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[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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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[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
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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
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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
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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
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Italian recommendations for central London

Thanks for the advice zuriga and malino; I'll try to get to these places.

In the event we went to Santore, which has been referenced periodically on these threads. Very good pizza, friendly and crisp service, good wine too. We ought to get out of South London more often.

Feb 06, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Italian recommendations for central London

I need to cheer up my neice from Cardiff, who's unemployed and suffering from recession blues, and I want to take her out to a restaurant in town - probably Italian. Italian always cheers you up, but I haven't been to any in town for ages (I'm well catered for here in Balham, mainly). Does anyone have any up-to-date recommendations? I think mid-range in price, but I don't mind pushing the boat out a bit. Non-Italian recommendations welcome too.

Feb 01, 2012
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Loose leaf tea

Have you tried Russian Caravan? I've been drinking that a lot lately. It is a China tea, blended with a little lapsang souchong. It is like ordinary black tea but with a hint of sweetness. Whittard's do it.

Sep 28, 2011
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Ethnic Cuisines in London

On the Indian sub-continent theme, don't forget the Nepalese restaurants in London, with cooking that is somewhat distinct to regular Indian cuisine, herby as much as spicy. The Great Nepalese near Euston Station and Gurkhas Diner in Balham are two examples, and if you happen to be out of town in Farnham, Surrey, the Gurkha Square there is very good, run by ex Gurkha soldiers. Try lovely Kathmandu lager if they have it.

Aug 25, 2011
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Which Indian restaurant in London?

My current favourite Indian is delivery-only Holy Cow. Lovely, chewy rotis, a great dish called parbate lamb (anyone know what parbat means? I think it refers to a Nepalese dialect). Prompt delivery too.

Not cheap at all, though, but I suppose you get what you pay for.

Aug 15, 2011
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Tea and Cake in London. Advice needed!

I posted a while ago about the very subject. I'd stronlgy recommend the two tea rooms in Liberty's department store near Oxford Circus. Better than your average store cafe, but much cheaper than a hotel. Lovely, interesting teas, excellent and well priced cakes and the like (and they do a full-on afternoon tea). Prices are very reasonable, staff friendly and helpful.

You'll enjoy the store too.

Mar 28, 2011
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Tooting: Indian or Sri Lankan restaurants

Hello Justin. Is Chennai Dosa the place opposite Tooting Broadway station? I've always meant to go there, I live just up the road from Tooting. Any recommendations? By the way, I notice that changes seem to have occurred at Thattukada; any idea what's afoot there?

Jan 09, 2011
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Kastoori, Tooting [London]

This is bad news. I live not far from there, was a regular customer, and my son had been badgereing me for a while to take us there again. I particularly liked the distinctive East African-Asian cooking, and the Kastoori's puddings and lassis. I wonder if the Thanki family will set up elsewhere.

Dec 09, 2010
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Where to Buy Turnip Greens [London]

I too would be highly interested in knowing a source for turnip greens, which are popular in Italy, and should be here. I've combed Borough Market for them, but without success. The best thing to do with turnip greens, as with beetroot tops (which are more easliy obtainable) is to make minestrone soup - use garlic, fennel, herbs and carrots with plenty of leafy veg, including tops such as your beet tops and trunip tops - if you could find them. Lovely, and highly nutiritious - vegetable tops, especially beetroot, are packed with vitamins and minerals. We could try suggesting the idea to the supermakets - but I once tried suggesting they stock purslane, and none got back to me (that's another one - anyone know where you can get purslane? Very rich in omega-3 oils).

Nov 23, 2010
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

Only Tools Don't Tip on Takeout, and Other Rules of Gratuity You Should Know

All the above applies to the US only. Abroad, the rules are completely different; in some countries people find the practice of tipping baffling, and not especially welcome.

Nov 23, 2010
Lord Brazing in Features