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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

Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

I didn't realize there were so many Koreans in the UK. I think in the U.S., L.A. or N.Y.C. is where the majority of them reside, but I could be wrong.

I have been craving BBQ pork belly and beef ribs so I'm looking forward to getting down to New Malden. I will have to remember to dress accordingly or sit outside.

Jan 14, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

2015 Restaurant Week?

Thanks for asking the question and thanks for the answers. I am so excited that it coincides with my next planned trip to NYC. I will have to check the website on 2 Feb. Thanks again!

Jan 13, 2015
lecker in Manhattan

Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

Thanks PhilD & Zuriga! Both suggestions sound great. I had to google Hampton Court. Looks interesting and might be a good way to learn more about British history. I assume that New Malden is where the majority of Koreans live? And is it safe to assume that there will be some Korean supermarkets or stores in New Malden?

Jan 13, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Jin Ramen - 82 and Amsterdam

Thanks for the news. I'm heading back to NYC in February and will be in that area so this is definitely a good spot to remember for dinner.

Jan 12, 2015
lecker in Manhattan

Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

I just had to check to see how far New Malden is from our home. It's over an hour with the train. Based on your review, we may have to plan a trip down there. My hubby and I were trying to find a good Korean restaurant to try last week but we couldn't find anything that looked interesting in London. Is there anything else to do or see in New Malden so that we could plan a day of it?

Jan 12, 2015
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

Thanks. I've added both to my list to try next time. In case anyone missed this Harper's article, it lists Grumpy, Intelligentsia and others...

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/...

Dec 28, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

Momofuku Ko. I didn't expect to see and be served by the founder, David Chang. Is he always there?

Dec 28, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

Thank you to all for your wonderful suggestions prior to my NYC visit. Just wanted to report back on where I managed to eat, what I liked most and what I have on my list for my next NYC visit.

Breakfasts:
Financier
Fika
Zaitzeff

Breakfast options were limited in the Financial District but of the three places we tried, we went back to Fika twice because their Oatmeal was better than Financier's and their made to order eggs were better than expected. Zaitzeff was an easy, quick stop for an egg breakfast sandwich or a burger for breakfast. I would go back to Fika for their oatmeal, their quiet atmosphere and type friendly great service.

Lunch:
Hu Kitchen
Caracas Arepa Bar
Hide-Chan Ramen
Tarry Tavern (in Tarrytown)

I chanced upon Hu, as I was walking down from Midtown to Soho. I popped in for lunch, served up with a refreshing smoothie. I liked this place because it was relatively quick, healthy and easy to find a seat for one. I also felt like I got my 'healthy, green' fix before heading off to meat city at Peter Luger's. I would definitely go back to Hu for an easy, healthy lunch option. Hide-Chan was also very good and gave me an opportunity to dust off my fading Japanese skills. I liked being able to choose the firmess and type of noodles for my ramen dish. Their broth was perfectly soothing on a cold, gray winter day.

Caracas was fun and cheap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return there. Because I was in Tarrytown meeting a friend, we lunched at Tarry Tavern. I liked their bloody Mary's and their poached-egg Polenta. But there are other places in Tarrytown I would like to try next time.

Dinner:
Ko
Peter Luger (Brookyln)
Celeste (Uptown)

My favorite meal of this trip was Ko. Although it had the steep price to match, I loved everything about our meal-great customized service, unique creations, and surprising wine pairings. My husband did the full wine pairing and I opted for something less which the Sommelier was able to accommodate . I don't remember all the dishes we ate (they gave us a list of what we ate and it is somewhere in my luggage), but what I do remember is the ongoing conversation we had with the sushi chef, the discussions about Japanese knives, the sourcing of the ingredients, the interesting twists to each dish presented to us. Everything about the meal and evening was an experience, an experience that I would be open to doing again in a few months when the ingredients change and the dishes vary.

We were taken to Peter Luger's by friends who frequent it and have a house account there. For meat lovers, it seems to be the place to enjoy all things beef. I was surprised at how packed it was on a Tues evening. There was no menu; our friends just ordered everything and we just ate what was presented to us- steak, tomatoes and onions (surprisingly addictive and delish), spinach, bacon, bread, sauces, potatoes, Apple strudel, pecan pie, etc. I am not a huge steak fan so I wasn't bowled over by it, but my husband and the rest of the table were in ecstasy.

We were unexpectedly in Uptown and a local recommended Celeste for great Italian. We went and tried it, but neither my husband nor I liked it. Although the place was packed, I found the food mediocre at best. I would not go back and I wouldn't recommend it.

Drinks:
Dead Rabbit
Breslin
Le Papillon
My favorite place for cocktails was Dead Rabbit. I love their cocktails, I love their small, intimate space, I love the service. I want to go back now. Breslin was also quite good. I wanted to try their lamb burger but I had just stuffed myself from lunch at Caracas so I had no more room for a burger. I will definitely try to go back to Breslin. We met friends who picked Le Papillon as a meeting place. It was your average, run of the mill bar, nothing special in terms of drinks or atmosphere. However, their pulled pork French fries was perfect for a cold, wet NYC day.

Next trip:
Brushstroke and...

Thanks again to everybody for your tips and suggestions!!! I really appreciate it.

Dec 27, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Where to Have Good Coffee in Midtown

If you want to try an independent, local roaster, check out Cafe Grumpy. I tried a Flat White at their small cafe on W. 39th St (near 7th Ave) in the Garment District. I was surprised that they knew what a Flat White is and that it was delish. I would definitely go back the next time I am in NYC. I think they have a few other locations in the city and in Brooklyn.

Dec 27, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

I love unique cocktails as well. Is Otto Batali's pizzeria? I haven't had his food since Singapore, of all places. I have marked Txikito and Maialino on my map. Would those be good places to just pop by and grab a seat or must I reserve for a seating at the bar? It sounds like you have eaten at every single place in NYC. I am quite envious. Thanks again.

Dec 09, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

Kathryn: Yes, you're probably right about the late planning. It was an unexpected trip that just came up, and my hubby wants me to his baggage handler :-).

Given that we'll be jetlagged and tired (we're not the spring chickens we used to be), maybe a more local scene is better suited for us. Something more like this: http://toastdulwich.co.uk/eating/
which is our local dining room: small production artisan wines, local staff who live and breath good food/wine, great food and amazing service. And I'll probably be eating lunch by myself most days so I really like little restaurants that have big barspace where one can eat alone, chat with the bartender/servers about food/wine,etc. Any ideas?

foodwhisperer: Thanks. Your initial posting about Brushstroke is what caught my attention about Ichimura-san's sushi. My hesitation and reserve is that, after having lived and eaten my way through Japan and Korea, I've been fortunate to have had some amazing meals and I don't necessarily need to have that experience in NYC. But I do love Japanese, especially in a small venue where the chef just makes whatever he wants, puts plate after plate in front of me until I am full. I really miss those kinds of places; haven't really found anything like that outside of Japan. Thanks for the tip about Jungsik. Looks like a cool place.

Maybe I should just not plan anything besides Ko and see what I just stumble upon...Isn't that what we did before Chowhound and the internet? Explore and discover?

Dec 08, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

Kathryn, thanks so much for the reminder about the reservation. As soon as I got your post, I signed back on and snagged a counter spot for 2 on the 17th. Thanks!! That will be my first DC experience so I am curious to see how I will like it.

I am looking for another dining option that we haven't tried that is only available in NYC. In the past we have enjoyed Le Bernardin, Modern, Boulud, Sakagura, Lincoln and several others. I haven't been back to the States in the past six years so I would like to try something new, different or innovative and great. I was thinking Brushstroke's sushi bar, given the raves that Ichimura-San gets. I love Japanese and French, but I am usually underwhelmed when I try them outside of their respective countries so I hesitate. Any thoughts?

Dec 07, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

Good call Lizard; I forgot about JC. JC, at Piccadilly Circus, has plenty of packed food options: sushi, sashimi, and other o-bento options, which you can purchase and take away. They also have a few tables where you can eat in. They have udon, ramen, soba, donburi, teriyaki and other daily specials. Of course, you can also get some sashimi or sushi and eat it there. I have only tried their takeaway sashimi and it was fresh and good.

Dec 07, 2014
lecker in U.K./Ireland

Good Post 3pm lunch options near 58 Wall St or between JFK and lower Man?

Hmm, their menu appeals to me better too. Have you done Ko? If so, would you recommend it? Is there any trick to snagging a table for two for dinner?

Dec 07, 2014
lecker in Manhattan

Tracking fresh cayenne peppers in London??

Not sure what options you have in North London so I can't say if it is worth a trip to Brixton. What I can say about Brixton market is that it reminds
me a bit of outdoor markets in Asia, South America, the Carribeans and Africa. I usually wander through the stalls along Electric Ave or through several of the covered markets (Brixton Village) wondering what people cook up with all the uncommon produce and ingredients on display. Most of the shoppers are speaking a language I do not recognize. There is a shop that is in one of the covered markets and it is packed with people, mostly speaking foreign languages, buying ingredients and stuff that I haven't seen in other shops in London. If I knew how to cook and wanted to make ethnic dishes, I would try this shop for large packages of spices, condiments, grains, teas and other interesting produce. I would love to take someone there who could tell me what all the things on sale are used for...They seem to cover ingredients from all over the world. Their prices appear quite inexpensive and competitive. I am not good at remembering prices but a friend who was with me commented on how low the prices were and all the things she could buy here that she couldn't find elsewhere. You won't find the organic, high-end stuff you see often at the other markets in town but if that is what you are looking for, you are better going to the shops near Central London.

From these markets, if you walk a few steps further you enter a gentrified part of the covered market with independent shops (coffee shop, ramen, middle eastern, backery, etc, pop-up stores) that makes you think you just teleported from Kuching to funky Portland, OR. I was told Brixton used to be a very dangerous area but I haven't had any issues going there alone; it is always packed with people and there seems to be safety in numbers. Hope you find your peppers! I reckon if you explore Brixton you will end up buying more than peppers, especially if you are an adventous chef. Check this link for hours and market days.

http://brixtonmarket.net/brixton-vill...

Dec 07, 2014
lecker in U.K./Ireland