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Nut Allergic Travelling

Having just returned from a week in Greek Cyprus, I would say Greek food is less likely to have nuts. We ate a lot of meat and veg. However, I don't think you should have that be your overriding criteria. Spain and Italy have wonderful food as well.

As Michaelspont suggested, having some allergy cards prepared in the local language is probably your best bet. Then you can just choose the country based on other criteria. If you search this board, there are some other travelers with nut allergies who posted about dishes and experiences in Spain and Italy. Here's one that talks about Spanish dishes with nuts...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786169

Jun 19, 2015
lecker in Europe

Sushi Dojo Omakase NYC, Some observations + Brief review

I experienced this in Japan quite often. My husband, who is quite a bigger 'gaijin' than me, would receive bigger pieces. But whenever the bill came, they never sliced off the bill to fit my petite size so I found it rather annoying. However, the overall experiences were always top notch so we just got used to it. It would also happen at ramen shops. We would order the same dish but my husband's would definitely have more broth and noodles than mine.

Jun 18, 2015
lecker in Manhattan
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Choosing between restaurants… (Michelin)

We ate at Stone Barns the last time we were in NY (Apr '15). I'm not sure if it was the hype or the fact that I had grand expectations of the place, but I found the food underwhelming. The fresh veg from their gardens was the highlight of the meal and evening. The rest was blah. We did Ko on that trip as well and enjoyed it far better. If you are staying in the city, Stone Barns is a trek out and IMHO, it's not worth it. We were staying with friends very close to the restaurant so that is why we went there. I wouldn't recommend anyone staying in the city to venture out there to their farm for the food. LB is great for fish. Curious to see what you decide on the other restaurant and how you like it. Definitely scratch Stone Barns off your list.

Jun 18, 2015
lecker in Manhattan

Frankfurter Wurstchen and other German sausages

We have taken sausages purchased in Germany and France back to the U.S. and Singapore. We just packed them in our luggage. Never had any issues getting them back home. Depending on which country and which airport you are trying to land in, customs might be an issue....,but just get in line behind someone who looks like a drug dealer or at least 'shadier' than you. They'll get tagged and hopefully let you pass. :-) Good luck!

Jun 18, 2015
lecker in Europe

Cyprus Jun 2015 review - rather long....

10 days just isn’t enough to try all the dining options available in Cyprus, and if you order a mezze meal, it’s enough food to last a day or two. In no particular order, these are the places we tried.

Neon Phaliron in Lemesos - Big restaurant with fresh fish on display. My husband and I split a regular village salad and then he had the lamp chops and I had the fresh grilled fish. The fish was delicious, light and well cooked. The portion sizes are pretty large so it’s definitely a place that is ideal for a table of four diner who are open to trying different things and sharing dishes. I originally wanted to order the grouper but there was no way that my husband and I could have managed the grouper on our own.

Art Cafe -Polis -Stopped here for a cake and coffee after driving through the Akamas National Park. Plenty of outdoors seats in the shade of the garden, quiet, English and German magazines to peruse, a fun little section dedicated to the little diners in families. Did not try the lunch options as we were still full from our meal at Viklari the last castle, but someone next to us was eating a salad that looked fresh and tasty.

Tried to dine at the Argakiko Cafe & Grill on a Sunday but they were closed, as was the Art Cafe, so we stopped at the only open restaurant on the coastal road just outside Polis. I can’t remember what it was called but it was full of British diners eating their Sunday roast. My husband had one of the roasts. When it’s so hot and humid outside, the thought of eating a roast does not entice me, so even though I was rather hungry, I had a salad and dessert. I felt a bit rueful that we had driven to Polis instead of into the hills. Oh well.

In Polis, I wanted to try Old Town, but we just didn’t have more meals available.

7 St. Georges Tavern - Paphos. Lovely courtyard and very friendly owners/son, who explained everything including the mulberry trees in their courtyard and the bats that feed off the plum tree adjacent to it. Because there is no menu, we just told him that we didn’t have any allergies and he proceeded to bring out endless amounts of food. Because this was one of our early meals in Cyprus, we weren’t prepared for so much food. Everything was thoughtfully prepared and delicious. But at one point, we said we couldn’t eat anymore and he insisted that we had to try the goat. He promised to bring us only a small portion but when he brought it out, it was big enough to feed a family of four. Of course, we buckled down and ate it. I’m not a big goat meat fan, but if I were, I would probably have liked it. My husband loved it. We washed everything down with couple carafes of their red and white wines. Throughout the meal, we were easily entertained by the family of cats roaming between the table legs looking for scraps. The son indicated that the cats keep the snakes and rats away. Our tab came to about 34 Euro. What a deal! Our meal for two with drinks was cheaper than many places in London for one and the quality was so much better too. Bear in mind that if there are lots of full table, it can take a bit for the food to arrive. If you're in a hurry to eat and run, this isn't the restaurant to try.

Muse-Paphos. This restaurant is more scenery than food focused. It sits on a prominent hill overlooking the city and sea beyond. It’s a gorgeous setting and crowded with a healthy mix of locals, tourists, expats. The food was average, nothing earth shattering. I’d probably go there for drinks or a cocktail and then head elsewhere for food. Service is very quick and fast.

Viklari the last castle - about 20 min north from Paphos, enrollee to Akamas National Park. We arrived around 11:00 after a brief sojourn down to the gorge. The chicken and pork were roasting on the spits but they told us they wouldn’t be ready for another hour. When an elder gentlemen came out to welcome us, we opted to have a Cyprus coffee while enjoying the breeze under the grape wines shading their terrace. He spoke a bit of English and we talked a bit of the gorge, the view and the grapes. The view from there to the coastline was worth an hour’s wait. And when the meal was finally served, I was pleasantly surprised at how juicy, simple and delicious the meats and salads were. My husband ordered the pork and I ordered the chicken and both were delish. The tangy village salad that accompanied it was probably from their own big garden by the side of the restaurant. If you go, be sure to get there after noon or get there early like us and enjoy the quite view and serenity before the other diners arrive. Many of the tables were already booked for 1 or later so if you’re going with a big group, it might be worthwhile to call ahead and book a table. There is plenty of parking so you don’t need to park below and walk the last few hundred meters in the scorching sun, unless of course, you have been eating too many good meals and think that a little bit of walking will help you feel less guilty about eating another meal so soon. We drove and I refuse to feel guilty about it.

Two Friends Tavern Pissouri - We tried this one because it got such ‘amazing’ reviews on Tripadvisor. I didn’t think it was anything resembling amazing. It’s just a tavern with a view, geared for expats or tourists. Food was edible but nothing of special note. Wine was fine and drinkable. When we got there, the restaurant was packed and the servers were running around crazy. After it settled down, the owner came over and apologized for the hasty service and then when we asked for the bill, he offered us some luscious libations for the road. We thought that was very generous and sweet. I guess that allowed us to walk out with a sweet taste.

Kastro Restaurant-Pissouri Bay - The food, service and wine here was great. Although we were tempted to try the daily fish, we opted for meats and they did not disappoint. We liked the red house wine so much that we asked for the name and decided to visit the winery. The restaurant is located in the quiet, sleepy bay, away from the main drag of the bay.

Cleopatra Lebanese -Lemesos. I thought I could eat Greek food everyday, but after a few days of it, I needed a break. We went here for lunch and ate hummus with lamb, fatoush, tabouli, shish, and lamb with rice. Everything was delicious. I am still thinking about the delicious fatuous salad with the sumac/pomegranate dressing. I loved it, but my husband preferred the tabouli.

George Chris Restaurant - Lefkosia. This is a local meat place. We were the only table of foreigners. The rest of the tables were full of local business men in suits in groups of three of four eating shish, souvla, etc. When we first drove up and saw all the large, high end cars parked out front, I thought it would be an upscale place, but it wasn’t. I guess all the cars belonged to the business men inside. It’s an open kitchen on one side and dining tables on the other. One waitress spoke a bit of English and she helped us with the order. Food was fresh and tasty, but it was primarily dishes of meat, bread, village salad, plate of cut lemons.

We only had time for one meal in Lefkosia so after lunch at George Chris we were heading back through the city to the motorway when I spotted a cute little shop selling macarons. I drove around the block so we could grab a few for the trip back to our hotel. It’s called ak mAKaron on Mpoumpoulinas. Certainly not the best, but I was shocked that a dedicated macaron shop would exist in Cyprus so, if you’re there and craving a bit of sweetness and you’re wanting a change from the Cyprus donuts and sweets, it’s certainly an edible option.

Ariadni -Vasa. We did a smallish mezza for dinner. Lots of cats scurrying around under an endless line of food. The food was well prepared and Ariadni was helpful and nice, but I wasn’t swept away by the food quality. If you go, bear in mind that Google Maps is wrong. If you’re following Google Maps, you’ll end up in the small village and the restaurant is definitely not there. The restaurant is not within the village of Vasa, it sits just outside of it. There’s graffiti on their sign so you may miss the signage. If you go during the day, maybe it’s easier to see. We went for dinner and had to phone them from Vasa so they could help us find it. They do not speak much English. Parts of the restaurant are inside/outside.

Pithari Tavern - Aphrodite Hills. We had dinner here one evening. This is what I don’t understand about ‘resorts’ that offer a local cuisine restaurant where the food is mediocre at best. I’ve had better Greek food outside Cyprus than at this restaurant. Staff was very nice. But, unless you are staying the Aphrodite Hills and on their halfboard plan, I wouldn’t make an effort to eat here.

Zimi Pizzeria - Aphrodite Hills. Because it’s the low season, the restaurants at AH alternate on which nights they are open. This was the only other restaurant besides Anoi pub that was open the evening we arrived. We had dinner here. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The lasagne tasted more moussake-ish, but it was well balanced and flavorful. The Zimi pizza was okay, but nothing that I would say you need to eat before you die.

Anoi pub - Aphrodite Hills. Again, no need to make a trip to eat or drink here. If you’re stuck here, then their Anoi burger is decent and edible (get it without the fried egg). If you order the Caesar Salad, ask for the dressing on the side, unless you prefer a little salad with your dressing. Otherwise it’s just caked in dressing. Great service, all the staff were very friendly, enjoy comical.

Clubhouse - Aphrodite Hills. Breakfast was blah. We tried it once and decided to buy our own provisions for breakfast or eat elsewhere. Their fresh squeezed orange juice, however, was fresh, delicious and a little addictive. Having grown up without any fruiting trees, seeing the ripe oranges everywhere we drove on the island was very cool.

Kolios Winery
This was the bigger of the wineries we visited. We booked the day before to have lunch and the food was surprisingly varied and delicious. If you want to make a day of it, book lunch with a tour of the winery. Lunch was 20 Euro per person which was on the more expensive side of the meals that we had had, but I guess they factor in the wine tastings and tour into the price. They claim to be the highest winery in the Paphos region and has a beautiful command of the valley and mountains around it.

Tsangarides Winery
Met the owner’s father who helped us sample their reds. He had quite a few organics and we ended up purchasing too many bottles of Maratheftiko, Mataro, and Muscat. This is a small winery, in a cute stone house.

Vouni Panayia -
This winery looks more commercial and modern. There is a restaurant attached but we did not go into that part of the building. We went into the reception portion and sampled their reds and a few whites. We ended up purchasing some of their Promara and Maratheftiko and another one that they just bottled and which had no labels yet. I can’t remember what the grape was. The friendly salesperson who helped us offered us coffee after our wine tasting and purchase. We sat outside in the sun, enjoying the view of the valley below, and she brought our our Cypriot coffee, some biscuits and fresh cherries. Very nice service.

Gala Art -on the B8 in TrimiKlini
As we were driving through the Troodes areas, which we found beautiful and a nice departure from Paphos, we stopped here for a break of Cyprus donuts, pastries and strong Cyprus coffee. It’s a largish bakery with a few other odds and ends, freshly squeezed carrot and orange juices, and some prepared foods that the locals stopped by to purchased. Fortunately the salesperson spoke a bit of English and we ordered a bunch of fresh pastries. Our favorite was the tahini pastry. Not sure what it’s called but who would have thought a tahini pastry would be so delicious and perfectly sweet, not to sugary. They have a shaded veranda where we sat outside, listening to the birds, enjoying the view and eating our post-break meal while the local Cypriot men, who were sitting at the next table, eyes us cautiously. Everybody in Cyprus seemed so curious to ask where we were from and the fact that they did not made me assume that they did not speak a lick of English. However, a smile is universal and that’s how we communicated.

Paphos Flower/Food market- It was watermelon season so we purchased our first of many watermelons here. The Cyprus melons are so big, juicy and delicious. I have never seen such big melons and round in my life. As we drove from Paphos up to Lefkosia, there were plenty of stands or trucks by the road selling watermelon and cherries. We ate watermelon and cherries everyday of our trip. Yum!!

Papantouiou supermarket - Large, big supermarket to pick up yogurt, milk, cereals and fresh fruits/veg. And any other provisions like sunscreen, shampoo, etc..that you may have forgotten.

Carrefour- great place to pick up ziplock bags and trash bags to pack up all the wine we purchased. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any bubblewrap.

If we were to return to Cyprus, we would probably revisit 7 St. Georges, Cleopatra Lebanese, Tsangerides winery, and Gala Art, and then try some other restaurants.

Jun 18, 2015
lecker in Europe
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Cyprus Advice

Well, since this trip is a 'working' holiday, I am not sure how many meals we will have to explore outside the complex. I am keen to explore the Turkish side so having a car seems to be a must. I do hope we find a few local eats that are memorable.

May 31, 2015
lecker in Europe

Cyprus Advice

Hi LulusMom, yes you assumed right; we're staying on the Greek side. Most people I spoke with seemed to recommend that. We're staying in Aphrodite Hills which, according to Google maps, is south of Paphos. Where did you stay?

May 29, 2015
lecker in Europe

Cyprus Advice

Thanks Harters. After seeing your answer, I googled a bit more about Cyprus and realized that hiring a car or a moped will give us more freedom to explore than trying to jump onto public transport.

May 25, 2015
lecker in Europe

Cyprus Advice

Thanks Harters-I was wondering if the restaurants you mentioned were still valid, as your response was over three years ago. Glad to know that the Seven St George is still there. Off topic, but did you rent a car to get to all the restaurants or did you take public transport?

May 25, 2015
lecker in Europe

Reykjavik, Hand to Mouth

Faroe Islands

May 25, 2015
lecker in Europe

Koya, Sienna and Racine: recipes from restaurants we have loved and lost

What a shame that Koya is closing, and I never had a chance to eat at his backbench.

May 24, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Report on (mostly) South London (Long)

Thanks for the good report LondonLinda. You were in my 'hood. I also love eating at Artusi and Toast, two of my favs in the neighborhood. Toast was my go to place but with the chef and a few of my favorite bartenders leaving to start their own place, I may have to look for another place.

I don't understand why Franco Manca gets such raves. I've been to the one in Brixton and the one on Lordship Lane but I found their pizzas boring and tasteless. The one on Lordship Lane seems to attract lots of families with kids and, for that reason alone, I try to avoid it. It's just too loud and messy.

If you haven't tried them yet, you may like The Manor in Clapham, and Milkwood in Herne Hill, which opened a few weeks ago.

I stopped at Milkwood on my way back home from Gatwick last night and had their grilled chicken and a glass of wine. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. I would describe the dish as more in line with the Crooked Well than Toast, but it was perfect for a sleepy traveler who didn't want to return home to an empty fridge. There is a bar in the middle of the restaurant and the front was packed with drinkers and the back seemed to be filling up with diners. Within a few weeks of opening, Milkwood seems geared to provide the locals a great dining spot, something sorely missing in Herne Hill.

May 24, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Cyprus Advice

Thanks Harters, I will try to check out your recommendations when I am in Cyprus in a few weeks.

May 24, 2015
lecker in Europe

Reykjavik, Hand to Mouth

Thanks for the great photo report of your Iceland trip! I tried shark in the FOs and didn't care for them so I will steer clear of Hakarl when I visit Iceland, which I want to do later this year.

May 24, 2015
lecker in Europe

Must try foods in Faroe Islands?

Hi Jen, thanks for the link. I hadn't seen that prior to the trip.

I managed to eat at all of the restaurants I was interested in. The Faroe Islands do not have a lot of restaurants, I learned.

A photo of one dish we ate at Barbara Fish House can be seen here. https://mishegoesplaces.wordpress.com/
I haven't had a chance to upload photos from the other restaurants but I will, as soon as I have time.

In addition to Barbara Fish House, we dined at Koks, Restaurant 11, Etika, Aarstova, and Frida in Klaksvik.

All the places have their pros and cons. If I were to return to the Faroe Islands, I would definitely return to Restaurant 11 for their steak dishes. I am not a beef fan usually, but I was stealing bites from my husband's steak dish whenever his attention was diverted. Of course, this was whilst devouring my lamb dish. I can't remember now if the Chef trained in Copenhagen, but the cooking that evening and the sauces with the dishes reminded us of France. When we first entered the place, it reminded me of a bad karaoke bar somewhere in Asia and I was very skeptical about what we would eat. But the food took us by surprise. The service was also very attentive and welcoming, especially after Koks and Aarstova, where the service was hurried, abrupt, and not as good as it could have been.

Both Aarstova and Barbara Fish House are very similar, located in tiny grass-roofed historic houses, next to each other, close to where the Ferry docks. They may even be owned by the same person or group. Fish House does fish and Aarstova does meats and fish. My favorite dish from Barbara Fish House was their salmon, which, according to our waitress, is made by the owner's mother. Delicious and noteworthy. The rest of their food was okay, nothing out of this world. I would return to Barbara Fish house for the salmon, but that's about it. I wouldn't go back to Aarstova. The cute, unique ambiance of the grass-roofed houses trumps the food, IMHO.

Etika is your average sushi joint in any major city. Their salmon was especially fresh and tasty but, the rest of the stuff was ma ma. It's not a place that I would describe as rivaling top-notched sushi in any major city, but for lunch, it's quick and easy.

Koks is located outside the center of town so, unless you are staying at their hotel, you need a car from the town center or a taxi. We hired a taxi so we could drink. The Faroe Island, apparently, has zero tolerance. Although the view from the restaurant, over the harbor and to the neighboring islands is lovely, it's not as majestic as the views you get from driving all over the islands. However, if you are without a car and relegated to Torshavn, then the view would be worthwhile. What I liked about Koks is that they use all local products and create innovative and unique dishes different from the other restaurants in town. However, if you have been to Michelin-rated restaurants in France, Japan, the U.S., Spain, Italy, etc. it's similar in presentation, wow-ness, etc. Beautiful artistic presentation, staff were all very knowledgeable about ingredients, sourcing, etc. The chef and our waitress were heading to Noma the next month so it was nice to chat about their upcoming trip. All in all a good experience. Would I go back? Probably not. But I can see how people choose the hotel and restaurant for a special occasion. I think my husband and I are spoiled and we have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to eat in many amazing places all over the world so we want to keep trying new things.

Frida is a cute cafe in Klaksvik that we stumbled upon while I was checking out yarn shops. Inside, it could be a cafe in any major city, but it happens to be in a small fishing village. The staff spoke English and were very helpful and friendly. We returned here twice, once to have a nice light lunch and another time to have espresso and cake. I would definitely return here for espresso, cake or lunch. Not sure if they serve dinner but they may. They also have free Wifi so some visitors waiting for the island bus to arrive were perched here, checking emails as they sipped their coffees and waited for the bus. We got talking with a visitor from Denmark and just as he was leaving to catch his bus, he asked me if I would be there the next day. I found this question to be very odd and replied that we would not. He wished us a good trip. Later, back at the hotel, I realized why the Danish man had asked me if we would be there the next day. When my husband checked on the internet, he discovered that this was the only restaurant in Klaksvik. LOL. No wonder the Danish guy asked if we would be there the next day. Frida sits on the water's edge so if the weather is nice, you can sit outside and look across at the colorful houses on the opposite hillside. It's a stone's throw from yarn shops, the information center, the bus stop, a bank and a running store. Apparently, in addition to fishermen, the Faroe Islands houses lots of runners. Who would have thought it?

May 12, 2015
lecker in Europe

Trip to Italy in London- where is great espresso

Monmouth in Seven Dials is my go-to place for espresso beans. But in a pinch, Prufrock and Allpresso have also been okay. If you want a more Italian experience, check out the coffee shop/delis next to to St. Peter's Italian Church in Clerkenwell. I have heard that is where all the Italians who frequent or provide services at that church go.

Apr 17, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Your plan sounds good. Haven't been to the Wolseley yet but it looks amazing. It looks big enough that they should be able to hold onto your luggage for a few hours while you break fast.

There could be some good breakfast spots around Park Tower, but I don't know any. St. Pancreas is a big station and, if all else fails, you could grab something to eat there for breakfast. But my vote would be for the Wolseley.

Apr 09, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

In case you didn't see this already? http://www.timeout.com/london/restaur...

Apr 08, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

London recommendations for mid-April

You've got quite a healthy list. Of the ones listed that I have tired, I like Lyle's for their small size, small menu and nondescript location in hectic Shoreditch. Zetter Townhouse is a wonderful respite for interesting cocktails.

Salt Yard and Terroirs are both places I would return to.

However, recently I have been obsessed with Morito's. Have been back twice in one week. Just thinking about their Chipirones with Sumac makes my mouth water. I love that it's so tiny, I can sit at the bar and watch the chef, and it's basically a hole in a wall, but with amazingly great food. Their wine selection is good as well. Not a place I would recommend with a party greater than four. It's a good place for a couple to go, sit at the bar and have a fun evening. Expect lines if you go to Morito after 7pm. They do have a sister restaurant next door which is huge and would seat a larger party, but the space doesn't attract me so I haven't tried it.

Not sure if you can get great Peruvian in Chicago, but there are some delicious Peruvian restaurants in London. Recently tried Lima Floral, which is a more casual, less noisy sister to Lima. Interesting cocktails and a very small, unique menu with innovative flavors and ingredients. Reminded me of a great little restaurant I dined at in Cusco.

I know that Anchor & Hope gets mentions here as a great gastropub. I've eaten several meals there (both lunch and dinner) and I haven't been wowed by the food at all. IMHO it's fine for drinks before a show at the Old or Young Vic, but the food is nothing to write home about. I wouldn't recommend anyone make a special trip for their food.

Brawn is good if you happen to be in the area but I wouldn't make a special trip out there.

Apr 08, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

New Malden recommendations, please

Zuriga-Yes. We will try some others next. I originally wanted to try Su La, based on your rec, but my phone said they were closed for lunch.

I rarely see Japanese or Korean families where I live or where I usually eat so, for me, it was a good sign, when I saw them in the restaurant. But I'm glad you said that they are everywhere in NM. I'll know for next time.

Kavey-Have you found any great Japanese food in NM? I'm still searching for a great little Japanese restaurant that doesn't require a trip to Ealing or somewhere north.

Apr 01, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Naughty Piglet: New wine bar & rest, Tulse Hill/Brockwell Park

Hey Paprikaboy, thanks for the tip on Pullens. I haven't eaten at many of the places at Herne Hill station. They didn't look too interesting but I will definitely check out Pullens next time, based on your rec. Although Herne Hill is closer, I usually head to ED because I love eating/drinking at the bar at Toast. It's one of my favorite staples in the hood. Sometimes I just dream about the delicious sauces they make for their dishes. But the head chef is leaving to open up his own restaurant next month so I'm not sure if it'll remain my favorite after May. Have you tried Toast?

Apr 01, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Naughty Piglet: New wine bar & rest, Tulse Hill/Brockwell Park

Across from the Hootananny in Brixton, a new wine bar/restaurant opened last Tuesday. My husband and I saw it on our way to Brixton and doubled back after our shopping to try it for lunch. I'm so glad we did; now we have another local place we can dine out at.

Their menu is short, sweet and noted on the blackboard each day. It's a small selection to support their tiny, open kitchen. When we arrived a bit after noon on Sunday, most of their tables were already booked but we snagged a high bar table close to the front of the restaurant.

We started with a bottle of Lulu, an unfiltered wine from France. When Margo, our waitress/owner poured the wine, I was skeptical... But the taste was complex, delicious, and unexpected.

My husband and I shared the following:
Grilled sardines
Pork belly
Lamb legs
Panna cotta
Hazelnut brownie

My favorite dishes were the pork belly and the panna cotta. Something about the crispy pork, the spicy sesame sauce and the crunchy baby lettuce just made me feel good inside. Although I have never been a big fan of panna cotta, I am starting to understand why my husband loves it so much-it's delicious. He always orders panna cotta but this time, he ordered the brownie. Although he had just eaten a brownie at Brindisa a mere one hour prior, he said he needed to try Naughty Piglet's, which was served warm, gooey in the middle and bursting with richness. When I asked which one he preferred, he said "Naughty Piglet's."

It's wonderful to have another winebar/ restaurant in the 'hood that we can choose from when we have nothing in the fridge, which seems to be very often these days.

Mar 31, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Right around the Park Tower on William St, there are a few restaurants including Ishbilia, which some people have said are good. You said no to Asian food but if you get desperate, there is Haandi, offering northern Indian cuisine, which is cheap and good and literally across the street from Harrods but quieter. About a 10-minute walk south from the Park Tower there is The Antelope, which is supposed to be a good pub. A little further walk south finds you on Elizabeth St, which offers The Ebury Restaurant & Wine Bar, the Tomtom coffee house...

Mar 31, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Must try foods in Faroe Islands?

Any recommendations for food/restaurants/cafes/supper clubs to sample in the Faroe Islands. There isn't much that I could find on this board, but online I have found and marked these as potential places to try:
Koks
Restaurant 11
Barbara Fish house
Oestroem
Etika

Has anyone been to these or have any other new recommendations?

Thanks!

Mar 31, 2015
lecker in Europe

New Malden recommendations, please

My hubby and I recently tried Jin Go Gae. When we arrived at 2:00pm on a Saturday, there was a queue forming out the door, which surprised us; we had hoped the lunch crowd would be over by then. Most of the tables were filled with Japanese and Korean families, which to us was a good sign.

Seeing the servers bring in the hot coals from the back convinced us to order the BBQ. We ordered the Kalbi and the Pork Belly for the grill and the spicy seafood stew with handcut noodles to wash it all done. Before the main food arrived, a small assortment of condiments including several kim chee dishes, and mixed sprouts was served. The meats came with the usual miso-blended hot paste, sesame oil sauce, mixed spring onions, and fresh garlic, peppers, and lettuce. Although I am not usually a big seafood stew fan, I must admit that the stew was tasty and the hand-cut noodles very addictive. What is it about noodles and bread that make it hard to stop eating? After we asked for the bill, a plate of fresh oranges was served, which reminded me of Korean restaurants in the U.S. or Korea. By far, this is the best of the few Korean restaurants I have tried in London. The last one we tried in central London, next to Jamie Oliver's Italian in Angel, is so nonKorean and boring that we decided Korean food wasn't possible in London. Well, now we have learned that we can book a zipcar and drive to New Malden the next time we want Korean food (and stock up on Asian ingredients-see below). We would definitely go back to Jin Go Gae, but we would go earlier to avoid waiting for a table. When we asked the waitress if they were less crowded at nights, she replied that they were always busy, which to me is a good sign for them, but not always for patrons. She did say that they take reservations but that some nights it's so packed that they can not take more reservations. I would say that if you're a big table of eaters, just get there earlier. If you're just two, get there earlier or prepare to wait for 15 minutes or so. If you're four or more people, the wait might be longer.

After our lunch, we went to Korea Foods, a mere 4-min drive from the restaurant. This market reminded me of a lackluster, deprived shop in a developing country. IMHO, it isn't worth a visit. Next we drove to HMart, which is about a 10-min drive from the restaurant. HMart reminded me of Asian shops in the suburbs of the US but smaller in size for obvious reasons. In addition to Korean and Japanese goods, I also saw lots of fresh, dry and frozen ingredients for other Asian cuisines. I highly recommend HMart over Korea Foods. Not only is there better lighting, bigger selection and more varieties to choose from, but the shop was full of shoppers shopping and workers stocking shelves. Knowing that stock is moving off the shelves and things are flowing gives me more confidence that things are fresh and well maintained. I didn't have this feeling at all in Korea Foods.

Both of the supermarkets have parking but their parking lots have signs stating that thieves work the lots. I found this rather unexpected and odd. As New Malden is so far out of the city, I expected less crime there. Is New Malden especially dangerous or something?

Mar 31, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Report

Thanks for posting on your trip.

As for Square, I also had similar thoughts about the lack of other diners but the fact that I couldn't book another timeslot. My only guess is that places like Square with big dining rooms and tasting menus perhaps have limited kitchen space and staff to accommodate the number of tables they have in the dining room. So even if there are 10 or 15 odd tables, perhaps they are only able expertly accommodate the meals for 4 or 5 tables at one time. I sort of see similar situations in other Michelin restaurants. Once we dined at El Centro in Piedmonte during the Truffle season and we were one of three tables in a very large dining room. It felt a bit odd to be eating in an empty restaurant and of course we thought 'oh, did we reserve the wrong restaurant?', but the flipside was that we received very attentive service and had the opportunity to chat with the owner, who was our waiter and the chef, who was his wife. And the food was amazing.

Mar 19, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

Oops, forgot to add:
For Japanese knives, maybe check out this tiny shop in Soho:
http://www.japaneseknifecompany.com/

For tightly woven fabric for your pudding cloth, check out Cloth House on Berwick, not far from the Japanese knife shop. They have beautiful fabric and one of their cottons or linens may be perfect as a pudding cloth. They have two stores on Berwick, but one of them may be closed now. When I was there last I heard that the row of shops would close down so that the block can be refurbish. Their shop located closer to Oxford Rd has more cotton/linen that might suit your needs.
https://www.clothhouse.com/contact/

Mar 19, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Top-end kitchen/cookware shop in London?

Are you referring to Nesbits on Shaftesbury? It's closed?

Mar 19, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy malawach dough in London?

Thanks brokentelephone! I hope your phone isn't broken anymore. :-)

I will check our local Sainsbury for the Indian brand. I live in SE London so I don't get up to North London very often. Is it in the frozen section or the dry goods section?

Malawach is completely new to me. But I ate a delicious goat cheese, pecan honey and onions one in NY last week and I can't seem to get it out of my mind. How did I survive all these years without knowing about this delicious treat? Given that you've not seen this here in London, I want to try and make it at home; It will probably not taste as good as the one I ate but I hope that the act of frying it will compensate for my total lack of cooking ability.

Mar 19, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy malawach dough in London?

Or anything similiar? I found a recipe online but I am afraid to try it because I can't bake and I can't cook, which means I will make a horrible mess in the kitchen and I won't get much farther than that.

Mar 16, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland