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Harters, in Greenwich there was a market that had several types of cuisines as well as items for sale. I would call it "street food". We both enjoyed our lunches that day. I had been eating a lot of meat so the vegetarian that day was particulary nice.

I have pics of everything we ate should you or anyone want to see them.

That dessert was bloody nice!

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Paprikaboy and Harters, here is a pic of the dessert at The Harwood Arms with the swooshing or faff! Still delicious though.

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Thankfully the "swooshing" did not take away from the flavor of the lamb. ;)

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Harters, a pic of the lamb dish at The Harwood Arms.

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Thanks howler. Can't let one bad day ruin a great trip!

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Thank you for both links Harters! You have every right to be proud of your Herdwick lamb. The recipe looks delicious. I wil have to see if I can find something comparable here in the states. If not, maybe I can try it with oxtails.

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Harters, that lamb neck was amazing. I've never had neck of lamb before. It was so tender and full of flavor. Truly an outstanding meal.

I cannot wait to return!

Feb 27, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report

Hi all. Hope it is not too long.

Our plan was to eat a light lunch and splurge on dinner.

Monday 2/11
Arrived to snow!
Light lunch at Bosphorus Kebab which was about a 30 second walk from our flat. I had the chicken shish and my partner the chicken kebab along with an order of hummus. As it was our first time at an authentic kebab place we took note of what others were doing with the salad and chili sauce and dug in! It was fantastic.

We had reservations our first night at The Harwood Arms. Let me just say, it did not disappoint! We started out with the Cheltenham beetroots with smoked bone marrow, hazelnuts, and curd. My entrée was the braised neck of Herdwick lamb with artichokes and garlic. My partner had the roast Berkshire pheasant with champ, bacon, and chestnuts. We also enjoyed a nice bottle of rioja. We finished with the dessert special which was a buttermilk curd (sort of ice cream) with quince. Overall an outstanding dinner… the house bread was excellent. I liked the atmosphere and the service was very good.

Tuesday 2/12
Not sure what we had for lunch.
Dinner at Mohsen. We started with the Kashk O Bademjan. My entrée was Momtaz. My partner had the Chelo Khoresh Fesenjan. It was all very good. The bread was amazing. I was full long before I finished eating. I just couldn’t stop.

Wednesday 2/13
Dinner at St John Bread and Wine. On the way to kill some time we stopped at Harrod’s. We just wanted to see what it was all about and it is over the top! We browsed the food and drink sections and then stopped for a minute for a glass of wine at Bentley’s.

Dinner. We ordered a bottle of the St. John Claret which was actually quite good. We started with some rock oysters and a salad. We eat a lot of salad at home and this was the first bit of green we’d had in a couple of days. My entrée was hare saddle, barley, and kale. My partner was over meat so went with the butternut squash, lentils, and yoghurt. Dessert was the honey mousse and chocolate chip biscuit along with two espressos. I loved the place. When we left it was snowing again. Beautiful but made it quite cold for the ceremony of the keys!

Thursday 2/14
We were to go to Greenwich this day and eat at Tayyabs on the way back. It was just a miserably cold day so opted to do indoor things. There was an outdoor food market at Covent Garden so we got some food there. We also got some really good olives for the flat. After a long day out we decided to get take out from Bosphorus Kebab and stay in. This time I had the doner kebab. My partner had the spicy chicken kofte. We got some of the yoghurt too. It was the right answer after a long, cold day out. All meals at the flat were accompanied with a good bottle of wine.

Friday 2/14
We decided to go to the Borough Market. What an incredible place. We had lunch at Wright Bros. Our appetizer was the ½ dozen selection of oysters. Divine. My entrée was the queen scallop, mushroom, and tarragon salad. My partner had New Orleans style oysters. We got a couple of bottles of wine and some cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy for the flat and headed back as we had tickets to The Audience that evening. After the play we headed for Bentley’s for a snack and a couple of drinks. We had to have oysters again. I won’t go in to detail of types, etc. Suffice it to say they were just amazing. We had an order of chips too. That was enough as it was late.

Saturday 2/15
We took the Thames Clipper out to Greenwich. The market was fun. For lunch I had Ethiopian food. Basically rice, lentils, chickpeas, and spinach. My partner had a green curry. After staying in Greenwich most of the day we decided to get take out from Bosphorus again. (It was just too good and convenient). Our plan was to go to the Spitalfield and Brick Lane markets the next day - Sunday. And to get a curry on Brick Lane. This time at Bosphorus I got the large mixed grill kebab. My partner had the chicken breast kebab. It was all very good…

Sunday 2/16
I awoke to a nasty bout of food poisoning. I am choosing not to make any accusations here. For a while I thought I had E coli. It was not a good day for me. Needless to say we did not go anywhere which was so disappointing as it was our last day. An absolutely beautiful day. And our big market day.

We were to head to Rome the following day for 3 days. We decided if I could get on a plane it would be wisest just to go home. Not the way I wanted to end my trip to London, but I loved it nonetheless. Thanks for the food recs. We didn’t eat everywhere we wanted but have options for the next time.

Cheryl

Feb 26, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Cesare al Casaletto

Vinoroma! Thank you so much for the reply. I will post our dining experience next week!

Feb 15, 2013
czman in Italy

Cesare al Casaletto

We are in London about to leave for Rome on Monday. I would like to eat at Cesare al Casaletto on Tuesday. However, every time we call for reservations we get an answering machine with a long message. We don't speak enough Italian to understand.

Should we just speak English asking for what we want, or try in Italian to leave message requesting reservation?

Thanks in advance

Feb 15, 2013
czman in Italy

Food at St. Martin in the Fields

Thank you Zuriga1. I think we've decided to eat elsewhere but attend the concert. I'm not really a churchgoer, but I like the philosophy of this church.

Jan 31, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Food at St. Martin in the Fields

Thanks Patra19! I've eaten at Woodlands my last trip to London and enjoyed it. I have Roti Chai on my list if time.

Jan 30, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Food at St. Martin in the Fields

Hi all. We are just 11 days from departure to London! I've got almost all of our meals planned. However, we are now considering seeing a jazz band at St. Martin in the Fields on 2/12. For an additional 10P, we have the option of a curry dinner there.

I can't find any reviews here about their food. Would this be something to consider, or should we just plan to eat elsewhere afterwards?

Thanks in advance.

Jan 30, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Finalizing plans

Well that's settled then Howler! Thank you.

Jan 16, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Finalizing plans

Any thoughts of The Newman Arms and their pies?

Jan 16, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Finalizing plans

brokentelephone,

I am from the US. Originally from Atlanta but now living on St Simons Island in Georgia. We have zero authentic Asian restaurants. Actually, zero authentic anything food wise except for Mexican. My stepmother (in Atl) is from Vietnam. Just hoping to find a restaurant that equals her cooking! ;)

I know they are two different cuisines, but you would pick Mohsen over Noura given the choice?

Jan 16, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Finalizing plans

ManinTransit

Thank you for your reply! I actually have Viet Grill on my written list, I just didn't add it on my post. But, I've looked up Deptford on the map and think making a trip there on our Greenwich day is perfect. I will do the search here to find some restaurants. May come back to have that narrowed down to one.

As for the Ten Bells, I've just had a look at the menu they have posted today. It looks delicious. I think that is a good plan too. Now I just need to fit in Tayyabs...

Jan 16, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Finalizing plans

Hi all. We are 25 short days away from our 2nd trip to London. This time we have a week. Let me start by saying we love all types of food - Indian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, pub, etc. Here's what I've got planned so far. We have an apt in S. Ken and typically eat one big meal out a day. Preferably dinner. We both like beer and wine. Any suggestions welcomed!

Day 1 - Dinner at Harwood Arms (reserved)
Day 2- Dinner at Mohsen or Noura
Day 3 - Dinner at St. John Bread & Wine (reserved) before Ceremony of the Keys
Day 4 - Trip to Greenwich. Need a suggestion for there or should we come back and eat in London?
Day 5 - Afternoon tea at The Capital at 16:30 (reserved) hoping that will hold us as we see The Audience at 19:30. Thinking afterwards of getting a drink and a little food at Bentley's Oyster Bar.
Day 6 - Brunch at Bombay Brasserie
Day 7 - ? Doing the touristy Jack the Ripper Walk at 19:30.. I have to.

Here are a list of restaurants I'm looking at that I haven't scheduled.
Roti Chai
Tayyabs
Lahore Kebab
Delhi Grill
Son Que
Masters Super Fish
Newman Arms (my partner wants a pie)

Jan 16, 2013
czman in U.K./Ireland

Choices

Thank you all for the advice. I should have clarified that Pizzarium would be for a quick takeaway lunch or late afternoon snack.

Our apt is right on the Tram line so I thought it would quite easy to make the trip to Cesare. And after all I've been reading about it, worth it. So Cesare is a definate.

I guess I should try Perilli and make my own judgement. Last year I opted for Checchino dal 1887 over Perilli. We were in Rome the 2nd week of that dreadful snow storm!

As for Renato e Luisa I have ever heard of it. I will do some research. Thank you!

Mbfant, do you have a recommendation for a more central restaurant?

Jan 15, 2013
czman in Italy

Choices

Hi all. We are making our 5th trip to Rome via London in Feb. This time we are only staying 2.5 days. We have an apt in Trastevere.

Primarily the plan is to wander around the city, see a few lessor known sights, and eat well. We prefer a light lunch and a bigger dinner with wine. Given our limited time, I am mainly looking at 3 choices for dinner. Or, two dinners and one lunch. Here is what I have to choose from. Any other suggestions are appreciated too. Thanks in advance.

Pizzarium
Flavio al Velavevodetta
Cesare al Casaletto
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
Perilli (although there are so many conflicting reviews)
Armando

Jan 14, 2013
czman in Italy

Middle Eastern food

Hi,

I am looking for a good Middle Eastern restaurant on or very near the strip. I've been to Khoury's which was outstanding. But it is just too far to go to again.

Any recommendations are much appreciated. I will be in LV next week for 6 days.

Apr 16, 2012
czman in Las Vegas