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101 Thai Kitchen (Hammersmith) [London]

hmm...maybe this is a weekend issue. Papaya is also expensive so one can imagine them stretching it out.

(ps. Jfores - can you suggest a great mexican in NY?)

Aug 01, 2010
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Hampton Court - suggestions?

yeah, that place never really works for me but the fish is always good.

thankfully had a lovely version at Addies the other day to make up for it (fwiw the papaya salad at Rosas thai @ spitalfields was truly awesome and blisteringly hot).

Jul 29, 2010
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Hampton Court - suggestions?

I agree with the above. The owners are lovely, service is very good and the food is nice, rich, high-end fare. It's an easier option than Indian Zing for anyone living round these parts.

Keeping this thread alive, I remember wanting to visit Simply Thai after the TV drama, but I recall a bunch of reviews claiming they were completely unable to meet demand and the place was chaos...any recent visitors please spill!

Jul 28, 2010
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Hampton Court - suggestions?

Prince Albert pub in Twickers by the green is our regular thai and the closest of the brilliant Addies / Latymers / Churchill group. Consistently delicious, fresh and reliable food - had a ghastly, stale papaya salad at 101 the other week (Addies has the biggest menu of the group, the pubs generally sticking to the basics).

Also big fans of Tangawizi by Richmond bridge, enjoyed the Sicilian meal we had at Adesso on Richmond hill at the weekend, and there's a good gastro in East Putney at the Prince of Wales, sister to the Bull and Last.

Jul 27, 2010
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London/Kingston/Richmond report

Indeed.

I think the best bet is to go get seafood pancake in New Malden!

Good tip on Adesso, Tangawizi is also good as an Indian / Kenyan - just across the bridge.

Jul 14, 2010
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Southall....? [London]

Heading out for a rare Southall trip this eve and would like to try and get something interesting.

I know it's not fashionable and I, like many others, have gone East in recent times for 'curry', but has anyone been out that way recently?

I'm thinking Gifto's...

Jul 10, 2010
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If You Had to Leave, What Would You Miss?

-pubs in general, although I agree that good beer is much easier to find in the US.
-'indian' food
-good, affordable cheese!!!

good luck at the 'other place' :0)

Jul 09, 2010
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Are there ANY proper Mexican restaurants in London??

This place under the bridge:

Notting Hill
272 Portobello road
Ladbroke Grove, W10 5

is not too shabby. Open Kitchen, friendly, I used to go there for lunch last year when it first opened.

STOP PRESS

Went to Buen Provecho the other day and he has indeed gone on holiday! Can't wait to try this.

Jun 19, 2010
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authentic Indian/ Pakistani place on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly Line

not 'cheap and cheerful' but very very good is Indian Zing in Hammersmith / Ravenscourt Park. Near enough!

You're also not far from Southall.

There are quite a few interesting looking Nepali places in Acton / Ealing.

Jun 19, 2010
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Source of San Marzano and Cuore di Bue tomatoes in London?

Whole Foods in Ken selling San Marzano!

Jun 11, 2010
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Refuel: Vancouver

A-ha! That might be it. It did seem a bit odd.

Dec 19, 2009
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Refuel: Vancouver

Well, looked forward to this after reading the review.

GF had the pork, which was delicious but perhaps a bit of a meagre portion, even with the addition of a side-salad. The fennel was roasted beautifully and the sauce (apple balsamic something?) proved a dashing companion to the pork.

I had the burger. Now, the price seemed fairly decent for this sort of place, and the burger tasted quite nice. However, it was very salty indeed and in fact had a strange whiff of fish about it. Why, I cannot say; perhaps the bacon had some sort of fly-by-night liason with something fishy whilst cooking.

The chips (fries) were a bit of a letdown. It was basically a bowl of the small half-chiplings, the likes of which one finds at the bottom of a fast food carton. They tasted fine but their form was poor. I had maybe 3 whole chips in the bowl.

It would be nice if there were more beers on tap also.

Nevertheless, a decent munch.

Dec 18, 2009
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Vancouver - Pad Thai?

excellent, I'll give it a shot. I guess I should have searched properly before posting this, seems a common problem:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/383714

Dec 18, 2009
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Vancouver - Pad Thai?

hmm, perhaps an answer:

"Pad Thai is a stir-fried noodle dish with a flavor combination of sweet (white sugar, palm sugar, or in the States as a cheap and easy shortcut, ketchup), sour (vinegar, lime, and/or tamarind), and salty (fish sauce or sea salt), and a textural contrast between soft noodles, pickled vegetable, crunchy bean sprouts, peanuts, fried tofu, dried shrimps, and any meat or seafood used by the cook, if any."

http://madammam.com/articles/pudthai....

Dec 18, 2009
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Vancouver - Pad Thai?

I spend several months a year in Vancouver - originally from London - and have noticed something strange about Thai food here.

Regardless of good reviews or decent attempts at other dishes, Thai restaurants here seem to turn Pad Thai into a bizarre Italian-style tomato dish.

I am trying to figure out what is lacking in the dish or what forces this recipe - is it lack of enough fish sauce or some other fishy ingredient deemed liable to offend white palates?

Is there anywhere people could suggest for really good Pad Thai?

Dec 18, 2009
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101 Thai Kitchen (Hammersmith) [London]

Having moved to Cambridge i am really missing the London Thai scene. i definitely think the Churchill is underrated, their entire family of restaurants seem to do well - I went to the Prince Albert in Twickenham and had a great Pad Khee Mao there too.

Apparently the best Thai in Cambridge is also at a pub, called the Wrestlers...we shall see!

re: NY, I'm sure there are infinitely more experienced voices here but we had a spicy, delicious meal at Jai Ya Thai.

Oct 28, 2009
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Cambridge - heeeeeeelp!

we all love feedback! :0)

Went there Saturday night, fairly quiet. Friendly greeting downstairs and we were ushered up into a room with a bunch of chinese students.

I ordered a beer, double cooked pork and the ma por tofu. My friend ordered the diced kung pow chicken and we got two bowls of rice. Everything was steaming and in huge portions flecked with chilli, this was exactly what I was looking for and I was totally salivating. Spicy, hot, yummy.

Craving satisfied for now...Thank you!

Oct 25, 2009
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Cambridge - heeeeeeelp!

just...wow!

That is exactly the sort of info I was looking for :) Thank you so much.

Oct 24, 2009
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Cambridge - heeeeeeelp!

Ok, so I moved here last month, I'm having a hell of a time trying to find decent food.

For a start, I'm being fed college food every day and there's a chill running through my bones - perhaps such prolonged brutality will result in my love of spice, taste or flavour completely vanishing!

The town is a mystery so far. There are a handful of cheap and cheerful 'curry houses', but I'm not expecting much and have yet to venture in. There is a nice veggie, vegan, gluten-free place opposite Kings with a lovely atmosphere, hot sauce on the tables and nice burritos, but I'm seriously craving asian.

Given the amount of asian students here, I'm cradling a bulb of hope; there are whispered rumours that an oasis of interesting ethnic food exists outside the historic centre somewhere....

Help!

Oct 23, 2009
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No. 10 Restaurant re-opening, London

Excellent news.

Aug 31, 2009
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Lantana, Fitzrovia, London

I think these kiwi / aussie baristas are a bloody godsend.

But why are antipodean hipsters so much friendlier than english ones? Didn't they get the moody memo?

Aug 26, 2009
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No.10 re-opening?

anybody know when they re-open? was hoping for some post-GBBF fun! :0)

Aug 03, 2009
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[London] Great British Beer Festival 09

hmm, i don't recall any Harpoon being there but you could drop them a mail, they're lovely guys.

if it's the IPA you want they have hella IPAs at the moment.

*goes back to drinking his 90 minute DFH IPA*

Aug 02, 2009
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[London] Great British Beer Festival 09

Like nanette, I can't wait for my PNW hop fix at the BSF stand.

FWIW, Real Ale shop in Twickenham are selling a fine range of American beers, including Rogue, Stone, Anchor, Dogfish Head (unless I drink it all) and many more!

Aug 01, 2009
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London - Bayswater - Any really good espresso cafes to start the day?

Whilst I am certainly a fan of little portugal in goldborne road, especially the coconut pastries, the coffee is not going to hit the spot you describe.

For serious espresso the specialist and/or aussie, nz run places are all central or east london. As far as west london is concerned you might try the 'Sacred Coffee' booth at the giant, hideous Westway mall.

Aug 01, 2009
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Schneider Hopfen Weisse

A-ha, well it was the 500, would love to try the Brooklyn on my next trip stateside, is it available at decent beer stores in NY?

Jul 27, 2009
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Schneider Hopfen Weisse

Good Lord, this is delicious.

First, as a Londoner, my favourite beers are probably Aventinus and 90min DFH IPA, so this is exciting for me.

I'm drinking the yellow/blue version I assume is the Schneider, from Utobeer @ Borough Market in London. We often have to pay up to 8-10£ for decent American curiosities so I'm thankful this was around the 3£ mark and will be back shortly to purchase the rest of their stock.

Delightful, the best of both worlds. The alcohol content is a bit of a bugger, given the delicious taste.

Jul 24, 2009
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3 Nights In London

As far as Chinese goes there is often serious debate in this house between going to No.10 and 'Sichuan' in Acton, with the latter recently winning out, both being equidistant.

Jun 28, 2009
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Franco Manca - Underwhelming

I'm not sure that we really get the whole pizza thing here yet. I'm desperate to try this place having spent a lot of time in New Haven recently where (a)pizza is almost a religion. Queues at the moment sound like no big deal - I once waited more than 2 hrs, from showing up to eating, for pizza at in NH, but it was ridiculously delicious. I would probably, stupidly, do it again.

Jun 28, 2009
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Fish & Chips in London

Also just had a meal at Masters based on the DH review.

Wow. First of all, eating a carby picnic lunch was a big mistake, and we totally underestimated the amount of food we would be served, especially when ordering the Masters Special! Calamari was delicious, peroni wasn't 4 quid, and the free stuff is just icing on the cake.

If you have a fish and chips urge, this place will smash it. No messing about, great food, great decor, very english (or should that be maltese?), lovely.

ps. don't eat the free bread if you're going to order the masters special :0)

Jun 21, 2009
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