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Cheap Groceries in London?

Angel would be my choice too - the Sainsbury's is well stocked and there is a Waitrose and M&S if you're feeling fancy. (They also have good deals occasionally).

My top tip would be to hit Chapel Market (also in Angel), where your fruit and veg for the week will be very cheap. I often find it fresher and better quality than supermarket produce. There is also a fish van and a butcher who sells good quality chicken etc at very reasonable prices.

On Sundays, there is more of a 'farmers market' vibe - artisan cheese, charcuterie, salad leaves, olives, some street food etc. You can treat yourself to the £5 thali lunch at Delhi Grill once you've done your shopping.

You could also consider getting your dry / store cupboard stuff - toilet roll, tinned goods, pasta, rice etc - delivered from Asda. They are normally cheapest and as you don't have to carry it, you can buy in bulk and get the best price.

Jun 27, 2014
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

Top Restaurants - Lunch eating alone options [London]

I would argue that bar dining is becoming more and more common in London. london-eating has a good, but not exhaustive, list of restaurants with bars you can eat at: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/occasi...

The OP might also like their solo dining list: http://www.london-eating.co.uk/occasi...

For places like The Ledbury and St John, you would still need to book ahead. The high-end places are used to business people and solo travellers so you won't feel uncomfortable.

If you wanted a more relaxed, less 'fine dining' lunch at some point, places that spring to mind are Spuntino, Salt Yard, Opera Tavern, Mele e Pere, Bocca di Lupo, Hawksmoor, Jose, and maybe one of the new Jason Atherton places (Little Social and Social Eating House).

Jun 25, 2013
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London Food News

Which news section do you mean on london-eating? Their blog is good but not updated that often so I follow their twitter feed for 'breaking news'. They also recently started up their newsletter again. I have asked for recommendations on twitter a few times and they always reply really quickly with ideas.

To the OP: For food news, try TimeOut's food pages, Good for Lunch blog, Big Hospitality / Caterer, maybe Restaurant magazine for industry news. I like londonpopups.com for one-off events / pop up news. There are loads of amateur London-based food blogs too which vary in quality. There are restaurant reviews and some food news in the free London newspapers - Metro and the Evening Standard which are given out at tube and train stations.

Jun 24, 2013
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

Best delivery in North London

Weird. I was told that Delhi Grill stopped delivering because they're too busy in the evenings in the restaurant itself. Highly recommend eating in, anyway!

In response to the OP - do try Coconut Grove for a Thai takeaway. It's not going to blow you away but it's a solid delivery option and not expensive.

Oct 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London Indian for a diverse group - also meal in Highgate

In Highgate, you can eat very well at The Red Lion & Sun or The Bull & Last - both are popular gastropubs. The former is better value with friendlier staff.

For Indian, Roti Chai never lets me down. It's just behind Selfridges on Oxford St. Street food style Indian food on the ground floor and refined but nicely spiced curries and grills in the smarter downstairs dining room. It feels special enough for a 'treat your host' meal. Places like Tayyabs / Needoo that focus on the grills are quite casual and smoky so it depends how you feel about that.

Oct 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

Interesting Ethnic Cuisine in North London?

Haha... that's a very self assured sentence. Enjoy the cocktails!

Aug 13, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

Interesting Ethnic Cuisine in North London?

Some decent cocktail bar recs in this TimeOut article. I would skip ECC though - they have a very unfriendly door policy.

http://www.timeout.com/london/feature...

Aug 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

Interesting Ethnic Cuisine in North London?

Some great recs above but if you're here for a week, it seems unlikely that you'll want to trek to Camberwell or Deptford just for dinner, however 'authentic' the food may be.

You're spoiled for choice in Islington. If you don't want to stray too far from where you're staying, here are some local tips.

- Delhi Grill, Chapel Market, N1 - Great Indian grills and curries. The place is run by a friendly team of guys and is very popular with locals. It's worth booking. The menu is short but everything on it is delicious and there are monthly specials on the board. Don't miss these.

- Pig & Butcher, Liverpool Rd, N1 - Very new gastropub in Islington. Meat-heavy menu - had excellent steak and monkfish there recently. Very relaxed, buzzy.

- 69 Colebrooke Row - Also Islington. If you're into cocktails, check out their website. (I also second the rec for Nightjar, Old St. It's semi-hidden - look for the wooden door between two cafes, it has a small plaque with a bird on it).

- Shaker & Co, Euston Rd. Bit of an odd location but some excellent cocktails from a team that really know their stuff. Unusual infusions made in-house. Try it for happy hour when the drinks are a total bargain. (After drinks here, you can walk or cab to Fitzrovia or Soho if you want a 'West End' night out.)

- Also in Islington - Antepliler (Turkish); Isarn (Thai, good for a cheap lunch); Tierra Peru (Peruvian). I'm guessing you won't be looking for Italian food here so I won't list any.

- Near Barbican, you might like British gastropub, The Jugged Hare, for snacks. Their sister, the Chiswell St Dining Rooms, is down the road and does cocktails.

- For cocktails / Russian-inspired comfort food, try Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. Great drinks.

- Some places not in Islington that I always recommend to visitors - Salt Yard, Opera Tavern & Dehesa - all in the West End, all do excellent small plates, charcuterie, wine, etc.

- Gastropubs in Highgate - The Red Lion and Sun or the Bull & Last (I prefer the former - they are friendlier. The latter is more 'famous' but you can eat very well at both. The Red Lion has outside seating.)

- It's worth spending some time in Borough Market. You eat good 'street food' there or sit down at Elliot's Cafe. If you walk a little further, Jose on Bermondsey St is as close as you'll get to an authentic Spanish tapas bar.

- If you're doing any shopping on Oxford St or in Selfridges, you can have some excellent modern Indian food downstairs at Roti Chai. (Street level is more casual / street food style, downstairs is better, IMHO - excellent curries.)

- For unusual cocktails / modern mixology (read: fancy presentation, puffs of smoke etc), you might like Purl or the Worship St Whistling Shop. Check out the Bar Chick guide for some more drinking ideas.

Aug 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Of course it's a gimmick, but it was nonetheless delicious. We ordered them because they're dumplings, not because we're huge Pac Man fans.. ;) Plus any dish that gets a restaurant noticed is a good thing, for them at least.

Jun 02, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

I'm pretty sure each one had a different filling. Our waiter did run through them but so quickly I only caught lobster and shrimp. I can't remember the other two (I blame the excellent cocktails at EO beforehand..) but they were very good dumplings - delicate skins, subtle flavours and sweet juicy shrimp in one or maybe two of them. The sweet potato Pac Man was delicious btw, as was the guac he was sitting on.

Jun 01, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

Definitive list of best Asian restaurants in London

Most of the suspicious reviews have now been removed, along with those for Mango Tree. LE don't give out email addresses - did you book online? They might have got the email from that.

Jun 01, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

A quick trip report, if anyone cares. Happy to give more detail to fellow visitors.

Shake Shack - Touristy, yes, but we enjoyed it on a sunny day in Madison Sq Park. Had the monthly special, the Smoke Shack, which had great crispy bacon and slightly spicy pepper relish. Fries, as we were warned, are unexceptional so share a portion. Shake was good, not too thick. Had fun fending off the fat squirrels that were jumping from table to table. Would recommend to those that like a thinner patty and anyone needing a quick, cheap-ish feed.

Levain Bakery - great fresh cookies. Soft, huge and very sweet. Three lasted us all week - I don't know how anyone could eat a whole one in one sitting.

Locanda Verde - sadly too jetlagged to really enjoy it but loved the buzz and the cosy corner banquette table we were given. Had some excellent charcuterie with delicious pickled vegetables and duck meatballs in a wonderful cherry sauce. Pasta and duck dish were both great but arrived separately without warning - this is fine if you want to share each dish but not so much if you're with a fussy eater / someone you don't know well enough to share a plate with. Pricey but we'd go back.

Clinton St Baking Company - long wait on a Friday morning so be prepared to take a walk. Enjoyed the Spanish scramble and the pancakes, though the latter are very heavy and a huge portion so be aware when ordering. Again, touristy but worth the trip.

Five Napkin Burger - Ended up here by chance. Decent burger and 'chicken tenders'. Liked the thick shakes and Tuscan fries. Huge portions again. Great service at the E 14th St location.

Parm - A great late-night meal at the counter. Needed comfort food after the long flight and so the garlic bread deluxe and the chicken parm and meatball rolls hit the spot. Loved the sgroppino (vodka, prosecco, lemon, ice - like a boozy slush puppie).

Rubirosa - Stayed near here so grabbed a table one night for a couple of pastas. Nice antipasto to start and two very good pasta dishes. The pappardelle with sausage ragu was particularly good. Portions too big for our taste - no wonder everyone around us asked for doggy bags. Wish we had returned for pizza as they looked excellent.

Motorino - Sadly underwhelmed, though think we may have hit an off night. Both pizzas (the meatball special and the cremini and sausage) were very 'wet' / sloppy and fairly bland. Mine, the cremini pie, was over-salty from the olives used and otherwise pretty uninspiring. A shame, as it had come highly recommended. As I say, we may have been unlucky.

John's of Bleecker - Eh, huge pizza, decent but nothing amazing. Perhaps we are spoiled with Italian pizza. Fine if you are in the area with kids and just need .. pizza.

RedFarm - Waited an age for a table and it was worth it. Sat up at the bar (the place was packed). Stand out dishes were the starters - the infamous Pac Man dumplings, crispy beef and pork belly. Great flavours, well presented, all delicious. Mains (duck noodles, garlic chicken) also good but less wow factor. If we went back we would stick to sharing starters.

Employees Only - Almost across the road from RedFarm. Fantastic cocktails, nice unpretententious speakeasy vibe, good crowd. Pricey but would definitely return. Friendly, smart guys behind the bar.

Tried to make it to Momofuku Ssam but it seemed to be closed when we walked by. Ended up at Ngam around the corner and had a great lunch of pad Thai, larb gai, and their Thai burger with sweet potato tempura fries. All made fresh in front of us by a lovely Thai lady. Good value. Loved the tom-yum Martini.

Thanks to everyone who gave us recommendations. 7 days was simply not long enough to do them all. We would urge everyone planning their trips to be realistic about how much you really want to eat in one day, especially considering American portions. Looking forward to coming back!

May 31, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

Definitive list of best Asian restaurants in London

Have heard Awana is relocating but we shall see.

The menu at the new Sushi des Artistes on that site is .. interesting.

http://media.city-eating.com/menus/42...

May 31, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

New Malaysia Review with Question

We'll be on Mulberry St. We got some great recs on another thread where I posted our general itinerary but if you had any don't-miss recs for Chinatown, that would be great. We love Sichuan and dim sum in particular. No budget.

May 17, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

New Malaysia Review with Question

Thanks Pan - Rasa Sayang is pretty good, so if I can't better that in NYC, I won't try!

Lau - We have a free evening on our itinerary so I was just checking out options near our hotel so we have enough to choose from. Looks like I'll skip Malaysian and stick to NYC specialties.

May 17, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

New Malaysia Review with Question

Thanks guys - it's great to have some local opinions. It sounds like Malaysian places in London really - some good, some just ok, but nothing I'd suggest that a visitor go out of their way for. I'll add the Overseas and the rest to our map just in case and maybe start looking at a trip to Malaysia for next year! Thanks again.

May 16, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

New Malaysia Review with Question

Hope it's ok to reignite this thread.

Just wondered if anyone could tell a couple of London 'hounds which Malaysian restaurant to choose for a low-key dinner - New Malaysia, Nyonya or somewhere else? Just looking for great rendang, roti canai, char kwey teow and teh tarik. Chinatown area is ideal but can travel.

May 16, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London Chowhound's NYC itinery - help needed!

Do you have an NYC BBQ favourite you can recommend?

May 12, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

[London] Late May itinerary critique and specific dish suggestions, please

Re: Sunday lunch. If the weather stays like it is now (wet), there isn't a whole lot for visitors to do in Hampstead. That said, B&L and the Red Lion and Sun are both excellent, with B&L being slightly more expensive. I find the staff more welcoming and relaxed at the Red Lion and a recent Sunday roast there was excellent. (Very generous portions though - you may wish to skip starters).

If it's easier staying central (depending on your plans for the day / where you're staying), then I do think Hawksmoor is a good call. It won't be cheap and it may be busy and loud, but you will almost certainly eat very well. Their cocktails and desserts are exceptional as well.

Friday lunch - Aware this is your colleague's choice but you may wish to mention Roti Chai to them. It is new-ish, close to Selfridges so good for pre- or post-shopping, and we have had some excellent meals there. You can eat casual street food stuff on the ground floor or head downstairs to the dining room proper (stylish but not formal) for a more curry-based menu. We had a wonderful paneer dish here and there are other veg options.

Another good option is Delhi Grill, but if you're doing Tayaabs the day after it might be too casual. The food is really very good though. The lamb rogan josh, mixed grill, and any of the daily specials never fail to impress.

At Sedap, the char kwey teow is very good (though portions seem to have shrunk in recent years) and I am always hearing good things about their fish dishes.

Please do report back!

May 09, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Yes, love Japanese - Totto for yakitori, right? And Ippudo for ramen?

May 08, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

sgordon - Thanks! Will definitely add Public to the list so we have plenty of brunch spots to choose from.

kathryn - Please don't think we weren't grateful for the advice first time round. The menus at Fatty Cue and Empellon didn't appeal and the inconsistencies at Zabb Elee are a bit worrying. (I don't want to 'waste' a meal on a too sweet or too hot Thai meal when we have good Thai in London).

Will take a look at Shopsin's and Prune for brunch, thank you. Have read mixed review of The Redhead but we have Pies n Thighs on the list, just not sure we will make it over to Brooklyn twice.

May 08, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Hope it's ok to relaunch this thread, as I'd love some more ideas for our itinerary. We got some great advice already but if anyone else wants to chime in, please do.

Here's how the itinerary looks now. Is there anything that jumps out as 'missing' from the list? We are sorted for bars and dessert spots. Happy to consider upscale or casual (though not fine dining). As before, no sushi, Spanish or Indian required.

M - RedFarm
T - picnic lunch from Levain Bakery. Dinner at Locanda Verde (booked).
W - Mad Sq Eats / Shake Shack. Dinner at Motorino.
T - Lunch at Momofuku Ssam Bar. Dinner at The Meatball Shop
F - Clinton Street Baking Company. Need dinner this day.
S - Fette Sau
S - brunch / lunch at The Spotted Pig / The Breslin / Minetta Tavern - (any alternatives to these?)
M - pre-flight lunch at Parm or Rubirosa

May 08, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

Morrison's - time to give it a try

If you have one near you, it's definitely worth a try. We find we can't do our whole weekly shop in there but for veg, store cupboard stuff and cleaning products / bathroom stuff, it's great value.

Do keep an eye on the sell-by dates on the veg though - we find they usually expire a day or two after purchase, but you can of course use your own judgement as to what is actually fit for consumption.

Agreed that the cheese selection is a bit lame - unless you happen to LOVE Dairylea and massive blocks of cheap cheddar. You can often find some bargains in the wine section though and it's worth checking out the current offers online.

Shame they're not on MoneySupermarket as it's interesting / nerdy to compare prices between supermarkets!

Apr 13, 2012
PigsOnTour in U.K./Ireland

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Pan - good plan, thanks.

To everyone - should I be considering Kin Shop? Maybe instead of Ngam?

Apr 12, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Thanks - interesting to hear that!

Apr 12, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Thanks for all your thoughts on Zabb Elee. I'll definitely keep it on the list, though have read lots of reviews mentioning the inconsistency and am not sure we can risk a bad meal in a 7 day trip! Will give it some thought...

Apr 12, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Does anyone have any thoughts on our Thai choices - we like the look of both Ngam and Zabb Elee but we are happy to consider others!

Apr 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Thanks. Just read your most recent thoughts - seems like dim sum is the way to go here.

Apr 10, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

Rooftop bar recs for anniversary evening

Also check out the website for Jimmy at the James. I'm London-based so can't vouch for it personally but it's on our To Do list for a May NYC trip. The views look rather lovely, though (as in London) you do pay a little over the odds for the cocktails.

Apr 08, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan

London hound heading for NYC - itinerary!

Thanks also to Cheeryvisage - will add Wong to the map as a back-up as the menu looks great. Also considering Lotus Blue as a sub for RedFarm.

Apr 05, 2012
PigsOnTour in Manhattan