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The Cooks House , Good Burmese- Herne Hill (London)

Great! Any idea when the tables will arrive? Will you be licensed?

Oct 16, 2014
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

NYC visit October - My experience

I can only think it's because the West Indians were the first of the big post-WW2 immigration waves, and readily assimilated a long time ago. Most London-born West Indians I know (like my wife) no longer have any connections with the Caribbean, and immigration from the West Indies has slowed to a trickle.

The big immigrant waves are now from West and North Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and Eastern Europe.

Oct 09, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan
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The Cooks House , Good Burmese- Herne Hill (London)

Sounds good. Anyone know of a proper sit-down Burmese in London?

Oct 09, 2014
Lord Brazing in U.K./Ireland

NYC visit October - My experience

Hi all,

My son and I had planned a 3-day trip to New York, and I posted a request (Sep 14, 2014 08:10 PM) for recommendations for eating destinations around the SoHo area, and further around New York. I got a huge response, for which I'm surprised and grateful, and here is my promised account of how things went.

First off, my son was rather staggered by the city - the huge, blocky architecture, the canyon-like avenues, the clattering monster that is the subway (our London Underground is cosy and approachable, in contrast).

Our first eating experience was actually the hotel's $24 buffet breakfast, which was OK, and I'd forgotten just how good American restaurant service is - here it's not bad, just a bit perfunctory. We didn't do lunch after it! That evening, we didn’t feel like going far, so we decided to try one of the nearby Italian restaurants recommended by Kathryn - Rubirosa and Osteria Morini. The former couldn't accept a reservation and was packed anyway; at Osteria Morini they were also packed, but able to offer a table, just about the least desirable in the restaurant but the only one available. We took it and weren't sorry. I had the tortellini in brodo to start, which was lovely: earthy but delicate; my son had a mussel dish (he's very fond of mussels) and was equally pleased. Mains were the tortelli di mais (corn filled pasta, guanciale, tomatoes, lemon thyme)for me, and a deliciously piggy porchetta (spit roasted hampshire pork, sage, rosemary). For dessert we shared a tiramisu, which was good, and probably the only item our neighbourhood Italian might have done better (depending on the chef doing it). The Pinot Grigio I had was pretty good too.

The following evening, our last, we decided it had to be one of the places recommended by ZaZa - we settled for Negril Village, both being Caribbean cooking devotees (the Caribbean restaurant scene in London is a bit lacklustre, oddly). The place was heaving when we got there, and most of the customers were black people - the last Caribbean place in London I visited, most were white people. I had a really nice salad - a romaine lettuce with pickled red onion and bacon - followed by the brown chicken stew with rice and peas; proper West Indian home cooking. I also had a large part of my son's jerk chicken, after he'd been a bit over-enthusiastic again with the hotel breakfast. I really enjoyed Negril. Great atmosphere.

The following day I hoped to go up to Harlem to Amy Ruth's or similar, but my son was feeling out of sorts and it was pouring with rain, so we ended up in a Neapolitan pizza restaurant - Numero 28. Our pizzas were similar to our own Italian restaurant's at home - pretty good. We were both rather tickled by nearby "Downing Street".

So there we are. A flying visit really, and I have some unfinished business in Harlem: I still haven't had my Southern Fried chicken and collards. We'll have to come back next year.

NYC visit October

Thanks again ZaZa. I like the sound of Harlem after church.

Sep 27, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan
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NYC visit October

Thanks again, ZaZa - my son will be appreciative, as he loves his Caribbean food...oddly his mum isn't too keen (parents from the Caribbean too). Does Freda's rank higher than Negril in your estimation?

Sep 25, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Home-Style Southern Cuisine is what I'm after, ZaZa, rather than a quick tour of New York's Greatest Culinary Hits. Just some proper, neighbourhood New York cooking, as I like here.

I did go to a Southern-style restaurant here a while ago, The Lockhart, which as well as being rather expensive (very in fact), wasn't what I was expecting - the "dirty cooking" thing wasn't evident. So I'd be very keen to try the real thing.

Sep 23, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Thanks Ellie. I'm not a terribly erudite restaurant reviewer, but I will write up our experiences and impressions when we return.

Sep 23, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Thanks ZaZa. Sounds great, although one problem we have is my son's ancient horror of American food, solely down to portion size, dating from when I took him to the Hard Rock Cafe in London when he was about 6 years old. He'll wilt if they put half a cow in front of him! I'd like to go there though, and the Studio Museum sounds intriguing - I don't think there's anything similar in London.

By the way - everyone seems to be saying "you may have to wait for a table"...is it unusual in NYC for restaurants to accept bookings?

Also...what's the weather like at the moment there? Here I'm still inshirtsleeves during the day, but there's a definite nip in the air in the evening.

Sep 23, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

NYC visit October

Thanks for the advice everyone, I really appreciate it. I'll report back when we return.

Sep 22, 2014
Lord Brazing in Manhattan

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.

Sep 17, 2014
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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
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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