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North Wales

HI there - sorry only just seen this! I don't have any tips for that area apart from Rhug farm (which you recc'd to me!) and The Tea Rooms in Chirk which I haven't tried yet but looks a great place for home-made style cakes. Hope you are well

Jun 09, 2014
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Mysterious Sri Lanken curry ingredient

There's a couple near Rayners Lane tube - been to papaya twice and really enjoyed it. It had a rave review elsewhere on here for its veggie biryani but haven't yet tried it. Enjoyed the devilled potatoes and Hoppers esp.
Two doors down is more of a cafe-looking place which looks good but not as polished as papaya. the latter also has a place in ealing.

May 13, 2014
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[Llandrillo, Denbighshire] Tyddyn Llan

HI June & Harters next time you are in the walled town of Conwy, try Watson's Bistro. We had the most amazing home fish (cod, in light & crispy beer batter) with delish home made chips. Saturday lunchtime courses - 2 for £11. Fantastic value for money.

Apr 28, 2014
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North Wales

Thanks for the tip re the Hayloft, June. Had a great meal there.

I have a new recc, too - Watson's Bistro in Conwy. Went there for lunch recently and had the best homemade fish & chips ever. Absolutely delicious. Amazing value at £11 for 2 courses. Great to see a good food place within the walls of Conwy town.

Apr 14, 2014
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Wales: Cardiff and Betws-y-coed

'Ty Gwyn' means White (Gwyn) House (Ty) and there's LOADS of them in Wales. Interesting that Follett uses it - most mega rich people would live in a manor in the cotswolds, not Wales :)

Feb 26, 2013
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London neighborhood recs for food-centered Christmas visit?

HI Theresa, Scruffy the Cat - I live next door to exmouth market! There is a waitrose 5 mins away on St johns Street. Plus a larger Waitrose, M&S, Sainsburys up at Angel. And of course the fabulous Gazzanos italian deli, plus easy access to west end via 19 and 38 buses if you stay somewhere near Rosebery Ave. For fruit, veg, fish and meat you have chapel st market - though this is pretty authentic working class london - not marylebone fancy. On plus side, shopping will be LOTS cheaper, though....

Nov 02, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Went again and had the dal mass again. Really enjoyed it but still think the dal at Pride Halal, Queen's Market has the edge. Same texture but a lot more kick. More chilli, and I think, fresh fenugreek in it. Yum.Trouble is its only open daytimes in the days when Queen's Market is on

Aug 23, 2012
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What cooking-related gifts do you bring home from London?

In the 'good old days' an ex of my friend swore that his mum used to take fish n chips, wrapped in newspaper on the plane to Brooklyn from Birmingham. Still find it hard to believe but more recently, round about 2005, a friend used to take potatoes from london to nyc as she didn't like US spuds (said they had no taste) and missed her baked potatoes.

Jul 16, 2012
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Best Pakora in London?

Other half is addicted to Ambala's pakora. Just wondering if Chowhounders have any more reccs to try?
(am not a fan myself so unable to try places out for him - so will value your expertise :) )

Jul 12, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

HI John, yes I didn't really know what to expect and i just didn't really get it. Meaty and spicy flavour but just totally smooth texture - like baby food.

Jul 11, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Thanks Justin..might try starting a new thread about pakora in london - be interesting to see what people think. Am hoping to go to upton park this sat so will defo try some of your reccs, even thought i am supposed to be on (another) diet!

Jul 11, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Oh will do...glad you're enjoying Pride Halal. I love it - desperately trying to get them to give me their dal recipe so i can cook it in n wales for my family! Will be there saturday sometime, I'm sure - I go there for lunch.

re vada pav and pani puri --- where is that? will have to check it out. Also, my other half LOVES pakora - any reccs for best in the area (so far he will only buy them from Ambala in Drummond St). Would love a tour sometime soon though...

Jul 10, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Ooh...really feel like going tonight now. What shall i try? Loved the dal fry when i went last time - tried the halleem but i didn't really know what it was before ordering and it just wasn't for me. Anyone tried the biryanis yet?

Jul 10, 2012
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Lahori Nihaari - Plashet Grove (Upton Park Tube) - London

Sounds great Justin. Will try it next time I'm in upton park. I usually go for lunch so assuming it will be open...? Is it ok for single females dining alone? (Just cos I felt a bit intimidated when i went to Gram Bangla). Also, if I ask for the special naan will they know what I mean?

Jun 08, 2012
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Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

what is the coleslaw type stuff on top of the pork? looks delish. recipe please

May 18, 2012
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[London] Drummond Street Restaurants

I personally like Sizzling Bombay for a tasty and cheap meal. Love their biryanis - the dal or veg curry that accompanies it is v tasty. It looks like a fast food place (and also does kebabs) and you sit on benches. No frills but no complaints from me :)

May 09, 2012
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[Chester] 1539 Restaurant

yes i went to the cheese shop last time i was in chester which was over a year ago. Bought some yummy cheeses so thanks for the recc...

dad up and down healthwise so the furthest I'm going is llandudno at the moment...steak and chips at the st george's hotel. (dad's fave) If you've got any other n wales reccs, do let me know

Mar 08, 2012
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[Chester] 1539 Restaurant

Sounds good John, will make a point of checking it out next time I'm there. thanks for this.

Mar 08, 2012
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Cheap places to eat in London.

HI joseph in terms of the chains, I'd say the best are the EAT cafes if you need something quickly.their soups are generally quite good.

Jan 10, 2012
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Foody London Visit

Am a fan of Moti Mahal too..but then i haven't been to Benares...

Jan 04, 2012
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A Green St chaat intro [London]

HI Justin - one of my faves there is Pride Halal inside Queen's Market. A group of indian women run it and you used to be able to see them making samosas in the back. Goes without saying, samosas are delish, am also partial to their dals and spinach & meat curries. No set menus and very basic but it's a place i keep going back to. Only open during market time though

Jan 04, 2012
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buying konjac noodles in london

Thanks MoGa....yes last time i went to buy them in chinatown they had sold out! I'm going to really try and use them to lose weight after xmas. They are very filling, so if you stuck to a diet i reckon they could really work.

Dec 13, 2011
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What's a cheap cut of meat just now?

Agree Phil D i'm in Angel, london and while i have a good local butcher (the one on rosebery ave it has nothing like the selection when i go to visit family in north wales. In the small market town of denbigh alone there are two excellent butchers - i went a bit mad buying their home made faggots, brawn, pork pies, cooked meats. Better choice than any i've seen in my local london area. Tip: Williams of Vale St Denbigh do v v good pork pies

Dec 07, 2011
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buying konjac noodles in london

Oh June..methinks I'll be asking you for recipes...I'm not the world's greatest cook..I just love eating! But I'll have a go...it'll probably be stir-fries unless more experienced CHs can suggest other things....

Nov 24, 2011
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buying konjac noodles in london

Many thanks for all your replies....Am going to check them all out! :)

Nov 24, 2011
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buying konjac noodles in london

Hello dear CHounds, does anyone know where I can buy these low-carb, cal-free noodles in London? Have googled but no joy...

Nov 23, 2011
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Best supermarket xmas buys

Hello fellow Chounds...I found some amazing florentines in Aldi this week...only 1.99 a box (packaging is nice, too)
Anyone started stocking up on Xmas goodies and who can recommend nice foodie things I'd otherwise miss?

Nov 04, 2011
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Taste London Card: any great deals?

I used to use my tastecard to have a very tasty curry at Maida in Bethnal Green Rd. Their lasooni sag is absolutely delicious.

Oct 10, 2011
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Loose leaf tea

Hi there - I buy my spiced masala teabags, £1.50 for 40 (chai express brand) from an Asian supermarket in Green st upton park. don't know the name but may be going this weekend so will be able to post exact address. Nearer into town you may be able to get them from the supermarkets in brick lane

Sep 26, 2011
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Gambian food in London?

Hello - trying to find any gambian places to eat in London.
Heard about a place on Holloway Rd but it is Ghanian, not Gambian...any help please.

Aug 17, 2011
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