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London "Must Eats" ?

Never been to Bread & Wine, but they get very good reviews, and there are some threads here comparing them. B&W is more informal, not that I thought thr restaurant was very formal. I will go for Smithfields..

Jun 20, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London "Must Eats" ?

For one fine dining meal I would have chose Ledbury. I liked Alyn Williams a lot, and you would get a very nice meal, but its not in the same class as Ledbury I think many would have Ledbury as their best restaurant in London. AW would be a cheaper option though. My first reservation in London would be Hedone, but then you`ll have to travel a bit, 45 min by tube to Chiswick.

If you combine "must" with british I would say St.John. Because of their history, and their influence on modern british cooking. Had a great meal there last summer.

For breakfast maybe The Wolsley or Delauney.

For indian, I chose Gymkhana myself, after reading a lot of indian threads on this forum.

Maybe The Sketch could be a fun choice for high tea.

Jun 18, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

Iwas last year, and intend to go this summer as well. But the last I ordered was Master Lin`s Mi Hua Xiang Honey Blossom Fragrance 2013. absolutly devine, if you like Phonix Oolongs. Quite powerful, and you can do a lot of steepings..

Havent ordered from Essence of tea, but looks serious.

Jun 14, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Tea shop-Postcard Teas in London

I dont know if this has been dicussed in these boards, i tried a search but didnt find anything
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If your into tea I doubt you find a better place in London. Beautiful little shop near Bond street. They got tastings every saturday.
They dont have hundreds of teas, but the one theyve got,
I dont think you will find any better.. But Im open for suggestion?

Jun 11, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London july 2014

Thanks was a little worried about that one, had reservations for Harewood Arms, but thaught JackW should be the highlight for the day..maybe 101 Thai Kitchen would be the thing before or after.. Also wanted to try limsters tips on chinese and indian. but time is limited..

Jun 11, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London july 2014

ok, so then I got my dinners straight;

wed; Hedone
thu; Jack White at the Hammersmith
Fri; St.John
Sat; Sushi Tetsu
Sun; Medlar
Mon; Gymkhana

In between thanks for all pub recommandations, I will also fit Antidote in the mix and use all the tips on Borough and Maltby.

I chose Medlar mainly because they got cheeses from Bernard Antony in Vieux-Ferrete, Amazing stuff. i did attend their cheese cermonials once, fantastic and recommanded. So I have ordered a cheese course with only his cheeses.

Hope I chose right with Gymkhana, its our last dinner so wanted some ambience as well..No chinese this time, but somethings tell me Ill be back in London someday..

Jun 11, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London july 2014

Thanks so much! I reckon i want have a problem with breakfast and lunches.
I did get a reservation for sushi Tetsu, since it my first time Im thinkin of going for the omakase, sushi or sushi/sashimi. Maybe better to let them decide? Excuse my ignorance, limster, but uni sushi is sea urchin roe?

Thanks again, I will report back.

Jun 04, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London july 2014

Im just lookin for a place which have a tought-out list of cocktails, wine or beer, and dont close at midnight..

Jun 01, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London july 2014

Hi,
Going to London, but this time not only for the food. I`ve got reservations at Hedone, St.John,The Shiori and Harewood Arms. I will try to get reservations for Sushi Tetsu in stead of Shiori. I chose Harewood Arms because they are open all day, and they are halfway from my hotel to a concert in Hammersmith Apollo.Hedone and >St.John are favorites I just want to visit again.

Im trying to avoid the most expensive places (hopefully not over 150 pr head), and I will only have dinners on this trip. I will be living in Southwark, and thinkin of having breakfast lunch at Borough Market and Maltby Street Market. Anyone got specific advices? Or other good breakfast places in Southwark.

Everytime Ive been in London I have eaten french, european or british. Im not too familiar with chinese and indian (and japanese) cuisine, but I want to give it a shot this time. Im considering Gymkhana, Trishna for indian, and A.Wong, and maybe HKK for Chinese.But are a little lost. i like ingredients driven restaurants, but have a hard time to pick.

Ive got two dinners "left", and Im also considering Zucca and Jose, since they are close to my hotel. Anyone been recently?

I like beer, and while being on Maltby St Market, Im planning on visiting Kernel and Partizan breweries. And I will also be visiting Cask Pub and kitchen. Any other beer tips?

At last; anyone have good ideas for late-night places which has good drinks, beers or wine. Not nightclubs, but open late.

May 30, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

<It says so at their website, but my point was that there is some good alternatives to St John.,

May 16, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

Hereford Road, Tom Pemberton, formerly head cheaf for Bread and Wine My mistake..

May 16, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

Im sorry, Im sure you are right. Do I mix up with some other London gastropub?

May 16, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recommendations by museums & critique my dinner reservations

Dinners;
St:John, Go for it. You can have Bread or Wine for a more informal setting, or Harwood Arms(the chefs from St John), havent been but looks pretty good. But I would go for the St John Restaurant. Check out their menus online, they are changing. They also have specials for the day.

Im sure Dinner is nice, but its not The Fat Duck. Just check out how many seatings their got. Im sure there are other "big" meals in London someone can suggest.

I would have changed the Square. Go for Ledbury. Had a great meal last year in any sense of the word. Almost perfect, its my opinion.But from what I have read they are a safer choise to modern french.

To add something I would recommend Hedone, its in Chiswick, but really worth it. My top priority for a trip to London.

For Gymkhana I dont know, so hope somebody can help us through the jungle of all those indians..

May 16, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

First Time in London - Meal Plan Thoughts

I`ve been just once and I had the carte blanche. And I dont regret it..If you search the board you will find my menu from last summer.

May 12, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

First Time in London - Meal Plan Thoughts

I havent been, but what they did before has reciveved much praise.. They recently also got in the 100 best list, so maybe hard to get a table.

May 08, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

any restaurants serving Spanish milk-fed lamb in London?

I`ve had a great meal at Cambio de tercio some years back. I see Andy Haylor also liked it very much. Anyone been recently?

May 08, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

First Time in London - Meal Plan Thoughts

Just been in the restaurant. If you`ve got the the time I would have prefered the it from the bar, and order what they do best, offal and such. Hearty food.
Have the tasting menu at Ledbury and carte blanche at Hedone.
Never been to Brighton unfortunately. But suspect there should be some nice seafood..

May 07, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

First Time in London - Meal Plan Thoughts

Maybe St.John, since your in London...Hedone and Ledbury is as good as it gets. Havent been to Dinner. Not close to Hyde Park though,but I will say its a must in London.

May 07, 2014
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Le Rendez-vous de Chasse

It was rea lly nice. Dined there two times, one for tasting menu and one for a la carte. Really generous alscassienne cuisine. Great winelist especially for the local stuff. Recommended.

Mar 29, 2014
jorn77 in France

Alsace and Auberge de L'Ill

Have not been to Swhwarzwaldstube, but a sunday lunch at Auberge de l`ill was unforgetable. For michelin one stars there are some really good ones in Colmar (JYS,Rendes-vous de la Chasse and L`Atelier du Peintre), which also is a nice city to visit.

You can also try Restaurant de la Gare in Guewnheim and Winstub de sommelier in Bergheim. Both have spectacular winelists, especially for local wines..

I will also recommand Bernard Anthonys cheese tastings in Vieux-Ferrette. Great great cheese. Worth a trip on its own.

Oct 14, 2013
jorn77 in France

London Bistro/Nose to tail/ brasserie/pubs/tapas

see my trip report.. But I will say, if your in London; go to Hedone.. Fantastic, the best in London?

Jun 21, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London trip report

You should here is the menu, the wines were great. I`ve could have mention all these courses

Poached Cornish rock oysters, Granny Smith, shallots
Josmeyer, Pinot Blanc, Mise de Printemps, 2011

Umami Flan
La Bota de Manzanilla, n°32, Equipo Navazos, NV
Lubéron green asparagus, wild garlic, pistachio mayonnaise
Goisot, Sauvignon de Saint Bris, Corps de Garde fié Gris, 2010

Scottish langoustine tail, crustaceans jus, herbs and flowers
Stephane Tissot, Côtes du Jura, en Barberon, 2010

Hand dived scallops, potato skin emulsion, lemon tapioca
Eric Texier, Côtes du Rhône Brézème, Roussanne, 2011

Liquid Parmesan ravioli, Roscoff onion consommé, mild horseradish
Radikon, Ribolla Gallia, 2006

Veal sweetbread, baby carrot, basil, Jerusalem artichoke
François Carillon, Puligny Montrachet, 2010
Roasted leg and breast squab, beetroot five ways
Digioia Royer,
Chambolle Musigny Les Fremieres Vieilles Vignes, 2004

Fresh raspberries,
mild horseradish cream, aromatic vinegar, cinnamon ice cream
Rousset Peyraguey, Sauternes, 2005

Braeburn apple Millefeuille, caramel ice cream
Domaine Leduc Piedimonte, Ice Cider, 2007

Jun 12, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London trip report

Hi,

Thanks so much for all help planning my London trip.

We had two lunches at Hinds Head in Bray. Really good pub food with a hint of Heston, who actually was at the pub when we ate.We had the peasoup, oxtail and kidney pie (which was exellent). The triple cooked chips was really good the first day, and absolutey amazing the second. I prefer to sit in the pub section instead of the more restaurant like room. Much more heart, and some great local ales.

We ate and slept at The Waterside Inn, and I had pre ordered the Canard à la presse, which probably brought us the best table at the restaurant. If you like the classic french cuisine, go there. And discuss the menu with Diego, its part of the experience. He knows everything about french gastronomy (and everything else it seems). The duck was great, pure theater, with a fantastic sauce. Classic food and wine.

In London our first restaurant was Hedone. It just blew me away. Fantastic ingredients, the sweetbreads was the best I ever had, the bread as well. I`\m norwegian so I could talk to Mikael in my mothertounge. A man who dont compromise. Alain Ducasse had been the week before, and said the bread was maybe the best he ever had. We sat at the bar, very nice. After service Mikael went straigth to the bar and started eating. Great guy, great restaurant, and a really great sommelier. Maybe the restaurant who made the biggest impression for me on this trip.

The Ledbury. Everthing has been said already, very friendly. We were invited to the kitchen afterwards to a chef who was just as much interested in hunting as in cooking it seemed. Showed us his last victims on his Iphone. Small kitchen, impressing. They made us a dessert on the spot. I really liked the food, modern and vey clean taste, perfect meal in any sense.

So, I had to cancel some reservations, to have a reasonably clear head.

Terroirs, I dont know. Bad day for them, bad day for us. But had some great ox hearts.

St.John. Have I`ve been living in London I would have eaten there often. So much has already been said. Fantastic place. After the meal I litally bumbed into Fergus Henderson in the street, so I had to thank him for a great meal, and also that they serve things like seagull eggs and smoked roe of cod. Things I`ve eaten all my life. Short conversation, nice guy.

Alyn Williams. I had been drunken all too much beers at Cask Pub and Kitchen the night before. Great pub, if you like Mikkeler they had and amazing collection. And many many others, and you can buy all their beers to take home, even the casks. Back to Williams, its something about these hotel restaurants that I dont fancy so much. But we had a great meal, due to the night before we had the wine menu, but we had a smoke beer to ..., some pig course. Last meal a little bit tired, and one should have some fun too!

Had a great time, so thanks everybody. Written in a hurry, excuse my english.

Jun 12, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London reservations june 2013 - opinions?

Sounds like a very nice experience, think I will go for it. Im becoming more and more interested in beer&food matching.

May 22, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Langeudoc Rousillion area combined with a visit to Cellar de Can Roca

Hi.

Im starting to plan a trip to Langeudoc Rousillion combined with a visit to Can Roca in Girona. can you help me out with things to do in this area? Im interested in eveything gastronomy related; restaurants wine producers, cheese producers, markets, sea food etc etc.

We will have a car and maybe rent an apartment. I also want some advice as to where to live. We are thinking of travling in the mid of october. Truffle season?

Hope to hear from someone who knows this, I belive, beautiful area.

Jørn

May 19, 2013
jorn77 in France

chauffeured wine tours Burgundy

You can also try A cour de vin just outside of Chablis. Eric Szablowski is a former cellarmaster at William Fevre. He knows his wines and he knows many of the best producers in the Chablis area. I was very pleased spending a day with him. He arranged tastings at all of my favourite producers.

May 19, 2013
jorn77 in France

London reservations june 2013 - opinions?

Have anyone tried the tasting menu with matching beers at Alyn Williams? I`m very fond of beers, but AW feels like a restaurant you would like to drink french wines...

May 18, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

Week in Burgundy - Need Help

Try Pot d`Ertain in L'ISLE SUR SEREIN not far from Chablis. Amazing winelist, very lowpriced. The food is classic french. The owner is close friends with many of the best wine producers in France.
You can also try Restaurant les Millesimes in Noyers-sur-Serein. Vey nice restaurant, good winelist good and local ingridients. Family business, the father runs the charcutier shop.

May 18, 2013
jorn77 in France

London reservations june 2013 - opinions?

Just had to listen to you guys. I now got a reservation for dinner at Hedone. His sourcing for ingredients sounds feels very assuring.

May 08, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland

London reservations june 2013 - opinions?

Thanks so much for all recommendations. so many options, so little time. decisions, decisions..

May 07, 2013
jorn77 in U.K./Ireland