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Haleem or Nihari [London]

Anywhere in/around Brick Lane that I can pick up haleem or nihari (in honour of Eid which must be celebrated!!) on a Monday? Most places that I know on Brick Lane are dreadful, but was wondering if there was a hidden gem anywhere.

Aug 20, 2012
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help - private dining near pimlico/westminster [London]

Not sure if it's in play, but you might consider further west along Embankment (somewhere like Painted Heron), or even just across the river, stretch to Waterloo or so. Might not be too far in terms of a cab ride.

May 10, 2012
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help - private dining near pimlico/westminster [London]

Out of curiosity, what is the minimum spend at these places?

May 10, 2012
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help - private dining near pimlico/westminster [London]

Quilon perhaps? Close enough, and they do private dining. Should be within budget as well.

May 09, 2012
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[London] Drummond Street Restaurants

That place Diwana (I think it's called that, it's the one next to the Spice shop that sells EVERYTHING Indian) does a semi-decent dosa. Been there a couple of times. It hits that point of price and convenience and quality that I was ok to return. And try the West African Kitchen Gallery right opposite, decent veg grub there as well in fact.

May 09, 2012
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Inspiration for a London weekly commuter

Just googled it, and from the website: "We are not moved by the latest trends but look towards the robust classical cuisine of Britain and France."
Man, you try and pin them down....

Apr 17, 2012
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Inspiration for a London weekly commuter

Yes correct. I am somewhat saved by my qualifier "interesting" to the French. Perhaps interesting French is now more modern British :)

Apr 17, 2012
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Best Chinese restaurant in London?

I suppose Yauatcha comes in as the best, but it's horrendously expensive. Haozhan was very good when I went some time back, but it's not cheap either. Hakkasan if you're feeling rich and want to see/be seen.
I'm a big fan of Imperial China, good food, good prices, and if you book a room towards the back, you can have it to yourselves for that Chinatown private dining experience :)

Apr 17, 2012
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Inspiration for a London weekly commuter

Rasa Travancore (the one with meat) in Stoke Newington. Get the duck. Get the fish. Get the dry fried mutton. The only Kerala place one should go to. Instead of the trek to East Ham (where Saravana rules the roost), Sagar in Cov Gdn is a decent alternative, more expensive and not quite as good, but shades it in the convenience factor.
Maybe Burger and Lobster? 20 quid for either, so get the lobster!
There's an interesting French place called Madeleine or something near Southwark, you may (may) be able to get in under 25 quid. If so, worth a shout.
Ehtiopian on Caledonian Road - Merkato/Addis/Marathon.
Georgian food on Caledonian Road - called Iberia, really really good actually. Get the dumplings, get the aubergine.

Apr 17, 2012
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Ralaxed dinner near Euston (London)

Nooo! Please don't recommend Asakusa! To anyone! It's the best kept secret in London, and nigh becoming impossible to get a table nowadays.

Apr 17, 2012
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Restaurant recommendations for near Canary Wharf or ExCel conference venue

At Canary Wharf there's a lot of choice now. Depending on budget, Roka (for very good sushi and poncy Japanese), Wahaca (for "updated" Mexican, though I'm not sure if Americans will want that), there's a Jamie's Italian for umm..Italian. There's a Conran restaurant (code for generic modernish French/Euro food with minimalist clean lined decor) called Plateau (great view from there, if I remember correctly). There used to be a nice Thai place quite close to the Excel Centre (edge of the water under an overpass, not a particularly great spot, but the food was quite good 4 years ago!!), I think it's called Nahm Thai.

Apr 17, 2012
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US Girl Scout cookies in London??

Again, not sure if they stock it, but worth calling, they're in Covent Garden. http://www.angloaustraliantrading.com...

Mar 05, 2012
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Between st pancras and heathrow....lunch? [London]

Not sure why no one's mentioned it, but: Get out at Kings X, hop in a cab (or tube if you really want to speed things up), 20 minutes to Paddington. Eat somewhere near there, and then hop on the Heathrow Express to be painlessly in LHR 15 minutes later. That will maximize your lunch time. Near there, loads of Lebanese places. Or, Pearl Liang.

Mar 05, 2012
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Trip to Liverpool, Brighton and London in May. Suggestions?

I live in London and am very carnivorous, but my recommendation for a place in Brighton is Terre a Terre. It's vegetarian, not cheap, but one of the most exciting, interesting and most importantly, good, meals you'll have in the UK. It's like the anti Pied de Cochon, but I cannot recommend it highly enough.
As for London, loads of suggestions in all these boards, but try a smoked meat bagel at the Beigel shop on Brick Lane (it's fun to compare to Schwartz's/St Viateur).

Mar 05, 2012
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