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Breakfast in London

am so glad you liked Climpsons - I just love that whole Broadway Market vibe.
I had my parentals over recently and took mum to The Wolesley which she *loved* - but she said she still likes providores best, probably also because the coffee was COLD (!!!) so Id be interested in what your mum thinks too when you finally do make it out there ;)
didn't hear about the flat white coffee change - Ive never been the biggest fan of monmouth so Im not too upset about it.
on the bircher front - ive moved jobs and am again near a Konditor & Cook - they do a really lovely version topped with rasberries. the nearest one to you at liverpool st is the one in the Gherkin.
did i put sabor on your list at all - they do amazing south american brunch. its not like anything in sydney but its really brilliant to have tacos in the am (except the suspiciously sweet juices).
did you make it over to the Electric in Notting Hill yet either? Thats another good breakfast/brunch in my humble opinion.

Aug 29, 2008
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Los Quesotraficos take on the TJ Cartel:KR and SGLA do TJ and Ensenada

that is so helpful. i think we will be able to squeeze in lunch at muelle3 on wed after all! one question - do i need to book?
i PROMISE to do as instructed and go first to La Guerrerense and El Fenix first - Caprichio's looks good as does Punta Morro so I think we're set :) We are in El Valle on the weekend so I think it will be Silvestre. thank you so much guys. dare i ask for some recommendations for when Im in LA as well (or is that just plain cheeky?)

Aug 29, 2008
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Los Quesotraficos take on the TJ Cartel:KR and SGLA do TJ and Ensenada

I am going to be in Ensenada for two days next week - unfortunately they will be Mon & Tue so I wont be able to go to Muelle3 or Manzanilla!
Ive put El Guerrernse & El Fenix on my list but is there another restaurant that even comes close to the other two?
We will be going back to the US via the Valle de Guadalupe and am planning to visit Silvestre so Ill at least get some of the Benito magic...

Aug 28, 2008
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Good burgers in London.

I know this was ages ago but I have to second it - We were at the Wells last week and my husband and father both said it was the best burger they had had in years. And we even lived in America in the 70s...
Ditto on Lucky7 - the fries there are fantastic as well as are the myriad 'other' burgers, i particularly like the tuna option.
Ed's diner in soho should be avoided at all costs.
I think FBK is the best of the chains with Hamburger Union a reluctant no 2 and GBK in third, unless you are aussie/kiwi in which case it wins hands down on account of the beetroot/egg/pineapple options for nostalgia. But they aren't great...

Aug 05, 2008
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Interesting places I've spotted recently, but I'm too skint to visit

Puji Puji is an excellent local - really lovely spicy and authentic Malay food. Not too bad inside really, compared to some of the horrors you see in town they have painted it a deep red and there are some bamboo wall hangings but the decor is not bad enough to stop a visit! I think it used to be a hair dresser so they probably didnt have a great starting point and I imagine not a lot of cash to do it up.

I think that the Peruvian you are talking about has been there for awhile but only just tarted up - there is a Peruvian bar on Balls Pond Rd as well but I haven't made it there yet myself either.

I've always found the Huong Viet to be a bit average as well - funnily enough that eggplant with spring onions is the the best thing I've had on the menu too.

I find the Bun at Pho on St John & Great Titchfield streets are both really good and given that Pho and Bun are pretty much all they do you would hope so. I think there is a post on here which is pretty much the definitive Vietnamese debate if you find Pho a bit too commercial http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/315165
Ive been following it to the point where i am planning a trip to Deptford...

Aug 05, 2008
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London: Lunch/Dinner - Same Menu, Different Price

Quite a relevant post for me as I've been looking at (relative) lunch bargains for top restaurants recently. Ive even been to Zafferano for lunch but was being treated so didnt pay attention!
I know of plenty of good restaurants do set lunches which are considerably cheaper (£20 - £30/head think Maze, L'Anima, the Nobu Berkeley even does a Bento and of course pretty much anywhere on square meal in the best for set lunches category) but i have never seen the exact menu repeated at such a generous discount!
some places i do know do set lunches with a better choice that are very good value - hibiscus (£25 for lunch, £70 for the tasting menu which is a now meagre £5 cheaper than at dinner), and i walked past club gascon the other day who call it the 'dejuner club' and 3 courses are £28 - with quite a lot of choice (although not as much as the full a la carte).
I would love to find more places that do a discount as big as Zaffareno as well though if anyone else is listening...

Aug 05, 2008
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Best Vietnamese Pho place and Asian Market in London? And views on Innocent Smoothies?

Viet recently had a change of management and from ALL reports the Pho (and everything else) isnt that great anymore. I would recommend Kingsland Rd in Shoreditch for two reasons 1) there are about 8 vietnamese restaurants to choose from, the best Pho in my opinion is at Song Que and 2) there is a vietnamese supermarket about two doors down from the last restaurant in the row, Song Que that sells specifically Vietnamese as well as more general Asian ingredients. They dont take cards though, only cash.

Jul 17, 2008
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Calling London Sushi Buffs

thank you - will try your recommendations as you do seem to be the london sushi sage...honestly!
btw I just love nobu, i cant help myself - for me it is all about the fusion there so new style all the way!! Sake No Hana is also ridiculously glam i hope the food lives up to it. am planning nobu berkley in april after payday!!

Mar 12, 2008
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Vietnamese in London

wow. tough audience

Feb 27, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Places to eat in and around Whitstable, Kent?

My husband & I preferred the oyster fishery which was fabulous to Wheelers. There is also a tapas bar in town Williams & Brown which was also excellent and very low key.
We didnt make it to The Sportsman either but we only had 2 days!!
Read's in nearby Favesham is Michelin quality (not sure about stars) and worth the trip for something special.

Feb 25, 2008
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Easter Dinner at Arbutus?

Arbutus is excellent but Wild Honey (the newer, posher sister in mayfair) has a slightly better atmosphere in my opinion.

Feb 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Vietnamese in London

i find it very hard to believe that you could find nothing on kingsland road!

Feb 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Soy Milk (and Cereal) in Central London

There are some small health food stores that stock Kashi. I think the Vogel is expensive because its the same one they have in Australia so its very specialty here.
There are some lovely other products they stock at fresh and wild - spelt based (so low gluten) and some lovely muselis with loads of protein. Another option is to make your own museli, then you can control fibre, gluten and fat how you prefer.
The one thing Id say with soy milk is that you can become accustomed to the flavour - so maybe you dont like alpro because its unfamiliar and with some more time it might improve?

Feb 21, 2008
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Calling London Sushi Buffs

In yesterdays crappy metro paper they mentioned endokko in holborn. Have you been? I trust your recommendations so will try if you think its worth the effort.
Also - went past Sake No Hanah (not for food though) and it looks incredible. That and Nobu Berkley are at the top of my 'must try' list now.

Feb 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Breakfast in London

Apparently...there is a stand in liverpool st station that apparently sells bircher (not EAT) that someonen mentioned in passing to me the other day.

Feb 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Morocco

I just wanted to say thank you! The pancakes in Essouira went down a treat. We also found a great place Laayoun in the medina which did the most flavoursome tagines (everywhere else was a bit sub par and dull). In Marrakech we went to Cafe des epices AND their extremely gorgeous new restaurant Terasses des Epices which is towards the edge of the souk. Didnt manage the Tagina on the night we ate in the square but I suspect we may go back sometime so am happy to save it until then.
Thank you so much for the recommendations!!

Potts Point in Feb.

There are loads of good places around there! Challis Av is particularly brilliant
Lotus is a gorgeous bar to head to on Challis Avenue before heading to Fratelli Brothers (not to be confused with the amazing fratelli fresh in surrey hills) for pasta.
The bar under the gazebo hotel was done up in 2006 and is super gorgeous as well.
Also - Hugos in Kings Cross is a bit fab still. Darlinghurst Rd & Victoria St for coffee too...

Breakfast in London

Try the Breakfast Club in Islington next time!
So glad to have been able to help...;)

Jan 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Morocco

You are a star! thank you so much....that is so helpful. we leave next Friday I am so excited :) Will report back
Im really hoping it isnt too cold - more low 20s than teens...

London Vietnamese - any serve La Sa Tom?

no...im thinking of the blue place! am sure we're on the same page here!

Jan 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

London 4 Americans - Fun,Hip not BIG $$$

Maybe approach it by area rather than 'destination restaurant' to get the most out of the cooler neighbourhoods.
Id say a Saturday in Notting Hill, portobello shopping - Electric Brasserie for lunch or the Westbourne or Bumpkin. All good drinking spots as well!
On a Sunday try Spitalfields (which is more market shopping) and go to Canteen or St John Bread & Wine and wander down brick lane as well for a cocktail at one of the bars along there. Very LES!
This way you combine shopping with eating for a rounded experience.
Then save all that Mayfair/Soho stuff for midweek.
Top centre of town ideas:
Barrafina in Soho is like being in Barcelona at Cal Pep and fab
Wild Honey now has a michelin star and is quite sexy in a luxurious masculine way (and fine for girls too) and still quite English
The Long Bar at the Sanderson is so beautiful and Eurotrashy
Yautcha is nicer than Hakkasan in my opinion - they also do fab afternoon tea with beautiful (light!) cakes. Actually - on that note, the Dorchester does a wonderful afternoon tea! (all the hotels do actually and thats such an English thing to do!!)
The Player in Soho is a great members bar and the Library bar at the Londseborough is lovely
Look for Elderflower martinis generally, very now and local
Ramsay has recently opened a bistro down hospital road from his flagship - foxtrot oscar - which is so new it isnt even on anyones radar yet (practically)!

Jan 25, 2008
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Inexpensive but nice pre-theatre spots in London

Busaba Eatthai on Wardour st for shaftsbury avenue is really good - but you have to queue so maybe allow extra time.
In Chinatown - Haozhan is lovely and modern.
For Covent Garden I often will go to Food for thought for a quick, wholesome and filling vegie feed (£7 is the most you would spend per person) but they have a shared table policy which i quite like. Big advantage is that you pay upfront so if running late you can just leave! Canela is quite nice but also more a cafe than a proper restaurant. They are both cheap and yummy.

Jan 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

London Vietnamese - any serve La Sa Tom?

I quite liked Kiasu but we didnt have Laksa! There is a laksa place on Rupert Court that does a few good, cheap variations but I dont know the name of the restaurant - its blue and is the only one on the (tiny) street off wardour in chinatown that does laksa.
There are about 10 Vietnamese restaurants on Kinglsand Road - one of them must surely do that dish. Viet Grill has a good soup selection - they also do some nice coconut based curries. Song Que does a lot of soup but i dont think any of them are coconut based. Id maybe go on a reccie down there and check out the menus at all of them (they're really near each other) until you find what you're looking for!

Jan 25, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Rabbit stew in London?

st john had potted hare & pickles but it wasnt a stew exactly...that stargazy pie at scotts should be nominated for dish of the year (or so ive heard)

Jan 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Norfolk - any ideas?

thank you so much - they all sound good...maybe we'll have to try a few!

Jan 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Portugese food in London?

Canela in covent garden is more brazillian that properly portugeuse but lovely for fejouda & pastis de nata as well as coffee & steeper teas...pretty good pre-theatre & lunch. lovely service.

Jan 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Breakfast in London

no way! posted in my original reply above. this is my favourite thread ever...

Jan 21, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Breakfast in London

actually speaking of US themed breakfasts in notting hill - the electric does yummy stuff but my favourite diner is lucky7 on westbourne grove as well!
hadnt heard of harlem though.
eastside there is sabor on essex road that does wicked brunches/lunches on the weekend. i never knew fish tacos could cure a hangover!!

Jan 21, 2008
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Norfolk - any ideas?

Ok, planning another weekend - this time to Norfolk. Looking for pubs/restaurants with great food, preferrably seaside, for a large group!
Any ideas?

Jan 18, 2008
condimentqueen in U.K./Ireland

Breakfast in London

I had that problem when i arrived from same burbs but its a lot better after 7 years! Ottolenghi is my favourite place almost bar none these days. Prefer Wolseley for afternoon tea and its so hotely.
Agree with above as well b'fast club in islington is very sydney - fresh juice & everything with O/L doesnt do! also maybe try elk in the woods...
East in London is full of gems... On Broadway Market there is Climpson & Sons http://www.climpsonandsons.com/ which is run by ex-flat whiters. It feels very much like home if the sun is shining but isnt all that comfortable to sit in, its very 'local' like dov was. Best coffee Ive had here including flat white!
You might want to try St John Bread & Wine in Spitalfields on a sunday, its still more restauranty and very English - but well worth a visit because of the quality.
I used to really love tom's cafe in notting hill as well - am sure they used to do bircher - maybe call and ask.
But truly amazing is the tapa room at providores - which is run by peter gordon (kiwi!!), killer coffee, boiled eggs with vegemite soldiers and fusion additions (though still no bircher). I think we should start a new thread just for bircher recommendations. Or start making it at home! Ill have another think and get back to you though...

Jan 18, 2008
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