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NYC visit October

That would make some sense, Washington being on the cusp of the South. We were thinking of visiting the city, but it's a rather long way from New York by our standards here. Thanks for the Jewish recommendations though, we'll bear these in mind.

NYC visit October

Thanks. I'll bear that in mind.

Sep 16, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

What's Smothered Fried Chicken, ZaZa? I've seen it on the menus frequently.

Sep 16, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Frederick Douglass - a very famous American-American. He spent quite some time in the UK.

Sep 16, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan
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NYC visit October

Great, thanks Ttrockwood. I'm beginning to see a Plan.

Sep 15, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

My son's 19, ZaZa (see below); his first visit to the US. I think we'll definitely give Negril a go.

We'll be there from 1st October (Wednesday, when we arrive) to Sunday 5th, when we fly back in the early evening.

I'd really appreciate your Soul Food recommendations in Harlem. I've always loved the sound of Southern US cooking. Collard greens and Southern fried chicken, wonderful.

Sep 15, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Avoid going for Sunday brunch! And there was me thinking we might be just able to fit it in before we made our way back to JFK and the flight home. Thanks for the warning!

Sep 15, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Many thanks Kathryn, and for your post below. I had a feeling you'd discount Little Italy as a restaurant destination. Sounds like Brick Lane over here.

Sep 15, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I had a phaal once in Brick Lane, the one in London. In fact I think I've had a couple there. They are extremely hot as you'd imagine, but just about bearable if you have a cucumber raita with it, and beer.

But once you've finished it, if finish it you can, you think that's it, but it isn't. The effects last for days. Remember the alimentary canal has pain receptors, but only at the start and at the end. At the end.

Sep 14, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

I'm visit NYC in early October with my son - first visit since 1979! We're both Londoners.

We're staying near Canal St/Lafayette St for 3 nights and I'm looking for some recommendations, around there and further afield. An Italian near where we are staying would be useful (Eataly?) but I'm paticularly interested in soul food, in Harlem or elsewhere. I've been recommended Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant by someone who knows the city well; is this a good choice? Another is the Jamaican place Miss Lily's. We both love Caribbean food (son is half Caribbean by background), but rather oddly London is rather short on Caribbean restaurants.

Al suggestions very welcome, and any other advice anyone can throw at me.

Sep 14, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

[Fleetwood, Lancashire] Richardson's/Fish House

While you were there, a trip to the North Euston Hotel - a fine old railway building, in the style of the old Euston Station - would have been worthwhile. A friend of mine recommended the afternoon tea there.

I think I've been to Richardson's - by the tram stop? And we bought lots of baby clothes at the Freeport.

May 28, 2014
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Jee Cee Neh - Korean - New Malden [London]

That sounds great. My only problem is that most people I know don't like Korean food, whicjh I love. For some reason many seem put off by the "Korean" tag. It's a bit like Polish in that respect.

Apr 02, 2014
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

What should I eat in London that I cannot get in LA?

Kippers! Smoked herring. You can buy them canned or in bags (not brilliant) but if you buy them from a fresh fish counter they can be marvellous, smoky but sweet, lovely for breakfast. Waitrose does very good kippers from Craster in NE England. They are an oily fish and therefore good for you, but they do have a downside - they can make everything rather kippery, like your dishwasher.

Cuisines I'd suggest, apart from the ubiquitous Indian, would be Turkish. N E London in particular has many good Turkish restaurants, and I'd also suggest Persian/Iranian.

Best Korean in London

There are a number of Koreans in Central London. But if you want the "Korea Town" of London, that's rather oddly New Malden in the south-west suburbs. A number of Korean businesses are located there, and restaurants and shops have sprung up. Can't give any individual recs because I haven't been to a Korean restaurant for years - simply because no-one I know is hugely fond of Korean food, including those who've never tried it. And I love my kimchee etc.

Feb 17, 2014
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Report, July 2013

My wife still makes parkin. It's very good. She uses Lyle's black treacle (comes in a red and gold tin, as opposed to the green and gold golden syrup tins). She has a West Indian background, and West Indians are very good at cakes.

Oct 16, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Afternoon Tea [London]

I'd like an Afternoon Tea where the tea itself is the star, not a support act for the cakes, sandwiches, champagne etc. The old tea room downstairs at Liberty's was great, with a fine selection of black teas, but it's now closed. Any one have any recommendations?

Oct 16, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

London trip report

Glad you enjoyed your visit, and thanks for the reviews. No need to exceuse the English, it's better than most English people's English.

Jul 12, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Aberdeen eats?

There's plenty of money floating about Aberdeen - but the sort of restaurants wealth produces won't be the sort Justin will be looking for I suppose. Lots of middle-market Thai and Italian I expect.

Apr 18, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Thattukada Chowdown - Results! [London]

Sounds great J. Let us know when you organise another there; some of my work colleagues would be interested too.

Apr 18, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Kastoori

It was one of my family's favourites too. I partcularly enjoyed the tomato curry and the wonderful lassis. But no, I don't know what the Thanki family did either.

Apr 12, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Kolapata - Whitechapel

I was there a while ago. I don't know how it compares to Gram Bangla, as I've never been there, but I can say we enjoyed the Bangladeshi food - particulalry my lamb biriani (Kachi Biriyani, cooked on the bone). They aren't licensed but were quite relaxed about BYOB. The staff were friendly and interested in how we at heard of the place.

The premises used to be the Sita Tandoori, an upmarket restaurant popular in the 1980/90s and my favourite Indian restaurant ever. You can still see some of the original Sita features.

Apr 12, 2013
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

[London, SW3] Maroush 2

Great. I've wanted to go to one of the Maroush places for a while, but the last I'd heard wasn't very encouraging. The menu has some very nice sounding vegetarian main courses - okra and green bean stews. I'm not a vegetarian, but I do like good vegetable based cuisine.

Dec 20, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

[London, E1] Cafe Spice Namaste

Shame you couldn't manage a pudding Harters. The last time I was there I had a nice rose kulfi.

Dec 20, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

read in a book [moved from U.K./Ireland]

It does sound very 70s. I remember seeing it in the Turkish take away when I lived in Islington in the late 70s, on the menu as "Merryland Chicken". I never knew what it was though. It certainly isn't Caribbean - you're probably thinking of dishes made with plantain, which looks like a banana, but needs cooking.

Why not try and make it halochef? It certainly doesn't sound appealing.

Oct 25, 2012
Lord Brazing in General Topics

Moti Mahal, Covent Garden

I love good vegetable cuisines. Are you talking about any particular part of India Howler? I think the Indian lady (like others before her) was indeed talking about the food in Britain generally, not the archetypal gloopy Brit-Indian curry house fare. Regarding the potatoes, I had in mind a recent article by that AA Gill bloke, who, on a recent visit to India, was assailed by his hosts for the bland food in the UK - indeed one of them described a visit of his own to Britain where he was served simple undressed boiled potatoes, to his horror. "My mother would have died of shame to serve a dish like that" Gill quoted him as saying. Perhaps we're talking about regional differences?

Oct 19, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Moti Mahal, Covent Garden

Thanks for an interesting review. An Indian lady (from India) recommended Moti Mahal to me, although like all the people from India I've met in the UK she finds British Indian food somewhat bland (Indians have a different taste spectrum to Brits, being primarily attuned to spicy; but they'll never appreciate the glory of a simple, undressed Jersey Royal).

Oct 09, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Best delivery in North London

Holy Cow is a great Indian delivery-only operation, and according to their website, are opening a branch in Chapel market soon (98 Chapel Market, 0207 837 3473). That should cover Highbury.

Not cheap, but better than restaurant quality;I love their slightly scorched wholemeal rotis.

Oct 09, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

India and Lebanese in London

From memory, the owners of Cafe Spice Namaste, at the eastern edge of the City, claim to do a proper vindaloo. They also do an authentic dhansak (a Persian/Indian dish) - they being Parsees, whose roots lie in Persia. Harters is right, Noura is very good.

Sep 24, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Chowhound Profiles: London Explorer

Keep up the great postings Justin - I rely heavily on these. BTW I have never been a Posh Londoner! I almost only eat outside Central London, like the vast majority of people I know.

Sep 04, 2012
Lord Brazing in Features

Brick Lane (London) Indian Restaurants

I'd go along with that Harters. The food isn't absolutely authentic Bangladeshi, but that doesn't mean you can't have an enjoyable meal and a good night out. The last time I was in Brick Lane (last year) I went midweek with friends - the Lane was packed, mainly with groups of prosperous looking young Londoners - and we were squeezed into the Sheba, where we all (much travelled, experienced restaurant goers) enjoyed our starters and mains (mine was my customary Bangladeshi favourite, Shatkora Chicken). After that the staff gave us the bill and bundled us out rather unceremoniously, but we weren't complaining. For a sweet I had a really nice lassi in a cafe further along. I'd definitely go for the vibe and the authentic Anglo-Bangla food. Oh, and don't forget a pre-prandial pint of London Pride in the Pride of Spitalfields!

Mar 27, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland