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London - Foody Trip Review

I like both the upmarket and regular setting it just depends on the occasion. On Chow there seems to be a group of purist dinners who don't want to see any innovation...

Feb 12, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

London - Foody Trip Review

I really don't understand this perhaps it has changed in the mean or maybe it's too far from the Indian main street type of food? I don't know but all I know is that I have dined at lots of restaurants and the Cinnamon Club definitely is on my memorable dining experiences :-)

Feb 10, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

London - Foody Trip Review

Trying to give back to the community :-) It's tips like yours for the Cinnamon Club and from someone else for the Bull & Last that make chowhound what it is (a great foody resource)!

Feb 09, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Italian recommendations for central London

Bocca di Lupo - it's great but have a look at the prices there before you go - I don't think they qualify for the mid range section but they are great

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Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer St, London, England W1D 7, GB

Feb 08, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

No worries ManInTransit - The Cinnamon Club was great! Haute cuisine indian and in a nice setting as well :)

For a bigger review - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832618

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The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, GB

Feb 08, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

London - Foody Trip Review

Last weekend we went to London to enjoy some suggestions that I picked up here :-) (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826015

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Friday

Arrived just before lunch in London and decided to head to Borough Market because I read some good things about it and wanted to try some street food there. It was a really nice experience - lots of different (international) food to be tried. I had the Chorizo roll @ Brindisa and it was nice and spicy and lovely :) My girlfriend had the Beef and Jalapeno Baguette @ the Guildable Manor and the meat was very good, the baguette was so so.

That evening we went to the 1st Chow recommendation - Boca di Lupo - and it was very, very good. We had the Radish & celeriac salad (all strong flavors but perfectly balanced) and crescentine with fennel salame and squacquerone (the salame was to die for and the combination was very good!)

As pasta we had the Malfatti with ricotta and spinach which was nice and soft and the Orecchiette with 'nduja' which was nice and spicy!

For main we had the sea bream that was very fresh and had a nice smoky grill flavour to it, the teal with sumptuous wet polenta (my girlfriend would go back for the wet polenta by itself...) and cime di rape (nice and fresh).

We shared a cassata as a desert and that was sweet and heavy and my least favorite dish of the evening.

Saturday

We went to the Cinnamon Club - It was refined, good and special so another point for Chow ;-). We had the Welsh Lamb with nutmeg and sweetbread bhaji that was very nicely flavoured and the crispy sweetbread was heavenly and potato and spinach cake with apricot and curry yoghurt - hmmm to die for as well :)

For mains we had the Hot and sweet king prawns with Alleppey curry sauce - perfectly cooked prawns, coconutty, creamy and spicy sauce... Salivating typing this so it was THAT good. Murg methi – tandoori black leg chicken breast - again very good, nicely spiced, subtle heat. We had some good sides as well and they were a nice extra for the mains and loved the spices on those.

Deserts were OK but not too special (normally I skip these at Indian restaurants because this is something they tend not to get right but the rest of the meal was so good I had to try).

Sunday

Breakfast at the Garrison in Bermondsey to start the day. Eggs benedict were great (very great tasting eggs), Scottish pancakes were jummy and the home made granola was nice but could have used some more yoghurt. Great place for breakfast would have liked to do diner there as well but we ran out of evenings :-)

Time for Sunday roast @ the Bull and Last! What a find, it's so far off the beaten track that you need a place like Chow to recommend it otherwise we would not have found this...It was lovely, nice and busy Sunday afternoon. We had the chicken and beef roast (preferred the moist chicken over the slightly dry beef) and loved it, need to bring that tradition home :-). For starter we shared the rabbit terrine and that was nice especially with the red onion compote. There was no time for desert... (cut it a bit too close with our flight) but all in all it was well worth to go here :)

Conclusion: London = foody heaven, with lots of great food and loads of variety (Borough market and Brick Lane markets were something special)

We need to go back and try some more of those Chow recommendations :-)

(sorry for the somewhat long review :-))

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The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, GB

The Garrison
99 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB, GB

Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer St, London, England W1D 7, GB

The Bull and Last
168 Highgate Rd, Camden Town, England NW5 1, GB

Feb 08, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

No worries - I have read enough to assume that it will be good. I will report back sometime after next week Saturday because then we will be there :)

Jan 29, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

After reading the reviews and the other mentions for the Cinnamon Club I decided to book there in stead... Want to try modern Indian and will be back for traditional Indian some other day :-)

Jan 05, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

I will keep it in mind! Have you visited Benares as well? Just want to get some chow-taster feedback on it :-)

Jan 02, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland

Foody London Visit

Did't want to book all of our lunches & dinners during our trip 3-5th of Feb but after reading the board I got exited :-)

I am debating one choice though and am looking for some advice...My girlfriend loved the dishes that Athul Kochhar was preparing in different Great British Menu series (kitchen: modern Indian food, not sure what it is called).

Therefore I have a reservation at Benares but I am reading some mixed reviews... What's the chow hound verdict on Benares? Is there anything similar in London that is better? I really like the idea of having great Indian food while we are there because we don't get that around here (Netherlands) a lot...

BTW - Other reservations are at Bocca di Lupo (great tip from CH!) and the Bull and Last (love this find on CH and can't wait to eat there for Sunday lunch!)

Jan 01, 2012
koudman in U.K./Ireland