NE Road. Chop Chop is ridiculous value, and Bodeans and Nando's are very acceptable options if he fancies going out to eat with friends. There is a farmers market in the church between Fulham Broadway and the south end of NE Road, and there are good and reasonably priced cafes off Jerdan place near the Broadway.

2. Earl's Court, as medgirl mentions, is also a good bet. You want to be on the Eastern exit to the station, which has all the dining options. There are a number of decent Chinese/Thai/Japanese options around, and off the main streets many Southeast Asian stores selling groceries pertaining to that part of the world. On Old Brompton road near Earls Court is the Troubador which, other than its reputation for eclectic and folky music, also doubles as a very cosy spot for a weekend breakfast/brunch.

3. Hammersmith - there are many options in this neck of the woods. Most significantly there is a Thursday farmers market selling international options all for about a fiver - you can get great goat curry, tempura, falafel and other treats, as well as good bread, sweet baked goods and charcuterie. Elsewhere there are good budget dining options down King Street - I've eaten at several good Japanese places, though I can't remember their names.

On the western end of Hammersmith Road, in front of Latymer Court, is the Lunchbox, which does good sandwiches and a great roast pork sandwich for a few quid.

4. High St Kensington/ Kensington Church Street - The Thai Kitchen at the Churchill Arms has consistently been my go-to for inexpensive and delicious Thai food in the area since I moved to West London. It is very good, though you will need to book ahead (it's worth it).

5. Gloucester Road - Cafe Forum by Gloucester Road station is an excellent and informal spot - particularly good are the thin pizzas which are very reasonable. When my friends used to live in South Ken, many meals were eaten in this spot.

6. South Kensington - Oriental Canteen is an Asian Imperial College favourite - your son can easily grab lunch with a drink for 4 or 5 quid if he's feeling exuberant. Avoid Paper Tiger like the plague, unless you particularly like eating peppers and onions that have stewed under the gaze of kitchen lights.

7. Fulham Road - there are a wealth of options around Chelsea and Westminster hospital around the 10 pound range if your son wants to eat out and spend a bit of money. Particularly, Rossopomodoro's lunch deal (9GBP for any pizza/pasta and a drink) is good. Given that midrange and budget Italian in London is execrable on the whole, the fior di latte mozzarella pizza is surprisingly decent. There is a deli across the road from the hospital that does lovely little baguettes for a few pounds - there should be no excuse for going to Snax!

Hope that helps a bit. If your son is a serious foodie there are some great options around here like Luigi's - but we'll leave that for another time.

Jan 07, 2011
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If you could only eat one meal in London...

Marcus Wareing. The guy and his team are phenomenal.

Jan 07, 2011
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