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Wedding lunch in Islington (Chinese/Dutch crowd)?

Dear London experts,

we are getting married on a Saturday morning at Islington town hall (Upper street between highbury&islington and angel) and looking for a place to have lunch nearby. I never go out in that area so am a bit lost there, but I'm a bit wary of transporting our families across town.

We will be 15 people and most of the crowd will be either Chinese (which in this case means preference for Chinese or European food, nothing "exotic" like Thai, Indian etc.) or of the type that put great importance on natural, healthy food. I was thinking Ottolenghi but they don't take reservations during the day. We are not too picky in general but it would be nice if you could think of a relaxed place with decent food in that area?

Thank you in advance!
Rosie

Jul 28, 2014
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I went there Saturday night for the tasting menu and it was a bit hit-and-miss - some dishes were rather bland but the hits were really among the best dishes I've ever eaten. I very fondly remember the oxtail and a trout-potato-sorrel dish that was powered with something white and just so, so beautiful, like a poem in snow. I thought the foie gras worked out great too.
The last dessert was an ice cream with a sauce that I really would like to recreate. They told me it was lemon grass oil, but now that I google it it seems not possible - any ideas on that?

Apr 28, 2014
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Erebuni @ London Guards Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London

There is a restaurant called "chianti" at Aratat's address with a poster that says "newly opened"... I had a very enjoyable dinner at potli's next door, but the quest for Armenian food continues!

Nov 25, 2013
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Tenner a head in London

Had a great wrap at Phoenicia in Kentish Town for 2.99 yesterday!

Nov 25, 2013
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Several days in London - and eating at the bar

I've sat at the bar at Po Chung Ma Cha (Korean) and at Great Queen Street (British pub with great food, especially soups and pies) - enjoy!

Nov 22, 2013
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Best Frozen Prepared Foods ?

that reminds me of Picard and makes me all homesick to France... have a look at their starters online, for example: http://www.picard.fr/categories/entre.... Or their desserts. Or soups. oh...

Nov 22, 2013
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Takeaway near Camden Town Tube [London]

Decent Cambodian restaurant (but then I don't know any other Cambodian restaurants in London...) Lemongrass: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lemong...

Nov 18, 2013
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Christmas Day in London -- not finding much

I work at Holborn and I think my favourite (and not expensive) lunch-Thai is advertising their Christmas menu on a poster: http://thiwanya.co.uk/

Nov 17, 2013
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Erebuni @ London Guards Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London

Dear Limster and others,

do you know any other Armenian restaurants in London? Erebuni seems to be closed for refurbishment. Just reading a book of Aubergine recipes and Armenian recipes sound so absolutely delicious, I don't think I can possibly wait.

Rosie

Nov 17, 2013
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Singapore, around National Library, with a tourist

Dear board,

I'm coming back to Singapore, with a tourist friend to whom I want to show the best of Singaporean cuisine - but we are only staying one night.

Do you have a recommendation where we can go with a group of friends (somewhere with a nice atmosphere), that has the signature Sg dishes, and not too far from the National Library, where we are staying?

Thank you in advance!
Rosie

Definitive list of best Asian restaurants in London

Asa Kusa for Japanese. I'm very fond of Old Place of Bethnal Green too.

Dec 28, 2012
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Wales!

Thank you all for your advice! We were not very impressed in general, but then we didn't arrive on the right time for most restaurants mentioned, and one of the restaurants gave me food poisoining so there was little opportunity left to eat.

We did buy great oysters and fresh mussels in the Fish on the Quay next to the Harbourmaster in Aberaeron.

At The Ship in Tresaith we had the best English Breakfast of our lives. I didn't know every single component can have so much distinct taste on its own, from tomato to sausage to mushroom to egg. Sadly we were too early for lunch, but the menu looked delicious and the service was very friendly.

We also had a decent dinner at the Cwtch in St Davids, with ups (the bread and the soup), downs (the non-tender porc belly) and unexciting standards (fishcakes, steak, potato gratin).

The ales were good, and I look forward to visiting the North one day for more discoveries! Thank you again for your advice!

Dec 28, 2012
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Wales!

one question. Should one book these in advance?

Dec 04, 2012
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Wales!

well Diolch very much! This also helps us plan the trip: the plan now is to go up till Aberaeron for one day (we're invited to stay one night in Lampeter) and then to go down west and explore the coast and the fish. Unfortunately no time to go further north to Harlech.

I have some dental issues right now and can't wait to embark on a diet of fish and cheese! (and ales...) Am heading to Swansea tomorrow and very excited.

Dec 04, 2012
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Wales!

Am embarking on a 1-week Wales-coast-driving adventure starting from Swansea northwards to Snowdonia. It seems that there are a lot of good restaurants in South Wales, but what about the coast?

Nov 27, 2012
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Cambodian restaurants in London?

It was ok, though nothing like my fond memories of Cambodia... Maybe next time I will try the lok luk steak! Thank you!

I can't believe that this is the only Cambodian restaurant.

Feb 13, 2012
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Cambodian restaurants in London?

I hope the lack in threads is no indicator for a lack in restaurants... or maybe I just can't find any?

Advice will be appreciated.

Jan 31, 2012
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Wanted: secluded Spanish beach town with good food

back from the trip. We ended up driving up from Cabo de Gata along the coast to Alicante, and this is what we ate (people with limited knowledge in Spanish and the local specialties, very off season...):

Cabo de Gata: the seafood is very fresh, the cooking basic. For more elaborate dishes than fried seafood with fries (e.g., Paella) you often have to order in advance. We loved the langoustines at El Emigrante in San Jose, the warm-hearted service and great view at La Ola in La Isleta (but not the food) and the background music (Flamenco played by a jazz pianist, not live) at La Taberna del Puerto in San Jose.

Cartagena: we stayed only one night and had an amazing meal at D'Almansa. My favourite was the lobster salad, but my friend preferred the tapa for which they had won some tapa-trail-award (it's not a tapas place so that's the only one on the menu). It looks like this: http://www.laverdad.es/murcia/v/20110.... After all those secluded beaches, both decor and taste were a refreshing breeze of sophistication while remaining natural and simple. The service was perfect; exceptionally friendly. I believe that they have a Michelin fork which is an understatement.

Alicane: We had a great meal at Piripi, which is conveniently 5 minutes from the train station and where everything especially looks most delicious, and good meals at La Taberna del Gourmet and Monastrell. We fell in love with a small, tender fish called Kokotxas and were not happy to try local Salazones, which is basically dried, very salty fish. It was hard to find restaurants on New Year/ 's Eve, and we loved the NYE "equipment" that the Monastrell gave us (elegant looking little things to decorate ourselves and make a lot of noise).

Being Chinese, we also stopped on the way to have some rather average Chinese food - once you leave the Cabo de Gata area, the beach towns restaurants become much more international.

Jan 04, 2012
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Costa Blanca - Costa Calida - Cabo de Gata?

thanks to your recommendations, we are embarking on a coastal road trip between Valencia - Alicante - and Cabo de Gata. We found great advice on the cities around the coast, but it would be great to also know about restaurants in smaller beach places along the coast...

thank you in advance and happy new year!
Moqi

Dec 31, 2011
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Wanted: secluded Spanish beach town with good food

thank you Erica, that is a very useful thread too! We are trying some of the restaurants mentioned and will let you know.

In the meantime, our route has updated because I was so curious about the Cabo de Gata area... so we will basically drive up and down the coast until Cabo de Gata and back. If anybody has recommendations for the coast along Alicante-Murcia-Cabo de Gata, they will be highly appreciated...

happy new year to all!

Dec 31, 2011
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Wanted: secluded Spanish beach town with good food

thank you all a lot! We will rent a car from Alicante and drive in the direction of Teulada and see where we end up... does anybody have recommendations for restaurants in that part of the coast? (or, for that matter, for Alicante itself/)

Dec 31, 2011
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Wanted: secluded Spanish beach town with good food

Hi,

any ideas of remote beach towns/villages in Spain where one can eat well and look at the beach and not much else?

I've been spoiled with oyster days at Ile-de-Re...

Thank you!

Moqi

Dec 15, 2011
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