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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal recommendations [London]

It's all pretty good. You already know about the meat fruit. I enjoyed the pork chop quite a bit. The liquid nitrogen ice cream is entertaining to see and may be worth it for that, but the flavour is just good.

By the way, my wife tries to avoid gluten and they were able to provide gluten-free bread for her. Nowhere near as good as their own baked bread, but it's available.

Apr 08, 2014
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London help

Of your burger list, I'd rank them (from best to worst): Honest Burger, Meat Liquor, Byron, Shake Shack. But there are better places you're missing, notably Patty & Bun (my favourite in London) and Dirty Burger.

Feb 06, 2014
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Wild rabbit confit and herb salad - Koya - London

You're probably not a udon fan. I kind of share that sentiment - while I think Koya is among the best udon I've ever had, I feel like udon can only be so good, and I personally think ramen has more depth and variety of flavor.

That said, it is among the best udon I've ever had. And for what it's worth, when I've gone, it's been pretty down to earth, in food, environment, and service. YMMV.

Oct 26, 2013
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A few quick and economical-moderate meals near Covent Garden Market, The Strand, Charing Cross and/or the Embankment

JosefK - do you like it? I find it too messy to be enjoyable. And although I'm Korean, I don't particularly like the taste. The fries (not chips) are great though.

Oct 11, 2013
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Places I've enjoyed recently [London]

Totally agree with you that Bone Daddies' broth is unnecessarily thick at the expense of flavor. Frankly, I don't understand the appeal at all.

IMO Shoryu is far and away the best ramen place in London (my rankings: Shoryu, Tonkotsu, Ittenbari, Bone Daddies, Yugo, Mitsukoshi, but I only ever go to Shoryu now). The broth is rich for flavor, not just to be rich as at BD.

Oct 11, 2013
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A few quick and economical-moderate meals near Covent Garden Market, The Strand, Charing Cross and/or the Embankment

Moderately priced places around Covent Garden:

You wouldn't think Noodle Bar is any good based on its location (right by Leicester Square Tube) and cheap price, but their hand-pulled noodles are fantastic. Warning - it's authentic, meaning 4 stars for food, 1 star for decor. And don't get the tourist trap Chinese food they display in the window, just the noodle soup.

Homeslice http://www.homeslicepizza.co.uk/ makes a great pizza.

My Indian coworkers say Masala Zone http://www.masalazone.com/locations/covent-garden/ is the best in the area. The friend prawns are fantastic.

MeatMarket is a fine burger.

Hawksmoor http://thehawksmoor.com/locations/sev... is not cheap but the express menu is a decent value, although the ribeye is small. It's made up for by the generous bone marrow.

Oct 01, 2013
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bubble tea places in London

IMO, there are worse places than Bubbleology in London (not that I'm defending Bubbleology, just saying there are worse). Including Cafe de Hong Kong and Chaboba. Pretty bad.

That list is from Jan, so newer, better places (brewbox, cuppacha) probably weren't open yet?

Sep 09, 2013
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bubble tea places in London

There are quite a few places, too many to make an exhaustive list. Here's a top 10 list from a Taiwanese perspective that's pretty good: http://www.taiwanfestival.co.uk/event...

Sep 09, 2013
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9 days in London...

I'm an American expat who loves Chicken Shop. We bring all our visitors from the US there and they've all loved it as well. Best rotisserie (not fried) chicken in London. The sides are all good also, but I personally am not fond of the apple pie - too tart.

That whole complex - Dirty Burger, Chicken Shop and Pizza East - is each very good at what they do. That said, I'm not sure if any of them are destination restaurants. Just good, solid food.

Aug 09, 2013
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B.O.B's Lobster, Borough Market, London

FYI, the lobster roll at Burger and Lobster uses Japanese mayo (though not mustard-flavoured).

Aug 05, 2013
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Golders Green

I'm Korean and I can vouch for Spicy Grill being good, personally my fave Korean place outside of New Malden.

I would also recommend Likya - my personal favorite Turkish place in London and an incredible value. They give you a ton of food and the grilled meat is delicious.

Jul 23, 2013
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In London mid July looking for a GOOD steak place

+1 to Relais being good. Only one caveat - they serve a single dish, steak frites. No choice in cut (and the steak is sliced). But that single choice is pretty good.

Jun 29, 2013
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Seeking Feedback on June London Dining Itinerary

Fellow Korean-American here. Skip the Korean food in London - nothing here compares to the Korean food in any decent-sized city in the US (assuming you're coming from there). If you must, Asadal and Nara in central London are OK, but in my opinion, overpriced with small portions (unfairly comparing to Korean restaurants in the US or Korea). They charge for side dishes. It adds up.

Better is Seoul on Finchley Rd in Zone 2, but the menu is a little sparse. Spicy Grill is better, but a bit aways in Golders Green. The best Korean food in the city is, as mentioned before, in New Malden, but it's a hassle to get to and, although the food is decent, I personally don't think it's worth a trip on its own.

I could write a long post about the shortcomings of Korean restaurants here (e.g. cuts of meat being slightly off, wrong lettuce for ssam, the quantity and quality of side dishes). You can find decent to good ones. But why go there when there are much better places in other cuisines, and when you can have much better Korean at home?

Not everyone agrees with me, but one Asian place I like is Yauatcha in Soho. Very overpriced, and terribly inauthentic "dim sum", but I find the food unique and tasty. Surprisingly good desserts too.

Jun 16, 2013
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Questions about St. John bread and wine

The Welsh Rarebit at St. John's is amazing. I was less impressed by the Eccles Cake.

May 24, 2013
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Questions about St. John bread and wine

+1 PhilD. I'd say it's frequently mentioned in UK foodie terms - I'm shocked that that would be disputed. And it's highly influential - there's a direct line from it to places like The Spotted Pig and The Breslin in New York, which bloomed the Gastropub trend there.

May 23, 2013
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