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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I'm neutral on crimping but say no to uncrimped puff pastry

about 21 hours ago
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I would recommend a traditional dinosaur pasty, which is crimped along the ridge of the back

2 days ago
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

Is there a pie and mash shop at Waterloo Station now? Very innovative.

May 25, 2015
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4 nights in Melbourne September - restaurant recommendations

I feel the food at HR is a bit more sophisticated than Gazi, which to me is essentially a souvlaki and salad bar. Fine for lunch but not really a destination, but it is geographically closer for you.

I'd add on a good Asian restaurant - not korean - but something like a regional Chinese

Donovans is one of a handful of stalwarts in the take your mum out kind of space. Good, professional, solid but not spectacular. Stokehouse is a similar slot - I think their rebuild after a very roaring fire might be finished

4 nights in Melbourne September - restaurant recommendations

It's a solid list, presumably drawing on some recent discussions.

If you're going Greek, I would definitely skip Press Club and I wouldn't bother with Gazi unless you are close by. If you want to stay in the Colombaris empire, Hellenic Republic is probably the most enjoyable. There are also a handful of well regarded Greek places like the Cretan Elyros. However, most of these family places can have good nights and bad nights

Mamasita is meant to be good, but I have zero tolerance for their queue and attitude. Tonka is on my list but is booked out well in advance; friends at work thought it was great and its surprisingly affordable if you stay off the booze.

I'm assuming you're staying in the CBD.

Canberra: Big group of 11 year old boys, help!!

Can't remember the name but it looks in the right spot. There is basically a square of eating in Dickson that you can see on the map. The Vietnamese I normally go to by habit is on the south of the square near the Ethiopian restaurant(s) so it probably is Pho Pho Quac

Tasmanian Food Advice

No, I haven't been recently, but am heading down some time this year for a break and MONA

Tasmanian Food Advice

Can you give us a current rundown on Hobart?

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

Hawksmoor- no- but their definition of lunch is quite late. But not 3pm :-(

May 19, 2015
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Canberra: Big group of 11 year old boys, help!!

If you want it nicer and a bit restauranty, Mama's trattoria. Big portions, good prices, excellent quality (for the moderate price).

If you really want to keep it down pricewise, Vietnamese in Dickson. Washing up sized bowls of pho. There are also other asian places in the same Dickson square that would be equally cheap.

It's really easy in Canberra to pay well for mediocrity. I'd just go cheap from the start.

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Esquire or Urbane for contemporary. Aria is good (as is Sake) but both are Sydney shoe-ins chasing the mining boom, also Stokehouse (Melbourne shoe in). Restaurant II has been there a long time but I don't think would be different enough for you. Gerards as DebbieAnn mentioned is great but, again, might not be different enough (unless you have a specific interest in Modern Levantine). Euro is often mentioned but I wasn't impressed.

Can check them all out online and book now.

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

In the old days of the 90E menu, it was an extra 20 at lunch.

I hadn't realised it was now E145 - that's getting quite expensive

May 10, 2015
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Reims - continuous service

The wine bar plus nibbles was what I was thinking when I suggested the square at the market. You can also put a picnic together in the other city square - there are a number of shops covering cheese, charcuterie and fruit.

May 10, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

Manchester and Chester dinner suggestions

I said 'a bit weak' for somewhere that gets several million tourists a year. You've obviously got Stockholm Syndrome since you moved up north :-)

But, yes, sticky walnut should be on the Chester list

May 10, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Booking top end restaurants in Singapore - help please

I've always just sent an email for a booking

Reims - continuous service

There are a bunch of places next tot he market that look as if they are open all day. There should be somewhere as many tourists are sightseeing at lunchtime

May 08, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

Manchester and Chester dinner suggestions

Radley is much cheaper through the week so keep that in mind, you need to book for it.

Chester is still a bit weak considering the hordes of affluent tourists. My best meal in the area (my brother lives there) was Da Piero up in Wirral but is is traditional and might not cut the proverbial mustard. And, of course, the impossible to get into Fraiche.

May 08, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Lunch around Kings Cross

I think OP was giving us a benchmark in terms of what they would like

May 06, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Lunch around Kings Cross

Lunch menu at the Gilbert Scott.

May 05, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Moreton Bay Bugs is the usual answer, and I guess you want some kangaroo and emu as well... nothing springs immediately to mind, Jimmy's will probably have bugs as will any hotel seafood buffet. Hotel buffets are big on Fri and Sat nights in Brisbane.

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

NZXT is a great hotel but don't eat there. I'm going to play the nearby card since Debbie Ann has done the wandering around destinations.

Madtongsan 1 for Korean.The Japanese place facing it. Jimmys in the Mall. Little Singapore. John Mills Himself for coffee.

There seems to be a lot near the Convention Centre on Southbank but I've never eaten there.

[Oxton, Wirral] Fraiche

Shit ache mushrooms. And this was in Wirral!

May 03, 2015
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Paris food recommendations?

There are 40,000 restaurants in Paris. Perhaps you could help the Board narrow it down by telling us what you liked when you read recent threads on here?

Apr 30, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

Reims: Le Jardin at Les Crayères or 95-euro lunch at Assiette Champenoise

I quite liked the Jardin, especially if the weather is nice, and it is extremely popular in those circumstances. I'd go there, enjoy the meal, drink stuff by the glass and then waddle around the corner to Ruinart. Otherwise you are shuffling cars, drinking etc and its all a hassle

The city is much more pleasant once the buses have left.

Apr 28, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

Where to eat near - but not in - CDG airport?

There is great bag storage at Gare du Nord so very easy to drop backpacks and then travel on by metro or walk around more easily.

Apr 25, 2015
mr_gimlet in France

[Mickle Trafford, Cheshire] Chester Fields

And let's see if the local seasonal produce has tomatoes in December

Apr 22, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

[Mickle Trafford, Cheshire] Chester Fields

And there's ice cream after the Pheasant at that farm! And the castle.

Apr 22, 2015
mr_gimlet in U.K./Ireland

Three weeks in Sydney - a few dinner reviews and some future plans

Either. It's very French in that regard.

Melbourne in June - What I was thinking and any other Recs

Sophie's tips are well worth considering, but I'd like to maybe take a different view on a couple of points.

Movida is very well known, but it's not the sum total of good Spanish. Bar Lourinha is better and cheaper, as is Anada in Fitzroy. Robbie Burns for paella!

Rockpool is peak steak, and its interest is in different sources, feeds and textures. My US visitors like to try grass fed aged steak and, of course, full blood wagyu if I am paying for them. That said, there are (probably) better and (definitely) cheaper steaks in Melbourne. So I wouldn't dismiss it as 'can get this at home'.

Truly Melbourne on a plate? Hard one. Maybe oysters and a slow roasted free range lamb shoulder?

Farmers Markets, do a search as they are not every week, I would recommend Collingwood or St Kilda as the best city farmers market.

Minamishima, Richmond, Melbourne

Thanks for the review. I trust your judgement on this even though I don't know what Osakan-style box sushi is (I do know thanks to my google-do). Assume the $50/head was drinks?