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Some London restaurant reviews and notes from a New York Chowhound

Les Deux Salons promised to be more relaxed and affordable, but as anyone who has looked at the menu and peered through the window will agree, it's a fairly upmarket brasserie affair.

Food was rather good (albeit in opening week) and whilst I wouldn't run back myself, I would recommend it to people looking for a pre-theatre meal. There is a 15.50 3-course set menu and they'll also be doing afternoon tea.

Oct 14, 2010
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Paramount Restaurant [London]

Sad to read about your experience. Seems like the staff are holding on to the attitude they could get away with when it was members only.

Funnily enough (or not), I had the same dish as you and also felt that the chilli sauce (which was very takeaway-like) had no place on the same plate as the risotto.

Can't help but think that it will survive on view alone and that the people who go there for a special occasion won't know or expect any better.

Sep 30, 2010
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Paramount Restaurant [London]

As with most of London's high-rise restaurants, it's more about the view than the food.

That said, our meal was better than expected, if not exceptional. Highlights included a lovely pea risotto and the assiette of chocolate dessert. Wine recommendations were spot on but the Old Fashioned I procured in the bar was poorly made.

Overall, not a foodie destination but fine if you need / want to eat somewhere with a view. (Although I would argue that the dining room's view of Bloomsbury isn't the best skyline you'll encounter).

Sep 29, 2010
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lunch recommendations in Belfast

Ginger Bistro or Mourne definitely. Enjoy!

Aug 31, 2010
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The freshest, tastiest burgers in London

As others have said, Hawksmoor and Goodman do great - if slightly pricey - burgers, but English-style, I would say. (Although Goodman once did a classic In-n-Out burger for some London food bloggers...) For an every-day, high street burger, it's Byron every time.

The best burgers for me are from The Meatwagon - a cult thing among 'foodies' who trail him to pubs in South London and beyond. His cheese steaks and hot dogs are great too. Well worth a visit, but get there early! http://www.themeatwagon.co.uk/

Aug 31, 2010
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Where to find a Po Boy in London?

I think kiswa might be talking about the Blues Kitchen in Camden.

Browners, you can definitely get a po' boy there but I can't vouch for quality.

Jul 01, 2010
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Restaurants Near Chelsea Harbour [London]

The Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk is very close to where you're staying and is very good. Quite pricey but they're offering 33% discount if you book through toptable.com.

Restaurants in Chelsea/Fulham, especially in/on the King's Road are pretty expensive. You might consider crossing the river and trying some excellent and reasonably priced Vietnamese food at Mien Tay in Battersea, then a drink or two at the Draft House on Northcote Road - great for beer lovers.

Maybe also consider Pimlico for some good food at The Orange, 101 Pimlico Road, and dessert / chocolate at William Curley's choc shop and dessert bar.

On Sloane Square, The Botanist is good for cocktails and people-watching (if you've ever wondered where London's richest 20-somethings spend their cash!) and the food is pretty good, breakfast especially.

It's worth heading into the West End though - search the boards for what's 'hot' right now or do a search on london-eating.co.uk or toptable.com

Jun 27, 2010
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Belfast, Northern Ireland - Restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts, etc.

In Belfast, we've got some great hotel deals at Ten Square and the Fitzwilliam - both highly regarded on Tripadvisor etc and very central, easy walking distance to restos/sights and a quick taxi from the airport (City).

If you can afford to splash out one night, you must have cocktails in the Merchant Hotel - a seriously decadent experience - or try the Spaniard or the John Hewitt for a cheaper, more 'local' drink. For restaurants, you can't go wrong with any of these:

Cayenne - http://www.cayenne-restaurant.co.uk/
Ginger Bistro - http://www.gingerbistro.com/
Made in Belfast - http://www.madeinbelfastni.com/
Tedfords - http://www.tedfordsrestaurant.com/
Beatrice Kennedy - http://www.beatricekennedy.co.uk/
Mourne Seafood Bar - http://www.mourneseafood.com/page/14/belfast/
Molly's Yard - http://www.mollysyard.co.uk/

(Current personal fave is Ginger Bistro - great food, reasonable prices and a lovely friendly atmosphere).

If your visit includes a Saturday, get up early and head for St Georges Market for some great regional and international food.

http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stgeorgesmarket/index.asp

There's good general info on http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/

Enjoy your trip!

Jun 25, 2010
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Pubs near Tate Modern - Dinner options near St. Pancras

Ah I forgot Ragam. Good call.

Not sure I would recommend Itadaki Zen in this case. The menu isn't for everyone, but great if you love tofu. (No one *loves* tofu). Good spring rolls though.

Jun 16, 2010
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Pubs near Tate Modern - Dinner options near St. Pancras

St Pancras is still a bit rubbish for food, unless you're happy to chow down on Sichuan food at Chilli Cool or grab tapas at Camino.

Personally, I'd jump off the tube at Goodge St and head for Salt Yard, Barrica, Fino or Dehesa for tapas. Salt Yard is definitely a local favourite. A little pricey perhaps but it has never let me down.

Jun 15, 2010
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Looking for great food in Ireland

The Ulster Fry is similar to the Full English breakfast, also affectionately called the 'heart attack on a plate'. It's not the healthiest start to the day but it is delicious!

It varies but you'll usually get sausages, bacon, fried eggs, tomato, mushrooms, soda bread and potato bread. Most / all of the ingredients are fried. Indecently good.

Jun 11, 2010
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Looking for great food in Ireland

Can't help with the other places I'm afraid but in Belfast you are spoilt for choice. In most places, quiet / well-behaved children are more than welcome. Check out these links and see if anything takes your fancy:

Cayenne - http://www.cayenne-restaurant.co.uk/
Ginger Bistro - http://www.gingerbistro.com/
Made in Belfast - http://www.madeinbelfastni.com/
Tedfords - http://www.tedfordsrestaurant.com/
Beatrice Kennedy - http://www.beatricekennedy.co.uk/
Mourne Seafood Bar - http://www.mourneseafood.com/page/14/belfast/
Molly's Yard - http://www.mollysyard.co.uk/

Cayenne and Tedfords are the 'fanciest' places; the rest are pretty low-key / informal brasseries. Ginger Bistro would be my personal recommendation - very relaxed, great food and you can eat early if the kids need to be in bed. (The pre-theatre / early evening menu is great value and varied).

Make sure you have an Ulster Fry for breakfast - you won't need lunch afterwards!

Jun 10, 2010
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Food Gift ideas for Londoner

There's a Patisserie Valerie and a Paul, both chains but good quality.

You can browse all the shops using Street Sensation to plan your route:

http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/mary...

Jun 04, 2010
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Pasta in Central London

Sorry about your experience at Kitchen Italia. It seems we were lucky on our visit as I've not heard much praise for it since.

Not sure how quick / local these are for you but can recommend 500 in Archway (honestly, worth the trip 'up North') and Zucca, new to SE1. The latter's sister, Malting's Cafe, is also worth a trip.

Jun 03, 2010
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Food Gift ideas for Londoner

You could pick up some nice treats from Borough Market or head to Marylebone and grab some great cheese from La Fromagerie and a killer sausage roll from the Ginger Pig. If you're sightseeing near Piccadilly Circus, there's more cheese and lovely chutney at Paxton & Whitfield and trad British stuff at Fortnum & Masons (iconic but pricey).

Even some unusual stuff from Selfridges food hall might fit the bill - unique spirits, oils, umami paste, TeaPigs tea, etc.

Sounds like a lovely idea! If you can find a cheap copy of Food Lovers' London, you might find it inspiring for foodie trips around the city.

Jun 01, 2010
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[London] Post theatre supper wanted

You're spoiled for choice in that area! I'd be tempted to wander up to Goodman for a steak or Dehesa for some good wine, charcuterie and tapas.

Also in that area: Bob Bob Ricard; Yalla Yalla; Yoshino. For snacks beforehand - Mooli's, Koya, Adagio?

May 26, 2010
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Trinity (Clapham) [London]

Must visit soon - have only heard good things. (FYI, chef Adam Byatt's cookbook, How To Eat In, is excellent - well worth a look).

May 17, 2010
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(London) Pre-theatre dinner near Apollo Victoria

I'd be tempted to keep it casual and head for one of the 'posh pubs' in the area - e.g. the Thomas Cubitt or The Orange.

There's a good map of restaurants near the theatre here:
http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restauran...

May 03, 2010
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Are there ANY proper Mexican restaurants in London??

I'm not holding my breath but who knows, it may surprise us.

Apr 28, 2010
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cheap but memorable [London]

That's a seriously vague brief but here are some places to consider:

-Salt Yard, Goodge Street - Excellent tapas and wines by the glass. Busy, so book.
-Giaconda Dining Room - Just off Tottenham Court Road, lovely modern bistro.
- Zucca - This new Italian near Borough Market is getting great reviews.
- Goodman - Great for steak / burgers. Dine early or mid-week, it gets a bit loud.

If you fancy fine dining, Ramsay's recently reopened Petrus does a £25 set lunch and Bistro Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell is also new-ish and good for gutsy French food.

Enjoy your trip!

Apr 28, 2010
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Early Evening Dinner - London (Central ish)

Not sure if this helps but here's a map of restaurants near the RAH:

http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restauran...

(Personally I would be tempted to jump off at Gloucester Road, which is on your tube route, and grab a burger at Byron. It's one of the better chains and would certainly fit your budget, leaving you with cash to spend at RAH's pricey bars!)

Apr 28, 2010
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Are there ANY proper Mexican restaurants in London??

I can't help much as I've never had a decent Mexican meal in London, but you might want to keep an eye on Cantina Laredo which is opening in Covent Garden this summer. Not sure how 'authentic' it will be but the menu looks good, if expensive.

http://www.cantinalaredo.co.uk/

Apr 26, 2010
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Ba Shan London Must Try Dishes

p.s. johnnypd, the original chef is now apparently at Seventeen in Notting Hill but reviews have been negative so far. Gutted!

Apr 16, 2010
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Ba Shan London Must Try Dishes

Same menu for both sittings, as far as I'm aware, but (as I've mentioned on another thread) the menu is now very similiar to what's on offer at BarShu across the road. Such a shame because we really liked it when it first opened. Quality has since declined and it's off our list.

If it's Sichuan food, rather than just dumplings, you're after; you should definitely try Chilli Cool (Kings Cross), No 10 (Earls Court), Sichuan Restaurant (Acton) or even Empress of Sichuan (Chinatown).

Apr 16, 2010
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Italian Sausage?

Hope you have long since found what you're looking for but if not, you might consider a trip to G Gazzano & Sons in Farringdon. Family run Italian deli which sells some excellent Italian sausages.

http://uk.foodikon.com/guide/london/specialtyshop/delicatessen/1113-ggazzanoandsons.html

This slightly dated but still useful TimeOut feature on London's best sausages may also be of interest:

http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...

Apr 08, 2010
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Help -- in London now with teen son -- need two dinner places and lunch

Nearby, you could try:

- Breakfast / brunch / drinks at The Botanist (on Sloane Square).
- British gastropub fare / pizzas at The Orange (Pimlico Road)
- Excellent hot chocolate and sweet treats at William Curley's shop on Ebury Street.
- The Cadogan Arms (gastropub), Kings Road.
- L'Art du Fromage, new cheese / fondue restaurant on Langton St

This link may help: http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/restaurants/station/Sloane_Square_Tube_Station

If you like Vietnamese food, I would strongly recommend a trip across the river to Mien Tay in Battersea for a very reasonably priced and authentic lunch/dinner.
http://www.mientay.co.uk/battersea/index.html

(A short walk from there is the rather lovely Draft House for a pub lunch / Sunday roast).
http://www.drafthouse.co.uk/

If there any cuisine types you had particularly wanted to try, do let us know.

Mar 26, 2010
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Nice cafes in Brighton?

The Graphic Foodie (lovely Brighton lady & food blogger) has reviewed some cute patisseries and cafes. Cocoa might hit the spot?

http://thegraphicfoodie.blogspot.com/...

Mar 02, 2010
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A restaurant

Not sure about Armenian but you could try the Afghan Kitchen in Islington. Easy to get to but I can't vouch for it personally.

(Think I'd prefer an Aussie brunch at Lantana; Austrian lunch at Kipferl; an Argentinean steak; or even an American burger!)

Sounds like a fun project - good luck!

Mar 02, 2010
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Pasta in Central London

If you're looking for quick/cheap rather than 'fancy' pasta, try Kitchen Italia in Covent Garden. It's basically 'the Wagamama of pasta' but is all fresh and pretty tasty.

For something more decadent, try Bocca di Lupo.

Feb 23, 2010
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Indali Lounge [Baker St., London]

It's not new - it was just so bad when it opened that no one wrote up their experiences. They invited a lot of food press - very few reviews ever surfaced. Maybe it has improved but I would never return after an appalling experience there.

On a happier note, greedygirl's recommendation for Indian Zing is spot on. Not the easiest location (i.e. not central) but the food is excellent.

If you had another location in mind, let us know and I'm sure the London chowhounds can give more area-specific recommendations.

Feb 17, 2010
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